Supply Chain and Logistics Manager – Maternity Cover

Sightsavers , United States
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Job Summary

Job Description

The Supply Chain and Logistics Manager plays a significant role in the Programme Supply Chain (PSC) which governs the procurement behaviours and decisions within Sightsavers, as well as the Quality Management System (QMS) for Medicines and Healthcare Commodities, and oversees logistics processes and coordinating complex requirements in order to deliver goods to our programme teams and partners. The procurement of goods and services forms a major part of Sightsavers programme activities with partners, as well as Sightsavers own global operations. Logistics, which involves many people, complex movements, and is inherent with risk, is critical to the successful performance of Programme Supply Chain

The Supply Chain and Logistics Manager will act as global Supply Chain Manager for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) programmes, supporting the implementation and management of the supply chain strategy of the programmes and ensuring reliable demand planning and end-to-end procurement up to final delivery to Sightsavers’ country offices.

The Supply Chain and Logistics Manager is also Technical Lead responsible for the effective running and oversight of all global logistics activities, as part of the Sightsavers programme supply chain with a focus on the maintenance of safe, cost effective and compliant transportation of goods required in the delivery of the thematic areas of NTD, Eye Health, Education and Social Inclusion programmes globally.

Supply Chain and Logistics Manager responsibilities include:

  • The maintenance of the commercial relationships, processes and tools for the logistics function at Sightsavers
  • Ensuring Good Distribution Practice (GDP), including “last mile” transport in country
  • Oversee the implementation and management of streamlined supply chain strategies for NTD programmes
  • Support country offices with GDP compliance and local supplier qualification
  • Supplier relationship management, due diligence and performance management activities
  • Provide expert advice and support to staff in the Programme Supply Chain team to ensure logistics transactions are processed in line with organisational policy, agreed processes and the QMS
  • Produce periodic reports on the status of logistics activities for management and other key stakeholders

As Supply Chain and Logistics Manager you will utilise your management experience of procurement and supply chain activities as well as your expert knowledge of global logistics. You will maintain the collaborative, client-focused, quality and results-oriented approach within the department and across organisational thematic areas, manage suppliers as well as programme stakeholders, and drive improved performance, compliance and effectiveness from the supply chain.

Key Requirements


  • Expert knowledge of global logistics
  • Experience of managing procurement and supply chain activities
  • Understanding of EU Good Distribution Practices (GDP) standards for pharmaceutical products and experience of applying these, or equivalent quality management frameworks
  • Experience of process review/improvement work and change management, developing and rolling out tools and procedures
  • Experience of effectively supporting a geographically and culturally diverse supplier and partner base
  • Experience in creating, negotiating and managing strategic partnerships, Services Level Agreement (SLAs) and contracts preferably with providers of logistics services
  • Experience of developing strategies and policies
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity for disabled people


  • Expert knowledge of relevant thematic areas, preferably including medical products
  • Management of procurement and supply chain activities within international development/humanitarian programmes and similar area in scope for the role (i.e. NTDs, Western, Central and Southern Africa, etc.) and conflict-affected/fragile states
  • Knowledge of the technical aspects and compliance requirements of procuring medical and healthcare products as well as other clinical goods
  • Experience of working on and supporting the implementation of international development/humanitarian programmes funded by institutional donors, DFID in particular
  • Understanding of IATA’s Dangerous Goods Regulations; certificates, permits and waivers required for export/import; packaging and labelling regulations
  • French language skills would be a strong advantage
  • Available for some international travel (Covid-19 restrictions dependent)

This is a highly varied and involved role and the above is not an exhaustive list of duties and requirements. For further information please refer to the Job Description.

Closing date: 8 November 2020