Logistics Manager  What They Do

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Logistics Managers Career Video

Plans, directs, or coordinates purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manages logistics personnel and logistics systems and directs daily operations.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Logistics Planning and Management Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Collaborates with other departments to integrate logistics with business systems or processes, such as customer sales, order management, accounting, or shipping.
  • Supervises the work of logistics specialists, planners, or schedulers.
  • Creates policies or procedures for logistics activities.
  • Directs distribution center operation to ensure achievement of cost, productivity, accuracy, or timeliness objectives.
  • Resolves problems concerning transportation, logistics systems, imports or exports, or customer issues.
  • Analyzes all aspects of corporate logistics to determine the most cost-effective or efficient means of transporting products or supplies.
  • Negotiates transportation rates or services.
  • Directs or coordinates comprehensive logistical or reverse logistical functions for product life cycles, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, recycling, reuse, or final disposal of resources.
  • Analyzes the financial impact of proposed logistics changes, such as routing, shipping modes, product volumes or mixes, or carriers.
  • Directs inbound or outbound logistics operations, such as transportation or warehouse activities, safety performance, or logistics quality management.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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