Head of Supply Chain Logistics – Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 46/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (4 Years)
Starting from £37,789 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge and Antarctica
Closing date:
28 April, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a manager to take the lead role for the BAS Supply Chain Logistic (SCL) team. As the Head of Supply Chain Logistics you will be delivering one of the most extreme supply chains there is. The team facilitates the annual resupply of BAS Antarctic stations and supports the logistics of science projects across the continent.

We are looking for a highly organised manager to lead the SCL team and to work closely with all BAS teams to deliver a reliable supply chain service. BAS is currently undergoing a major infrastructure modernisation programme, as a result, a primary objective of this new post is to bring change to the BAS supply chain network in line with the overall organisational change.


To lead the Supply Chain Logistics (SCL) Team and services, providing strategic and tactical leadership for the BAS SCL services and network. Continually improving services and delivering resilience across the logistics network.


Associated qualification to supply chain management and Dangerous Goods qualifications would be desirable, but not essential.


• To work closely with the BAS operations programming team to ensure operational alignment and service provision.
• To oversee the full cycle of the BAS supply chain and logistics including: -
o The quality of BAS inventory management (influencing a well-timed supply chain to the SDA and South)
o BAS Procurement interface with UKSBS (relating to all goods routed to South)
o BAS Goods in-and-out services
o BAS Packing services
o BAS Freighting services
o BAS Portside loading and unloading
o BAS Dangerous Goods compliance
o BAS Central warehousing services (including BAS polar clothing)

• To provide leadership and continually improvement for the administrative processes supporting SCL. This function includes championing the BAS digital systems to deliver efficiencies and integrated services.
• Help develop the BAS central warehouse concept to provide improved storage, resilience and flexibility across BAS.
• To provide safety leadership and driving a good health and safety culture.
• To ensure biosecurity is fundamental to the BAS SCL services, working closely with the BAS Environment team.
• Manage the environmental performance of the BAS supply chain.
• Oversee and manage the quality of all third party contracts providing a service to the BAS SCL.
• Provide UK management of the services provided by the BAS Stanley Office (Falkland Islands)
• With other department heads, develop the BAS logistic network & central warehousing concept to meet the needs and changes of the BAS Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Project (AIMP) and the RRS Sir David Attenborough (SDA).

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/vacancies.

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 46/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 28th April 2019
Interview date: 9th May 2019
Proposed start date: As soon as possible

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Good communication and relationship-building skills - Essential
  • Ability to communicate effectively through presentations, email, one-on-one, over the phone, and team discussion - Essential
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • High level of IT knowledge Understanding of e-business systems and integration - Essential

Decision Making

  • Customer focus and process improvement - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Team motivation and ability to build relationships with external and internal customers - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Track record with team leadership skills and previous experience managing staff - Essential
  • Ability to deliver change projects - Essential
  • Ability to work at (and differentiate between) strategic, tactical and operational levels - Essential
  • Good understanding of the legal and regulatory issues relating to supply chain Logistics - Essential


  • Associated qualification to supply chain management - Desirable [3]
  • Dangerous Goods qualifications - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Cost accounting skills Previous experience managing budgets - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Previous experience as a supply chain manager ether in inventory, logistics or supply management - Essential
  • Experience with implementing information technology tools in the supply chain - Essential
  • Delivering a supply chain with information technology and automation - Desirable [3]
  • Project Management Skills - Desirable [3]
  • Understanding of Demand Chain Management - Desirable [3]
  • Developing new supply chain networks - Desirable [3]
  • Experience in central storage delivery - Desirable [3]

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Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

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