Group Supply Chain Analyst - Maidenhead
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 Maidenhead
To the west of London, just as the conurbation is beginning to fragment into more rural country, lies the town of Maidenhead. The town is on the commuter belt to London, whose centre is 25 miles (43 km) to the east, but also serves Reading 11 miles (18 km) to the west and Slough, its eastern neighbour. Maidenhead is served by trains on the London to Reading and Bristol line. The M4 and A404(M) pass to its south, and the A4 Bath Road passes through the town centre. Heathrow Airport is 12 miles (20 km) to the east.
The town appears to have grown around a bridge that was built to replace the ferry across the river in the middle ages, and some architecture from the period remains today, but the railway gave the town a real boost as it began to attract traders and new settlers. At the south eastern tip of the town is Eton Dorney, which was given international fame as the location of the rowing and canoe sprint events.
Although commuting is important to Maidenhead, and much of the local economy depends on it, there is some industry in the town, including software companies, the pharmaceuticals industry and plastics manufacture. The affluent populace, excellent communications to the capital and internationally, and a crop of local businesses mean that Group Supply Chain Analyst jobs in Maidenhead or the surrounding area are offered relatively frequently.
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