Supply Chain Jobs
The supply chain is often seen as the most critical element of a manufacturing process – without it working efficiently nothing will get made! Bearing this in mind, supply chain jobs can be seen as possibly the most important job in any manufacturing organisation.
The supply chain function covers a wide area of disciplines and the range of supply chain jobs mirrors this. In organisations of a certain size you might well have a supply chain director overseeing all the elements of the supply chain function; beneath this level the supply chain jobs are more likely to be split down into distinct duties or functions.
A job commonly categorised as a supply chain job ranges from a person working within the goods in function, primarily booking raw materials and part finished goods into stock, warehouse hands and fork lift truck drivers, through to goods in managers, warehouse managers and transport managers to roles involved more on the purchasing side.
Even purchasing and procurement jobs which fall into the supply chain category vary in their content, from order placers and buyers, concentrating mainly on local or at least UK based short lead time and regular suppliers, to purchasing managers or directors whose roles will cover more strategic decision making or overseas sourcing and who will require greater depth of negotiating skills and commercial nous. A Supply Chain Job at this level is also likely to require some form of professional qualification, be it either CIPS or a Masters. Whatever the level of supply chain position you are seeking, you can guarantee that its effective performance will have a significant impact on your employer’s business.