What is a logistician?
Working with logistics means to control, lead and improve the efficiency of various flows. A logistician should always strive toward satisfying the needs of everyone involved. This is best achieved by reaching maximum efficiency in the oh-so-important flow chain. Read on for more details.
Common work tasks as a logistician
Material management, internal and external information, invoicing, purchasing and transport planning and production are examples of common work tasks for someone who works with logistics. Portal Business is a wonderful tool to help you!
With the right education, positions like transportation and production planner, purchaser or information logistician are possible. You should, however, be aware that demands on efficiency, organisational ability and stress management are high in these professional fields.
Your flow chain is important, but what does it mean?
An important part of the field of logistics is the one PostNord is working with, transportation logistics. This field is primarily about moving and monitoring goods from one point to another.
In Sweden, the by far most common mode of transport is trucks, followed by rail, airplanes and ships. It’s important to track your shipments in order to ensure that the crucial flow chain is working as it should. This means: making sure that everything is moving from point A to point B. This is something our business clients can easily do using the service Automated notifications.
More fields in logistics:
An information logistician is responsible for ensuring that information reaches the correct person at the correct time. The role includes having a holistic view of operations, and an ability to coordinate with other players.
A purchaser often works with securing flows of products and services from suppliers and wholesalers. In the public sector, this professional job title is often called procurer. No matter what the role is called, it involves selecting suppliers and nurturing, but also evaluating, new and existing contacts.
A production planner is someone who makes long and short-term plans for future production of products and services. The plan is also a link between the market and production department.
The path to education in logistics can vary. There are, for example, bachelor's and economics programs of three and four years of studies respectively. You can also go the higher education engineering program route, or select a YH-course which only requires two years of studies. With a bachelor’s as a foundation, you can go the distance with an additional one or two years of studies for a master’s degree.
The salary level can vary greatly and depends on demographic, work experience, position in the company, and personal achievements. In general, a logistician makes around 35,000 SEK per month after 5 years in the industry. After around 10 years of professional experience, the monthly salary can be around 50,000 SEK, according to statistics from Civilekonomerna.
As a logistician, you need to be able to optimise the business and make it more efficient, as logistics plays an increasingly important role in many industries. Logisticians exist in most fields, however primarily in transportation, manufacturing and service. Logistician is a common role also in the IT and public sector.
More articles on logistics
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