Logistics Manager

OFO No: 132401

Other names for Logistics Manager:

  • Dispatch Logistics Manager

What is a Logistics Manager?

A Logistics Manager heads up companies that are involved in the moving, handling or storing goods in any industry – transferring goods and materials from manufacturers and suppliers through to customers.  This can be carried out locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

In this line of work, you might also be known as a Supply Chain or Distribution Manager.

It is the Logistic Manager’s responsibility to work closely with purchasing officers, warehouse staff and transport clerks ensuring that goods and materials arrive at the depot according to schedule, arrive in good order, are stored corrected and dispatched timeously to customers.

Logistics is an essential industry.  It is an important area in the efficient performance of a company or country.

What does a Logistics Manager do?

  • manages transport and distribution channels
  • plans of delivery timetables
  • inventory control: monitors of stock levels with the use of computer databases
  • tracks movement of goods through depots
  • oversees of ordering and packaging processes ready for dispatch
  • looks at ways to improve supply networks
  • oversees the arrival of shipments
  • manages clerical, administrative and warehouse distribution staff
  • monitors performance and makes sure targets are met
  • deals with staff recruitment and training
  • resources & does financial planning
  • assists with storage and warehouse design
  • watches quality management

Are you … ?

  • logical?
  • a critical thinker?
  • decisive?
  • a good planner?
  • organised?
  • computer literate?
  • able to deal with stress?
  • deadline orientated?
  • a good manager?
  • able to motivate others?

How do I become a Logistics Manager?

There are numerous ways to study Logistics or Supply Chain Management: In most cases Mathematics is needed.


Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Logistics Management

  • University of Johannesburg


Bachelor of Logistics

  • University of Stellebosch


National Diplomas and Bachelor of Technology (BTech)

  • Can be done at some Universities of Technology

Diplomas and Certificates in Logistics

  • Can be done at some private institutions

Once you have these, you will have to get a lot of work experience and work yourself up to the position of Logistics Manager

Other Institutions to Consider:


Offers a variety of accredited courses.


Offers a Supply Chain Management Short Course Certificate

  • Institute for Quality
  • Metro Minds
  • Global Maritime Legal Solutions



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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Accountant … or … Chartered Secretary 

Is becoming a Logistics Manager the right career choice for me?