Supply chain: area of work. The supply chain is the process that oversees the whole life cycle of a consumer product, from the sourcing of raw materials to delivery to the point of sale.
An efficient supply chain is essential in order to meet consumers’ needs, and it’s also an area where innovation can improve a company’s profitability. A graduate career working in the supply chain for consumer goods will be fast-paced and challenging because of the high volume and speed of production. It will also provide opportunities to research and implement ways of reducing the environmental impact of the way products are sourced, manufactured and implemented, in order to meet corporate responsibility and sustainability goals, while ensuring that changes to processes make commercial sense. What is it like doing a graduate job in a consumer products supply chain? Graduate schemes usually provide a number of placements over a one or two-year period that introduce you to different aspects of the supply chain.
Graduate jobs in logistics, transport and supply chain. Logistics and distribution manager: Job description. A career in logistics and distribution may suit you if you enjoy coordinating and overseeing a process to its completion Logistics and distribution managers organise the storage and distribution of goods.
In this role you would ensure the right products are delivered to the right location on time and at a good cost. You may be involved in transportation, stock control, warehousing and monitoring the flow of goods. Understanding the whole supply chain is important so you can coordinate it effectively and liaise with suppliers of raw materials, manufacturers, retailers and consumers. Responsibilities As a logistics and distribution manager you'll need to: You may also be required to: implement health and safety procedures; manage staff training issues; motivate other members of the team; project manage; set objectives; plan projects; work on new supply strategies; plan vehicle routes; use specialist knowledge, such as mechanical-handling systems, to provide consultancy services.
Working hours. Airline pilot: Job description. Airline pilots fly passengers and/or cargo on long or short-haul flights for leisure, business or commercial purposes.
The aircraft is typically operated by two pilots; one will be the captain who is the pilot in command, while the other will be the supporting first officer. The pilots will usually take turns to fly the plane to avoid fatigue, with one operating the controls while the other speaks to air traffic control and completes the paperwork. In some instances, such as long-haul flights, there may be three or four pilots on board so that the necessary breaks from flying can be taken. Air traffic controller: Job description. Air traffic controllers manage aircraft through all aspects of their flight with the priority of safety, followed by other aspects such as ensuring arrivals and departures are on time.
They use highly sophisticated radar and radio communication equipment to communicate advice, information and instructions to pilots. Air traffic controllers are well known for working in control towers at airports, but the majority actually work in area control centres. They are responsible for the en-route stage of the aircraft, using radar to track its exact position, keeping it safe in the airspace and providing the most efficient route. Approach controllers deal with instrument landing systems, which allow some planes to make automatic landings, and ensure that planes are placed in holding patterns when airports are busy. They take over from the area controllers as the aircraft is approaching the airport. At the last stage, aerodrome controllers take over. Typical work activities. Transport planner: Job description. Transport planners work on policies, plans and projects relating to all kinds of transport systems.
This includes roads and the use of cars, lorries and buses, rail networks, pedestrian systems for walking or cycling, and air travel. Transport planners look at ways to improve these systems or how new systems can be implemented in certain areas. They will take into consideration issues such as climate change, the economy and the environment. The work of transport planners is often related to government policies and initiatives, such as trying to change the travel behaviour of people by encouraging them to reduce their car use and take up walking, cycling or public transport. Work can be carried out on different levels from local to international and may include tasks from initial ideas through to design, completion and reviews.
Typical work activities.