Today, we’re continuing our series of infographics detailing skills companies are looking for when hiring in Supply Chain and its various subdisciplines. We’ve written about skills in demand for Supply Chain and Procurement, and today we’re tackling one of the most crucial but often unsung functions in the world of Supply Chain: Logistics.
Logistics is one of the core functions of Supply Chain Management, making up one of the other large branches of the field across from Procurement. With its origins in military history, companies now rely on top-flight Logistics professionals to manage shipments and deliveries of huge amounts of products to retail and wholesale customers via road, air, rail, and sea. Solid logistics are a major source of competitive advantage for companies, and also a major headache if they don’t go according to plan. If you’ve ever seen train cars sitting on the rails and not moving, you’re really watching big costs stack up for companies who haven’t secured clearance for their shipments.
Top Logistics Professionals are worth their weight in gold for companies. But if you’re in Logistics, what exact skills are companies looking for? Argentus is a recruitment agency specializing in Supply Chain and Logistics, and we’re here to offer this infographic detailing the high-demand skills that companies need when hiring in this burgeoning and fast-growing area.
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Perhaps above all, a top Logistics professional needs to keep a cool head under pressure. If a shipment is sitting in a port, delayed, the Logistics professional needs to be able to solve the issue without letting the urgency of the situation affect their performance.
It’s worth mentioning that all these skills aren’t universal requirements. It’s certainly possible to get a progressive job in Logistics while specializing in some of these areas – for example specializing in crossborder or international shipping. But by growing your skills in a variety of these areas, you’re setting yourself up to rise to more strategic and progressive contributions in your Logistics career.
A big thank you to Argentus Senior Recruiter Sam Manna for his contributions on this topic!
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