Logistics Managers Career Video
Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.
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!