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Supply Chain Manager

What does a Supply Chain Manager do?

Supply chain managers are responsible for the movement of goods, from manufacturers and suppliers to the customer. They oversee and manage every stage of the production flow, from purchasing the raw materials to the delivery of the final product.

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What skills does a Supply Chain Manager need?

  • Strong planning, time management and organisational skills
  • A logical and systematic approach to work
  • The ability to solve problems, make decisions and offer solutions
  • Excellent relationship management skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external teams
  • Leadership skills and a motivational attitude
  • Understanding of relevant technologies and the ability to handle electronic data
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

How do I become a supply chain manager?

Supply chain manager roles are open to all. However, a foundation degree, HNC, HND or a degree in a subject such as logistics, international transport or supply chain management would be particularly beneficial. Finance or business undergraduate degrees are also accepted in the industry. If you would like to progress to a more senior role, a master’s degree is recommended. 

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What are the responsibilities of a supply chain manager?

  • Maintaining inventory
  • Analysing supply chain data and performance
  • Supervising and training employees
  • Analysing operational performance and resolving issues
  • Collaborating with vendors and suppliers to ensure shipping/delivery meet quality and safety standards

How much does the supply chain manager make?

Graduate trainees can earn up to £27,000. Salaries for supply chain executives can increase to £30,000. Supply chain planners can earn an average of £30,000 and supply chain analysts can make around £35,000. Supply chain managers can earn up to £53,000 and supply chain directors up to £102,000.


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