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Supply Chain Supervisor

Operations & Quality – Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Department Operations & Quality
Employment Type Permanent - Direct
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Job Title:                 Supply Chain Supervisor

Department:          Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Reports to:             Head of Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Location:                 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

As a Supply Chain Supervisor, you will mainly be responsible for, but not limited to, the duties described in this job description.

Job Purpose & Context

This role exists to manage the procurement and control of materials within the company via the Purchasing and Logistic Processes. The Supply Chain Supervisor will be responsible for maintaining inventory levels to fulfil customer requirements and creating tracking systems for orders using the company’s ERP system (SAP). You will also be the conduit in answering vendor questions and providing them with additional order documentation as needed. The successful candidate for this position will have experience in the manufacturing industry and a strong understanding of supply chain management concepts. You will have a natural flair in the identification of cost and reduce and challenge where necessary.


Main Responsibilities

·  Assist the Head of Production and Supply Chain with day to day warehouse management and by maintaining proper inventory levels of materials and/ or spares required to support the business activities

·  To ensure that the process for ordering and re-ordering materials and or services is optimised within the current purchasing framework

·  Develop and operate an efficient and accurate system for monitoring and expediting all open purchase orders

·  To work with current & future vendors to examine opportunities to reduce overall cost

·  Assist the Head of Manufacturing & Supply Chain to conduct quarterly reviews on key Tier 1 and Tier 2 Suppliers

·  Oversee the Logistics team to ensure that all deliveries/shipments satisfy the assigned purchase orders and shipping requests

·  Use data analysis to drive continuous improvement and reduce costs to the business

·  Oversee the reporting of the Monthly KPi’s utilising the Operations Assistant

·   Managing NCRs related to Supply Chain and Logistics


Additional Responsibilities

·   Oversee the generation of necessary management reports from SAP to monitor and drive improvement

·   Conduct vendor assessments with Head or Production and Supply Chain

·   Participate in regular team briefing and reviews, working as part of close-knit team

·   Assist Engineering team with BoM Management within SAP

·   Compliance with 5S requirements 

·    Management of suppliers through KPI’s, whilst delivering business efficiency and reducing costs


Key Relationships and Interfaces

·  Engineering / R&D

·   Customer Support & Service Engineers

·   Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers

·   Supply Chain and Manufacturing Personnel

·  Finance

Academic Qualifications or Key Knowledge


Educated to at least grade (A-C) GCSE

Strong negotiating skills

Competent in the use of MS Office packages

Lean Manufacturing (including 5s)


HNC / HND in Manufacturing or Accounting or a related field

Hold or be willing to work towards full CIPS Membership


Skills & Experience


Ability to solve problems and make decisions, as well as think laterally and offer solutions

Able to thrive in a high-stress and fast-paced environment

Impeccable attention to detail

SAP/ERP Purchasing and Logistics

Excellent relationship management skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external teams

Picking, Checking Picked Kit, Packing & Despatching Goods

Carrying out Yearly stock counts

Arranging logistics operations around the world



Inventory Management & Control

Knowledge and use of known problem-solving tools

Ability to lead and motivate a team

Implementation of Packaging Standards

Lean & 5S Implementation

NCR & 8D Processes and problem-solving techniques

Expediting experience

P.I Count implementation experience



·   Organisational awareness and commitment

·   Customer awareness

·   Planning and Organising

·   Resilience

·   To challenge the status quo

·   Flexibility and Adaptability

·   Teamwork

·   Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

·    Demonstrates Initiative


This job description should be regarded only as guidance to the duties required and is not definitive or restrictive in any way.   It may be reviewed in the light of changing circumstances following consultation with the job holder.


Please note: Only Candidates with the relevant skills and experience will be contacted regarding their application. If you are not successful with this role we may however contact you in the future to discuss other opportunities.


Please note that no terminology in this job description is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person's gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation. Candidates will only be assessed on their merits, qualifications and abilities in relation to the role.


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  • Location
    Abingdon, Oxfordshire
  • Department
    Operations & Quality
  • Employment Type
    Permanent - Direct
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