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Signs a Career as a Logistics and Distribution Manager is for You

Signs a Career as a Logistics and Distribution Manager is for You

Signs a Career as a Logistics and Distribution Manager is for You

A Logistics and Distribution Manager is responsible for ensuring goods are delivered to the correct location in time. You will organise the storage and distribution of products. Here are the signs you’d make a good logistics and distribution manager:


You have…


  • a logical and systematic approach
  • time management and prioritisation skills
  • the ability to be decisive and solve problems
  • commercial awareness and numeracy skills
  • IT literacy and data handling skills
  • strong interpersonal skills and teamwork and leadership skills
  • excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • negotiation and analytical skills.


You want to…


  • use IT systems to manage stock levels, delivery times and transport costs
  • use information systems to coordinate and control the order cycle
  • use data from IT systems to evaluate performance and quality to plan improvements
  • allocate staff resources according to changing needs
  • manage staff
  • liaise and negotiate with customers and suppliers
  • develop business by gaining new contracts
  • understand and help to develop e-commerce
  • implement health and safety procedures
  • manage staff training 
  • plan vehicle routes.


You don’t mind…


  • long and unsociable hours
  • a pressured environment
  • a low ratio of women to men in the sector
  • occasional travel.


Getting started

This career path is open to all graduates but a degree or higher National Diploma in one of the following subjects may be advantageous:

Professional qualifications are also available in logistics and distribution such as the UK Level 2 Certificate in Logistics and Transport, which is aimed at new entrants to the profession and is provided by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Many large logistics companies offer graduate schemes. Experience can otherwise be gathered through entry-level jobs in warehousing, storage, retail or administration. Roles in other areas of the supply chain like retail management or purchasing are alternative routes.


Search all logistics and distribution jobs on our vacancies page.


Article source: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/logistics-and-distribution-manager