Group Supply Chain Analyst - Lincolnshire
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 Lincolnshire
Located in the east of England, Lincolnshire shares borders with a number of counties, including Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire.
The major settlements in the region include Lincoln, Boston, Grantham, Spalding and Gainsborough, and these are all great locations for those seeking Group Supply Chain Analyst vacancies.
Predominantly an agricultural area, Lincolnshire has long been a source of produce including wheat and barley, as well as sugar beet, cabbage, onions and cauliflower.
For the most part, the current economy is based on the service sector. A number of tech and engineering companies have head offices or other facilities here, including Dynex Semiconductor, e2V Technologies and Bifrangi UK.
Brake Bros Ltd, a distribution company that provides food and drink to the catering industry, has a depot near Grantham. Bell & Webster manufactures precast concrete, Vale Garden Houses produces conservatories and agricultural equipment is made by RC Setchfield.
For many years, the docks in Grimsby have been connected to the fishing industry and today the region is known for food production - particularly frozen fish - with more than 500 companies based here. These include the Findus Group, which operates Young's Seafood, as well as Coldwater Seafood and Five Star Fish.
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