What Does a Logistics Manager Do?

logistics-manager Credit: Beximco Pharma/CC BY-ND 2.0

According to Education Portal, a logistics manager is responsible for analyzing and coordinating the storage, distribution and transportation of goods from the manufacturing facilities, to the warehouses, and then to final destinations. Logistics managers are often called logisticians.

Logistics managers oversee the transportation, inventory and shipment of products. They develop business relationships with suppliers, customers and transportation companies. They negotiate contracts and often help improve shipment speed and efficiency, while trying to reduce costs. They also work to understand the needs of customers and the best method of meeting those needs.

Logistics managers utilize complex computer software designed specifically for the purpose of inventory management, supply chain planning and procurement. Although logistics managers work in nearly every industry, most are concentrated in manufacturing and the federal government. According to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, logistic managers held about 125,900 jobs in 2012, about 25 percent of those being in manufacturing and about 23 percent in the federal government. Some logistics managers work in an organization's logistical department, while others work for firms specializing in logistical work. Jobs in logistics management can be stressful because the work is often fast paced. Logistics managers must work quickly to solve any problems that arise to ensure that operations stay on schedule.