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Vice President, Supply Chain

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
London, GBR
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Vice President, Supply Chain Description The Vice President, Supply Chain will lead and be accountable for inventory planning and supply, distribution and manufacturing. This position provides overall direction and guidance to the o...

Job Description

Vice President, Supply Chain


The Vice President, Supply Chain will lead and be accountable for inventory planning and supply, distribution and manufacturing. This position provides overall direction and guidance to the operational activities of the organisation with the objective of maximising growth and profitability as well as day-to-day leadership and management to Supply Chain Operations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Contribute to and lead strategies and policies in supply chain, inventory and distribution management, streamlining, cost-reduction, production and materials planning, process improvement, team-building and supervision, and process optimisation aligned with organisational goals. Manages operations by directing and coordinating activities consistent with established goals, objectives, and policies.
  • Manage a sustainable S&OP process.
  • Implement improved processes and management methods to optimise workflow.
  • Develop and manage departmental budgets.
  • Maintain effective relationships suppliers and logistics including 3PL warehousing relationships ensuring adherence to agreed KPI.
  • Direct senior staff on contract negotiations and implementation of all third party logistics relationships.
  • Oversight of ocean freight, international air freight and all other domestic freight negotiations and rates.
  • Customer and vendor chargeback management and corrective action initiatives.
  • People Management to include the demonstrated ability to hire the best people and motivate and grow high performance teams. Mentor, coach and train the teams and build the required competencies for success. Able to voice opinions, debate and disagree, but will also respect current processes and final decisions.


  • Manages supervisors/managers/directors who lead demand and supply planning, manufacturing and distribution operations.
  • Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these individuals and teams.
  • Carries out management responsibilities in accordance with the organisation's. These include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Creates employee development plans and training needs for staff.

Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.

We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.

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  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Educated to degree level (MBA from a recognised business school is a plus) with a minimum of extensive supply chain experience within a multinational company.
  • Ideally, experience should be broad-based within a bench-marked, highly recognised company within consumer products, retail, or publishing industry.
  • Experience in a multi-channel business environment and a demonstrable management experience with an accomplished track record of providing leadership to all aspects of the supply chain in a complex and rapidly changing environment.


  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
  • Ability to effectively present information to senior management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.


  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


  • Ability to implement and lead change management and implementation projects.
  • Ability to drive change initiatives while maintaining a functioning, motivated and stable organisation with delivery results orientation.
  • Ability to develop and implement succession planning, mentoring and future development programs for employees.
  • Ability to engage actively as a member of the senior leadership team and think beyond operations by embracing the vision and strategy of the organisation.


Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-London-80 Strand 80 Strand London WC2R 0RL

Job: Supply Chain

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Dec 4, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1815480

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.