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Supplier manager (m/f/d)

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Supplier managers: experts for corporate supplier management

Supplier managers act as communication interfaces between the company’s suppliers and specialist departments for all kinds of quality-related matters. They play a key role in the selection and approval of suppliers and initiate quality improvement measures. Besides, both the planning of supplier audits and the control of all supplier-specific complaints via an ERP system belong to their tasks.

Which opportunities do supplier managers have on the labour market?

An academic degree in a technical discipline or a completed technical vocational training is required to work as a supplier manager. In addition, practical experience and further training in quality management are usually required. Supplier managers currently have very good prospects on the labour market since numerous companies from the electrical engineering, automotive and engineering industry are looking for competent specialists to take charge of their quality management. Learn more about the individual areas supplier managers can work in.

What are the tasks and responsibilities of supplier managers?

Supplier managers have a wide variety of tasks: They are responsible for planning and carrying out supplier audits and assessments of potential. Furthermore, they process supplier-specific complaints, are involved in negotiating agreements regarding quality assurance and are responsible for the selection and approval of new suppliers.

Communicating with other specialist departments of the company belongs to their daily work as well. Supplier managers act as contact persons for all quality matters arising between suppliers and internal specialist departments. Besides, they keep track of process and product quality and coordinate technical supplier development measures.

  • Planning and carrying out supplier audits
  • Assessment of potentials
  • Supplier selection and approval
  • Processing of supplier-specific complaints
  • Initiation of required quality improvement measures
  • Communication and coordination with internal specialist departments

Which hard skills and soft skills should supplier managers have?

Supplier managers must be very familiar with relevant quality standards and their application. In addition, sound knowledge of the common quality management methods as well as experience with SAP and CAQ software are required.

They also need to have certain soft skills, such as a structured way of working, a high level of quality awareness and strong communication skills.

  • Fluent German and good English skills
  • Sound knowledge of MS Office
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Team spirit

What is the average salary of supplier managers?

The average annual salary of full-time supplier managers is approximately EUR 61,700. While the starting salary is about EUR 41,900, supplier managers with long-term experience may earn up to EUR 83,000 per year.

Find your ideal job as a supplier manager – with Hays

As a supplier manager, you fulfil a responsible function and can work in different industries. You are in charge of your company’s supplier management and manage relationships with various suppliers in a systematic way.

We will be happy to support you in advancing your career as a supplier manager, taking into account both your qualifications and wishes. Learn more about the benefits of finding a job with Hays!

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