Job description of a logistics controller

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Job description of a logistics controller
A logistics controller keeps goods moving. (containerverladung image by Angelika Bentin from Fotolia.com)

A logistics controller ensures that the flow of goods from one point to the other is smooth. He does this by ensuring that the procedure and cycle through which goods pass is well-coordinated from the origin to the destination. In other words, the logistics controller is reponsible for goods reaching their destination in the required condition and time.

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Education

A logistics controller's position requires a degree in logistics. Individuals who have degrees in other fields other than logistics can take courses that cover key logistics units like supply chain management, strategies and process of logistics and transportation. Large-scale manufacturers and consulting forms usually require candidates to have an MBA. Due to the nature of the job, a driver's license is an advantage.

Duties and Responsibilities

A logistics controller is responsible for checking the quantity and quality of goods before, during and after movement. He coordinates and controls the cycle of transportation. She is required to conduct data analysis and plan necessary improvements of performance. He is in charge of allocating duties for staff. A logistics controller identifies logistical problems and devises solutions. She is in charge of registering received goods and dispatched goods. He is in charge of maintaining the logistic database. A logistics controller supervises the driver's loaders and transport officers.

Certification

Certification is not mandatory for logisticians but it increase chances of being hired. A logistics professional can acquire logistics certification from two organisations--the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L) and the International Society of Logistics (SOLE).

Desired and Technical skills

A good logistics controller should be a team player. She should be in a position to meet deadlines and be an excellent communicator.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for logistics controllers will increase 10.21 per cent between 2008 and 2018.

Salary

According to SimplyHired, the average salary of a logistician is £49 000 per year as of July 2010. This figure varies according to the location, the company, the industry and the level of experience.

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