Careers » Job Title: Supply Chain Manager

Salary: Dependent on experience

Hours: Full Time – 36.5 Hours weekly

Reports to: Managing Director

Manchester based importer and distributor of infant/nursery products (pushchairs etc) seeks an experienced and suitably qualified Supply Chain Manager to join its Purchasing Department. This is your chance to join a highly successful organisation that is in a period of growth, in what will be an interesting and varied role.

Ranked as one of the 50 fastest growing businesses in the Greater Manchester area and one of the top 300 SMEs in the North West, our organisation exclusively distributes 14 international consumer brands across the UK and Ireland.

Candidates with at least 3 year's experience as a Supply Chain Manager with strong experience of stock control, stock analysis, supply chain management and procurement would be a good fit for this role. The ideal candidate should be highly computer literate, organised, process driven, be able to manage their time effectively and have a keen eye for detail. The Supply Chain / Purchasing Manager will have overall control of approximately $15 million of annual purchases.


  • Development of the Supply Chain strategy and responsibility for the day to day running of the Purchasing function.
  • Create, manage and achieve the overall logistics and purchasing department budgets and improvement plans.
  • Provision of accurate stock reports, to ensure correct decisions are being made.
  • Monthly reconciliation of stock levels to ensure that all processes affecting stock have been carried out.
  • Development of Efficient and effective MRP forecasts and reports.
  • Manage inventory stock levels to agreed internal targets.
  • Managing effective supplier relations and relationships with internal stakeholders.
  • Liaise with Warehouse Manager to ensure that stock levels are maintained to meet projected warehouse requirements.
  • Collaborate with Product Development team to facilitate effective supply and availability of new and existing products.
  • Liaise with customer service to ensure that up to date information relating to supplier deliveries is disseminated as efficiently as possible.
  • Develop business by analysing logistical problems and producing new solutions.
  • Continually improve the supply chain process.
  • Evaluate performance and quality and to plan improvements.
  • Provide leadership, development, and supervision for employees.
  • Allocate and manage staff resources according to changing needs.
  • Reconciliation of stock takes and investigation of discrepancies.
  • Weekly reporting on stock levels and accurate recording of shortages.
  • Controlling the movement of all inbound stock.
  • Management of, and, involvement with physical stock takes (Annually).


  • Recent experience in a similar role.
  • Experience of multi brand Purchasing and Inventory Control.
  • Commercial awareness.
  • Ability to work with multiple orders.
  • Tenacity to get the job done, and determined to succeed.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and be detail oriented.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Proven critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Hands on Manager with skills to implement best working practises and develop team.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Excellent IT skills (especially Excel) with experience of using an ERP system.
  • Ability to work autonomously.


  • Experience in a previous role within a similar business is essential.
  • CIPS qualification or equivalent (including QBE) is essential.

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