Group M P and L Manager - Southampton
Group M, P & L Manager jobs
Materials, planning and logistics (M, P & L) management involves visualising entire supply chain and logistics operations as a whole and using this oversight to determine the direction of the various elements of the process. The ultimate aim of the M, P & L manager will be to maintain customer satisfaction and seek out efficiencies in the way the operation is run.
Supply chains are run by dedicated teams, each with their own specific areas, such as transport, warehousing and procurement. Left to their own devices they might run efficiently enough, but there could be issues regarding their interrelation and interactivity that generate inefficiencies. An example would be timing, where a component is processed more quickly than is required, which can actually cost money in terms of storage while it waits for the next step to be ready. It might be more efficient to slow this part of the process down and eliminate warehousing altogether.
By viewing the process as a self-sufficient organism, the M, P and L manager will be able to benefit from the zoomed-out view. The staff working within the links of the chain will not benefit from this view, but with good management they can all be brought into line for the benefit of the whole process.
The skills required
The most important personal characteristic will be a good business mind. Influencing the supply chain will, in effect, be the same as running a business, even though it will be part of a larger whole. That means that all the skills expected of the successful businessperson will need to be present in the group M, P & L manager, namely people management, an ability to analyse and understand often complex data, excellent communication skills and an instinct for organisation and micromanagement that will keep everything running smoothly and efficiently.
Ideally, the bulk of the communication will be with the customers and the elements of the chain, rather than the senior management of the company. The M, P and L manager will be expected to run his or her own office to the overall direction of the head office but with minimal contact. A strong an trustworthy personality will therefore be required.
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Group M P and L Manager Jobs in Southampton
Southampton has been one of Britain’s most important ports since at least Roman times, and to this day is a major container port (the second largest in the country after Felixstowe) and ferry terminal serving the Isle of Wight and Europe, as well as being the UK’s busiest cruise terminal.
It was from Southampton that Titanic sailed on her fateful journey, although she was built in Belfast and registered in Liverpool. The city has a more celebrated association with transport, however; the Supermarine Spitfire was built near the city and performed its maiden test flight on what was to become the city’s airport. The port’s military and logistical significance did make it a key target for German bombs during World War II, and the city, just across the Channel from occupied France, was badly hit.
The city has admirable links with the logistics industry. It is home to Ordnance Survey, an essential element in the industry, especially in the pre-SatNav days; Carnival Cruises and Associated British Ports also have important stations here. The city has breadth and depth that makes it a good place for Group M P and L Manager job opportunities.
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