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Logistics Manager

Career Overview

In basic terms, logistics refer to the materials and supplies acquired, distributed and delivered to businesses or organizations to operate. A career in logistics has become increasingly important as the global economy has expanded. Logistics managers are hired across industries to efficiently plan and organize the movement of supplies and materials from manufacturers or retailers to the final customer. Logistics managers focus on applying strategies to minimize costs and maximize efficiency making it one of the most high demand careers in supply chain management. As a logistics manager one may handle one or more of the work components namely, procurement, transportation, warehousing, production and distribution.The career evidently offers some of the best variety of work and challenges to meet on an everyday basis. It also opens the door to overseas travel and gain international experience while dealing with both domestic and international customers. Given the ability to multi task and work in a fast changing environment, a career as a logistics manager is rewarding both professionally and financially.Logistics managers carry out some of the key responsibilities such as:

  • Design strategies and plan for managing logistics, warehouse, transportation and customer service
  • Direct the allocation of materials, supplies and finished products
  • Maintain relationships with suppliers and customers
  • Keep track of inventory levels, stocks and delivery timelines
  • Propose process improvement to maximize efficiency
  • Supervise staff performance including training on policies and procedures
  • Maintain reports , documentation and safety records
  • Comply with laws, regulations and policy standards

Salaries and Job Outlook*

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A career in logistics has several opportunities for career advancement. There are ample job openings in virtually every industry of all sizes, manufacturing, retail, service, transportation, government or NGO (non- governmental organization) where they help ensure efficient and profitable operations. With expanding global economy, logistics managers also find the chance to explore overseas positions owing to relationships established with international companies. Education and experience help in qualifying for most good jobs in the logistics industry.Salaries of logistics managers depend upon the size of the company working for, duties assigned and personal qualifications. Some of the highest paying positions are in supply chain and inventory management. The average salary of a logistics manager ranges in between INR 5.9 lacs p.a to 6.5 lacs p.a.

Education and Training

Degrees Required:
Most companies prefer logistics manager to have a bachelor's degree in business administration or industrial engineering. Alternatively, there are many certifications one can obtain like CPM (certified purchasing manager) or CPIM (certification in production and inventory management) that enhance ones marketability. An MBA in supply chain management is helpful in securing senior or management positions in logistics within an organization.

Experience in the logistics sector and systems training with logistics management or obtaining on job trainings are helpful in securing senior management positions or in parlaying experience into starting one's own consultancy.

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Valued Traits & Abilities

Communication Skills
Problem-Solving Skills
Leadership Skills
Time-Management Skills
Decision-Making Skills

Career Opportunities

With knowledge of supply chain processes and relevant work experience, one can begin their career with a manufacturer, retailer or third party logistics firm. Positions at the entry level typically start with management trainee, front line supervisor or analyst and with managerial experience advance to SCM (supply chain management) positions. Skilled logistics managers are in high demand across industries, manufacturing being one of the largest employers. Logistics management being a global career, offers challenging and exciting career paths such as inventory management, warehouse operations management, transportation & carrier management, procurement & supply management and many more. Logistics managers on gaining ample work experience can also start their own consultancy or advisory firm.Some of the career opportunities that logistics managers can explore are:

Materials Manager

They plan, organize, direct and manage all raw materials, equipment and supplies for a company. They are responsible for overseeing all operational movements, storages, customer demands and inventories as well as manage documentation and budget requirements.

Warehouse Operations Manager

They are mainly responsible for handling inbound and outbound logistics activities related to storage, inventory management, claims, customer service, shipping and budgeting. Warehouse managers are a vital part of most supply chain management functions dealing with food, clothing, healthcare products, manufacturing parts or household items.

Production Manager

Their responsibilities include administration, production, processing, packaging, scheduling and quality control of all manufacturing processes. They perform a leadership role in logistics in directing overall activities by maintaining lowest costs while also meeting customer requirements.

Top Companies

  • Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd.
  • Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd.
  • Infiniti Retail Ltd.
  • Snapdeal
  • Unilever
  • Aegis Logistics Ltd.
  • Flextronics
  • Anchor Electricals Pvt. Ltd.