Working in logistics with a degree (or similar)

Large organisations often recruit graduates directly onto management training schemes.

Logistics managers may be responsible for staff, public relations, health and safety, finance, ICT, business planning or marketing. As a manager, you will use specialist computer systems to help manage the logistics procedures.

Example jobs

Distribution projects manager
Has overall responsibility for planning and organising the distribution and storage of materials and products.

Supply chain specialist
Leading all supply chain activity for the company, such as inventory control and purchasing.

Operations director
Responsible for providing a high-quality and efficient service to customers.

Approximate pay levels

Figures supplied as a guide only

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Typical working conditions

  • Logistics work at this level is challenging and can be stressful.
  • Working hours vary and managers are often expected to work extra hours when required.
  • You may be based in an office or warehouse. You may also be expected to travel.

Qualifications needed

Logistics managers usually have an honours degree.

Useful degree subjects are shipping and logistics, transport management, supply chain management, general business studies or management.

You could choose to do a joint honours degree, combining one of the logistics-related subjects with another relevant subject such as economics or business management.

Career path

Experienced and qualified logistics managers can gain promotion to senior positions within large organisations. You could eventually become a company director.

Alternatively, you might choose to specialise in one area of logistics such as international trade or supply chain management. It is also possible to set up your own logistics business.

Logistics provides many opportunities to work in other countries. If you would like to do this, foreign language skills will be useful.

Useful links

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Skills for Logistics

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK)

Institute of Transport Administration