Logistics engineers are in charge of planning and coordinating all logistics operations for their organization. They are responsible for engineering logistics processes, ensuring they use fewer company resources while increasing profitability. They use innovative methods to increase efficiency in areas such as transportation costs and time. They process logistics information in a variety of formats, including written reports, graphs, and raw data. They also work with other engineers, exchanging project information to optimize logistics processes.
Some of the other principal functions of logistics engineers include collecting information to complete complex modeling, performing statistical analysis to drive process improvements, and developing strong business relationships with clients and vendors to increase brand loyalty. Logistics engineers are also responsible for developing and implementing innovative solutions related to equipment utilization, as well as interacting with internal team leaders and other staff members. They must have extensive knowledge related to decreasing labor and product costs while maximizing output.
A bachelor's degree in logistics, industrial engineering, or another relevant field is necessary for this job. In addition, previous experience in an related role is required as well. Other requirements for logistics engineer positions may include SQL proficiency, excellent communication skills, proficiency with basic computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite, and strong analytical skills. Additionally, logistics engineers should work well in a team setting, as well as on their own with minimal supervision.
Logistics Engineer Tasks
- Conduct time studies and evaluate results, changing process, or layout to improve performance.
- Develop and train staff in standard procedures in using workspaces.
- Evaluate and improve layout for location and flow of work areas, including materials and people.
- Create and evaluate software, tracking technology, and network models to improve efficiency.