Transport & Logistics
Logistics managers plan, direct, or coordinate the storage or distribution operations of companies.
What does a Logistics Manager do?
Logistics managers plan, direct, or coordinate the storage or distribution operations of companies. They may do this within a company, or work for an organisation that is engaged in storing or distributing materials or products. Logistics managers may also be known as distribution managers, or warehouse managers.
As a logistics manager, you would:
- supervise the activities of workers engaged in receiving, storing, testing, and shipping products or materials
- interview, select, and train warehouse and supervisory personnel
- plan, develop, or implement warehouse safety and security programs and activities
- issue shipping and freight instructions and provide routing information to ensure that delivery times and locations are coordinated
- oversee maintenance of the warehouse facility
- ensure that all occupational health and safety regulations are adhered to
- prepare reports and manage departmental budgets.
Key skills and interests
To become a logistics manager, you would need:
- good numeracy skills
- a methodical approach to work
- good communication skills
- excellent organisational skills
- good teamwork skills
- a knowledge of health and safety regulations
- attention to detail.
Working hours and conditions
You would usually work a standard number of hours, Monday to Friday. You may work evenings and weekends on a roster basis, or be available on-call to deal with emergencies. Some companies run 24-hour operations involving shift work.
You would normally be based in an office or warehouse. If the warehouse was part of a factory, you may also spend time visiting the factory floor.
How to become an Logistics Manager?
Entry Level Education
Most employers require that a logistics manager completes a bachelor's degree in business management, supply chain / logistics management or administration. To get into these courses, you usually need to have completed your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and mathematics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Logistics managers receive on-the-job training on how the warehouse or distribution centre operates. This would include the use of specialised ERP (enterprise resource planning) or SCM (supply chain management) software.
Employment of logistics and distribution managers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.
Companies rely on logistics / distribution managers to manage the movement of their products and supplies. Supply and distribution systems have become increasingly complex, with the aim of maximising efficiency while minimising cost. Therefore, employment is expected to grow rapidly as companies need more logistics / distribution managers to move products efficiently, solve problems, and identify areas for improvement.