Senior Supply Chain Advisor - London

This vacancy is now closed

Job reference
International | Finance
United Kingdom - London (Global Support Office)
Closing date

About Us:

Marie Stopes International (MSI) is a global organisation providing personalised contraception and safe abortion services to women and girls. Our local teams of professionals are passionate about the work they do in communities across 37 countries. The services we provide give a woman the power to choose when she has children so that she’s free to pursue her plans and dreams for herself and her family.

The primary responsibility of this role is to further MSI’s Goal: The prevention of unwanted births and its mission of ensuring an individual’s right to: children by choice, not chance.

Marie Stopes International operates through a network of channels (Clinics, Social Franchise, Marie Stopes community based Ladies and Outreach). This network is complemented by our Social Marketing operation which provides and supplies medical abortion and emergency contraception and other contraceptive and Sexual Reproductive Health products both within and outside our channels.


The Role:

The Senior Supply Chain Advisor is responsible for developing and implementing supply chain management systems, measuring supply chain performance in country programmes and increasing supply management across the organisation

The Senior Supply Chain Advisor is a key person in implementing the Supply Chain strategy and will lead strategic projects underway in delivering this.

We are in the process of harmonising our supply chain operations as previous supply chain management has been at a country level. The role will be centred on the need to define, measure, analyse, improve and control our country supply chain processes to allow implementation of our Globally supply chain strategy where standard processes and tools result in achieving both better supply chain performance in country, but also improved global visibility and planning.

As there has been little attempt to assess and standardise supply chain management in the 37 countries in which MSI operates, there will be significant travel required of the role.


About you

To succeed in this role, you must have:

Skills and Experience:

  • 8+ years operational experience with at least 5+ years in supply chain (procurement, demand and supply planning, inventory management), Fulfilment (customer service and logistics) and NPD, in a regulated industry, preferably healthcare
  • Led and implemented proven supply chain systems improvements with very good understanding of process engineering and ERP systems knowledge
  • Good knowledge of sourcing and supplier management, managing forecasting, integrated planning, inventory management, order fulfilment, distribution, and procurement processes and commodity management
  • Solid experience driving efficiency and cost reduction, whilst delivering the quality and service standards
  • Highly knowledgeable in the development and reporting of supply chain KPIs
  • Demonstrable skill and experience in driving long-lasting change and capability enhancements across supply chain
  • Well developed “coaching style” with well-practiced facilitation skills that engender confidence and transfer technical ability into country supply chain teams
  • Extremely adept at building senior relationships with Country Directors/Commercial / Finance teams to ensure optimal Sales & Operations planning



  • Commercial or Not for Profit Supply Chain experience. Manufacturing or Engineering, pharmaceutical background advantageous
  • Experience in developing public sector supply chains in low and middle income countries


 Qualifications and Training:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Management or closely related field (Desirable)
  • CIPS or other relevant Supply Chain qualification (desirable)
  • Project Management trained or suitably qualified through experience
  • Trained in process engineering and strong ERP systems knowledge
  • Regulatory training and trained in Good Distribution / Manufacturing Practice
  • Proficient in English (essential) & French (strongly desirable).

Personal Attributes:

  • A strong supporter of the cause of family planning and a woman’s right to safe abortion (Pro-choice)
  • Resilient, flexible, positive, pragmatic attitude and can thrive in fast-paced, dynamic environments
  • Passionate about our clients and strives to consistently meet and exceed expectations, putting the clients at the centre
  • Actively seeks out feedback on performance (both results and behaviours) with a view to continuously learning and growing as a leader
  • Willingness to travel up to 30-35% of the time to geographically challenging locations
  • Able to work efficiently and comfortably in a diverse multinational environment

For more information about the role, please view the job framework on our website.

In addition, you will be pro-choice

Location: London, W1T 6LP

Closing date: 1st August 2019 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

Salary: £39,700 - £46,500 dependent on experience


Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.


Job alerts