Skills for success in the Logistics Management
Nowadays a professional career is not a guarantee of success, however the development of skills and continuous learning, hand in hand with a leadership attitude forge a path that brings you closer and closer.
While a logistics manager has responsibilities that may vary from one company to another, we can agree that it is not an easy task. Logistics managers have the crucial role of ensuring that things go well no matter what happens. Some of the skills that we consider essential are the following:
1. Thinking of vision towards the future
Be able to make accurate predictions of the possible needs of your company, as well as the results of actions carried out anywhere in the supply chain. This ability will allow you to act faster, see the risks that may arise and develop contingency plans for problems that may or may not arise. Always think and plan ahead.
2. Numerical and analytical skills
A good logistics manager does not necessarily have to be graduated from a degree in mathematics or statistics, with knowing how to read and analyze data along with making interpretations that will be useful for the company. For those who want to take their data analysis skills to the next level, there are several universities and institutions that offer quality master’s programs in data science.
3. Knowledge of the industry
It is necessary to have information on the latest developments and trends in the supply chain to be an effective logistics manager. A good start is to learn how to calculate the class of transport and understand how the class is determined. The freight class determines the LTL prices. Since it is a constantly evolving industry, we must ensure that the supply chain is operating in the most efficient way.
4. Play as a Team Be a leader
Recognize the work of others, the success of each aspect of the supply chain is a group effort. Assigning tasks with intelligence, paying attention to the team’s efforts and recommending good work among their peers is key to being a leader. Treat everyone with respect and professionalism.
5. Attention to detail.
The supply chain has numerous levels and components. Being organized and paying attention to the smallest details in your work is a must. As a logistics manager, you can create a system that you can feel comfortable with when reviewing and controlling things as efficiently and quickly as possible.
6. Good decision making
Make wise decisions and do it FAST. Although there will always be unforeseen circumstances in the supply chain industry, being as prepared as possible can help you make better decisions. This skill can be learned and mastered as you progress in your logistics career.
“The only thing that is constant is the change”. Problems and last-minute changes are almost totally unavoidable in the daily life of a logistics manager, so you should always be quick to welcome the change and make the necessary adjustments.
When things did not go according to plan, logistics managers must be ready to take responsibility for the error. A good logistics manager does not play the game of guilt, and must know when and how to recognize one’s mistakes and even receive a bullet for teammates and the company.
9. Fast tracking
Tracking each component of the supply chain and ensuring that a major delivery reaches where it should be is essential. Participate in the process from the beginning to the end. If a problem arises along the way, take note of this and find possible solutions that you can use, should it happen again in the future.
10. Good interpersonal skills
Since your job requires you to deal with people from all walks of life, from workers and bosses to suppliers and customers, you must establish a good connection with all the people with whom you transact. There is little or no space for lack of communication both in person and in writing in the logistics industry. By writing clear and effective proposals and documents, you can take advantage of the trial services to help you.
In DICEX we seek to train leaders, that is why we recruit young talent that grows in different areas of the company, learning, contributing and gaining experience and leadership to take the baton and responsibilities of the area in which it is located.