United Kingdom
£38,000 - £51,000 per year
Contract, Fixed term contract until end of 2023, Full-time
Job description

Sightsavers are excited to be seeking an NTD Supply Chain Manager to be responsible for the implementation and management of end-to-end procurement and supply activities for the goods, equipment and consumables required to support the delivery of NTD programmes, including several new donor funding streams.

Title:            Supply Chain Manager - Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD)

Location:     UK
Contract:     Fixed term contract until end of 2023


As the NTD Supply Chain Manager you will work closely with the NTD programme teams to design and maintain robust supply chains for programmes that may include capacity building/strengthening as well as identified value for money (VFM) objectives. In collaboration with programme teams the NTD Supply Chain Manager will consolidate and analyse demand planning and forecasting data gathered from country teams, implementation partners and other relevant stakeholders, to anticipate the procurement needs of the programmes.


Working with the wider Sightsavers Programme Supply Chain (PSC) team, the role will identify the best sourcing and supply options taking compliance, quality, lead-time and overall VFM into consideration. This ensures that requirements are identified, processed, and delivered in a timely, efficient, and compliant manner. Of importance, is the practicable implementation of Good Distribution Practices (GDP) standards for medicinal and healthcare products across the programme supply chain.


Further duties include but are not limited to;


  • Day-to-day project management of all operational procurement and supply chain aspects of the NTD programmes
  • Act as the key point of contact for the programme teams and partners for operational procurement and supply chain activities
  • Be accountable for internal and external compliance requirements relevant to operational procurement and supply chain activities (e.g., overall regulatory environment, policy framework, donor rules)
  • Act as the key point of contact for the Sightsavers Programme Supply Chain Quality Assurance Manager in all aspects of NTD programmes’ supply chains relating to GDP compliance (i.e. Sightsavers and partners purchase and supply of medicinal products)
  • Develop and streamline the end-to-end procurement and supply chain processes for the programmes with relevant stakeholders and partners, using and improving on existing systems and tools, or introducing new systems/tools as appropriate
  • Proactively work with the programme teams, partners and technical staff to determine the operational procurement requirements and practical delivery timelines for programme planning
  • Consolidate and analyse programme demand planning/forecasting data and trends, research demand drivers, identify supply risks and mitigation strategies
  • Work with the wider Sightsavers PSC team to resolve any GDP compliance issues, issues with import procedures at country level or with suppliers for all Sightsavers purchases relating to NTD programmes; and supporting partners to do the same
  • Regularly travel to Sightsavers Country Offices in Sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen capacity and conduct compliance and due diligence assessments on implementation partners and suppliers.


Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent professional working experience in a relevant discipline
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management, CIPS / CILT qualifications, APICS, Project Management or other equivalent certifications (highly desirable);
  • Procurement and supply chain management, preferably in relevant or relatable areas for the scope of the role (i.e. International Development, NTDs, Sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Technical aspects and compliance requirements of procuring medical products, medical equipment, healthcare products and other clinical goods (highly desirable);                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Minimum of two (4) years’ experience working on and supporting the implementation of development/humanitarian programmes funded by institutional donors (highly desirable)
  • Good Distribution Practices (GDP) or equivalent quality management frameworks
  • Global procurement and supply chain operations including logistics management, particularly in developing and conflict-affected/fragile states (highly desirable)
  • Process review and change management, developing and rolling out tools and procedures
  • Maintaining databases and providing management reporting information


This is a highly varied and involved role and the above is not an exhaustive list of duties or required professional skills. Please see the Job Description for full details.

Interviews are likely to take place week commencing 15th November 2021. In order to apply for this role please follow the below link and complete our brief application form and attached your CV and Cover letter.

As an equal opportunity employer we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader, and qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply

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Posted on: 22 October 2021
Closed date: 07 November 2021
Tags: Project Management, Governance