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all about logistics coordinator jobs

Becoming a logistics coordinator is the first step for a career in logistics. Entering on the ground floor, you will learn the necessary skills and develop the knowledge you need to take future steps in logistics.

As a logistics coordinator, you update inventory and stock location records, examine orders and prepare production schedules, requisition supplies and send orders to production departments and other companies, and ensure job completion and compliance. Your job can involve working in offices, warehouses or storage rooms.

what logistics jobs entail

You can work full or part time, and your shifts may vary based on your employer's needs. Most logistics coordinators work shifts – day, evening, or night. In the course of your workday, you may use specially designed electronic inventory data collection devices, computers, and inventory and data management software. You may be called upon to operate forklifts or other heavy machinery. In most cases, you will report to a logistics manager or warehouse supervisor.

average logistics coordinator salaries

Logistics coordinator salaries in Canada range from $12 per hour up to $20 per hour, or between $24,000 and $40,000 annually. As with many other manufacturing or warehouse-style positions, you often have the opportunity to earn above and beyond your hourly salary by working overtime and on the weekends. Since this is an entry-level position, you’ll have the opportunity to increase your salary as you work up the ranks in the industry.

your day to day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks will be a combination of physical and clerical work. You may switch between office work and working in the warehouse. Common daily tasks include the following:

  • receiving and shipping of goods, supplies, and materials
  • filling customer orders
  • inventory verification and auditing
  • preparing goods for shipment
  • maintaining inventory records
  • coordinating inventory, supplies and fulfillment

where you can work

Logistics coordinators work in manufacturing and retail warehouse environments for companies that distribute goods to businesses and/or consumers. Logistics coordinators can work in cities across Canada, and in particular, regions that have a large manufacturing or business sector, such as the Greater Toronto Area.

what you bring to the table

Logistics coordinators are required to bring a variety of skills to the table. The more well-rounded you are, the better position you will be in to move up within your company. To excel as a logistics coordinator, you need to possess these skills and abilities:

  • organizational skills
  • math and analytical skills
  • ability to interpret and analyze data
  • time management skills and a sense of urgency
  • awareness of health and safety
  • ability to operate a forklift

training and certifications

While an undergraduate degree isn’t always necessary, your options and employability increase if you have a business or commerce degree, with a major in management, logistics or supply chain management, or a related field. Vocational institutions also offer certifications and training in logistics.

If you are planning a career in logistics and want to move into a management position or above, a university degree is a must. Other experience such as logistics or business certification, apprenticeships and work experience are an asset.

where your career is headed

You can progress from a logistics coordinator as your experience and skills increase. You might possibly advance to Logistics Manager, or another supervisory role in your department.

Your earning potential increases as you gain experience and develop your skills and move up into more prominent roles. Many logistics coordinators move up internally, however, it is becoming increasingly common for logistics professionals to work for a variety of companies during their career.

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