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Supply Chain Manager

Department Procurement Site Port Elizabeth
Contract Permanent Hours Monday – Friday, 08:00 – 17:00


Minimum Qualification and Experience

  • A full understanding of the Import/Export Logistics process with experience in frozen and perishable goods.
  • A degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Business, or similar field.
  • Must have a full understanding of supply chain processes.
  • Experience in import and export procedures for both ocean freight and road freight preferred.
  • Good knowledge of relevant software and ERP systems (Office, Macro, Syspro etc).

Soft Skills

  • Excellent organisational and project management skills.
  • A strategic and analytical mind.
  • Must have creative problem-solving skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Must be an effective communicator with leadership capabilities.
  • Must be able to work in a high-pressure, deadline driven environment.
  • Must be able to train and guide team members.

Main Duties/Key Results Areas

1. Analysing Supply Chain Data and Performance

  • Create the company’s supply chain strategy.
  • Lead time form PO to Import Permit.
  • Shipping integrity versus PO dates.
  • Transit times versus PO lead times.
  • Analyse data from shipping and delivering processes to identify bottlenecks.
  • Customer delivery/intake analysis.
  • In store dwell time.
  • Find cost-effective solutions for supply chain processes.
  • Evaluate and report on KPIs.
  • Collaborate with other departments to create coordinated plans for business growth.

2. Maintaining Inventory

  • Ensuring order levels are optimised in terms of market demand/trends.
  • Ensuring sufficient product on the water to meet demand/commitments.
  • Ensuring that in store stock levels are maintained to meet our commitments and the market demands.
  • Identifying possible swop out opportunities.
  • Understanding our clients’ production requirements and ensuring an optimal stock level is maintained to meet the demand (production-based products).
  • Ensuring that the costing model integrity is maintained.

3. Export Management

  • Critical analysis of internal Standard Operating Procedures and ensuring compliance with the same.
  • Liaise with Customers, Freight Forwarders, and Operations departments ensuring the management of and the day-to-day oversight of the Road Freight Export team, as a unit and for each individual cross trade market.
  • Active engagement with external service providers on Standard Operating Procedures to ensure strategic alignment and adherence.
  • Developing and strengthening internal and external relationships that lead to increased efficiency and reduced export costs.
  • New market development in terms of ensuring that there is a good understanding of destination requirements eg pre-shipment inspections, certificates of origin, special packaging requirements, dangerous goods etc. that are incorporated into the Standard Operating Procedure for the respective market.
  • Training on all Standard Operating Procedures both internally and externally.
  • All and any other related tasks and duties as required by the employer from time to time.

Please note that only candidates who meet the above criteria will be considered for shortlisting.

To apply for this vacancy, please email

If you are appointed to the post, as part of your pre-employment check we will be required to verify your identity. The document/s you present for this purpose will be checked for their authenticity. Please note that all candidates must subject themselves to criminal, credit and qualification checks.

As part of you pre-employment checks, we will also be required to obtain satisfactory, written references. Please ensure that the referee details which you provide on your application form are correct. We require at least one written reference from your current or most recent line manager. We are only able to accept references from a professional work email address.


  • To undertake any other duties as requested by the Director, commensurate with the skills and experience of the post holder.
  • To have responsibility for the Health, Safety and Welfare of self and others and to comply at all times with the requirement of the Health and Safety Regulations.
  • To ensure confidentiality at all times, only releasing confidential information obtained during the course of employment to those acting in an official capacity.
  • To comply with Hume International Policies.
  • To undertake such duties as may be required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the position and the needs of the service.
  • This job description is not an exhaustive document but is a reflection of the current position. Details and emphasis may change in line with service needs after consultation with the post holder.