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Working As A Logistics 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

  • $64,354

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics Planner 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 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.

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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Logistics Planner Career Paths

Logistics Planner
Supply Chain Manager Asset Manager Logistics Coordinator
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Supply Chain Analyst Demand Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Development Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager Logistics Operations Manager Logistics Manager
Global Logistics Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Production Supervisor Logistics Manager
International Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Warehouse Manager Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Lead Operator Logistics Manager
Logistics Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Officer Logistics Manager
Logistics Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Material Control Specialist Material Control Supervisor
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Production Manager Senior Buyer
Materials Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planner Senior Buyer Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planner Planner/Buyer Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Officer Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Logistics Manager 3.9 years
Planner/Buyer 3.8 years
Senior Planner 3.8 years
Load Planner 3.3 years
Business Planner 3.3 years
Logistics Planner 3.0 years
Logistics Lead 2.9 years
Demand Planner 2.7 years
Supply Planner 2.6 years
Logistics Analyst 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 5.3%
Buyer 4.1%
Internship 3.4%
Officer 3.4%
Top Employers After
Planner 5.7%
Buyer 4.5%

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Logistics Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

61.6%

Female

36.3%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

8.9%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.9%

Chinese

10.6%

German

9.1%

Mandarin

7.6%

French

7.6%

Portuguese

4.5%

Italian

4.5%

Japanese

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Bosnian

1.5%

Catalan

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Hmong

1.5%
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Logistics Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.3%

Community College of the Air Force

11.2%

Auburn University

7.7%

Webster University

5.9%

Central Michigan University

4.7%

Troy University

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

Columbia Southern University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

Capella University

3.6%

Syracuse University

3.0%

San Francisco State University

3.0%

University of Houston

3.0%

Liberty University

3.0%

Sam Houston State University

3.0%

American University

3.0%

Iowa State University

3.0%

Robert Morris University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

41.6%

Supply Chain Management

15.3%

Management

7.2%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Marketing

3.4%

Project Management

3.3%

Communication

3.1%

Psychology

2.4%

Industrial Engineering

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Finance

2.1%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

Political Science

1.7%

Economics

1.6%

History

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Computer Science

1.4%

Elementary Education

1.4%

Information Technology

1.4%

General Studies

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.3%

Masters

22.4%

Other

16.7%

Associate

10.0%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Real Logistics Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Production & Logistical Planner IDQ Operating, Inc. Garland, TX Oct 01, 2013 $96,200
Senior Logistics Planner TYCO Healthcare Group LP Mansfield, MA May 09, 2012 $85,030
Senior New Products Logistics Planner Cymer LLC San Diego, CA Nov 14, 2016 $85,000 -
$105,000
SR. New Product Logistics Planner Cymer LLC San Diego, CA Jun 15, 2015 $83,000 -
$129,700
Operations and Logistics Planner Offshore Inspections Ltd.LLC Fort Walton Beach, FL Dec 15, 2015 $82,867
Senior New Products Logistics Planner Cymer LLC San Diego, CA Sep 14, 2015 $80,600 -
$106,800
Senior New Products Logistics Planner (Industrial Engineer) Cymer LLC San Diego, CA Jul 28, 2014 $79,872 -
$110,700
Senior New Products Logistics Planner (Industrial Cymer LLC San Diego, CA Jul 28, 2014 $79,872 -
$110,700
Senior Logistics Planner Covidien Mansfield, MA Aug 13, 2015 $79,227
Logistics Planner II TYCO Healthcare Group LP Mansfield, MA Nov 09, 2010 $76,415
Planner II-Logistics Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Bentonville, AR Aug 16, 2016 $75,000
Logistics Operations Planner General Mills, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Aug 16, 2016 $74,027 -
$104,000
SR. Logistics Planner Mast Logistics Services Inc. Columbus, OH Sep 09, 2015 $69,000
Reverse Logistics Planner HTC America, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 16, 2013 $68,550
Logistics Planner II Covidien LP Mansfield, MA Aug 26, 2015 $68,490
SR. Logistics Planner Limited Logistics Services Columbus, OH Dec 25, 2011 $67,100 -
$80,500
Senior Logistics Planner Covidien LP Mansfield, MA Sep 03, 2014 $66,950
Logistic Planner Maxzone Vehicle Lighting Corporation Edison, NJ Sep 10, 2011 $66,513
Logistics Planner Revolabs, Inc. Sudbury, MA Dec 17, 2015 $65,500
Production and Logistics Planner QED International, LLC Los Angeles, CA Oct 03, 2011 $62,234
Logistics Planner II Covidien LP Mansfield, MA Aug 30, 2013 $58,890
Operations & Logistics Planner Catalytic Solutions, Inc. Oxnard, CA Jul 01, 2011 $58,519
Logistics Planner II Covidien LP Mansfield, MA Sep 06, 2013 $57,928
Operations & Logistics Planner Catalytic Solutions, Inc. Oxnard, CA Dec 01, 2009 $57,420
Logistic Planner R.Greenspan International, Inc. Greenvale, NY Sep 29, 2010 $57,000

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Top Skills for A Logistics Planner

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  1. Customer Service
  2. Supply Chain
  3. Phone Calls
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  • Reported to the director of Logistics/Customer Service, Manager of Customer Service and assisted logistics, New Business and Manufacturing Departments.
  • Project Management lead on Supply Chain Paper Sustainability project.
  • Identify obstacles and trends impacting inventory levels and make improvement recommendations.
  • Develop technical specifications to identity facility maintenance requirements for personnel to follow for safety and security.
  • Leverage distribution center knowledge to gather historical data and ensure purchase order delivery schedules is executed according to plan.

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  4. Wyoming
  5. Alaska
  6. Virginia
  7. New Mexico
  8. District of Columbia
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