Logistics Coordinator: An Entry-Level Job in a Booming Industry
If you’re looking to break into a dynamic industry, logistics coordinator may be the job opportunity you’re looking for. This role offers plenty of room to develop new skills, advance to the next level and move into other specializations. And what’s more, it requires little previous experience.
We spoke with Aerotek Account Manager Haleigh Maloskey about what’s it like to be a logistics coordinator in the consumer products and manufacturing industries. Get the scoop on how it can help you build a career in a growing field.
What is a logistics coordinator?
A logistics coordinator typically works for a logistics or freight forwarding company, or within the supply chain department of a company with goods to move. They're 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’s acquired, distributed and delivered.
A logistics coordinator also:
- Develops business relationships with suppliers and clients
- Knows how to meet clients’ needs
- Strategizes to minimize the cost or time required to transport products
- Reviews logistical processes and proposes solutions on how to improve them
“Because you want to avoid shipments being late, you need someone who’s organized enough to ensure on-time delivery, especially now that a lot of purchasing is done online. So, logistics coordinators are an important part of the manufacturing cycle,” says Maloskey.
A degree in supply chain management or manufacturing production makes it easier to break into this field. It also increases your chances of being promoted to a management role.
If you already work as a customer service representative, warehouse worker or production worker in the logistics industry, you can move into a logistics coordinator role with a few years of experience. Be sure to learn as much as you can about the logistics process while on the job. In a booming economy, logistics companies are growing rapidly and creating new roles for ambitious employees.
Prepare for success on the job
To become a successful logistics coordinator, you need to be detail-oriented and organized to oversee a supply chain process from start to finish. You’ll also need thick skin and the ability to work under pressure.
“That's the biggest requirement for the manufacturing companies I work with. They need someone who can address urgent client needs and handle difficult conversations when a product needs to ship later than expected,” says Maloskey.
Maloskey also recommends people who are:
- Confident and outgoing
- Tough under pressure
- Quick learners
Since companies use different types of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, such as SAP or Oracle, a background in ERP is a plus. Otherwise, it helps if you can show you learned a similarly complex technology quickly on the job.
Training also involves developing an understanding of how organizations are structured. You will work with customer service, the manufacturing site, demand planners and the people buying whatever product is being shipped. You’ll get a complete picture of manufacturing this way.
Maloskey offers another insider tidbit: “Many networking groups for supply chain professionals offer online courses and events that will broaden your knowledge and experience. I’m a member of a group, which helps me feel even more connected to the industry and its opportunities.”
Get plugged into a promising career
With manufacturing and e-commerce driving a big part of our economy, there will continue to be a high demand for logistics coordinators. Aerotek can connect you to the right company that fits your career goals and experience.
With enough ambition, the right soft skills and a connected recruiter, logistics coordinating can set you on a promising career path. What’s holding you back?