Group M P and L Manager - West Lothian

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 West Lothian

West Lothian reaches the Firth of Forth for a small portion of its northern extremity, and is otherwise surrounded by the City of Edinburgh, Falkirk, Lanarkshire and the Scottish Borders. Its centre of population is its administrative headquarters, Livingston, which has a population of over 60,000, which accounts for about a third of the population of West Lothian as a whole. The other main towns, Armadale, Bathgate, Blackburn Broxburn and Linlithgow, barely average 10,000 population.

With the population centre of Livingston within its borders, West Lothian is a good place to look for Group M P and L Manager jobs. If Edinburgh and Glasgow are included in the search, the options will be even greater. With the M8 and M9, as well as main A-roads and rail links passing through it, it exactly the sort of place that logistics, warehousing and supply chain operations can take root.

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