Logistics and distribution manager

Logistics and distribution manager

A logistics and distribution manager co-ordinates the storage, transportation and delivery of goods.

Job description

The main responsibility of a logistics and distribution manager is to organise the safe and efficient storage and distribution of goods, and to ensure that orders are satisfied correctly. Typical employers of logistics and distribution managers are specialist distribution companies, consultancies, manufacturers, the armed forces, major commercial organisations and retailers.

Work activities

  • Co-ordinating drivers, vehicles, loads and journeys for deliveries.
  • Negotiating and agreeing contracts.
  • Developing and confirming schedules.
  • Planning for and negotiating technical difficulties.
  • Operating IT systems.
  • Liaising with staff members.
  • Ensuring deadlines are met.

Work conditions

Travel: Daily travel may be necessary to meet suppliers and monitor progress. Occasional international trips can feature.
Working hours: Weekend and shift work is integral to many positions.
Location: across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Typical employers

Employers prefer graduates with a relevant qualification in distribution, logistics or transportation. Relevant experience is not expected, but any gained from placements can be useful.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Ireland (CILT) offers Certificate and Diploma courses in transport and logistics, as well as specialised courses in specific transport areas. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport offers a range of qualifications and a graduate scheme.