- Organise the movement of goods and materials from place to place
- You'll need planning/organisational skills & the ability to motivate/lead a team
- You could progress to senior planning jobs and consultancy work
Supply chains are made up of different operations, from forecasting trends and buying, through to transport and distribution.
- Working with procurement managers and buyers to select products that are in demand and will sell
- Negotiating and managing contracts with suppliers
- Planning the best way to get goods from suppliers to distribution centres and retailers
- Tracking shipments and stock levels using computer software
- Working with retailers to make sure they receive their goods on time and in the right condition
- Looking at ways to improve supply chain networks
- Monitoring overall performance to make sure targets are met
- Preparing forecasts and inventories
- Recruiting, training and managing a team of supply chain staff
- You might also be involved in brand and marketing planning
You may work evenings and weekends on a rota basis, or be available on-call to deal with emergencies. Some companies run 24-hour operations involving shift work. You'll usually be office-based but would travel to meet clients. This could include travel overseas.
This role would be ideal for someone with planning and organisational skills, the ability to motivate and lead a team, spoken and written communication skills, problem-solving and maths skills and good geographical knowledge.
There are no set requirements, but it's common to do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in logistics, supply chain management, transport management or business management.
If your employer operates overseas it may be useful to speak a foreign language.
You may be able to start on a supply chain advanced or higher apprenticeship, which could lead onto a supply chain leadership degree apprenticeship.
You could also start in a junior role like transport clerk and work your way up through training and promotion.
You can do work-based training courses through The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
With experience, you could progress to senior planning jobs and consultancy work.