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Working As A Lead Logistics Analyst

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Logistics Analyst Do

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.

Duties

Logisticians typically do the following:

  • Manage the logistical aspects of a product’s life cycle from design to disposal
  • Direct the allocation of materials, supplies, and products
  • Develop business relationships with suppliers and clients
  • Understand clients’ needs and know how to meet them
  • Design strategies to minimize the cost or time required to transport goods
  • Review logistical functions and identify areas for improvement
  • Propose improvements to management and customers

Logisticians oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. They may direct the movement of a range of goods, people, or supplies, from common consumer goods to military supplies and personnel.

Logisticians use software systems to plan and track the movement of products. They operate software programs designed specifically to manage logistical functions, such as procurement, inventory management, and other supply chain planning and management systems.

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How To Become A Lead Logistics Analyst

A bachelor’s degree is typically required for most positions, although an associate’s degree may be sufficient for some logistician jobs. Industry certification and work experience in a related field is helpful for jobseekers.

Education

Logisticians may qualify for some positions with an associate’s degree. However, as logistics becomes increasingly complex, more companies prefer to hire workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many logisticians have a bachelor’s degree in business, systems engineering, or supply chain management.

Bachelor’s degree programs often include coursework in operations and database management, and system dynamics. In addition, most programs offer courses that train students on software and technologies commonly used by logisticians, such as radio-frequency identification (RFID).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate professional competence and a broad knowledge of logistics. Logisticians can obtain certification through APICS or the International Society of Logistics (SOLE). To become certified, a logistician typically needs to have a certain amount of education and work experience and to pass an exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Prospective logisticians can benefit from previous work experience in a field related to logistics or business. Others gain work experience while serving in the military. Experience allows a worker to learn about products and supply chain processes. Some employers allow applicants to substitute several years of work experience for a degree.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Logisticians need strong communication skills in order to collaborate with colleagues and do business with suppliers and customers.

Critical-thinking skills. Logisticians must develop, adjust, and carry out logistical plans. They often must find ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Organizational skills. Logisticians must be able to perform several tasks at one time, keep detailed records, and simultaneously manage several projects in a fast-paced environment.

Problem-solving skills. Logisticians must handle unforeseen issues, such as delivery problems, and adjust plans as needed to resolve the issues.

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Top Skills for A Lead Logistics Analyst

  1. Logistics
  2. Property Accountability
  3. Status Reports
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated all audit activity as the Houston Logistics point of contact including development and execution of corrective action responses.
  • Developed, implemented and evaluated the logistics and property accountability policies for the organization.
  • Develop presentation and status reports for senior management
  • Analyze contractual commitments in customer service request to identify and document logistics related support necessary to fill customer request.
  • Assist new associates with integrating with LMP to maintain accountability and asset visibility through both AWRDS and LMP databases.

Lead Logistics Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

62.9%

Female

27.1%

Unknown

10.0%
Ethnicity

White

57.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

14.4%

Asian

9.8%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

German

16.7%

Korean

16.7%

Chinese

16.7%

French

16.7%
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Lead Logistics Analyst Education

Schools

Ashford University

10.2%

American University

8.2%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

8.2%

University of Maryland - University College

6.1%

Central Michigan University

6.1%

Michigan State University

6.1%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

4.1%

National Louis University

4.1%

Community College of the Air Force

4.1%

Villanova University

4.1%

Lehigh Carbon Community College

4.1%

Troy University

4.1%

Columbia Southern University

4.1%

Tidewater Community College

4.1%

Bellevue University

4.1%

University of Phoenix

4.1%

George Mason University

4.1%

Defense Acquisition University

4.1%

Cleveland State University

4.1%

Saint Louis Community College

2.0%
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Majors

Business

31.2%

Supply Chain Management

23.2%

Management

8.8%

General Studies

4.0%

Project Management

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Finance

3.2%

Human Resources Management

3.2%

Accounting

3.2%

Psychology

1.6%

Political Science

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Operations Management

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

Automotive Technology

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Science, Technology, And Society

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.1%

Masters

24.5%

Other

20.5%

Associate

7.9%

Certificate

6.0%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.7%
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