INVOLVES: Managing all the processes that make up the supply chain from the raw material to where the end product is used – providing the right product, in the right quantity, at the right time. Coordinating the supply, distribution & storage of goods. Managing transport & distribution centres including drivers & warehouse staff. Using complex computer systems to control the flow of goods & to gather information. Managing inventories. Handling materials.
EMPLOYERS: retailers (e.g. Tesco), manufacturing companies e.g. (Ford), the Armed forces, Specialist logistics companies.
RELATED JOBS: purchasing manager, transport manager, production manager, systems analyst
SATISFACTIONS: Using a logical approach to solve business problems. Using organisational & planning skills to develop an efficient business. Very much like running your own business – you have total responsibility for your operation.
NEGATIVES: Long hours. Mobility may be required. Lots of pressure.
SKILLS: written communication, analysing, organising, computing.
ADVANCEMENT: May start as a transport or warehouse manager after training. Can progress to depot or regional manager. Can also move into computer systems development.
DEGREE: Any degree subject. Business Studies is useful.
VACANCY SOURCES: Careers Service vacancy database. Logistics Focus.
TIPS: Apply to graduate training schemes with larger companies using Careers Service directories.
plans schedules and routes of drivers in passenger transport, road haulage, distribution and logistics. Works out most economical method of completing journeys. Makes sure operations comply with regulations on environmental laws, hours of drivers, safety of vehicles, food hygiene and customs requirements.
EMPLOYERS: logistics and distribution companies, bus and coach companies, parcel delivery firms, manufacturers and retail chains, contract fleets
SATISFACTIONS: not entirely office-based.
NEGATIVES: may involve shift work and work in bad weather.
SKILLS: organising, planning, decision-making, communication, computing, numeracy, flexibility, practical.
DEGREE: any degree subject. Transport, logistics, business helpful. Can do a postgraduate degree in this subject.
TIPS: Apply for graduate training schemes in final year. Can move into management from warehouse, clerical or driving jobs.
Real announcements that London Tube train drivers have made to their passengers …
Do you want the good news first or the bad news? The good news is that last Friday was my birthday and I hit the town and had a great time. The bad news is that there is a points failure somewhere between Stratford and East Ham, which means we probably wont reach our destination.
Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize for the delay, but there is a security alert at Victoria station and we are therefore stuck here for the foreseeable future, so lets take our minds off it and pass some time together. All together now…. Ten green bottles, hanging on a wall……
Let the passengers off the train FIRST! (Pause ) Oh go on then, stuff yourselves in like sardines,
To the gentleman wearing the long grey coat trying to get on the second carriage — what part of stand clear of the doors dont you understand?
British International Freight Association
Institute of Highways and Transportation
site includes a student lounge with jobs, placements and careers advice
to a wide variety of transport-related organisations from Edinburgh University
part of BOC, providing distribution services
organises world-wide transports for the chemical industry
activities include aviation and shipping, with extensive interests in the Far East .
specialists in Logistics, Supply Chain, Freight Forwarding, Shipping and Transport.
First steps towards a career in logistics
starting point for logistics careers from Parcel2Go
Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport
Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics.
news and resources, as well as job vacancies, for logistics professionals.
recruitment agency for people seeking a career in the logistics industry.
chain, logistics and transport jobs.
recruiter for the Global Mobility, Relocations, Logistics and Shipping sectors.
in procurement, supply chain and logistics recruitment.
of the Motor Industry resource which covers every job in the motor industry. Information on salary, skills and qualifications required, case studies and details of career path opportunities.
passenger services through the Channel Tunnel. Eurostars head office is based at Waterloo ; their call centre is in Ashford and offers part-time employment opportunities for students and graduates;
Eurotunnel manages the infrastructure of the Channel Tunnel and operates the freight and passenger vehicle-carrying service from Folkestone to Calais
bus and rail transport in 9 European countries
reports on issues affecting the railways and the businesses and people behind them, as well as current events. Regular features include news from British Transport Police, The Institution of Railway Operators, Metro and Rail Businesses.
portal for Rail, Infrastructure, Construction & Highways
for general advice on shipping-related careers
shipping company with graduate training scheme
Container shipping ports and companies
advice on working in the cruise ship industry plus vacancy information
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (ImarEST)
I want to work in the Motor Industry
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