Logistics Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.

Median Annual Wage: $85,400

Education: Bachelor's degree (74%); Master's degree (9%); Post-secondary certificate (4%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Logistics Manager; Global Logistics Manager; Integrated Logistics Programs Director; Logistics Solution Manager; Supply Chain Logistics Manager

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Logistics Managers.

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  • Collaborate with other departments to integrate logistics with business systems or processes, such as customer sales, order management, accounting, or shipping.
  • Maintain metrics, reports, process documentation, customer service logs, or training or safety records.
  • Direct inbound or outbound logistics operations, such as transportation or warehouse activities, safety performance, or logistics quality management.
  • Supervise the work of logistics specialists, planners, or schedulers.
  • Direct or coordinate comprehensive logistical or reverse logistical functions for product life cycles, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, recycling, reuse, or final disposal of resources.
  • Negotiate with suppliers or customers to improve supply chain efficiency or sustainability.
  • Negotiate transportation rates or services.
  • Direct distribution center operation to ensure achievement of cost, productivity, accuracy, or timeliness objectives.
  • Analyze the financial impact of proposed logistics changes, such as routing, shipping modes, product volumes or mixes, or carriers.
  • Recommend optimal transportation modes, routing, equipment, or frequency.
  • Monitor product import or export processes to ensure compliance with regulatory or legal requirements.
  • Participate in carrier management processes, such as selection, qualification, or performance evaluation.
  • Develop risk management programs to ensure continuity of supply in emergency scenarios.
  • Plan or implement improvements to internal or external logistics systems or processes.
  • Analyze all aspects of corporate logistics to determine the most cost-effective or efficient means of transporting products or supplies.
  • Plan or implement material flow management systems to meet production requirements.
  • Create policies or procedures for logistics activities.
  • Communicate freight transportation information to customers or suppliers, using transportation management, electronic logistics marketplace, or electronic freight information systems, to improve efficiency, speed, or quality of transportation services.
  • Establish or monitor specific supply chain-based performance measurement systems.
  • Implement specific customer requirements, such as internal reporting or customized transportation metrics.
  • Ensure carrier compliance with company policies or procedures for product transit or delivery.
  • Train shipping department personnel in roles or responsibilities regarding global logistics strategies.
  • Review global, national, or regional transportation or logistics reports for ways to improve efficiency or minimize the environmental impact of logistics activities.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Logistics Managers.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Logistics Managers.

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