Supply Manager

Supply Manager Job Description

Supply/Purchase Managers Work In A Wide Range Of Sectors For Many Different Organisations. Their Job Is To Buy In Any Product Or Service That The Organisation May Need In Order To Carry Out Their Business And Operate As Necessary.

The Supply/Purchasing Manager Sources Whatever The Business Requires Or Searches For Better Deals And More Profitable Suppliers Possibly On A Worldwide Scale. They Need To Be Cost Effective While Also Dealing With Other Factors Such As Sustainability, Risk Management And Ethical Issues.

Purchasing And Supply Management Is An Important Role For Any Business Or Organisation. More Than Two Thirds Of Revenue Can Be Spent On Buying The Company’s Products Or Services Meaning The Purchase Manager Can Make A Real Difference In Cost Saving And Profit.

Supply Manager Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • liaising between suppliers, manufacturers, relevant internal departments and customers;
  • identifying potential suppliers, visiting existing suppliers, and building and maintaining good relationships with them;
  • negotiating and agreeing contracts and monitoring their progress - checking the quality of service provided;
  • evaluating bids and making recommendations based on commercial and technical factors;
  • processing payments and invoices;
  • keeping contract files and using them as reference for the future;
  • forecasting price trends and their impact on future activities;
  • forecasting likely levels of demand for services and products to meet the business needs and keeping a constant check on stock levels to maximise business efficiency;
  • conducting research to ascertain the best products and suppliers in terms of best value, delivery schedules and quality;
  • giving presentations about market analysis and possible growth;
  • producing reports and statistics using computer software;
  • ensuring suppliers are aware of business objectives;
  • developing an organisation's purchasing strategy;
  • attending meetings and trade conferences;
  • training and supervising the work of other members of staff

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