Logistics managers or distribution managers are responsible for coordinating the storage, transportation and delivery of goods. You may also be involved in transportation, stock control, warehousing and monitoring the flow of goods.
Understanding the whole supply chain is important so that you can coordinate it effectively and liaise with suppliers of raw materials, manufacturers, retailers and consumers.
Employers of logistics and distribution managers
- Specialist distribution companies
- Major commercial organizations
- use IT systems to manage stock levels, delivery times and transport costs;
- use associated information systems to coordinate and control the order cycle;
- use data from IT systems to evaluate performance and quality and to plan improvements;
- allocate and manage staff resources according to changing needs;
- manage staff;
- liaise and negotiate with customers and suppliers;
- develop business by gaining new contracts, analyzing logistical problems and producing new solutions;
- understand, work with and possibly help to develop e-commerce;
- continually try to improve and develop business performance within the constraints of legislation, fuel costs and rising environmental pressures.
Logistics and distribution manager jobs are open to all graduates but a degree,diploma or foundation degree will help in subject areas such as:
- business with languages;
- information systems;
- transport, distribution or logistics.
- a logical and systematic approach to work;
- good time management ability;
- the ability to solve problems and make decisions, as well as think laterally and offer creative solutions;
- commercial awareness and numeracy skills;
- some degree of IT literacy and the ability to handle electronic data;
- the ability to manage change;
- strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as part of a team, as well as manage people;
- excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
- negotiation and analytical skills;
- a positive attitude to continued learning.