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Supply Chain and Logistics Manager – Maternity Cover

United Kingdom, Remote working
£42,000 - £47,000
Closing date
23 Nov 2020
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Job Details

Contract: 9 Month Fixed Term Contract
Location: UK remote working. Due to Covid-19 restrictions this will be a remote role and flexible working will be considered. Occasional travel to Haywards Heath office will be required.

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

To apply, and for further details about the role, please follow the below link. Please be aware that you will be prompted to include your CV or Cover Letter, please ignore this. Only information included in the online application form will be considered.

As an equal opportunities employer and a Disability Confident Level 3 employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.

Sightsavers is not willing to accept unsolicited agency CVs. Sightsavers is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs.


Sightsavers Head Office

35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
West Sussex RH16 3BW

Postal Address

Bumpers Way,
Bumpers Farm,
Chippenham SN14 6NG

Sightsavers is an international charity that works in more than 30 countries around the world to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently. Sightsavers is headquartered in the UK and has over 400 employees. It also has branches in Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, India, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Sightsavers works with partners in order to provide a comprehensive range of eye care services. In 2013, Sightsavers' projects provided eye health examinations for nearly 14 million people, performed 300,000 eye operations, and treated over 100 million people for neglected tropical diseases.

People are also referred for treatment to prevent blindness or restore sight. Through community volunteers in developing countries, Sightsavers distributes medication to prevent blinding diseases. The charity also trains eye care workers and surgeons and funds operations.

Of the 30 countries Sightsavers works in, 23 are in Africa. These include Mozambique, Mali, Liberia and Kenya. Sightsavers is also present in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean.

In addition to its medical work, Sightsavers works with partners in order to train specialist teaching staff and supply glasses, Braille kits and other learning tools. The charity aims to educate communities and reduce stigma around visual impairment and blindness. Through its work, people with visual impairments and other disabilities are supported to live independently, get an education and earn an income.

Sightsavers is also a campaigning organisation, working with national governments to tackle the root causes of avoidable blindness, such as lack of access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The charity’s ‘Put us in the Picture campaign calls on the international community to make global development inclusive of the world’s 800m people with disabilities. The campaign’s vision is for all people to have equal access to employment, education, healthcare and participation in society.

Backing up Sightsavers’ work around the world is a strong research capability. Research and policy work revolves around three priorities – health, education and social inclusion. Gathering and disseminating sound research evidence helps to ensure the charity’s programmes meet the needs of the people they are designed to serve. Research evidence is also a strong tool when advocating for policy changes with governments.

Sightsavers has many partners that assist with its aim of eliminating avoidable blindness and may also provide funding. Partners include the UK government’s Department for International Development, the European Union and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Read our latest article on Third Sector: Sightsavers: Work for an award-winning charity tackling blindness worldwide

Contact Us
  • 35 Perrymount Road,
  • Haywards Heath,
  • RH16 3BW
  • GB
  • 01444 446600
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