If you are considering a change of vocation, a career in logistics could be ideal. In business terms, logistics relates to managing the flow (getting something from its start point to its end user), with the objective of successfully meeting customer demand. This involves managing the flow of resources in terms of actual goods e.g. food and drink, car exhausts or fashion accessories, along with managing the flow of conceptual elements such as time and facts. (Time plays a huge part in logistics, this is not a profession for those who are tardy)!
Logistics incorporates the production and packaging of goods, material handling, managing inventory (checking and optimising stock levels), warehousing, dispatch and transport (making sure parts reach their destination e.g. organising European pallet delivery). There’s a myriad of careers connected to logistics and for those interested in gaining a qualification, universities offer logistics based degrees. A job in logistics will require an individual to possess excellent time-management capabilities and first-rate organisational skills. These skills, mixed with the ability to communicate effectively and a knack for problem-solving are essential to forge a successful career in the logistics sector.
Jobs at Manager Level
For those looking to enter the field of logistics at a higher level there are numerous management opportunities available including that of transportation manager. He or she superintends shipments and deliveries, monitoring costs and ensuring consignments leave on time and arrive at their destination as expected. Another role is that of the logistics manager, who is credited with supervising the flow of work. They concentrate on elements such as warehousing and distribution, demand and supply and the control of goods inward and outward. If that doesn’t grab your attention another option is a career as a supply chain manager, this involves supervising the procurement of materials, keeping track of inventory and taking responsibility for ensuring suppliers provide the goods and services your company needs in the right way and at the right time. There is also the role of distribution and warehouse manager, which involves being responsible for the efficient storage of goods.
It also calls for making sure the right parts leave the company at the right time to meet the expectations of customers. This could involve the delivery of goods on a regional basis and also the organisation and execution of European pallet delivery.
Analyst and Operative Roles
If management isn’t your bag you could consider the role of logistics analyst, this involves creating and monitoring production plans to meet the requirements of the customer. Other options include the position of warehouse operative, encompassing sorting out goods inwards (in terms of ascertaining quality and organising storage), picking and packing goods, and assisting with the dispatch of products (loading and inventory).