Group Supply Chain Analyst - Oxfordshire
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 Oxfordshire
Sharing borders with Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Northamptonshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire is a county in the south-east.
Home to major settlements like Oxford, Witney, Didcot, Chipping Norton and Bicester, the county is a fabulous choice for those seeking Group Supply Chain Analyst opportunities.
The region has long been an important centre for education, and it is the location of the oldest university in the English-speaking world - and one of the best renowned - the University of Oxford. Established in 1167, these days the institution is responsible for much of the economic growth in the county.
Besides the students and tourism that the university brings to the region, it has also attracted a number of biotechnology businesses. Other large companies in Oxford include publishing houses Oxford University Press and Wiley-Blackwell, while the automotive industry is also thriving, with the headquarters of Morris Motors based in the city, along with a production site for Mini.
Beyond the dreaming spires of Oxford, the rest of the county is also thriving.
Didcot Power Station, for example, supplies energy to the National Grid, while other well-known companies include Kraft Foods, Wychwood Brewery and the Chipping Norton Recording Studios It's also the location of the Diamond Light Source synchrotron - a particle accelerator.
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