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Supply Chain Jobs Overview

Jobs in supply chain operations involve working with the logistics of goods and materials, helping to organise their movement all the way from manufacturers and suppliers through distribution, and ultimately to the end customer. The career is diverse and suited to someone with excellent organisational skills, high numeracy, an ability to take a high level approach, and personal skills to work well with people of all backgrounds and positions. Senior roles in supply chain jobs also require analytical and creative skills to optimise supply routes for efficiency, flexibility, and economy.

Supply Chain Jobs Education Requirements

The most common requirement for a supply chain position is a foundation degree, HNC/HND or full degree in a related subject, such as logistics, distribution, international transport, or geography. It is also possible to start in a junior position within a company, using in-job training to achieve qualifications like the Level 2/3 Certificate in Logistics and Transport to progress to a full supply chain role. Experience gained in logistics jobs or distribution jobs can also be applicable to a career in the supply chain field.

Supply Chain Jobs Market

Continued development of freight and transport infrastructure, such as high-speed rail, means that demand for skilled and experienced supply chain employees is likely to be strong in the future. There are also opportunities for work with warehousing and distribution service operators, major national and international retailers, and import and export specialists.

Supply Chain Jobs Salary Information

A starting salary within the supply chain field is usually in the range of £20,000 to £25,000 a year, which can rise with experience to something in the range of £25,000 to £45,000. Senior manager jobs within large companies are the highest earning supply chain jobs, and these professionals can expect to earn significantly more, and £60,000 or more is a realistic aim for them.

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