Supply chain ‘is a network between a company and its suppliers to produce and distribute a specific product, and the supply chain represents the steps it takes to get the product or service to the customer. Supply Chain Management is a crucial process, because an optimized supply chain results in lower costs and a faster production cycle.
ROLES WITHIN SUPPLY CHAIN Supply Chain Director Sits on the senior leadership team and responsible for Continuous Improvement, setting strategies and driving optimal supply chain performance at minimum cost to the business.
Supply Chain Manager Coordinates the logistics of all aspects of the supply chain which consists of five parts: 1) the plan or strategy, 2) the source (of raw materials or services), 3) manufacturing (focused on productivity and efficiency), 4) delivery and logistics, and 5) the return system (for defective or unwanted products). The supply chain manager tries to minimize shortages and keep costs down. The job is not only about logistics and purchasing inventory. Supply chain managers make recommendations to improve productivity, quality, and efficiency of operations. Planning Manager - leads and executes all operational and analytical sales and business aspects that deliver value to sales performance for the business.
Inventory Manager Focuses primarily on specifying the shape and placement of stocked goods. A company may employ a number of Inventory Managers at different locations within a facility or within many locations of a supply network to precede the regular and planned course of production and stock of materials.
Vendor Replenishment Planner/Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) ) is inventory that is managed by the vendor (supplier). This means the vendor determines when to replenish and how much to replenish. VMI’s/VRP’s in New Zealand are typically based on-site at Foodstuffs or PEL and are responsible for relationship management and managing inventory to ensure DIFOT on behalf of their customer.
Supply Planner Responsible for optimising the balance of inventory across the supply chain network in line with target customer service levels, levels of forecast accuracy and safety stock levels
Demand Planner A key associate in the process of delivering the company business plan, by driving and managing an effective sales forecasting process, and liaising with Sales, Procurement and Finance to meet sales, inventory and financial targets.
Production Planner Responsible for creating timely production plans and purchase orders to meet company demand while optimising finished goods inventory. The role includes schedule of production through coordinating material, ingredients and packaging delivery, planning production on multiple manufacturing lines and manage finished goods delivery to the warehouse.
PROCUREMENT The act of finding, acquiring, buying goods, services or works from an external source, often via a tendering or competitive bidding process.
Head of Procurement Responsible for maximizing resource efficiency in meeting the demands of the business. They execute strategic programs in international and domestic sourcing, manufacturing (if relevant), distribution and warehousing. They will have expertise in negotiating supplier contracts, creating and analysing bids and making recommendations as to how to grow and improve the business through strategic sourcing.
Procurement Manager Procurement managers create up-to-date strategies to deliver goods and services that best meet their organisation’s business needs. They work with suppliers to get the right solutions, at the right time, for the best price, quality and value.
Procurement Category Manager Category Management is a strategic approach which organises procurement resources to focus on specific areas of spends. This enables category managers to focus their time and conduct in depth market analysis to fully leverage their procurement decisions on behalf of the whole organisation. Procurement category Managers typically look after one group of categories – direct, indirects and Information Technology.
Vendor Relationship Manager They will work to improve the relationship between supply and demand. Through vendor relationship the customer is sharing some of the responsibility for the commercial relationship. The vendor relationship manager will work to ensure that the vendors have a clear understanding of the customer requirements and expectations and also works with internal stakeholders to ensure that the business has a clear understanding of what the vendors are offering.
Purchasing Officer Responsible for purchasing raw materials, products and/or supplies for an organisation under the direct supervision of a Purchasing Manager. Responsibilities vary based on the size and type of products an organisation uses or produces. Typically not involved in the sourcing, tendering or negotiating process.
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT Logistics management is the part of supply chain management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward, and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customer’s requirements.
Logistics Manager Oversees the movement, distribution and storage of materials in an organisation. A Logistics Manager controls the flow of incoming materials and outgoing finished products to ensure customers receive products on time. Logistics managers oversee warehouse, inventory control, material handling, customer service, transportation and planning workers.
Distribution Centre/Warehousing Manager Supervises the workers employed in a warehouse. This is a key position, responsible for all distribution centre activities – from receiving and storing to the shipping of goods. They are also charge of planning operations and activities, with the company’s budget in mind.
Logistics Analyst Responsible for analysing and interpreting data and providing logistics information to aid cost effective, efficient, timely and high quality logistics solutions. Often works closely with the Logistics Manager and other stakeholders in the organisation.
Transport Manager The key focus is to plan, organise, direct, manage, evaluate, and are responsible for the operations and budget of transportation. Also responsible for the transportation and movement of goods or companies involved in supply chain services. This position includes the identification of opportunities for transportation operation improvements.
Warehouse Supervisor In charge of inventory in a warehouse or similar space. They lead a team of inventory or warehouse workers to receive and record new stock as it comes in, and move stock onto trucks or store shelves as needed.