What do Logisticians do?
Analyze and coordinate the logistical functions of a firm or organization. Responsible for the entire life cycle of a product, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, and final disposal of resources.
- Maintain and develop positive business relationships with a customer's key personnel involved in or directly relevant to a logistics activity.
- Develop an understanding of customers' needs and take actions to ensure that such needs are met.
- Direct availability and allocation of materials, supplies, and finished products.
- Collaborate with other departments as necessary to meet customer requirements, to take advantage of sales opportunities or, in the case of shortages, to minimize negative impacts on a business.
- Protect and control proprietary materials.
- Review logistics performance with customers against targets, benchmarks and service agreements.
- Develop and implement technical project management tools such as plans, schedules, and responsibility and compliance matrices.
- Direct team activities, establishing task priorities, scheduling and tracking work assignments, providing guidance, and ensuring the availability of resources.
- Report project plans, progress, and results.
- Direct and support the compilation and analysis of technical source data necessary for product development.
- Explain proposed solutions to customers, management, or other interested parties through written proposals and oral presentations.
- Develop proposals that include documentation for estimates.
- Plan, organize, and execute logistics support activities such as maintenance planning, repair analysis, and test equipment recommendations.
- Provide project management services, including the provision and analysis of technical data.
- Participate in the assessment and review of design alternatives and design change proposal impacts.
- Support the development of training materials and technical manuals.
- Stay informed of logistics technology advances and apply appropriate technology to improve logistics processes.
- Redesign the movement of goods to maximize value and minimize costs.
- Manage subcontractor activities, reviewing proposals, developing performance specifications, and serving as liaisons between subcontractors and organizations.
- Manage the logistical aspects of product life cycles, including coordination or provisioning of samples, and the minimization of obsolescence.
- Perform system life-cycle cost analysis and develop component studies.
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