2-Supply, distribution and related managers

Job Title: 

Supply, distribution and related managers

Job Description: 

Plan, direct, or coordinate the storage or distribution operations or transport of goods, products,materials, chemicals, stock, cargo, livestock or people.


Supply, distribution and related managers plan, direct and coordinate passenger transportation systems and facilities and the supply, transportation, storage and distribution of products, goods, stock, materials, livestock and/or people either as the manager of a department or as the general manager of an enterprise or organization that does not have a hierarchy of managers. It may also include managing a range of services or activities to limit costs and improve accuracy, customer service, or safety, as well as examining existing procedures or opportunities for streamlining activities to meet product distribution needs or directing the movement, storage, or processing of inventory. Additionally, it encompasses the use of sophisticated integrated management information systems.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • determining, implementing and monitoring purchasing, storage and distributionstrategies, policies and plans
  • preparing and implementing plans to maintain required stock levels at minimum cost
  • negotiating contracts with suppliers to meet quality, cost and delivery requirements
  • monitoring and reviewing storage and inventory systems to meet supply requirementsand control stock levels
  • overseeing the dispatch of road vehicles, trains, vessels or aircraft
  • operating recording systems to track all movements of goods, and ensuring re-orderingand re-stocking at optimal times
  • liaising with other departments and customers concerning requirements for outwardgoods and associated forwarding transportation
  • overseeing the recording of purchase, storage and distribution transactions
  • establishing and managing budgets, controlling expenditure and ensuring the efficientuse of resources
  • establishing and directing operational and administrative procedures. planning and directing daily operations
  • overseeing the selection, training and performance of staff.

Advanced specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice.

  • Specialized knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice.
  • Advanced knowledge of research principles and methods.
  • Advanced knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions.
  • Higher knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice.
  • Higher knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice.
  • Higher knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work.
  • Higher knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness.
  • Higher knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively recognizing and responding to the management of highly complex ethical issues.
  • Leverage information technology, executive information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice.
  • Higher skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and generate recommendations and/or relevant alternatives.
  • Manage advanced relationships and coordinate related activities of respective stakeholders.
  • Advanced skills and experience in high level policy analysis, formulation and research, plus strategic planning in sensitive and confidential environment.
  • Develop abstract concepts and convey strategic indications from the spectrum of development experience.
  • Higher negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills.
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support high--level and complex work achievement.
  • Work sensitively and effectively in a multi--cultural environment.
  • Work with others to develop creative solutions to complex unpredictable and/or abstract problems.
  • Communicate with influence, and a proven record of developing and maintaining effective partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders.
  • Highly developed advanced oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice.
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to initiate, implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team.
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self--manage and the capacity to identify and effectively manage risks associated with change, as well recognize and implement ethical standards to highly complex ethical issues.
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to set and implement new policy directions.
  • Highly developed higher organizational skills, including the ability to manage priorities and meet tight deadlines.
  • Work Context: 

    Purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents career opportunities is expected to grow. Typically work normal business hours, in offices or sometimes in areas where the products they supply might be used. May also travel domestically or internationally to find suppliers.


    Bachelor degree in purchasing, business or economics or relevant field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 - 7 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    ADNOC Group, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTC), Etihad Rail, Masdar, Mubadala Oil and Gas

    Occupational Size: 
    More than 5,000 and less than 30,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Bus station manager - Logistics manager - Railway station manager - Railway station master - Purchasing manager - Supply and distribution manager - Supply chain manager - Transport company manager - Urban transit system manager - Warehouse manager
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Warehouse Manager - Distribution Manager - Distribution Centre Manager - Shipping Manager - Cold Storage Supervisor - Customer Service Manager - Distribution Operation Manager - Supply Chain Director - Global Supply Chain Director - Supply Chain Vice President - Load Out Supervisor - Shipping Supervisor - Stores Supervisor - Train Master - Transportation Manager - Freight Coordinator - Transportation Director - Fleet Manager - Traffic Manager - Train Operations Manager - Integrated Logistics Programs Director - Logistics Solution Manager

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi