Supply chain manager

Supply chain manager Jobs – Young Jobseeker Info

Supply chain manager jobs… did you know?

Similar jobs: Logistics manager, distribution manager

Think of a Christmas paper chain. When one loop is broken, the whole thing falls apart. Now think of that chain as an endless flow of products moving between stores and warehouses. Firstly, it’s your job to oversee the whole chain to make sure a loop is never broken. Secondly, if a loop is broken, you’ll know just what to do to get the chain fixed again.

As a supply chain manager, you are responsible for all logistics (or the flows of product movement) coming in and out of your company. You’re the go-to gal or guy for all imports and exports. It’s your job to make sure that not only have you got enough stock or goods ordered, but that they are then dispatched to their correct destinations. That’s a whole lot of responsibility! Even better? You get to oversee the entire operation.

This kind of job needs someone who is switched on and very organised. With training and experience, that person could be you.

Industry: Transport and Logistics

Supply chain manager job trends

How much money can you make as a supply chain manager?

£20,000 – £60,000 

The starting salary can be around £20,000 – 25,000.

When you gain experience, your wage can increase up to £45,000 and can eventually rise to £60,000 when you become extremely experienced.

What entry qualifications and training do you need for this job?

School, college and training

There are no formal qualifications that you need to become a supply transport manager. If you aim for at least five GCSEs or their equivalent in grades 9-4/A*-C including English and maths, you can apply to become a transport clerk, and work your way up.

If you decide to go straight into supply chain management, it will help to have a foundation BTEC, HND or degree in any of the following subjects:

  • Supply chain management
  • Logistics
  • International transport
  • Transport management
  • Geography


Apprenticeship schemes are another way into a supply chain career. An apprenticeship is a way to get training and real-life experience while getting paid for it, and being given responsibility gradually, when you are ready for it.

Your employer of choice may be advertising apprenticeships on their career websites, or it’s always worth checking the find an apprenticeship website, please follow this link.

Hot tip: Can you stand out from the crowd by adding more than one language to your CV? If your employer is international, it can help you get the job and get more opportunities to travel abroad in the role, too. Look at Skills for Logistics and the The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) have more information.

Taking the University route

The world of transport and logistics is getting increasingly sophisticated. If you want to enter this world at a manager level, you’ll find that most companies would like managerial candidates educated to degree level. Here are some relevant subjects that would look good on your CV:

  • Business
  • Business with languages
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Information systems
  • Management
  • Science
  • Transport, distribution or logistics.

Many large organisations run graduate transport and supply management schemes if that’s something you might be interested in looking into…

Postgraduate education is also an option, because Masters in logistics and supply chain management are available. If this is something you’d like to start considering, why not look at The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK? They can keep you up to date with the industry, and a student membership is also available.

What experience do you need for supply chain manager jobs?

Work experience

Gaining work experience is always helpful. Typical supply chain employers include manufacturers, freight forwarders and large distribution companies so it’s a good idea to contact your nearest one and see if you can shadow anyone who is working there currently to gain some valuable insight into their daily tasks.

Examples of relevant work experience include:

  • Work shadowing (even if it’s just for a day)
  • Work placements in a company
  • Work placements on a degree course

What skills do you need for supply chain manager jobs?

Useful skills to highlight in your CV, cover letter and interview include:

  • Good organisational and self-management skills
  • Close attention to detail
  • Great working positive attitude when it comes to getting the job done
  • Confident in IT, e.g. using spreadsheets and databases
  • Working to tight and pressured deadlines
  • Interest in geography
  • Willingness to adapt and be flexible
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to motivate/lead a team

What does a supply chain manager do?

As the eyes and ears of all things logistical within the company, your role is extremely varied.

You’ll be planning delivery timetables, constantly monitoring your stock levels and assessing what you’ll need more of – and recording this all on the database for others to be informed. You’ll be tracking all goods going through depots and managing the arrival of shipments. A key part of your role will be looking at ways the overall supply chain can be improved, and implementing this. You’ll also be managing a team and overseeing recruitment processes when needed.

There are a lot of specific details involved in this role, so you’ll need to very accurate ensuring the goods are ordered, stored and then dispatched to the customer.

Your first steps into supply chain manager jobs

When starting from the ground up, consider developing skills in the following work areas:

  • Apprenticeship schemes
  • Transport clerk roles
  • Administration roles

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