- multi-tasker, with good time management skills;
- good at problem-solving and decision-making;
- commercial awareness and some numeracy;
- IT literate - able to handle electronic data;
- flexible and able to manage change;
- strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as part of a team as well as manage people;
- excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
- negotiation and analytical skills;
- a positive attitude to continued learning.
If you've answered: yes/ maybe then a career in Logistics and Supply Chain Management might be perfect for you...
Logistics and Supply Chain professionals make sure that the right goods are delivered to the right places, at the appropriate time, and all at the best price. It's a bit like organising a massive party, where the start time is 7pm and you have to make sure everything is ready: food ordered/made, drinks lined up, DJ set up with all the equipment etc. You will have to have got the word out to the people you want to invite well ahead of time, organised help to get things set up, booked the caterers maybe, arranged the delivery of the drinks/ food, and replacements if necessary so that things don't run out - and all within a set budget. Logistics & Supply Chain professionals make things move smoothly, and are essential in today's business world. Their work may involve transportation, stock control, warehousing and monitoring the flow of goods. For more information on careers in logistics and supply chain management, see here
In recent years, the demand for professionally qualified logistics & supply chain professionals has increased, and has resulted in more specific undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses. At a recent UCAS Convention I came across a very upbeat stand of young undergraduates full of the joys of a future brimming over with good things. They were studying for undergraduate degrees in supply chain/ logistics/ business and they were spreading the word about a degree where they are guaranteed a job at the end, as well as getting paid placements during their course, and other benefits associated with courses closely linked to big employers.
They were studying through the NOVUS Trust - a not-for-profit organisation run in association with the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in the UK, CILT(UK).
From September 2014 they are offering 2 courses in association with the University of Huddersfield:
BA (Hons) in Business with Supply Chain Management:
Typical entry requirements: BBB A level grades, plus evidence of leadership.
BSc (Hons) in Logistics & Supply Chain Management:
Typical entry requirements: ABB A level grades, and evidence of analytical skills.
Both are 4 year sandwich degree courses, developed in partnership with industry, offering:
- Guaranteed graduate employment
- Guaranteed paid placements
- Company mentor
- Industry led seminars & site visits
- Additional professional qualifications.
- Finance, law, marketing & human resource management
- Global & strategic supply chain management
- Purchasing, manufacturing & logistics management
It is possible to succeed in this area without a degree - relevant experience & personal qualities are enough for some employers. Increasingly however, a degree is becoming the route in to management schemes with larger employers. So few degrees are devoted to logistics and transport that it is possible to apply with a wide range of other subjects, including: business studies, economics, IT, geography, planning, accountancy etc.
So - maybe you should look at careers in this area a bit more!
Further information from:
- Chartered Institute of Management & Transport in the UK
- Delivering Your Future - info for those aged 11-19 from the Sector Skills Council, Skills for Logistics
- Prospects graduate website