Supply Chain Manager Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Supply Chain Manager, or Procurement Manager, is responsible for overseeing activities related to a company’s products and services, including placing orders, storing, organising services, packing, loading and delivering products to clients. Their primary duties include improving productivity and efficiency, reducing costs and securing high-quality materials for the company.


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Supply Chain Manager duties and responsibilities

Supply Chain Managers analyse and take any steps necessary to improve the overall productivity of the supply chain. They come up with strategies to speed up the processes of packing, loading and delivering products. Other responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing and updating supply chain practices in line with company policies, standards, laws and regulations
  • Negotiating terms and prices with suppliers and freight companies, monitoring and assessing their performance and maintaining cost-effective practices
  • Implementing logistic strategies, tracking goods from the origination point to the warehouse 
  • Analysing the supply chain data and solving any issues or putting alternative plans in place
  • Identifying and minimising risk by predicting the demand for products and adopting new technology with no interruption to the process
  • Managing inventory, packing and distributing
  • Following up after accidents and injuries on the floor
  • Developing safety guidelines, teaching and enforcing the protocols
  • Supervising and training employees


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Supply Chain Manager

Job Description / Responsibilities

  • Develop accurate demand forecasts of all line items for their accountable segment of the business by using a combination of statistical forecasting integrated with insights gained via partnering with Sales, Marketing, Operations and Finance departments. Ensure consistent integration into the forecast of customer insights, base business trends, merchandising promotional plans, new item volumes, plan-o-gram changes and seasonal volume with the goal of reducing working capital and minimizing forecast error

  • Manage the existing supply chain department. Review orders shipping to the customer (turn, seasonal, and/or promotion) to maximize performance against internal and customer-driven goals.

  • Analyze, maintain, and modify key item-level system replenishment settings such as minimum ship quantity and shipment increment.

  • Develop/maintain statistical safety stock strategy

  • Manage new items. Manage customer specific systems and tools integration with the forecasting system.

  • Work to reduce chargebacks and improve report cards with customers.

  • As the Supply Chain Interface, individual will provide Sales and Operations teams with timely analysis, guidance, and decision-making to ensure that the supply chain is in the best position to execute the demand plan generated from the total operational forecast. This includes generating and publishing to key stakeholders, monthly and weekly demand forecasts, including clear identification of assumptions highlighting significant changes since release of previous report.

  • Proactively develop others within the planning organization through the sharing of best demonstrated processes and knowledge transference. Provide cross functional leadership across departments to solve for demand related issues caused by forecast error, demand constraints, unplanned promotional opportunities, etc.

  • Responsible for implementing methods, approaches, and solutions to maximize warehouse efficiency and use.

    In addition to position-specific work, as outlined above, the Demand Planner will act as a lead on special projects, providing leadership as a functional expert to represent Demand Planning needs. The teams will include (but not be limited to): seasonal teams, new product launch teams, and continuous improvement

  • Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field required

  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ supervisory experience

  • Strong computer skills including MS Office products & SAP

  • Solid interpersonal skills and the ability to lead, positively influence and train direct reports, peers and others

  • Experience with EDI

  • Strong communication skills, both in written and verbal form

  • Excellent problem-solving skills

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $67,000.00 to $77,000.00 /year


  • multi-site warehouse: 2 years (Preferred)

  • supply chain: 3 years (Preferred)

  • manufacturing: 5 years (Preferred)

  • supply chain management: 5 years (Preferred)

  • freight forwarder: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Wayne, NJ (Preferred)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

    Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly

    This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous

  • People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects

  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger Monday to Friday
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    Supply Chain Manager

    Southeastern Paperboard, Inc. is one of the largest and most diverse independent paperboard converters in the [website] and is headquartered in Greenville, SC. Our company employs a team of dedicated, motivated, and highly skilled individuals.

    We are a family owned and operated business and we’re growing! We are in search of an Assistant Operations Manager to join our Waste and Recycling Division. We offer full Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, Life Insurance, 401k and Profit Sharing, Paid Vacation and Holidays. Apply to join our team today!

    Position Overview:

    The Supply Chain Specialist is responsible for supporting operations in the Waste Recycling Division. Primary focus is on total order management. The individual will work closely with internal production teams as well as directly communication with customers, suppliers, and transportation lines.

    Responsibilities Include:

  • Coordinates scheduling for all waste activities. Manages and conveys critical information to customers, transportation, customer service and production.

  • Manage the life cycle of the supply chain from supplier to customer delivery. Works with manufacturing production on a daily basis to ensure accurate and timely order fulfillment. Extensive communication and interaction with worldwide customers and suppliers.

  • Takes ownership of order management to ensure issues are resolved in a timely and effective manner. Follow up with internal and external partners.

  • Strives to meet customer needs and achieve customer satisfaction.

  • Learn all facets of the recycling production processes and takes an active role in production management.

  • Supports the development of processes and procedures as the waste division grows.

  • Provides overall support to the growth of the organization.


  • Relevant work experience in a position like supply chain management, operations, scheduling, planning and/or expediting, transportation coordination or customer support. In lieu of such experience, a 4-year degree in business, operations or a related field of study may also be considered.

  • 1-2 years of previous manufacturing experience preferred.

  • Experience with overseas shipping containers preferred.

  • Position is customer and supplier facing and requires the ability to communicate clearly and courteously.

