In Summary - Logistics / Supply Chain Manager
Logistics / Supply Chain Managers typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Logistics / Supply Chain Manager
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- 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.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- Developing and Building Teams Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
- Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
Interests - Logistics / Supply Chain Manager
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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 Requirements - Logistics / Supply Chain Manager
The official entry route for a Logistics / Supply Chain Manager is through undertaking an apprenticeship.
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
Pay & Salary - Logistics / Supply Chain Manager
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 20k - 75k
Order Management Representative: 20 - 40
Order Management Lead: 27 - 45
Logistics Co-ordinator: 30 - 45
Logistics Manager: 45 - 75
Warehouse Supervisor: 30 - 55
Warehouse Manager: 40 - 70
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Last Updated: March, 2017
* 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.
Labour Market Updates - Logistics / Supply Chain Manager
While no shortage has been identified, demand is arising in niche areas; as the logistics process becomes more automated, the skillsets required are changing, demanding more digital and analytical skills.
National Skills Bulletin 2018
Useful Contacts - Logistics / Supply Chain Manager
Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management
National Institute for Transport & Logistics (NITL)
Supply Chain Management Institute (IPICS)
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Ireland
Institute of Logistics and Transport