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Just recently a new Chief Financial Officer was appointed to Irish Distillers who was formerly the Pernod Ricard Group tax director! Also do your research about the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification – from my own experience, the course is very practical and relevant to my day to day job. It provides a structured framework for achieving the knowledge of tax law and skills required to be an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).

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Logistics / Supply Chain Manager

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€20k > 75 
Logistics / Warehousing Staff
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 75 
Related Information:
Order Management Representative: 20 - 40
Order Management Lead: 27 - 45
Logistics Co-ordinator: 23 - 45
Logistics Manager: 35 - 75
Warehouse Supervisor: 28 - 55
Warehouse Manager: 35 - 65
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Morgan McKinley / Sigmar

Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Occupational Category

Managers & Directors in Transport & Logistics

Also included in this category:

Transport managers; fleet managers; logistics managers; storage managers; warehouse managers

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 10%
Aged over 55: 17%
Male / Female: 84 / 16%
Non-Nationals: 10%
With Third Level: 43%
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At a Glance... header image

Organises and plans the movement of products and materials from suppliers to customers.

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Resolve problems concerning transportation, logistics systems, imports or exports, or customer issues.


Collaborate with other departments to integrate logistics with business systems or processes, such as customer sales, order management, accounting, or shipping.


Maintain metrics, reports, process documentation, customer service logs, or training or safety records.


Supervise the work of logistics specialists, planners, or schedulers.


Direct inbound or outbound logistics operations, such as transportation or warehouse activities, safety performance, or logistics quality management.


Direct or coordinate comprehensive logistical or reverse logistical functions for product life cycles, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, recycling, reuse, or final disposal of resources.


Negotiate with suppliers or customers to improve supply chain efficiency or sustainability.


Direct distribution center operation to ensure achievement of cost, productivity, accuracy, or timeliness objectives.


Negotiate transportation rates or services.


Analyze the financial impact of proposed logistics changes, such as routing, shipping modes, product volumes or mixes, or carriers.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:  Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.


Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.


Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You should have skills in communication, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and dispute resolution.

You need to have good customer service skills and be polite and able to deal with difficult or unhappy customers.

As a manager you must be able to give clear instructions and motivate staff to work precisely and consistently. A cheerful but firm, authoritative manner is necessary.

You need to be able to work within agreed budgets, time frames and to plan and prioritise work.

Managers need to understand the policies and priorities of their company.

You would need to be aware of health and safety regulations and have good computer skills.

Entry Routesheader image

The most common route into logistics and supply chain management is to take a business degree which includes relevant modules i.e. logistics; supply chain management; international transport; transport management; geography.

DIT Offer a level 8 Degree in Logistics & Supply Chain Management - See DT 358

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport offers Certificate and Diploma level courses in Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Transport Operations. See CILT

Last Updated: February, 2015

Further Informationheader image

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Go..Cargo Planner - from:  Aer Lingus [Video]
Go..Logistics and distribution manager - from:  GradIreland
Go..Logistics Supervisor - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Road Haulage Load Planner - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Supply Chain Manager - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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Contactsheader image


Organisation: Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management
  Address: 17, Lower Mount St., Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 644 9660
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Organisation: National Institute for Transport & Logistics (NITL)
  Address: Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1.
  Tel: (01) 402 3000
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Supply Chain Management Institute (IPICS)
  Address: Unit 2A, Kilnap Business & Technology Park, Mallow Road, Cork City.
  Tel: (021) 490 9700
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Ireland
  Address: 1 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2
  Tel: Freephone 1890 2525 99
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here


Organisation: Institute of Logistics and Transport
  Address: Logistics and Transport Centre, PO Box 5787, Corby, Northants NN17 4XQ
  Tel: +44 (0)1536 740 104
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here


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