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast pace environment.

  • Must be flexible and detail orientated with a high sense of urgency.

  • As this role is expected to grow and expand, the willingness and ability to continue to learn new skills, processes and technologies over time is a must.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally through both phone support and email is critical.

  • Ability to use online systems, MS Word/ Excel and standard office automation technology is required.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $50,000.00 to $55,000.00 /hour


  • supply chain: 2 years (Preferred)

  • manufacturing: 2 years (Preferred)

  • transportation/logistics: 2 years (Preferred)

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

    Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly

    Benefit Conditions:

  • Waiting period may apply

  • Only full-time employees No
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    Supply Chain Manager

    Job Description

    Barsan Global Logistics Inc. is searching for a motivated and personable individual to join our operations team as Import/Export Coordinator. The desired candidate is preferred to have prior experience in the freight forwarding industry as a customer service representative. This position will be dealing with ocean & air shipments and will work a great deal with our origin offices.

    The ability to speak Turkish is a plus.

    :: About Us ::

    Established in 1982, Barsan Global Logistics is one of the leading Nvocc freight forwarding companies. With headquarters located in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as regional headquarters all over the world - Barsan remains strong & confident in a rapidly growing market.

    :: Job Description ::

  • Preparation of essential shipping documentation on a daily basis

  • Following up and updating customers on their import/export shipments

  • Communicating with steamship lines, terminals, customs brokers, truckers and overseas agents

  • Ensuring all shipment documentation is in compliance with customs rules and regulations

  • Calculating weight, volume and cost of goods being moved

  • Coordinating release and entry processing for ocean and air import shipments, including [website] Customs and Border Protection, coordinating freight releases and arrange final delivery if needed

  • Use company's internal system

  • Maintain effective relationship with clients, carriers, forwarders, customs etc.

    :: Qualifications ::

  • Well organized and enthusiastic.

  • Superior communication, organization, and follow-through skills essential.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and time-management skills.

  • Ability to multi-task and solve problems

  • Ability to work in a fast paced and team environment

  • Knowledge of computers

  • Must be willing to learn and be flexible

    Job Type: Full-time


  • supply chain: 1 year (Preferred)

  • freight forwarder: 1 year (Preferred)


  • English (Required)

  • Turkish (Preferred)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

  • Other forms


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Paid time off

  • Other

    Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly


  • Monday to Friday

  • No weekends

    Benefit Conditions:

  • Waiting period may Temporarily due to Covid-19
  • What does a  Supply Chain Manager do?

    A Supply Chain Manager plays an essential role in the company’s commercial strategy and ensures an impressive return of investment (ROI) that contributes to the company’s financial goals. They manage logistics, update and analyse inventory and perform analyses to the supply chain data. Supply Chain Managers work in a range of settings. They may work in an office or in a warehouse or manufacturing facility. They may also travel either locally or internationally to meet with suppliers and other partners. Majority of Supply Chain Managers work full time and some regularly work over 40 hours per week. 


    Supply Chain Manager skills and qualifications

    A successful Supply Chain Manager candidate will have various skills and qualifications to perform their duties effectively, these include:

    • Strong planning skills and project management expertise
    • Excellent time management skills and the ability to work under pressure while maintaining accuracy
    • Strategic planning and thinking, systems analysis and evaluation
    • Relationship management skills and active listening
    • Complex problem-solving skills
    • Interpersonal skills
    • In-depth knowledge of various IT systems
    • In-depth understanding of risk management within the supply chain of the company


    Supply Chain Manager experience requirements

    Supply Chain Managers must have a practical business background including management principles in resource allocation, strategic planning, management, production and leadership. They must also have at least four years of experience  in supply chain management and 10 or more years of experience in a leading manufacturing role. Supply Chain Managers must also have several years of experience working with other departments to identify and resolve system and procedural weaknesses. 


    Supply Chain Manager education and training requirements

    Supply Chain Managers should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics, Business Administration or Supply Chain Management. Many companies accept candidates with a Foundation Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Management, Logistics Management or Transport Management. Some companies require candidates to complete on-the-job training and obtain industry-recognised certifications such as the Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS) Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and SCPro Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). 


    Supply Chain Manager Salary expectations

    According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Supply Chain Manager is  £33,530 per year. This figure varies depending on factors, including experience, geographical location and company.


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    Supply Chain Manager job description FAQs


    Who does a Supply Chain Manager report to?

    Supply Chain Managers generally report to the upper management, such as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO).


    How can you make your Supply Chain Manager job description stand out?

    Provide details about your organisation and about the duties they will perform. Also, give them information about the qualifications and qualities and skills you are looking for.


    What should you look for in a Supply Chain Management CV?

    A Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management or Logistics. Also, look for expertise in purchasing. A good CV should include proven job skills and prior experience in similar roles. The CV should also detail how many years of experience the candidate has and should show continuous dates of employment. Look for specific examples of leadership, customer-centricity, cost reductions and improved return on investment (ROI) from the candidate’s CV.


    What is the difference between a Supply Chain Manager and a Logistics Manager?

    The goal of the Supply Chain Manager is to gain and promote competitive advantages. The Logistics Manager works toward customer satisfaction. Logistics is one role within supply chain management and determines transportation modes for shipments. Supply chain management is responsible for purchasing, inventory and working with multiple organisations outside the company.

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