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Global Lead Buyer - Logistics
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description A new supplier to the aviation industry is looking for a Global Lead Buyer for Logistics services to take up a greenfield position in part of their new procurement function
Director Global Logistics
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Ulm, Baden-Württemberg
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Job description: We are supporting a market leading manufacturing company who are currently going through a supply chain transformation and have a greenfield opening for a logistics director focused
Head of Category Management - Logistics
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Job description: We are supporting a leading manufacturing company close to Heidelberg who are searching for a head of their global logistics spend focused leading a team of category managers in a
Global Category Manager Logistics and Transportation
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Baden-Württemberg
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description A rapidly growing and market leader in the Medical Devices sector, are looking for a strategic and highly ambitious candidate to join their newly created Procurement Organisation
Head of Process Engineering & Logistics
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Wiesbaden, Hessen
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description We are working with a leading Pharmaceutical company for the Head of Process Engineering and Logistics role. The position has responsibility for leading a site consisting of 400 people
Supply Chain Manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Frankfurt am Main, Hessen
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description DSJ are supporting a global supplier to the aviation industry on business critical supply chain manager vacancy in Frankfurt. The role will be responsible for a team of 10+ FTE and will help to
Global Category Manager Logistics and Transportation
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Frankfurt am Main, Hessen
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description A rapidly growing and market leader in the Life Science sector, are looking for a strategic and highly ambitious candidate to join their newly created Procurement Organisation
Head of supply Chain
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Hannover, Niedersachsen
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description A leading manufacturing company is seeking an experienced supply chain professional to join their growing team, based in lower Saxony, Germany. The company is going through transformation in their
Supply Chain Director
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Frankfurt am Main, Hessen
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description We are partnered with a global aviation supplier in the Frankfurt area as they undergo a large scale supply chain transformation, expanding the business to new customers across the globe

Logistics management involves the smooth flow of goods and materials through an organization. Logistics managers oversee the departments that receive supplies and materials into a business. They supervise stocking and warehousing departments and manage shipping operations. Companies depend on the effectiveness of their supply chain to meet the demand of the customers and deliver the finished products within budget and on time. Logistics managers are crucial to the smooth and efficient running of the supply chain and material management of the business.    
Transporting equipment, raw materials, FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) and other similar items from one location to another location is a complicated process. Logistics managers often oversee supply chain issues alongside managing physical distribution. Logistics and distribution managers may work for manufacturing companies, resellers or retailers, or for third party organizations.   

Job Specification, Salary, Outlook

 Logistics managers organize the storage and distribution of materials and goods. It is essential for logistics managers to have an in-depth understanding of the supply chain so that they can effectively coordinate and liaise with raw material suppliers, manufacturers, retailers or resellers and consumers. 
Entry level roles are usually focused on managing storage centers, specific customer contracts and distribution of goods. Promotion generally involves specialized roles and movement into management of larger units of logistics management. Senior positions involve several management duties such as overseeing the efficient management of an organization’s resource, such as business functions, facilities, capital and labor. 
So how much do logistics managers earn? This depends on a number of factors, but the average salary for logistics managers in the United States is $63,368 per annum, with a range of $38,782 - $97,662. Factors that affect the level of salary include job location, technical skills, on-the-job experience, and academic background. In the UK, an average salary of £31,448 per year can be expected, with a range of £20,550 - £50,767. Some companies also pay bonuses based on individual, group and departmental performance.   

Job Description

 Logistics managers oversee the distribution, movement and storage of raw materials or goods in an organization or business. They control the raw materials for a smooth flow of production and ensure the finished goods are delivered in a timely manner. The remit of a logistics managers typically includes stock control, transportation, monitoring and warehousing the flow of materials. They make sure that the right materials are delivered to the right destination on time, cost effectively and efficiently.

Logistics managers also oversee inventory control, warehouse, customer service, material handling, team resource and transportation. They hire new employees for the team, train them and evaluate their performance. They ensure that distribution and warehousing works comply with safety regulations and prepare worker schedules. Logistics managers work to improve the supply chain of the company, negotiate supplier and shipping costs and prepare reports for top management. 

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Strategic planning and efficiently management of warehouse activities, logistics, transportation and customer services
  • Using an efficient management system to manage stock levels, transport costs and delivery times 
  • Directing, coordinating and optimizing the full order cycle of logistics and distribution management
  • Application of relevant information systems to control and coordinate the order cycle 
  • Managing and allocating staff resources 
  • Using logistics related data from existing IT systems to assess quality and performance and plan improvements
  • Liaising and negotiating with suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and customers
  • Keeping track of quantity, quality, delivery times, stock levels, productivity, efficiency and transport costs
  • Planning distribution methods and routes and processing shipments
  • Supervising and training logistics, supply chain and warehouse teams
  • Analysis of data and metrics to evaluate performance and identify improvements
  • Meeting targets related to cost, accuracy, productivity and timeliness
  • Complying with related laws, policies and regulations

Key Skills & Qualifications      

Logistics managers should possess leadership qualities, the ability to work under pressure, high levels of diplomacy and an objective approach. They must have excellent verbal and written communication skills to direct operational teams and prepare reports for senior management. They should have the capability to act decisively and to problem-solve. Logistics managers should have the skills and expertise across all areas of logistics, distribution and warehouse activities. 

Logistics managers should have a bachelor’s degree in logistics, supply chain management or business administration. Relevant subjects in logistics and supply chain management include purchasing, distributions, storage and warehousing. Logistics manager jobs are open to all graduates, but the following subjects may be most beneficial:

  • Business
  • Computing
  • Business with languages
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Information systems
  • Science
  • Management
  • Transport, distribution or logistics

Required job skills:

  • A systematic and logical approach to work 
  • Excellent time management 
  • The ability to make decisions, solve problems, and offer creative solutions
  • Numerical skills and commercial awareness
  • IT literacy and the ability to handle electronic data 
  • The ability to manage change and work in line with new laws and regulations
  • Solid interpersonal skills, the ability to manage people and to work as part of a team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Analytical and negotiation skills
  • Experience in training and leading a team
  • Solid presentation skills

Job Trends 

Career development opportunities in logistics management are excellent in this innovative and fast-moving industry. This career choice offers ongoing professional development and training, with good progression opportunities. With worldwide economic challenges and expansion, many manufacturers, retailers and logistics companies are establishing a physical presence in various emerging markets - skilled logistics managers can therefore have the opportunity to work abroad.