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Logistics & Distribution Manager

Lagos, Nigeria
November 27, 2016

Moving raw materials, equipment, fast moving consumer goods and other items from one place to another is a tricky process. Supply chain managers may look after the top-level decisions relating to the supply chain, but people are also needed to manage the order side of the actual physical distribution. This is where logistics and distribution managers come into play!

These guys focus their efforts on coordinating inventory management, warehousing and haulage, by making strategic decisions, liaising with all relevant parties, tracking deliveries and making sure the right stuff gets to the right place, at the right time and in the right quantity.

Some logistics and distribution managers work for manufacturing companies, retailers or resellers, while many others work for organisations which focus exclusively on third party logistics (3PL), such as FedEx, DHL, UPS and Gist.

If you enter this profession, you’ll be planning, coordinating and managing the transportation and storage of goods, making sure that everything is carried out in a timely, high-quality and cost-effective manner. Part of your role will also involve making sure all logistics and distribution activities adhere with environmental legislation, as well as complying with health and safety requirements.

Furthermore, you’ll be tasked with monitoring the efficiency and effectiveness of procedures in various phases of the supply chain, assessing the data you have collected and implementing process improvements to address any complications or faults.

In addition to your organizational duties, you’ll also have responsibility for directly managing teams of personnel and ensuring their training and development is sufficient to enhance productivity.

As you gain more experience, you may also play an integral role in policy development and strategic decision-making to help distribution operations meet business objectives.