Profession supply chain manager

Supply chain managers plan, manage and coordinate all activities related to the sourcing and procurement of supplies needed to run manufacturing operations from the acquisition of raw materials to the distribution of finished products. The supplies can be raw materials or finished products, and it can be for internal or external use. Moreover, they plan and commission all the activities needed to be performed in manufacturing plants and adjust operations to changing levels of demand for a company's products.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional


  • Corporate social responsibility

    The handling or managing of business processes in a responsible and ethical manner considering the economic responsibility towards shareholders as equally important as the responsibility towards environmental and social stakeholders.

  • Supply chain principles

    Characteristics, operations and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to the customer.

  • Supply chain management

    The flow of goods in the supply chain, movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.

  • Supplier management

    The methods and techniques to ensure that external services and configuration items, which are necessary for the service delivery, are available as requested and as agreed at the service level.


  • Liaise with managers

    Liaise with managers of other departments ensuring effective service and communication, i.e. sales, planning, purchasing, trading, distribution and technical.

  • Analyse supply chain strategies

    Examine an organisation's planning details of production, their expected output units, quality, quantity, cost, time available and labour requirements. Provide suggestions in order to improve products, service quality and reduce costs.

  • Manage inventory

    Control product inventory in balance of availability and storage costs.

  • Analyse supply chain trends

    Analyse and make predictions about trends and evolutions in supply chain operations in relation to technology, efficiency systems, types of products shipped, and logistical requirements for shipments, in order to remain at the forefront of supply chain methodologies.

  • Strive for company growth

    Develop strategies and plans aiming at achieving a sustained company growth, be the company self-owned or somebody else's. Strive with actions to increase revenues and positive cash flows.

  • Order supplies

    Command products from relevant suppliers to get convenient and profitable products to purchase.

  • Manage supplies

    Monitor and control the flow of supplies that includes the purchase, storage and movement of the required quality of raw materials, and also work-in-progress inventory. Manage supply chain activities and synchronise supply with demand of production and customer.

  • Maintain relationship with suppliers

    Build a lasting and meaningful relationship with suppliers and service providers in order to establish a positive, profitable and enduring collaboration, co-operation and contract negotiation.

  • Assess supplier risks

    Evaluate supplier performance in order to assess which suppliers do or may not perform adequately, stick to the agreed contracts, meet the standard requirements and desired quality at all times or who may pose future risks.

  • Follow company standards

    Lead and manage according to the organisation's code of conduct.

  • Maintain relationship with customers

    Build a lasting and meaningful relationship with customers in order to ensure satisfaction and fidelity by providing accurate and friendly advice and support, by delivering quality products and services and by supplying after-sales information and service.

  • Estimate costs of required supplies

    Try to value the amounts and costs of required supplies such as of food items and ingredients.

  • Analyse logistic changes

    Assess the financial impact of possible logistics changes such as shipping modes, product mixes or volumes, carriers and means of product transportation.

Optional knowledge and skills

identify suppliers analyse economic trends manage warehouse operations quality standards attend trade fairs manage staff negotiate sales contracts plan future capacity requirements geographical routes analyse market financial trends monitor ingredient storage use sales forecasting softwares negotiate supplier arrangements forecast economic trends risk management pricing strategies ensure cross-department cooperation promote sustainable management apply change management ensure equipment availability control financial resources manage logistics manage sub-contract labour visit suppliers maintain contract administration control trade commercial documentation forecast workload forecast future levels of business assist in planning production scheduling forecast production quantities transportation software related to an erp system apply for government funding develop professional network advise on risk management human resource management carry out statistical forecasts recruit employees forecast sales over periods of time negotiate buying conditions assess financial viability handle conflicts analyse logistic needs analyse business objectives coordinate purchasing activities issue sales invoices train employees perform project management manage contracts market pricing economics business strategy concepts project management multimodal transport logistics estimate profitability carry out tendering manage human resources labour legislation track price trends monitor stock level manage rented goods returns perform resource planning statistics financial forecasting warehouse operations calculate purchasing levels of raw materials programme work according to incoming orders manage standard enterprise resource planning system estimate duration of work manage budgets forecast dividend trends analyse consumer buying trends conflict management study sales levels of products accurately estimate work hours forecast products' demand