The logistics & supply chain industry is estimated to be worth over £96 billion to the UK
Supply Chain & Logistics
Supply Chain Manager / Co-ordinator
What would you do?
Supply chains are made up of different operations, from forecasting trends and buying through to transport and distribution.
Depending on which part of the supply chain you’re in, your day-to-day tasks may include:
- 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
Salary (as a guide only)
- Starting salaries are in the region of £19,000 to £23,000. With experience this can progress from £25,000 to £45,000.
- At a middle management level, transport professionals can earn £35,000 to £45,000, with this increasing to £50,000 to £60,000 at senior management level.
Working hours are typically 35 to 40 hours per week. Normally Monday to Friday, typically office hours but depending on having to align with other countries working hours you may need to be flexible.
What to expect
- The work is mainly office based.
- The dress code is normally smart as you will be meeting key stakeholders and suppliers.
- The working environment can be stressful, as much of the work is aimed at meeting tight delivery deadlines.
- There could be a requirement for international travel to meet suppliers and overseas agents
For more information on the industry, you can visit the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in the UK (CILT) website here – https://www.ciltuk.org.uk/default.aspx