Getting the right product to the right place at the right time and price is the challenge of logistics, supply chain and transport. In today’s fast-paced global market, companies are increasingly judged not only on the quality of their goods and services, but also on the speed and efficiency with which they deliver them. Due to the increasing technical complexity of distributing standard consumer goods, and the globalisation of markets, the link between consumer and vendor has become longer and vastly more complicated.
The logistics industry is growing rapidly, both in Australia and globally. Australia relies on an expansive transport network of road, rail, air and sea to meet its logistical needs. Occupational pathways range across technical, operational and managerial areas, providing opportunities for graduates from many different disciplines.
To manage supply chains, logistics companies use leading-edge technology to provide shared resource efficiency and real-time information in conjunction with rapid transaction processing. The internet enables full integration of logistics functions and facilitates e-business growth.
In Australia there have been several recent government and private sector initiatives to develop and support the logistics sector, ranging from support for technology research to funding for industry-based training programs. This has also opened up more opportunities for graduates. Many organisations now also provide postgraduate qualifications training, creating strong scope for career learning and development.
What you need
- Business, finance and human resources degrees are encouraged for front-end corporate and sales roles
- Technical roles often require specific logistics or operations research training as part of an engineering, IT or science degree
- Sometimes you may need a specialised postgraduate qualification
- Technical and analytical skills
- Excellent managerial and communication skills
Supply & Distribution Managers
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