Farringdon, Greater London
£38,000 - £40,562 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description


The job of a Save the Children’s UK Supply Chain Manager is stretching and fulfilling.

  • Do you have a successful track record in managing large and complex international supply chain operations?
  • Do you have substantial experience within the NGO or internal aid agency sector on humanitarian projects?
  • Do you have experience working in remote field locations with limited infrastructure and resources?
  • Are you able to commit to a high amount of travel?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.


Job Purpose

Reporting directly to the Operations Lead – East & Southern Africa and with a dotted line into the Head of Supply Chain, Emergency Health Unit, the Supply Chain Manager is responsible for providing the overall supply chain strategy and management for the Emergency Health Unit.

The Supply Chain Manager will be hands-on and  will work closely with our different supply chain teams around the world to provide innovative and practical supply chain solution, forecasting, planning as well as ensuring the availability and delivery of essential relief items during humanitarian crises around the world.

This role involves a high amount of travel. Commitment to international travel (up to 70% in a year) and willingness to be deployed on emergency response with 72 hours’ notice for around 2 – 16 weeks a time are essential requirements of the role.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The Supply Chain Manager will support commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.

Main Accountabilities

The Supply Chain Manager will play a key role in delivering the Save the Children UK supply chain strategy:

Strategic Planning

  • Contributing to the strategic development of the Emergency Health Unit’s supply chain and preparedness plan


  • Supporting the Emergency Health Unit’s Head of Supply Chain in the analysis and recommendations review of After Action Reviews. Work with the EHU supply chain team to implement lessons learned


  • Supporting and participating in the annual supply chain work planning, reporting and data analysis


Budget monitoring and reporting

  • Contributing to the budget development for future award when requested


  • Proposing approximate expenditure cash projections for immediate scale up. Drafting emergency cash management plans with the supply chain team


  • Managing the emergency response cash float

Deployment Preparedness

  • Ensuring supply chain best practices are upheld across both preparedness and deployment operations


  • Assisting with the development of the Emergency Health Unit’s supply chain training plan for the induction of new and roster staff


  • Feeding into the revision of relevant supply chain standard operating procedures to reflect the growing modules


Deployment Activation

  • Being personally prepared for an urgent deployment within 72 hours and for up to 120 days


  • Collaborating with clinical and operations colleagues to determine the minimum supply requirements for rapid assessments or forward positioning


  • Coordinating with the Emergency Health Unit’s Head of Supply Chain on pre-deployment briefings for international staff including roster members


  • Agreeing the priority communication plan and ways of working when on deployment


On Deployment

  • Work closely with the Country Office supply chain teams to provide assessment of feasibility of deployment whilst considering factors such as importation, regional or domestic supply routes, security, accessibility, topography and infrastructure


  • Ensuring required stocks are available and drawn from the global prepositioned stock holdings


  • Liaising with the country offices teams (e.g. drivers, supply chain staff and labourers) to ensure effective and efficient delivery


  • Ensuring operations are compliant with supply chain policies and procedures as well as national laws


  • Acting as the Supply Chain representative of the Emergency Health Unit in external meetings with bodies such as UN Agencies


  • Contributing to the development of an effective exit strategy and handover of the Emergency Health Unit to the country response team



Team Management

  • Supervising and supporting the Medical Logistician (direct report) in their role. Ensuring the team’s objectives and personal development goals are met


  • Ensuring that the supply chain policies and procedures are adhered to by the Emergency Health Unit and other Supply Chain colleagues around the world



Person Profile


  • Substantial experience in a senior supply chain management role within the NGO or internal aid agency sector


  • Experience working in remote field locations with limited infrastructure and resources after large humanitarian crises (e.g. earthquakes, typhoons, or post-conflict)


  • Strong track record of managing large and complex international supply chain operations


  • Evidence of significant field deployments in emergency response


  • Significant experience with medical supply chain management (e.g.  pharmaceutical quality assurance and procurement)


  • Good understanding of best practices of managing a health facility, including precautions and risk mitigation, managing medical waste materials


  • Experience in managing an operational logistics budget in the field including phases of budget design and planning at overall project and donor levels


  • Ability to lead a team of professionals in build their capacity in supply chain principles and best practice


  • Ability to remain solution focused and confident in rapidly changing and time-pressured environments


  • Ability to synthesise and analyse complex information, and make clear, informed decisions 


  • Ability to establish professional credibility quickly with colleagues, and to interact effectively with staff at all levels and across all departments


  • Ability to manage personal, budgets and resources in a challenging financial climate




  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment


  • A resilient, clear and decisive decision-making approach which is allied to a consultative and collaborative management style


  • A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity


Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Posted on: 22 February 2021
Closing date: 22 March 2021
Tags: Intl Development
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