“Building a Career in Logistics”

For most SMEs warehouse and logistics businesses, hiring the right skills and experience is vital. These roles are extremely hands on and prone to ever-changing pace and disruptions. The day to day operations are the link between, supply chain, sales and customer satisfaction.

Talent can be trained through the ranks

  • Staff are recognised for their ideas
  • The ability to think on their feet
  • Collaborative communication skills
  • A structured development plan, keeping staff engaged.

Often a large part of the role is continuous improvement and being able to get the maximum efficiency from staff and the WMS (Warehouse Management System), and other systems alike. Often a requirement of the job is to review ERP systems and the output. Lean Techniques can be applied to this process. Recycling is a hot topic; everything needs to be kept to a minimum. Production, waste management, overproducing, and warehousing excess inventory is something businesses will look for when recruiting.

You will often find that “Director” titles within logistics will have Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) within their title.

Courses such as ILM Level 4 Diploma and the principles of management are often studied, alongside with IOSH and BSI Auditing. These give leaders further insight to workflows, processes, systems integration and logistics strategy tools. These are tried and tested methods that can be used within their roles. HR and L&D is also a huge part of managing large driver and warehouse teams. A good manager will be able to lead by example, be able to identify training gaps, coach and motivate staff members.

The logistics sector particularly has seen huge growth over the last few years, it hasn’t been numeration that has been the deciding factor to leave a role, it’s about progression, perhaps a lack of engagement or simply a business not investing enough into their people.

Transport Managers often apply for a Goods Vehicle Operator’s License. To enter the profession of Road Haulage Transport Management, a Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification is needed. The CPC qualification allows transport managers to attain either national standard or international standard licenses to manage the movement of freight domestically and internationally.


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