A Supply Chain Manager is an expert in fine-tuning the relationship and processes between suppliers and your business. They will assess and analyse the quality of suppliers, ethical practices and compatibility with your business from the initial contact. They will then aid the onboarding process by working closely with suppliers to draft a contract that benefits both sides. Once onboarded, they will iron out any problems or blockers in the supply chain.
Essential parts of a Supply Chain Manager’s job description:
- A Supply Chain Manager will work closely with the whole logistics team, including Procurement and Logistics Managers, to aid communication with suppliers.
- They may also work with legal and finance departments to ensure best practices are being followed in these areas.
- Supply Chain Managers will often monitor and assess the communication and output of suppliers to ensure contracts are being met, as well as scouting potential new networks in the industry.
- Typical employers include fashion retailers, businesses in the food industry and wholesale retailers.