How to write a Supply Chain Manager job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Supply Chain Manager job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Supply Chain Manager job titles

    Supply Chain Manager
    Senior Supply Chain Manager
    Supply Chain Manager (APICS CSCP certified)
    Manager (Supply Chain)
    Commodity Manager

Supply Chain Manager job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Supply Chain Manager job summary

Our marine technology manufacturing company is looking for an experienced Supply Chain Manager who can overhaul our supply chain protocols, procedures and strategy. The successful candidate will have excellent leadership skills and the ability to put together a talented, efficient team. He or she will report directly to our Chief Operating Officer, and you will be responsible for meeting quotas that are discussed with our COO monthly and quarterly. We’re interested in improving our speed, efficiency and resource use to increase our company’s overall revenue and provide more reliable service for our customers. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

Supply Chain Manager responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Supply Chain Manager responsibilities

    Develop, teach and reinforce safety guidelines and protocols
    Follow up after accidents and injuries on the floor
    Create supply chain management strategies that increase efficiency and speed
    Provide operational support and guidance to ensure maximum productivity
    Train and mentor SCM employees
    Collaborate with other departments to identify vulnerabilities and close operational gaps
    Focus on safety, cost management and business growth in all interactions and directives
    Prepare and submit weekly reports to COO
    Optimize warehouse functions
    Handle communications and negotiations with external suppliers

Supply Chain Manager qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Supply Chain Manager skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related field
    10+ years’ experience in manufacturing in a leadership role
    4+ years’ experience in supply chain management
    Familiarity with safety and procedural best practices in SCM
    APICS certification a plus
    Experience with ERP programs (enterprise level preferred)
    Ability to lead, train and mentor employees on a personal level

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