Logistic officers work in a variety of settings including retail, manufacturing, NGOs and government organizations.
They are considered as the important contributors to the successful operations of the organization that they are working for, as without them, the company may crumple under the weight of the logistical load.
To work as a logistics officer, one needs a high school diploma or a GED equivalent at the very least. A degree in logistics or distribution will, of course, add points to your candidature.
Skills and Abilities Requirements
As a logistics officer, it is crucial that you are an organized individual since the success of your work will depend on how well you handle it. You will also need to possess an analytic mind and the ability to get along well with people from different backgrounds.
Since working at this position means that you will be in constant contact with people, especially suppliers and vendors, your communication and interpersonal skills need to be impeccable.
Some background in logistics and procurement will go a long way in convincing a hiring manager that you are an excellent candidate to hire.
Logistic Officer Duties & Responsibilities
• Study work orders to determine department-specific logistic requirements.
• Oversee and coordinate a variety of tasks to maintain adequate levels of supplies and equipment.
• Coordinate activities with procurement officers to ensure timely order placement of required items.
• Perform follow up and tracking activities to determine shipment status.
• Address shipment and procurement problems such as delays and inaccuracies according to company protocols.
• Handle freight consolidation, cost analysis, routing and scheduling logistics.
• Maintain inventory, order materials and manage and oversee warehouse personnel.
• Ascertain that all aspects of logistic teams such as shipping, warehousing, and procurement are working in sync with each other.
• Create and maintain contingency plans to ensure that all implemented logistic programs work successfully.
• Oversee appropriate storage and security of procured items and ensure proper allocation of space to fragile items.
• Manage stock levels, delivery times and transport costs and coordinate and control order cycles.
• Create and maintain effective liaison with vendors and suppliers and negotiate contracts in the best interest of the company.
• Organize shipment and coordinate drivers and vehicles to ensure timely and accurate delivery of items.
• Plan for an negotiate technical difficulties and prepare paperwork for shipments and regulatory bodies.
• Liaise with regional teams to ensure appropriate procurement of goods and work towards cost-effectiveness of logistical systems.