Ever wonder how your breakfast cereal got from a field of oats to the box on your counter? There was a Logistics Manager behind every step that moved your cereal from its start as a raw material, to processing, packaging, and storing, and finally to transporting it to the grocery store. These managers must meet the requirements of their customers and their employer. Much of their work involves resolving problems around transporting goods, coordinating with different suppliers, finding needed materials, and handling customer issues. Most other departments in an organization rely on the Logistics group’s work, so collaboration is frequent. They will often oversee a team of other logistics specialists. Their work may take them from a steel mill to a warehouse, factory, shipping or rail yard, and to the executive board room. To ensure safety performance and effective quality management, these workers maintain detailed records and make reports on topics including customer service issues, training, and safety. Logistics managers must have strong skills in communication, problem-solving, planning, and math. A bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, logistics, or business administration helps to develop these qualities, and is often required. With consistent demand for these workers, and competitive salaries, this job is a good logistical choice!
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.
movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Arts and Humanities
Math and Science
arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
reading work related information
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
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
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
use rules to solve problems
choose the right type of math to solve a problem
add, subtract, multiply, or divide
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
You might use software like this on the job:
Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
Four Soft 4S VisiLog
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
SAP ERP Operations
Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft SQL Server
bachelor's degree or master's degree usually needed