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Logistics / Distribution Manager
Logistics is the detailed coordination of a large and complex operation. Logistics and distribution managers are responsible for creating and implementing procedures to ensure the smooth movement and storing of goods, in other words, to get the goods to the right place, at the right time, in the right quantities.

These procedures include quality control, costing of goods, the efficient transportation of goods and cost thereof, as well as storage of goods.

Logistics managers also control and coordinate the ordering and dispatching of goods. Other duties include developng new business for the company, analysing and solving any logistical problems within the company, forecasting stock levels, coordinating deliveries according to schedules and calculating transportation costs.

They also manage and oversee staff, and may be involved in the formulation of company policies that include health and safety procedures, traiing and recruiting. Another function of a logistics manager is to negotiate and liaise with customers and suppliers regarding product availablility, delivery schedules and pricing.

Essentially, their tasks are to negotiate customer contracts, to reduce costs and achieve maximum efficiency, to calculate total supply chain costs in relation to proposed new products, and to determine, in consultation with colleagues, whether or not orders should be put to tender.

They manage, coordinate and control the order cycle and associated information systems, manage the distribution of staff and workforce, develop business plans and keep abreast of new developments likely to affect the future purchase and movement of goods and services.

Satisfying Aspects
- travelling
- have access to new products before they are released on the market
- good remuneration if you have your own business or are employed full-time

Demanding aspects
- long, irregular hours, including weekends
- stressful, pressurised and demanding
- call-outs if transport breaks down

- be perceptive and objective
- self-assured and confident
- strong leadership and teamwork skills
- ability to manage change in a busy environment
- a practical, logical and systematic approach
- excellent planning and organisational skills
- creative problem-solving and analytical skills
- excellent IT skills
- pay close attention to detail and have the ability to sort and sift facts to identify inconsistencies

School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course

National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course

Each institution will have its own minimum entry requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: Mathematics
Recommended Subjects: Accounting, Business Science, Economics

Graduates of any discipline can work in this field, but a business, management or logistics degree would be the most useful.


Diploma: UJ, UNISA, NMMU, TUT, Bytes, Damelin and Intec

Relevant courses are available through the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Many graduates learn about logistics through in-company management training schemes, while others move into it from related areas of management.

- commerce and industry
- supply chain stores
- retailers
- government departments

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTSA)
P O Box 44945
Linden, 2104
Tel: (011) 789-7327
Fax: (011) 787-7865

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