Today's Top Jobs in Logistics

By: Michael Koploy, Guest Blogger Michael Koploy is an ERP market analyst at Software Advice, a free online resource for wms software.

On the February 1, Wanted Analytics posted some great numbers for those in manufacturing, logistics and the supply chain: in the past 90 days, almost 50,000 jobs were posted online, up 24% over the same period last year (source).

I wanted to find out which jobs are in high demand, and what skills and education these professionals need to succeed. After speaking with eight industry professionals from the worlds of academia, recruiting, supply chain software and the workforce, here are the 5 positions I found.

#1 Procurement Manager

These individuals are asked to manage the sourcing and procurement activities of a business so that goods and services are attained at the highest quality and lowest cost. An education in operations, statistics, sales and marketing are helpful, as these individuals require an analytical mind as well as an influential personality. Common certifications include the Certified Professional Supply Management certification from ISM and Senior Professional Supply Management certification from Next Level Purchasing.

#2 Demand Planner

These professionals ensure that inventory production levels are matched to product demand. This is a numbers-focused role, so an educational background in finance, statistics, and operations are often a great base. Experience with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems such as SAP and Infor is helpful as many busineses use these systems. APICS’ Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) is common, as is training in Six Sigma strategies.

#3 3PL Business Development Analyst

Many businesses are outsourcing their logistics needs to third party logistics companies (3PLs), so the job of business development manager is essential in communicating with customers and finding new business. Certifications aren’t necessary for success in these roles, but experience in account/project management, finance and support is often helpful.

#4 Warehouse Supervisor

The warehouse and distribution center is the heart of an efficient logistics operation. The warehouse supervisor plays an important role in communication with inbound and outbound logistics teams, as well as managing the team of warehouse workers. These individuals are often well-versed in supply chain and inventory concepts, but are also comfortable getting their hands dirty and helping out with manual labor.

#5 Supply Chain Analyst

Oftentimes MBAs and undergraduates of supply chain management, business administration and engineering programs find success with large consulting and accounting firms, such as Aon, A.T. Kearney and Capgemini. These analysts are often comfortable with working long hours, but are able to experience working with some of top executives within the supply chain.

Throughout the interviews, there were also three skills that many of the experts I spoke with thought were needed for an individual to be competitive for most positions within the supply chain.

  • A strong grounding in supply chain and business fundamentals.
  • Both an academic and a working knowledge of quantitative analysis.
  • The ability to communicate effectively through both verbal and written communication.

You can read more on these positions at on my warehouse management systems blog: Top 5 Fastest-Growing Jobs in Logistics.

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Posted by LeanCor Supply Chain Group

LeanCor Supply Chain Group is a trusted supply chain partner that specializes in lean principles to deliver operational improvement. LeanCor’s three integrated divisions – LeanCor Training and Education, LeanCor Consulting, and LeanCor Logistics – help organizations eliminate waste, drive down costs, and build a culture of continuous improvement.

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