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Logistics Managers

Also called: Global Logistics Manager, Logistics Director, Logistics Operations Manager, Logistics Vice President

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What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.
On the job, you would:
  • Collaborate with other departments to integrate logistics with business systems or processes, such as customer sales, order management, accounting, or shipping.
  • Supervise the work of logistics specialists, planners, or schedulers.
  • Create policies or procedures for logistics activities.

Knowledge

Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Business
  • management
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • 3PL Central
  • Four Soft 4S VisiLog
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Hot Technology
  • SAP ERP Operations
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Microsoft SQL Server Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
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