Group Supply Chain Analyst - West Lothian
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 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 Supply Chain Analyst 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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