Hunter Campbell’s supply chain salary & employment forecast series profiles roles within the Supply Chain job family, including jobs in demand, wages, and employment prospects.
In our tenth instalment, the role of Logistics Coordinator is in the spotlight.
What does a Logistics Coordinator do?
Logistics coordinators are a crucial position in the value chain; their purpose is to get the right product in the right quantity, in the right condition, and at the right time to the right customer. As you can see, there are lots of things to get right!
A Logistics Coordinator typically works for a logistics or freight forwarding company or within the company’s supply chain department with goods to move. They are responsible for coordinating how a product will get from the manufacturer to the consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product’s transportation — how it is acquired, distributed and delivered.
Logistics coordinators create and manage logistics plans that are efficient and maximise customer satisfaction with the best price point/lead time. Logistics coordinators register, maintain shipment data like space availability, changes and weight. They resolve problems associated with transport to ensure goods arrive/are received.
Key skills required
Logistics coordinators are required to be across an array of activities. They need to have competence in seeing and understanding bigger pictures. The below skills will help you succeed as a logistics coordinator:
- Technology savvy and detail orientated as record-keeping for the tracking in and around the movement of goods is essential
- High levels of organisation
- Solutions orientated, quick to troubleshoot and a good team player as there are many stakeholders to liaise with around the movements of goods
- The ability to think on your feet and be solutions-focused is becoming increasingly more important due to the ongoing disruption to international shipping
A standard route is to gain tertiary qualifications with supply chain/operations or commerce discipline. From here, graduate rotation roles can be taken in larger organisations or the likes of a supply chain coordinator or logistics coordinator role.
Those already working usually opt to study qualifications, such as a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) from NZPICS. Gaining these qualifications demonstrates a commitment to higher learning that is acknowledged by many employers and will give candidates an additional edge.
We see candidates who work their way up to a job such as a logistics coordinator after working in the warehousing environment or an administration-based role.
NZPICS offers a course in which you can become Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution. This course provides a broad range of topics to equip you with the skills and tools necessary to effectively manage supply chain operations and logistics, transport management, and distribution processes.
There are several different types of businesses that required logistics coordinators. These include manufacturers, distributors, freight forwarders and 3PL providers. As a logistics coordinator, you work closely with people in the supply chain. You will work closely with demand and supply planners and purchasing personal. As you work with these stakeholders, your understanding of their roles increases, and business opportunities can open up in these roles.
Logistics Coordinators need to be very agile in this current market. Many companies are having to rework how they can service demand. Many are having to change or find additional suppliers for their raw materials, which means Logistics Coordinators are having more suppliers and logistic movements to be across. Due to COVID, the slow motion of goods is currently causing many issues for companies; therefore, good communicators and proactive solutions-focused personal are essential for these roles. Statistics NZ indicated that New Zealand’s trade balance is consistently on the rise. In the year that ended in March 2020, New Zealand spend on exports was $86.4 billion, an increase of $2.6 billion from 2019. Imports were $82.9 billion for the year ended March 2020, an increase of $0.8 billion from year-end 2019. With trade demand on the rise, efficient and agile logistics coordinators are necessary for the industry.
Salaries of Logistics Coordinators vary depending on the level of experience and the responsibilities within a role. A Supply Chain Graduate or personal moving from a warehouse or administration-based role could expect a salary between $48,000 to $55,000. Once they gain experience and show promising signs of progression, they may take on further responsibility in their role, which would likely see them having more autonomy in decision making and moving to a salary between $55,000 to $70,000. Advanced Logistics Coordinators may see themselves in larger and more complex logistics based roles. An advance logistics coordinator could expect to see themselves having direct reports. These salaries will vary depending on the industry, company size and levels of responsibility.
If you would like to find out more about the role of Logistics Coordinator, please contact consultant Kat Biggelaar. Kat specialises in Supply Chain, Procurement and Purchasing, Operations, Logistics, Warehousing, Production, Planning, Health and Safety and Project Management, emphasising temporary and contract solutions. For more news and views, visit our website by clicking here, see what opportunities we have available here or follow us on LinkedIn.
Supply Chain Salary & Employment Forecast Series
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- Maintenance Engineer
- Warehouse Manager
- Sales & Operations Planning Manager
- Procurement Category Manager
- Production Planner
- Lean Manufacturing Manager
- Supply Chain Co-ordinator
- Supply Chain Manager