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Logistics and distribution manager
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.
- 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.
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.
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.