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Become A Logistics Lead

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Working As A Logistics Lead

  • 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 Logistics Lead 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 Logistics Lead

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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Average Length of Employment
Logistics Manager 3.9 years
Logistics Planner 3.4 years
Logistics Director 3.4 years
Logistics Lead 3.0 years
Logistics Operator 3.0 years
Logistics Analyst 2.6 years
Logistics Clerk 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Supervisor 6.1%
Manager 5.2%
Consultant 3.0%
Top Employers After
Manager 6.6%
Supervisor 5.0%
Buyer 3.7%

Logistics Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

71.5%

Female

26.3%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

76.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.1%

French

12.5%

Mandarin

9.4%

Chinese

6.3%

Swahili

3.1%

Portuguese

3.1%

German

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Polish

3.1%

Korean

3.1%
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Logistics Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.8%

Ashford University

8.4%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

6.3%

Middle Tennessee State University

6.3%

Michigan State University

5.3%

Liberty University

5.3%

Iowa State University

5.3%

Villanova University

4.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

Community College of the Air Force

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

Baker College

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

3.2%

Trident Technical College

3.2%

Northwestern University

3.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.2%

Houston Community College

3.2%

San Diego State University

3.2%

University of Texas at Austin

3.2%
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Majors

Business

37.3%

Supply Chain Management

10.5%

Management

5.8%

Marketing

4.5%

Accounting

4.2%

General Studies

3.7%

Education

3.1%

Project Management

3.1%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Computer Science

2.9%

Communication

2.9%

Finance

2.6%

Industrial Engineering

2.4%

Psychology

2.4%

Political Science

2.4%

Engineering

2.1%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

History

1.8%

Automotive Technology

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.3%

Other

24.8%

Masters

20.2%

Associate

9.1%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Logistics Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Transportation Logistics Lead Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 25, 2016 $155,000
Technology Lead Warehouse and Logistics Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Hercules, CA Jul 08, 2015 $120,000
Logistics Lead Consultant Kanand Corporation Austin, TX Nov 05, 2014 $110,000 -
$120,000
Technology Lead Warehouse and Logistics Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Hercules, CA Dec 15, 2015 $106,184 -
$165,580
Technology Lead Warehouse and Logistics Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Hercules, CA Mar 07, 2014 $100,430 -
$165,580
Regional Inbound Logistics Leader Momentive Performance Materials USA LLC Waterford, NY Sep 08, 2016 $100,000 -
$150,000
Regional Inbound Logistics Leader Momentive Performance Materials USA Waterford, NY Dec 20, 2016 $100,000 -
$150,000
Logistics Operations Lead Boxbee, Inc. New York, NY Sep 10, 2014 $100,000
SAP Sales and Logistics Lead Specialist Am/NS Calvert LLC Calvert, AL Mar 11, 2015 $88,000 -
$95,000
Manufacturing and Logistics (M&L) Lean Promotion Leader Wabco Compressor Manufacturing Company Charleston, SC Oct 02, 2016 $87,339
Manufacturing and Logistics (M&L) Lean Promotion Leader Wabco Compressor Manufacturing Company Charleston, SC Mar 06, 2016 $87,339
Logistics Operations Lead Boxbee, Inc. New York, NY Apr 25, 2016 $76,322
Global Logistics Improvement Leader Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Dec 22, 2013 $72,100 -
$92,000
Logistics Lead Specialist Information Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 20, 2011 $72,000
Global Logistics Improvement Leader Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Oct 01, 2011 $67,900 -
$89,100
Global Logistics Improvement Leader Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Nov 01, 2010 $67,900 -
$89,100
Logistics Planning Lead Panasonic Corporation of North America Newark, NJ Aug 01, 2013 $61,609
Logistics Planning Lead Panasonic Corporation of North America Secaucus, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $61,609
Global Logistics Improvement Leader Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Mar 24, 2010 $60,800 -
$87,000
Lean Global Logistics Improvement Leader Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Mar 31, 2010 $60,800 -
$87,000
Global Logistics Improvement Leader Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Aug 03, 2012 $57,100 -
$76,300

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Top Skills for A Logistics Lead

ProceduresDeliverySafetyPurchaseOrdersInventoryControlCycleCountsUnitsLogisticsSupportInventoryManagementStrategySuperviseFinancialAuditManagementSystemBusinessProcessCustomerServiceInventoryLevelsLTLDODContinuousImprovement

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Top Logistics Lead Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Delivery
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Evaluate compliance by all transportation vendors to documented guidelines and procedures to ensure effective utilization of appropriate vendors and transportation practices.
  • Make recommendations for ATP and delivery improvements.
  • Maximize carrier performance through metric evaluation to enforce Odyssey/client standards in safety, service, pricing and communications expectations.
  • Audit deliveries to ensure equipment conforms to purchase orders as to quality and quantity.
  • Implemented the Transplant Business Unit's first inventory control and cycle count program.

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