Logistics operations coordinators are responsible for establishing and maintaining an efficient transportation and shipping network. The two primary areas under their control are warehousing and transportation. They work with warehouse supervisors to ensure that materials are stored in an efficient manner and can be retrieved quickly when needed. They maintain proper inventory levels in the appropriate locations to prevent shortages, which slow or prevent shipments, and overstocking, which wastes storage space. Logistics operations coordinators manage relationships with outside delivery services to ensure timely shipment and delivery of goods. If an organization work internationally, they may be responsible for coordinating with customs, obtaining permits, working with regulatory agencies, maintaining relationships with customs agents, and ensuring packages and shipments comply with import/export laws. In all of their duties, logistics coordinators are responsible for developing efficient processes to improve delivery speed and reduce costs.
Logistics operations coordinators work primarily in an office environment during regular business hours, with the possibility of occasional overtime to resolve specific logistical issues. Some travel may be necessary to visit satellite facilities, make warehouse visits, or meet with regulatory agencies. Typically, their time is spent analyzing shipment information, monitoring inventory levels, and resolving logistical conflicts that arise.
The requirements for logistics operations coordinators vary a great deal, as the responsibilities in a smaller company are very different from those in a large company. Small organizations may only require that they hold a high school diploma or equivalent and at least a year of logistics experience. Large corporations often require a bachelor’s degree in logistics or a related field and several years’ experience in supply chain management.
Operations Coordinator, Logistics Tasks
- Coordinate with off-site logistics centers, suppliers, and vendors to meet deadlines and track all shipments.
- Establish and maintain logistics procedures and systems, and ensure compliance with regulations and laws.
- Process orders and ensure shipments meet schedules, supervising the procurement of materials and supplies.
- Develop and maintain operational reports, analyzing existing distribution networks to identify opportunities to reduce costs.