Logistics managers oversee the movement, distribution and storage of materials in an organization. Managers control the flow of incoming materials and outgoing finished products to ensure customers receive products on time. Logistics managers oversee warehouse, inventory control, material handling, customer service, transportation and planning workers. They hire, train and evaluate employees. Managers prepare worker schedules and ensure warehousing and distribution workers follow safety rules. The manager may prepare reports for upper management; negotiate shipping and supplier costs, and work to improve the efficiency of the company’s supply chain.
According to ONet Online, most logistics managers have a bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degree programs in supply chain management, logistics or business administration can provide the education to work in the logistics industry in a management position. Courses in a supply chain management or logistics degree program include distribution, purchasing, warehousing and storage, and operations in logistics. Degree programs also include business management courses such as accounting, management, business law and economics. Courses such as purchasing or procurement cover subjects such as supplier negotiation, contracts and outsourcing. Students may also complete coursework in lean manufacturing, which is a production practice that minimizes waste and requires an efficient flow of materials into a company.
In addition to college coursework in logistics and supply chain management, employers may prefer job candidates with experience in logistics operations. Some employers select logistics managers with experience in the particular industry, such as electronics manufacturing. Logistics managers with experience in an industry understand the special requirements that may be needed when storing or transporting raw materials and finished goods. For example, electronics manufacturers may prefer job candidates with experience packaging and handling products sensitive to electrostatic shock. Food manufacturers may hire logistics managers with experience in the storage and distribution of perishable food items.
Logistics managers must have good verbal and written communication skills to direct employees and prepare reports for upper management. Managers have the ability to act decisively to resolve problems. Logistics managers must have the skills to perform any of the duties in the warehousing and distribution department of a business. Managers must have strong interpersonal skills to motivate and instruct employees in the company.
Source: The Houston Chronicle