What is a Logistics Manager?
A Logistics Manager ensures that products, inventory, parts, or people move from one place to another efficiently and cost-effectively. Logistics and supply chain management is a key part of the supply chain, working to plan, control, and implement the storage and flow of products, materials, information, or services. These key employees must manage the transition swiftly and securely while ensuring adherence to pre-set deadlines.
A successful Logistics Manager will complete every transition smoothly with no time delays, lost product, or incidents that prevent the customer from receiving their orders. This role often entails frequent travel to distribution centers, warehouses, and manufacturing plants and generally reports to the CEO of a company or warehouse operation.
- Minimum associate degree, preferably bachelor’s degree
- 1-3 years of management experience
- Some employers prefer certification from APICS or SOLE
- DAU certification for Department of Defense jobs
Logistics Manager Essential Skills
- Attention to detail
- Ability to multitask efficiently
- Knowledge of logistics software
- Great communication skills
- Critical thinking abilities
- Problem solving skills
Logistics Manager Roles & Responsibilities
- Review and research client needs and develop the best method of approach to fulfill them
- Oversee the entire process of a shipment, from acquisition to delivery
- Correspond with clients, suppliers, warehouses, and transportation hubs to ensure efficiency
- Input and monitor logistical software
- Find more efficient ways to move or store goods and personnel
- Monitor warehouse and storage functionality while products are stored
- Take inventory