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Assistant Manager – Supply Chain Operations - Consulting Services

Date: Sep 10, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Team

Our Supply Chain Operations team of approximately 90 consultants are seeking experienced consultants and industry professionals to grow and develop our capability. Our brand and reputation mean that we work on high profile projects, using our experience to create innovative solutions to our clients’ commercial problems.

More and more we are seeing significant events that are having unprecedented impacts on our clients Supply Chains and Operations - major disruptions such as COVID and Brexit, changing customer expectations, emerging technologies, ethical supply chain focus and disruptors entering the market. We help our clients not only to resolve their biggest Supply Chain problems, but to transform their Supply Chain functions to drive differentiation in the marketplace, deliver superior customer experience and competitive advantage.

What we do, and what our key services are:
An Assistant Manager will be responsible for delivering consulting work as part of a team, both alongside colleagues and clients, on complex commercial or transformational engagements.

The key services are outlined below:

Digital Supply Chain Strategy
Defining the digital strategy, operating model and technology ecosystem to drive step change in performance e.g. Omnichannel solutions in Retail, Consumer Goods or Telco
Control Towers e.g. for Supply Planning, 4PL, Supply Chain Visibility
SC Visibility solutions across the extended enterprise e.g. into customers and suppliers
Providing insight on the supply chain technology market across the value chain (Maintain to Optimise, Forecast to Plan, Schedule to Produce, Store to Fulfil, Idea to Commercialisation).

Cost to Serve and SC Segmentation
Supply Chain segmentation through powerful analytics to optimise the delivery system around the customer experience that allows for the greatest economic return e.g.
Providing analytical services, including Cost to Serve and spend analysis
Maturity assessments, opportunity assessments and Should cost modelling
Supporting the quantification of potential savings and ongoing benefits tracking and realisation.

Network Optimisation
Development and test of optimisation scenarios that ensure network operations support the outcomes demanded by the business e.g.Building digital twin using network optimisation tool
Running strategic scenarios based on client needs
Supporting the quantification of potential savings and ongoing benefits tracking and realisation

Integrated Business Planning
Planning Powered Supply Chain – an end-to-end solution to deliver cross-enterprise alignment of planning and execution processes to improve predictability and financial performance e.g.
Assessment of a client’s existing capabilities in the supply chain against leading practice
Identifying improvement areas across people, process and technology
Developing Supply Chain Strategy and business alignment
Defining new operating models that enhance supply chain value creation and return on investment
Helping clients to develop a digital strategy for Supply Chain that leverages cloud based tools, advanced analytics, robotics process automation and AI solutions to optimise planning or execution of core supply chain processes (e.g. demand planning, supply planning, logistics management)
Building a technology roadmap that drives speed to value for our clients
Supporting the sourcing and evaluation of digital solutions to meet business requirements

As well as working in teams to deliver these solutions, Assistant Managers are also expected to contribute to practice development by developing and bringing to fruition new solutions, be involved in business development activity, provide a broad contribution to development of the overall team and support the management team.

The Person

We are seeking an experienced Supply Chain Planning professional to join our Supply Chain Operations team. We are looking for someone with a strong planning background particularly through the use of technology platforms such as Oracle Supply Chain Management or JDA – however, it will be advantageous if you also have broader Supply Chain experience.
Ideally you will have previous experience of consulting within Operations and / or have an operational management background or similar role within a planning or supply chain team.

Essential experience:
Supply chain experience
Strong understanding of supply chain processes – including: demand planning, supply planning, logistics management, Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP)
Experience in using, implementing and/or developing the business requirements for leading supply chain planning technology, e.g. Oracle Supply Chain Management or JDA, and other cloud based supply chain technologies.
Experience undertaking supply chain transformation programmes including the implementation and deployment of technology
Experience working as part of a team for project delivery
Experience of developing and managing project plans

The following experience would be of additional value:
Knowledge of financial business cases for change and rolling out cost restructuring initiatives
Experience of change management in complex multi-business unit / multi-geography environments
Blue Chip, FTSE 100, Fortune 500 company or central Government experience
Extensive knowledge of the current supply chain technology market
Experience designing, selecting, supporting and implementing technology solutions.
Experience communicating compelling and well thought out solutions to complex problems

Key Skills
Project management and delivery.
High quality delivery
Relationship development skills with clients and colleagues
Drive and resilience
Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
Ability to rapidly identify issues and propose solutions, supported by data and analysis.
Excellent commercial acumen and business context.
Broad consulting skills, including planning and delivering workshops, structured interviewing, data gathering, process mapping and analysis.

In addition, applicants should be educated to degree level or equivalent. Postgraduate or professional qualification (e.g. MBA/CIPS/CILT) is advantageous.

Depending on Client location you will be required to travel and work away from home for periods of time and will need to be willing to demonstrate flexibility.

The role will be based in Canary Wharf, London.

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