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Career Story: Supply Chain Analyst

Supply Chain Analyst

Job Title: Supply Chain Analyst

Education: Higher National Diploma (HND) Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management + CIM Chartered Institute of Marketing Advanced Certificate in Marketing, equates to dual Bachelors in Public Relations and Hospitality Management with concentration in Marketing, Finance & Business Administration)

Previous Experience: Client Executive then Manager at PR agency for seven years. Three years at Marketing Comms Associate at technology company then 6 years in asset management and procurement at technology company.

Job Tasks: I work for one of the largest technology companies in the world. We have a global presence with our head office in the states. We provide business process outsourcing services to our many clients and have a large presence in the government and transport realm.

I am responsible for all aspects of asset management and procurement for two sites within the US, and I am responsible for capital planning, sourcing, inventory and legal certfication. I support the account to minimize technical downtime while maximizing cost savings to the company and our clients.

I apply corporate purchasing strategies to the local account and ensure compliance with corporate/legal initiatives including SOXA certification, whilst satisfying account goals. I liaise with the technical and operation teams on a daily basis and then work with the leaderhip team to ensure our goals are met. I have a good general knowledge of how our datacenter works and what we are trying to achieve in terms of technical resources.

I am an expert user in wide variety of specialized software including Business Objects, Ingres, Asset Inventory Management System and SAP as well as canned office packages including Excel and Word.

A large part of my role includes vendor negotiations and scrutiny of recurring charges and fixed assets to ensure that corporate changes are correct and that maintenance coverage etc is in place and aligned with our needs. I deal with vendor enquiries regarding billing and payment and act as the go-to person for account questions for vendors and corporate.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Best part of my job is that I am in control of my own area. I report directly to the account leader who trusts my judgement to do the best thing for the account.

Worst thing is that there is no room for progression. Also in the technology field there is constant cost cutting and lay-offs.

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