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Moving goods from factory to consumer

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Jobs

Working in the logistics and supply chain management industry can be rewarding, and it offers many opportunities to develop a career and to progress into a senior supply chain management role.


What do logistics and supply chain management jobs entail?

The main function of a supply chain manager is to supervise the inbound and outbound flow of goods within a company. They may have responsibilities such as:

  • Placing orders for goods or services
  • Managing the process of receiving and delivering goods or services
  • Negotiating with carriers to secure the best possible rates for the transport of goods
  • Ensuring that the best supply chain solutions are implemented

What are the different types of jobs that are available?


JOBWHAT IT ENTAILSDUTIES (Junior positions)DUTIES (Senior positions)
Customs ClerkEnsuring that all the documentation is in place for the international delivery of goods to take place.
  • Report to the manager
  • File documents
  • Liaise with clients
  • Process documents
  • Liaise with clients
  • Draw up documents for clients
  • Process documents
  • Analyse data
Scheduling ClerkDepends on the industry. In general, however, the work involves managing workflows, drawing up schedules, and making appointments.
  • Perform a variety of office admin tasks (including making appointments)
  • Ensure that tasks are completed on time
  • Manage a diary/calendar
  • Plan shifts/work schedules for staff members
Distribution ManagerManaging the distribution operations of an organisation.
  • Report to a senior manager
  • Perform admin tasks related to distribution
  • Assist with warehouse procedures
  • Report on fluctuations in supply and demand
  • Monitor inventory levels
  • Liaise with purchasing managers
  • Manage warehouse operations
  • Ensure the safety of inventory in storage
  • Maintain good relationships with suppliers
Shipping and Logistics Co-ordinatorEnsuring that goods are processed correctly through the delivery/warehouse system.
  • Complete and file relevant paperwork
  • Prepare loads for shipment
  • Liaise with all relevant parties to ensure that all the correct procedures are followed
  • Manage activities in the warehouse/loading area
  • Negotiate rates with carriers
  • Co-ordinate schedules
  • Supervise staff members
  • Implement relevant safety procedures

Why is it important to study if you want to apply for a job in supply chain management?


Supply chain management is an essential part of any business, and because it plays such a vital role within an organisation, it is important that the right people – with the right knowledge, skills, and qualifications – are hired for the job. This is why it is crucial for you to study a course in supply chain management if you want to build a career in this industry.

A full-time or part-time course in logistics and supply chain management will help you acquire the knowledge and skills that you need to do your job, as well as to make a valuable contribution to the organisation that you work for.


Read: The Top 4 Careers in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

What skills and characteristics do you need to work in this industry?


The logistics or supply chain manager has a critical and influential role to play within an organisation, and a career in this direction therefore comes with a high level of responsibility.

To work in this industry, you need to be well-organised and able to cope under pressure. Other skills and characteristics that you need to display include the following:

  • Leadership skills
  • Planning skills
  • Technical understanding of the work involved
  • Cost accounting skills
  • Ability to understand financial statements
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Understanding of cross-cultural and global issues
  • An ethical approach to business

Where can you study toward a career in logistics and supply chain management?


You can study at Oxbridge Academy. Oxbridge Academy is an accredited private distance learning college that offers you the opportunity to study your logistics and supply chain management course on a full-time or part-time basis from home. This means that you can complete your course without having to attend any classes or lectures. Instead, you will receive all your study material via post or courier, and you will then be able to work through the course material at a pace that suits your work and personal schedule.

The courses that you can choose from include the following:

Short Learning Programmes

These non-accredited skills courses equip you with fundamental knowledge and skills in the field of logistics and supply chain management.


Short Learning Programme endorsed by The Independent Institute of Education (IIE)

This course is also non-accredited, but is endorsed by The Independent Institute of Education (IIE).

Want to find out more about studying a logistics and supply chain course with Oxbridge Academy?


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