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Become a Logistics Manager

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A career in logistics and distribution may suit you if you enjoy coordinating and overseeing a process to its completion.

Logistics and distribution managers organise the storage and distribution of goods. In this role you will ensure that the right products are delivered to the right location on time and at a good cost. You may also be involved in transportation, stock control, warehousing and monitoring the flow of goods.

Understanding the whole supply chain is important so that you can coordinate it effectively and liaise with suppliers of raw materials, manufacturers, retailers and consumers. The educational requirements to become a logistics manager vary by employer and industry. The CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) recommended prospective logistics and supply chain managers acquire skills and knowledge needed for the job through internships and work experience; it also encouraged aspiring mangers to learn business skills and the details of the supply process. Additionally, job postings requested that applicants possess some industry-specific experience related to the products or goods they would be working with, since some industries are highly technical.

An associate's or bachelor's degree program in logistics, supply chain management, business administration or a related field can prepare graduates for a career in logistics management. Students learn the key concepts, strategies and processes of logistics, transportation and supply chain management by combining a business curriculum with focused coursework in supply chain topics. Coursework in logistics degree programs includes purchasing, global logistics, logistics operations, storage and distribution, economics, accounting and business law.