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Job Description

A Supply Chain Manager is responsible for the movement of goods from manufacture and supply through to the retailer. They will plan delivery timetables, ensure stores have enough stock, monitor stock levels at the supplier to meet demand, track products to make sure they arrive at their destination on time.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements, but it’s common to have a qualification in a relevant subject like:

  • logistics
  • international transport
  • supply chain management
  • transport management
  • geography

You could also start in a more junior role like transport clerk and work your way up.

Skills for Logistics and the The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) have more information about careers in supply chain management.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could progress to senior planning jobs and consultancy work.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Retail buyer
  • Car fleet manager
  • Road haulage load planner
  • Freight forwarder
  • Purchasing manager

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Good problem solving abilities
  • Good IT skills
  • The ability to work well under pressure
  • A good geographical knowledge
  • The ability to lead and manage a team
  • Excellent planning skills
  • Attention to detail

Starting Salary

£20,000 to £60,000

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