Group Supply Chain Analyst - Gillingham
Group Supply Chain Analyst jobs
Any business needs to constantly be on the lookout for inefficiencies and better ways to do things in the future, but in supply chain the costs of inefficiency can be massive. Unnecessary transportation, warehousing and waste can add millions to the costs of a large company or group, but the danger is that such costs can go unnoticed or can be relics of old ways of doing things that were never updated.
The group supply chain analyst will be in charge of gathering and using data within a business group and looking for areas where savings can be made, whilst all the time remaining alert to potential impacts on customer satisfaction. Chasing down inefficiencies in a supply chain can sometimes feel like squeezing air out of an inflatable bed – squeezing here can make a bulge there – so the analyst will have to be mindful that they are dealing with a whole system, not just a series of parts. If might sometimes be beneficial to leave superficial inefficiencies in place if they benefit the entire chain.
Often, the group supply chain analyst will not have executive powers and will be part of a team of analysts, perhaps working under a materials, planning and logistics (M, P & L) manager. In such cases the analyst will need to be focused on improving and maintaining service in a small section of the chain while those senior to him or her make the business decisions.
The skills required
The group supply chain analyst will need to be an expert at both looking at the big picture (i.e. the whole supply chain) and analysing the micro data (e.g. fuel usage on a particular journey, warehousing costs etc.). They will need to eat, drink and sleep statistics and will have an excellent grasp of mathematics.
A thorough understanding of the supply chain and logistics industries will be a distinct advantage, and experience of related industries, such as procurement or retail, will certainly do the applicant no harm.
Gathering and manipulating data will be the nuts and bolts of the job, but ultimately the data and any conclusions will need to be presented in a clear and concise manner, be it verbally, through presentations or digitally. It will therefore be vital that the group supply chain analyst will be a great communicator who is equally comfortable dealing with fellow employees and senior and middle management.
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Group Supply Chain Analyst Jobs in Gillingham
Gillingham is a town in Kent where the River Medway spills out into the Thames Estuary. It was historically the site of a barracks and port, but today is home to a popular marina for yachts and small boats. The Royal Navy had a base there until the mid-1980s, when it closed down. The inevitable unemployment caused by the decline of its seafaring links was reversed somewhat by the construction of a business park, which created many jobs and was a success thanks to its already good road and rail links and proximity to London. The town serves much of the surrounding area as a centre of retail.
Gillingham Business Park is a thriving and productive area of the town, and employs many locals. In fact the park is so busy that Premier Inn has a branch there to assist face-to-face business in this region in the South East corner of the UK. With a population of around 100,000 inhabitants and a successful business park and retail sector, Gillingham can be an ideal place to look for a Group Supply Chain Analyst position if you are living in the area.
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