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Become A Load Planner

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Working As A Load Planner

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Make Decisions

  • $74,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Load Planner Do At Penske

* Process customer orders, plan & optimize shipments into loads, tender freight to third-party carriers
* Update Transportation Management System with current shipment information.
* Provide detailed instruction to various customers & associates from other shifts by phone and e-mail
* Provide visibility to management and the customer by tracking, process over-sight, auditing, researching and troubleshooting operational issues or functions.
* Complete daily logs and trackers
* Handle rate negotiations with carriers on a spot rate basis
* Identify cost savings opportunities for the customer
* Coordinates with carriers to ensure on-time delivery by tracking trucks for pick-up, estimating times of arrival and delivery, and recovering loads when necessary
* Provides load exception investigation and reporting
* Weighs alternative financial decisions before taking action
* Other projects and tasks as assigned by supervisor

What Does A Load Planner Do At Berry Global Inc.

* Assists in planning of all inbound and outbound loads for an assigned geographic territory/product group to maximize market savings and drive efficiency while meeting customer service requirements
* Manage high shipping volumes and carrier capacity within the respective geographic market/product group
* Conduct daily calls with shipping facilities to understand region specific capacity constraints
* Act as a liaison for the Supply Chain/Commercial team to review freight consolidation opportunities
* Lead and mentor load planners/logistics coordinators on daily execution of transportation plan
* Track/Improve key performance indicators such as carrier acceptance %, daily $/lb, carrier on time pick/delivery performance %, and spot market %
* Replans loads when necessary due to delays, equipment failure, driver issues, or staffing coverage.
* Seen as the primary backup to assigned region/product group
* Plans and implements initiatives to improve operational efficiencies and equipment utilization within assigned region/product group
* Responsible for quoting and routing international shipments
* Assist in yearly carrier RFP and regionalized development of established carrier network
* Undertakes other special projects and responsibilities as assigned

What Does A Load Planner Do At Iowa Employer

Truck route planningManufacturing capacity planning of units and dollarsResolution of shipping issuesReduction of total transportation costsDelivery performance improvement

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How To Become A Load Planner

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.


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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Load Planner Career Paths

Load Planner
Transportation Supervisor Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Operation Supervisor Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Security Officer Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager Warehouse Operations Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Dispatcher Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Dispatcher Police Officer Security Officer
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager General Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Specialist Logistics Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Transportation Coordinator Transportation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Transportation Supervisor Transportation Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Terminal Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Transportation Coordinator Dispatcher Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager Planning Manager Material Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Load Planner Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • Armenian

  • Latvian

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Korean

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Top Load Planner Skills

  1. Safety Regulations
  2. Aircraft Cargo
  3. Aircraft Weight
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Certify that weight distribution of the aircraft with cargo is in accordance with safety regulations and aircraft limits.
  • Directed ground crews in the loading and unloading of aircraft cargo or baggage.
  • Ensured compliance with aircraft weight and balance and floor load restrictions during flight.
  • Contributed to development and documentation of internal logistics processes.
  • Established procedures for passenger and aircraft clearance through international border clearance agencies.

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