Supply chain

Supply Chain

The supply chain discipline is an important part of the life sciences industry. It is the network of companies and suppliers. This network consists of all people, resources, technologies, and activities involved in creating and selling a product. An optimised supply chain results in a faster production cycle and lower costs. The supply chain is a key factor for the distribution channel which is the process of getting the product from the manufacturer to the end user. Different objectives can be achieved through effective supply chain management, such as minimising inventory and saving costs.

Recent developments

The supply chain is subject to modernisation. More and more processes are regulated digitally nowadays. Similarly, the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for supply chain management is increasing. These systems automate and simplify the supply chain process. In addition, another emerging trend is e-commerce. This trend causes many non-traditional products, such as household appliances and furniture, to become traditional as they can be ordered online. Also, online sizing guides for apparel and footwear is an ongoing trend. Furthermore, there are more delivery, return, and pickup options available. Finally, there are more possibilities for the personalisation of products by the consumer, which means stock reduction, but also an increasing need for more designs.

QTC Recruitment and supply chain

QTC Recruitment is constantly looking for individuals with experience in this sector of the life sciences industry. Due to the limited availability of supply chain specialists, it is essential to know the market and its dynamics to make the right matches. Positions that we regularly fill are i.e. a demand planner who aims to use the agency’s resources and knowledge to generate sales predictions used for a sales planning. Another position is the logistic planner who ensures that equipment and people are where they should be, within budget and on time. The supply chain manager ensures that supply chain activities are actively managed to maximise customer value. Furthermore, a warehouse manager is responsible for monitoring storage, shipment of goods, and the efficiency thereof. Warehouse managers are responsible for monitoring the supply chain processes and managing systems to ensure that productivity is maintained or improved.

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