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Become A Material Logistics Specialist

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Working As A Material Logistics Specialist

  • 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

  • $71,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Material Logistics Specialist 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 Material Logistics Specialist

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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Material Logistics Specialist Career Paths

Material Logistics Specialist
Buyer Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Buyer Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Buyer Office Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Manager Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Senior Manager-Supply Chain Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Store Manager Warehouse Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Terminal Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Analyst Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager Logistics Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Logistics Supervisor
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Planning Manager
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Material Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Operations Project Manager
Logistics Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner/Project Manager Quality Control Manager
Production Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Manager, Program Management
Supply Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Material Manager 4.6 years
Plant Buyer 4.1 years
Material Lead 3.8 years
Materials Planner 3.7 years
Buyer/Expeditor 3.6 years
Logistics Planner 3.4 years
Material Analyst 3.3 years
Logistics Lead 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Material Logistics Specialist
Buyer 11.3%
Manager 4.1%
Cashier 3.6%
Analyst 3.2%
Top Careers After Material Logistics Specialist
Buyer 15.1%

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Material Logistics Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

56.8%

Female

34.9%

Unknown

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.3%

Chinese

12.5%

German

12.5%

Japanese

12.5%

Dutch

6.3%

French

6.3%

Hindi

6.3%

Korean

6.3%

Italian

6.3%
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Material Logistics Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.3%

Arizona State University

8.1%

Wichita State University

6.8%

University of Houston

5.4%

Friends University

5.4%

Ashford University

5.4%

De Anza College

4.1%

Community College of the Air Force

4.1%

Excelsior College

4.1%

Wayne State University

4.1%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.1%

Seton Hill University

4.1%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.1%

Kansas State University

4.1%

University of Florida

2.7%

University of Dubuque

2.7%

North Carolina State University

2.7%

Central Texas College

2.7%

San Jose State University

2.7%

Tarrant County College District

2.7%
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Majors

Business

39.8%

Supply Chain Management

10.2%

Management

7.2%

Computer Science

4.2%

Marketing

3.8%

Psychology

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.0%

History

3.0%

Accounting

3.0%

General Studies

2.7%

Education

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Operations Management

2.3%

Information Technology

2.3%

Project Management

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Biology

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.6%

Other

21.5%

Masters

18.1%

Associate

13.6%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

1.8%
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Highest Material Logistics Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Materials Logistics Spec 3 Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc. Tarrytown, NY Dec 31, 2009 $73,927
Material Logistics Specialist Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. Yonkers, NY Sep 28, 2012 $73,000
Material/Logistics Specialist Siemens Industry, Inc. West Chicago, IL Jun 23, 2016 $67,629
Material/Logistics Specialist 2 Siemens Industry, Inc. West Chicago, IL Sep 12, 2015 $67,628
Logistics Specialist, Material Flow Bosch Rexroth Corporation Bethlehem, PA Sep 01, 2015 $58,537
Logistics Specialist, Material Flow Bosch Rexroth Corporation Bethlehem, PA Sep 04, 2014 $56,714
Materials/Logistics Spec 2 Siemens Industry, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Sep 25, 2013 $52,000

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Top Skills for A Material Logistics Specialist

  1. Spare Parts
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. Supplier Quality
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designated initial list prices for spare parts; effectively managed trapped inventory and obsolescence ensuring operational effectiveness and optimum performance.
  • Scheduled and released work orders into the shop along with creating Purchase Orders and prioritized by critical date.
  • Collaborated with quality and development engineering to procure raw materials that met the changing requirements our conveyor assembly customers.
  • Managed production inventories utilizing inventory control measures to enhance record accuracy and determine root cause of discrepancies for continual improvement program.
  • Identify excess and obsolete inventory using MRP system forecasting data.

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