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Logistics Analysts

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Analyze product delivery or supply chain processes to identify or recommend changes. May manage route activity including invoicing, electronic bills, and shipment tracing.

    Work Activities
    • Maintain databases of logistics information.
    • Interpret data on logistics elements, such as availability, maintainability, reliability, supply chain management, strategic sourcing or distribution, supplier management, or transportation.
    • Provide ongoing analyses in areas such as transportation costs, parts procurement, back orders, or delivery processes.
    • Develop or maintain payment systems to ensure accuracy of vendor payments.
    • Prepare reports on logistics performance measures.
    • Confer with logistics management teams to determine ways to optimize service levels, maintain supply-chain efficiency, or minimize cost.
    • Remotely monitor the flow of vehicles or inventory, using Web-based logistics information systems to track vehicles or containers.
    • Track product flow from origin to final delivery.
    • Recommend improvements to existing or planned logistics processes.
    • Enter logistics-related data into databases.
    • Develop or maintain models for logistics uses, such as cost estimating or demand forecasting.
    • Review procedures, such as distribution or inventory management, to ensure maximum efficiency or minimum cost.
    • Apply analytic methods or tools to understand, predict, or control logistics operations or processes.
    • Monitor inventory transactions at warehouse facilities to assess receiving, storage, shipping, or inventory integrity.
    • Analyze logistics data, using methods such as data mining, data modeling, or cost or benefit analysis.
    • Maintain logistics records in accordance with corporate policies.
    • Develop or maintain freight rate databases for use by supply chain departments to determine the most economical modes of transportation.
    • Compute reporting metrics, such as on-time delivery rates, order fulfillment rates, or inventory turns.
    • Manage systems to ensure that pricing structures adequately reflect logistics costing.
    • Write or revise standard operating procedures for logistics processes.
    • Communicate with or monitor service providers, such as ocean carriers, air freight forwarders, global consolidators, customs brokers, or trucking companies.
    • Monitor industry standards, trends, or practices to identify developments in logistics planning or execution.
    • Reorganize shipping schedules to consolidate loads, maximize vehicle usage, or limit the movement of empty vehicles or containers.
    • Identify opportunities for inventory reductions.
    • Determine packaging requirements.
    • Contact potential vendors to determine material availability.
    • Route or reroute drivers in real time with remote route navigation software, satellite linkup systems, or global positioning systems (GPS) to improve operational efficiencies.
    • Arrange for sale or lease of excess storage or transport capacity to minimize losses or inefficiencies associated with empty space.
    • Contact carriers for rates or schedules.
    • Compare locations or environmental policies of carriers or suppliers to make transportation decisions with lower environmental impact.
    • Enter carbon-output or environmental-impact data into spreadsheets or environmental management or auditing software programs.
    Skills
    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge
    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $72,520/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $34.87/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 5,950
    • Yearly Projected Openings 610
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Tools
    • Special purpose telephones
    • Photocopiers
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Project management software
    • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Business intelligence and data analysis software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.