The logistics management sector has grown enormously in recent years; much of this is down to e-commerce. Although launching a career in the supply chain and logistics management sector may not seem the most exciting way to earn a living, there are lots of opportunities to advance. All sectors of industry need to procure, store and dispatch goods and products, and this creates a need for effective managers with a real appreciation of business and time-critical logistics.

What does the logistics management role involve?

The basic premise of any role of this nature is to ensure that either products or services are delivered to the right place, by the time required. Vital considerations include the cost of delivery, quality of products, and the quantities.

Am I the right type of person?

The kind of skills needed for logistics and supply chain management include:

  • IT proficiency, as this role involves working with data. Tasks include modelling, simulation, and forecasting
  • Ability to spot trends within your sector at the earliest moment to stay ahead of the curve
  • Problem-solving with versatility, efficiency and consistency
  • Ability to negotiate with both suppliers and customers
  • Language skills can be useful for candidates working within global organisations
  • Understanding of the physical and online e-retailing and supply sectors
  • Problem-solving with versatility, efficiency and consistency
  • Ability to spot trends within your sector at the earliest moment to stay ahead of the curve
  • Understanding of the physical and online e-retailing and supply sectors
  • Ability to negotiate with both suppliers and customers
  • IT proficiency, as this role involves working with data. Tasks include modelling, simulation, and forecasting
  • Language skills can be useful for candidates working within global organisations

What training is needed?

If you’re starting out on your journey in life, you can enrol for a degree in logistics and supply chain management. This type of career involves lifelong learning. If you’re already in the workplace, you will find a variety of online logistics courses at LLA. We offer commercial and humanitarian essential logistics modules.

CILT and CIPS are the professional bodies which serve the logistics sector, and our courses can take you from the apprentice stage right through to logistics manager roles. Get in touch to find out more!