Supply Chain Manager – NGO Jobs 2021

Job Title: Supply Chain Manager

Country: Greece
Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Closing date: 12 Dec 2021


Job Title: Supply Chain Manager

Department: Operations

Reports To: Head of Operations

Duration: 3 months probationary period; with possibility of extension based on both funding and performance.

Country/Location: Athens, Greece

CRS Background

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Job Summary

You will plan, manage, and provide technical and operational oversight of all supply chain activities – including procurement, logistics, transportation, and warehousing – to ensure effective and efficient delivery of goods to the poor and vulnerable. Your knowledge and experience will allow you to anticipate and manage supply chain needs and challenges, and introduce improvement solutions, as you apply the principles of stewardship, integrity, transparency, and accountability.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with direct reports and programming leads to strengthen the pipeline and supply chain management plan. Manage the determination of procurement and logistics service requirements, desired specifications and delivery schedules, and how sourcing strategies are defined, ensuring proper coordination and communication.

  • Ensure accountability and transparency of all supply chain operations in compliance with CRS and donor regulations, and international and local standards and requirements.

  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports. Monitor and assess performance to ensure adequate capacity for successful support of high quality programming.

  • Lead design and implementation of a strategic sourcing and procurement process to identify, assess, select and contract suppliers that will deliver the maximum value for money to the organization. In close coordination with the procurement team oversee relationships with key suppliers and assess supplier performance.

  • Manage logistical infrastructure, storage facilities and transportation resources. Oversee application of systems and procedures for inventory and commodity transportation, warehousing, and distribution, as well as for vehicle management to ensure proper handling and safeguarding of assets. Ensure related safety and security protocols are implemented.

  • Oversee inventory control and the management of comprehensive goods tracking and record keeping systems throughout the whole supply chain cycle, from time of request until time of delivery. Ensure timely preparation and submission of various reports.

  • Create and maintain the proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for the sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to small deficiencies. Provide capacity strengthening guidance, which includes cross-departmental learning.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or other relevant degree required. Professional certification is a plus. Additional education may substitute for some experience.

  • Minimum of 4 years work experience in supply chain/logistics/procurement management with progressive responsibilities, preferably with relief supply chain management.

  • Knowledge of and experience with various donors’ regulations (i.e., EU, UN, N.4412 Public Procurement Services, etc.).

  • Knowledge of national and international procurement regulations and local market conditions.

  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.

  • Proficient in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and information management systems. Experience with ERP systems is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent planning, coordination, prioritization, and time management skills.

  • Excellent analytical skills with ability to make independent judgment and decisions.

  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics.

  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

  • Ability to work collaboratively.

Required Languages: Greek and English.

Travel Required: Must be willing and able to travel up to 10% to Thessaloniki office

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfil his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Trusting Relationships

  • Professional Growth

  • Partnership

  • Accountability

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer; CRS is always looking for qualified, diverse and compelling candidates to join our agency and support our great work.

By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.

Please note that applications will be continuously reviewed, and CRS reserves the right to close the vacancy before the deadline once a suitable candidate is identified.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are welcome to apply by sending their CV and Cover Letter in English with email to, mentioning in the subject line the title of the position “Supply Chain Manager”. The deadline is December 12th, 2021.