Logistics Specialist

Logistics specialists oversee the coordinating, managing and reporting of all domestic shipments (within the same country) and international inbound/outbound shipments of products. They understand the ins and outs of creating shipments, packing and fulfilling orders and coordinating various moving parts to ensure orders are shipped on time and accurately. They analyze all aspects of shipping and receiving to make improvements in efficiency and affordability when possible.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Coordinate, organize, schedule and manage all inbound (incoming/arriving) and outbound (outgoing/delivering) shipments to make sure they arrive accurately and on time
  • Fulfill outbound orders including picking, packing and shipping
  • Coordinate pickups and deliveries from carriers, trains, trucks, planes or ships (depending on company type, order and location)
  • Keep accurate records of all shipments
  • Work with material management on supply chain status, supply chain issues, order discrepancies, order issues, etc.
  • Fulfill specialized orders such as dangerous or hazardous goods, ensuring compliance with International Air Transportation Association (IATA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations
  • Ensure shipping equipment and materials are in good working order, providing regular maintenance and repairs when necessary
  • Write standard operating procedures (SOPs, a step-by-step set of instructions that goes through how to properly perform a task based on regulations or business standards)
  • Provide effective written and oral communication between warehouse staff, heavy equipment operators, supply chain managers, transportation professionals and customers
  • Maintain a safe and orderly work environment (shipyard, warehouse, lot, etc.)
  • Provide recommendations for processing, transportation, shipment and warehouse operation improvements
  • Meet physical demands of the job (standing for at least eight hours a day, moving and lifting heavy objects, etc.)

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, particularly agricultural mechanics
  • algebra
  • business
  • accounting
  • statistics
  • personal finance

Education/Training Required:

An associate or bachelor’s degree in agribusiness, marketing, agricultural communications or a related field is required. Commodity- and product-specific trainings from the DOT and IATA are necessary, especially if dealing with hazardous or dangerous items. A valid driver’s license and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Forklift Certification Training are also required.

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