What does a Director of Supply Chain do?

A Supply Chain Manager has an important role in the planning, organizing and carrying out of large-scale projects. A Supply Chain Manager reviews data and then enacts a plan in order to make improvements to the supply chain system. They work to promote top-notch performance from workers and lower the overall costs of items used in projects.

A Supply Chain Manager is the contact point for many large purchases made from outside of the company for projects. They ensure fair prices and negotiate with company representatives to set to it the parent company is receiving the best possible price for good solid. Additionally, a Supply Chain Manager had detailed awareness of stock on hand and actively monitor what is being used and support builders by making sure they have the tools needed.

  • Seek to improve all aspects of the supply chain department by reviewing current methodology and processes
  • Work closely with the IT department to create effective databases to manage and organize warehouse inventory
  • Train and instruct other members of the Supply Chain team
  • Maintain a friendly and professional relationship with vendors while promoting company initiatives and values
  • Research and seek out the most cost-efficient shipment procedures and methods
  • Organize and oversee inventory by keeping a detailed database of available inventory and expected usage per project
  • Research partner companies and seek to negotiate best-price contracts to increase business revenue
  • Plan and implement supply chain optimization projects
  • Experience managing and improving supply chain data, information and processes
  • Actively seek to improve all aspects of the supply chain by streamlining steps and locating the best prices for inventory
  • Professional communication skills are essential when conversing and negotiating with vendors
  • Exceptional ability to conceptualize large-picture projects and foresee challenges and needs to be addressed
  • Top-level understanding of all aspects of supply chain processes
  • Ability to research companies and determine the best vendors to reach out to for various projects
  • Previous experience with Supply Chain Management is essential
  • Experience working in and maintaining databases using Microsoft Excel and others relevant to company processes
  • Supply Chain Management certification is strongly preferred
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Director of Supply Chain Salaries

Average Base Pay

£89,395 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £89K
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21 Nov 2019

“Every day presents a new day to change someone's life and I love it!”

Keurig Dr PepperKeurig Dr Pepper
Senior Manager, Supply Chain Planning
29 Apr 2021

“Many development opportunities for those looking to expand their knowledge and advance in their career.”

HCA Healthcare UKHCA Healthcare UK
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7 Feb 2020

“Private healthcare cover is part of our benefits and I have used this on a number of occasions.”

Mercedes-Benz InternationalMercedes-Benz International
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7 Aug 2021

“The pay per hour is great if you are full time and have been there for years.”

Supply Chain Coordinator
6 Feb 2021

“There is no work life balance and to date I have worked every single day.”

Manager, Supply Chain & Logistics
12 May 2021

“Work life balance can be a challenge in all retail which is working holidays and weekends.”

Textron AviationTextron Aviation
Value Stream Leader
23 Nov 2021

“The fact is the union has better compensation and all you have to do is not get fired.”

Nederman GroupNederman Group
Director, Supply Chain Management
12 Jul 2021

“It is also expected you do the same in others department which is not the best for good communication.”

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