Group Supply Chain Manager - Gillingham
Group Supply Chain Manager jobs
As companies grow, change, merge and separate, their needs and management structures change. When they become groups, the management requirements are diverse, as there will be the considerations of several individual businesses to deal with; the efficiency and profitability of each must be maximised from above, with a “big picture” approach.
The group supply chain manager will head up a team of managers, analysts, forecasters and planners who in turn will help to create strategies that will be delivered to the individual parts of the group to put into operation. While there might be the need for some micromanagement, this role will tend to be strategically focused, and will principally be a financial role. However it will also have human resources, legal and compliance duties to adhere to.
In some cases, however, especially when a group’s supply chains are heavily integrated with each other, the group supply chain manager will be in charge of an operation similar to that of a normal supply chain management operation. In these situations they could be more heavily involved with the suppliers and customers, and will treat the individual divisions as a whole, performing planning, warehousing, forecasting and logistics support. The nature of the job will largely depend on the size and nature of the business.
The skills required
Great communication and management skills will be vital elements in the group supply chain manager’s personality and training. They will be dealing with other managers and directors daily, receiving and transmitting targets, budget information and strategic plans, and will be expected to get them across clearly and unambiguously.
When the group supply chain manager has a more hands-on role within the supply chain, he or she must possess an analytical and methodical approach to work. Much of the calculations side of logistics planning will not be in the manager’s daily schedule, but a good knowledge of the IT solutions used will be useful, along with general IT skills such as the solutions found in the office environment. A good grasp of business acumen will be a key skill. The supply chain manager might have a good deal of autonomy and little contact with the board, so being able to treat the chain under his or her control as if it were a self-contained business will help with operations and budgeting.
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Group Supply Chain Manager 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 Manager position if you are living in the area.
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