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Working As A Logistics Supervisor

  • 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

  • $84,240

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics Supervisor 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 Supervisor

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
Warehouse Manager 3.9 years
Logistics Director 3.4 years
Logistics Planner 3.4 years
Logistics Operator 3.0 years
Logistics Lead 2.8 years
Logistics Analyst 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Supervisor 7.6%
Manager 3.9%
Internship 2.3%
Top Employers After
Supervisor 4.8%
Manager 4.0%

Logistics Supervisor Demographics

Gender

Male

74.1%

Female

24.0%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

76.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.5%

Carrier

6.1%

German

5.7%

Mandarin

4.4%

French

3.9%

Chinese

3.9%

Russian

3.1%

Portuguese

2.2%

Japanese

2.2%

Cantonese

1.8%

Turkish

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Vietnamese

0.4%

Gujarati

0.4%

Hindi

0.4%

Dutch

0.4%

Korean

0.4%

Bulgarian

0.4%

Cebuano

0.4%

Filipino

0.4%
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Logistics Supervisor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.5%

Central Texas College

8.5%

Ashford University

7.3%

Liberty University

7.3%

Community College of the Air Force

5.8%

American InterContinental University

4.2%

Colorado Technical University

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

American University

3.9%

Columbia Southern University

3.5%

Saint Leo University

3.5%

Park University

3.3%

Strayer University

3.1%

Troy University

2.9%

Grantham University

2.9%

Trident University International

2.7%

Vincennes University

2.5%

Defense Acquisition University

2.5%

Kaplan University

2.5%

Villanova University

2.3%
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Majors

Business

42.5%

Supply Chain Management

9.8%

Management

6.9%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

General Studies

4.2%

Accounting

3.9%

Marketing

2.7%

Psychology

2.6%

Education

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Computer Science

2.3%

Project Management

2.3%

Finance

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Communication

1.7%

Political Science

1.4%

Electrical Engineering

1.3%

Operations Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.9%

Other

25.0%

Masters

13.5%

Associate

13.2%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.2%
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Real Logistics Supervisor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Traffic & Logistics Supervisor Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $98,259 -
$127,224
Principal Supervisor-Logistics Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 07, 2015 $96,304
Logistics Supervisor Lamps Plus, Inc. CA Oct 08, 2016 $85,509
Principal Supervisor Logistics Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 01, 2013 $84,981
Lead Logistics Supervisor Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 31, 2011 $79,827
Logistics Supervisor Schlumberger Technology Corporation Sugar Land, TX Sep 29, 2015 $75,421 -
$86,000
Logistics Supervisor Kaco USA Inc. Lincolnton, NC May 20, 2016 $74,568
Supervisor, Logistics Biogen IDEC Cambridge, MA Jan 26, 2016 $73,000 -
$83,000
Logistics Supervisor Schlumberger Technology Corporation Sugar Land, TX Jul 26, 2016 $72,592 -
$86,000
Principal Supervisor Logistics Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 27, 2015 $70,823
Supervisor International Logistics Department Meiko America, Inc. East Liberty, OH Jan 24, 2011 $70,600
Materials/Logistics Supervisor Siemens Industry, Inc. Spring House, PA Dec 15, 2014 $69,120
Logistics Supervisor Verint Systems Inc. Melville, NY May 18, 2013 $68,494 -
$70,000
Principal Supervisor Logistics Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 18, 2014 $68,112
Logistics Supervisor Holcim Group Support Inc. Miami, FL Sep 23, 2010 $64,574
Supply Material Logistic Supervisor II Avery Dennison Corporation Meridian, MS Aug 01, 2011 $61,613
Logistics Supervisor Holcim Group Support, Inc. Miami, FL Apr 21, 2009 $59,708
Logistics Supervisor McLaren Industries Inc. Torrance, CA Aug 01, 2014 $53,302
Logistics Supervisor Panalpina, Inc. Laredo, TX Jan 29, 2015 $51,917
Logistics Supervisor Dolphin Logistics Inc. East Rancho Dominguez, CA Dec 09, 2016 $51,883

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Top Skills for A Logistics Supervisor

SafetyProceduresTimelyDeliverySuperviseLogisticalSupportPropertyAccountabilityInventoryControlZeroLossInventoryManagementLogisticsOperationsOshaRawMaterialsCustomerServiceInventoryAccuracyDailyOperationsContinuousImprovementCustomerSatisfactionDirectReportsHazardousMaterialsManagementSystemInventoryLevels

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Top Logistics Supervisor Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Timely Delivery
  3. Supervise
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assessed safety procedures for conformance to established protocols.
  • Established process changes to ensure timely delivery of kits and customer satisfaction.
  • Supervised a 5 Canadian province recruiting project for saturation coverage with cabling, systems administration and networking techs.
  • Organized and oversaw logistical support for simultaneous exercises at various locations.
  • Prepare correspondences and reports for Property Accountability Supervisors' as required.

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