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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

  • $59,925

    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
Planner Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Logistics Officer Operations Officer Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Supply Chain Director
Global Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Program Manager Deputy Director
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Production Supervisor Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Officer Logistics Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Dispatcher Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planner Planning Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Planner/Buyer Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Account Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Logistics Manager 3.9 years
Senior Planner 3.8 years
Planner/Buyer 3.8 years
Load Planner 3.3 years
Business Planner 3.3 years
Logistics Operator 3.0 years
Logistics Planner 3.0 years
Planner 2.9 years
Logistics Lead 2.8 years
Demand Planner 2.6 years
Supply Planner 2.6 years
Logistics Analyst 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 5.3%
Internship 3.6%
Top Employers After
Planner 4.7%
Buyer 3.9%

Logistics Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

60.9%

Female

36.7%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

79.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.2%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.7%
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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

21.0%

Community College of the Air Force

10.2%

Auburn University

7.8%

Webster University

6.0%

Troy University

5.4%

Central Michigan University

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

Capella University

4.2%

Syracuse University

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

Saint Leo University

3.6%

Liberty University

3.0%

American University

3.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.4%

Ashford University

2.4%

San Francisco State University

2.4%

Ohio State University

2.4%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

2.4%
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Majors

Business

42.8%

Supply Chain Management

14.4%

Management

6.8%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Marketing

3.4%

Project Management

3.2%

Communication

3.2%

Psychology

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Industrial Engineering

2.1%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%

Political Science

1.8%

Economics

1.6%

Computer Science

1.4%

Information Technology

1.4%

International Business

1.2%

General Studies

1.2%

Education

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.5%

Masters

22.9%

Other

17.2%

Associate

9.6%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.4%
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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

CustomerServiceSupplyChainLogisticsSupportProceduresSafetyPurchaseInventoryLevelsProductionPlanningRawMaterialMRPDistributionCentersLogisticsOperationsInventoryManagementLogisticsPlansInventoryControlCustomerSatisfactionERPLTLCommanderKeyPerformanceIndicatorsServiceLevels

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Top Logistics Planner Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Supply Chain
  3. Logistics Support Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed client needs and concerns by providing customer service through effective communication, relationship development, and regular site visits.
  • Project Management lead on Supply Chain Paper Sustainability project.
  • Acted in an advisory capacity to management and supervisors pertaining to health safety and environmental issues.
  • Leverage distribution center knowledge to gather historical data and ensure purchase order delivery schedules is executed according to plan.
  • Monitor inventory levels and provide analysis as requested.

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