The role of the logistician in a freight transport company
Within a road haulage company, several employees may be assigned to logistics: these are known as “logisticians”. They perform a variety of tasks, including organization and circulation of goods in warehouseswarehouse inventory management and inbound/outbound flows, and compliance with safety and warehousing regulations. Every day, they organize their work and that of their colleagues to meet customer deadlines and minimize costs as far as possible, in the interests of both shipper and carrier.
The day-to-day life of a supply chain manager
Logisticians are sometimes referred to as “supply chain managers”. We also call them “transit managers”, “planning and logistics managers” or “transport and logistics managers”.
While the name of the job may vary according to the place occupied by each member of the team and the habits of the transport company, a logistician is generally responsible for managing the warehousing, storage, packaging, handling, transport and/or distribution of goods.
On a daily basis, the
works as part of a team to coordinate all exchanges and optimize flows. It must also redouble its efforts to improve inventory management, with a view to improving efficiency, reducing costs and systematically delivering on the customer promise.
Performance is at the heart of every logistics specialist’s priorities: to achieve this, they need to be able to anticipate needs. Those of shippers and customers, but also those of the company’s logistics warehouse. In contact with customers and principals, he will manage all operations and monitor a large number of projects.. performance indicators (KPIs), with a view to continuous improvement.
The skills of a good logistician in brief
A good logistician needs to put his or her analytical and organizational skills on a daily basis. He or she must have good interpersonal skills to interact with all colleagues, and be able to react quickly to any situation. For example, when faced with a storage problem, he needs to be able to find an appropriate solution to meet both customer and carrier requirements.
Logisticians often work in an international international environment They may be required to communicate in English, a skill that is highly appreciated in this field.
In terms of knowledge, he must have a perfect command of all the tax and legal regulations governing transportand keep up to date with developments that may affect it. In contact with customs and insurance authorities, he knows how to manage the administrative formalities involved in transporting goods.
Logistics professionals can go on to engineering or business schools. Some then go on to specialize in logistics. But there are also BTS courses (transport and logistics management) that can be combined with professional licenses… And let’s not forget that internal promotion is always possible, especially in a company like Transports Goëvia that is open to career development.
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