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Logistics Manager


Logistics managers handle processes involved in a supply chain, liaising with a variety of stake holders including suppliers of goods and materials, manufacturers, retailers and consumers. This is often a two-way process with return of goods. Logistics managers coordinate processes to ensure customer satisfaction. An awareness of and appropriate response to external influences, such as legislation, fuel costs and environmental pressures, is essential for this role.

The role of distribution manager within logistics may involve transportation, stock control, warehousing, and ensuring structures are in place to monitor the flow of goods and materials. IT plays a key part within the logistics field in forecasting increasingly complex systems of stock levels, delivery times, transport costs and performance evaluation. Responsibilities vary according to the specific job role and whether the employing company is a manufacturer, retailer, or specialist service provider for example a third party logistics provider.

Typical duties and skills of a Logistics/Distribution Manager include


  • Monitoring the quality, quantity, cost and efficiency of the movement and storage of goods
  • Coordinating and controlling the order cycle and associated information systems
  • Analysing data to monitor performance and plan improvements and demand
  • Allocating and managing staff resources according to changing needs
  • Liaising and negotiating with customers and suppliers
  • Developing business by gaining new contracts, analysing logistical problems and producing new solutions
  • When managing warehouse or transport staff, the role may also include
  • Implementing health and safety procedures; Managing staff training issues
  • Motivating other members of the team
  • Project management and setting key objectives
  • Minimum of 5-7 years experience in an operations management role
  • Proven people management skills
  • Third level degree in a Business or Logistics related discipline
  • Computer literate, knowledge of computerised and manual planning systems
  • Knowledge of statutory transport regulations/legislation
  • A thorough understanding of managing and running a fleet