JACK TURNER’S SUMMER JOB AS A JUNIOR LOGISTICS MANAGER:
Hapag-Lloyd, San Diego, CA. Summer 2010
Job Requirements for a Logistics Manager
Logistics management involves the flow of materials and
goods through a business. Logistics workers, or supply chain managers, oversee the
departments that receive materials and supplies into a business. The manager supervises the
warehousing and stocking departments, and shipping operations. Businesses rely on the
efficiency of the organization’s supply chain to meet customer demand and deliver finished
products on time and within budget.
Job Description and Duties
Logistics managers oversee the movement,
distribution and storage of materials in an organization. Managers control the flow of incoming
materials and outgoing finished products to ensure customers receive products on time.
Logistics managers oversee warehouse, inventory control, material handling, customer service,
transportation and planning workers. They hire, train and evaluate employees. Managers
prepare worker schedules and ensure warehousing and distribution workers follow safety rules.
The manager may prepare reports for upper management; negotiate shipping and supplier
costs, and work to improve the efficiency of the company’s supply chain.
According to ONet Online, most logistics managers have a
bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degree programs in supply chain management, logistics or
business administration can provide the education to work in the logistics industry in a
management position. Courses in a supply chain management or logistics degree program
include distribution, purchasing, warehousing and storage, and operations in logistics. Degree
programs also include business management courses such as accounting, management,
business law and economics. Courses such as purchasing or procurement cover subjects such as
supplier negotiation, contracts and outsourcing. Students may also complete coursework in
lean manufacturing, which is a production practice that minimizes waste and requires an
efficient flow of materials into a company.
In addition to college coursework in logistics and supply chain
management, employers may prefer job candidates with experience in logistics operations.
Some employers select logistics managers with experience in the particular industry, such as
electronics manufacturing. Logistics managers with experience in an industry understand the
special requirements that may be needed when storing or transporting raw materials and
finished goods. For example, electronics manufacturers may prefer job candidates with
experience packaging and handling products sensitive to electrostatic shock. Food
manufacturers may hire logistics managers with experience in the storage and distribution of
perishable food items.
Skills Logistics managers must have good verbal and written communication skills to direct
employees and prepare reports for upper management. Managers have the ability to act
decisively to resolve problems. Logistics managers must have the skills to perform any of the
duties in the warehousing and distribution department of a business. Managers must have
strong interpersonal skills to motivate and instruct employees in the company.
JACK TURNER BIO and SUMMER INTERN EXPERIENCE
Bachelor of Arts – International Business, Rice University, Houston, TX
Master of Science – Logistics Management, Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX May 2012
Background and Future Plans
My name is Jack S. Turner. Right now, I live in Houston in an apartment at
1423 Jamison Ave, #222, but not for long if I don’t find a job before I finish
school. My dream job would be to work as a logistics manager for a major
international container shipping line. I can’t expect to walk right into this
job, so settling for an entry level management position may be within reach.
I’ll graduate college in December from Rice University with a B.A. in
Internship Duties and Responsibilities with APL Lines, Houston, TX
Summer of 2008 & 2009
I know my experience is pretty close to what companies might want given
I’m just finishing school and haven’t had much direct experience. I did land
an intern position APL Lines the summer of 2008 where I worked in export
documentation and created international bills of lading for global
accounts. I learned all about shipping lanes, how goods are rated for
shipping cost, insurance, arrival times, and even restrictions on goods going
to certain countries. During the summer of 2009, I worked at the same
shipping line but as a dock worker loading shipping containers. It’s a good
thing there is a port in Houston, I would not have been able to learn about
commercial merchant ships, the speed, the design, the crew compliment,
and loading the containers. I even learned how the ships are loaded using
cranes that run alongside the ships, how they are secured for storms at sea,
and how they are manifested aboard the ship.
Soft Skills Jack has Learned from his Hands-On Job Experience
I’m hoping my summer jobs will be enough to land a good entry level
position because it’s rare to have related skills right after you graduate.
Both summer experiences really helped me to see that international
shipping is more than just filling out paperwork. There’s a lot to learn when
it comes to the actual physical work that is involved, the ships that carry the
goods, and the high risk of shipping over the ocean rather than by air. There
are certain soft skills I have learned from just working alongside my
coworkers. Things like good communication skills, and problem-solving skills
are a must in this industry. Solving problems, particularly safety problems
require strong critical thinking skills. Just wearing a tie or nice trousers looks
good, but it’s also good to be able to say I loaded the container. I know
that being a good leader, being able to get people to work together to
complete tasks on time is a must. A strong manger has to be trusted by his
coworkers, so he has to behave in such a manner that will instill trust so that
workers will fulfill their duties without question. In other words, just getting my
hands dirty is not all that it takes to be a good international shipping logistics
I bring relevant experience to the table so my prospective employer will not
have to worry about training me after I get hired. Besides, I’m disciplined,
energetic, and a quick-learner. Yea, I feel pretty good about myself given
the economy. So good, I’ll write to the human resource offices in the states
at two major container shipping lines line Maersk and Evergreen.
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