Ever since the e-commerce industry got prominence, supply chain and logistics have been the buzzword among students. Moreover, the policymakers, industry leaders, academicians, students, etc all are talking about it.
Rubal Jain, Managing Director of Safexpress talks about the importance of the Logistics industry
Now, if you are a young graduate or just completed your post-graduation and are planning to join the supply chain and logistics industry, you may be wondering what are the entry job profiles available for you. Dig in to know more about the skills required for logistics and supply chain management professionals.
Let me take you through a few important job profiles in demand.
A trained and certified logistics & supply chain professional can look forward to joining the industry in an entry-level position. Some of the jobs in logistics are as follows:
- Warehouse Executive
- Operations Executive
- Documentation Executive
- Transportation Executive
- Fleet Management Executive
- Vendor management executive
- Logistics Executive
- VMI Executive
- Procurement Executive
- Customer Support Executive
- Inventory Executive
Please remember that the above-mentioned job profiles are available in organizations such as logistics service providers, manufacturing firms, warehousing firms, service-oriented companies, and distribution companies. This is because all these firms have supply chain and logistics functions to fulfill their customers’ needs.
Now let’s briefly understand the main responsibilities of the supply chain operations job description
profiles are entrusted with.
- Warehouse Executive – A Warehouse Executive is responsible for error-free in-bound, out-bound, and put-away functions in a warehouse. They are also responsible for the reconciliation of the inventory stored.
- Operations Executive – An Operations Executive is responsible for supervising the unloading and loading of delivery trucks without any deviations, quality of operations & documentation, and recording of all operations in ERP.
- Documentation Executive – A Documentation Executive is responsible for ensuring the preparation & meeting of quality parameters of all the documentation for in-bound & outbound shipments to ensure business & legal requirements.
- Transportation Executive – A Transportation Executive is responsible for monitoring all the shipments in real-time from first-mile operations to last-mile operations, identifying and rectifying problems related to shipments, and confirming that the customer has received the order.
- Fleet Management Executive – A Fleet Management Executive is responsible for managing the vehicle fleet by ensuring timely maintenance, recording its allocation as per the need, coordinating payment, coordinating with the truck drivers, transport companies if required, and transport authorities.
- Vendor management executive – A Vendor management executive is responsible to ensure supplier inventory as per stock requirement is always available as per the requirement/demand and timely supply of it as per the production schedule shared by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
- Logistics Executive – A Logistics Executive is responsible for receiving customer order details, making bookings with logistics companies or the internal fleet management team to pick up the consignment, documenting the Lorry Receipt (LR), and updating the information in ERP and billing.
- Procurement Executive – The Procurement Executive is responsible for sourcing, evaluating quotations, negotiating, and purchasing materials from both local and overseas vendors.
- Customer Support Executive – The Customer Support Executive is the key contact and is responsible for the retention of the customer. The customer support executive will have to follow up on shipments with the sales team, customers, & vendors, communicate any service failure to the sales team and customer, and coordinate with customers for any missing documents, shipment tracking, and report preparation.
- Inventory Executive – An Inventory Executive is the first-level custodian of the inventory stored. The Inventory Executive coordinates will ensure the products are correctly picked from inventory as per the picklist, conduct periodic inventory counting, and reconcile the physical count of inventory with the system balance. The person is also responsible to locate missing items for reconciliation and prepare incident reports for the management.
What are Logistics jobs?
Logistics jobs are generally the operations that have been done in managing storage and transportation in the e-commerce industry. Since e-commerce is now hitting high as the sky, jobs are much in demand and when you get experienced your role gets higher and higher. It mainly involves order arrangements, shipping, invoicing, and delivery.
Is logistics a good career?
Initially, logistics were not good in terms of industry or salary basis. But now, supply chain logistics jobs are much in demand and some of the best global practices are been involved. This creates a great career opportunity for freshers and skilled professionals.
What are the questions asked in the supply chain interview?
- Most of the time, a scenario will be given to the interviewer, and ask you how will you solve the problem or what are ways to manage the situation. For eg., if there is a sudden out of-stock in production, what is the first immediate step which will be taken? Or If you are in a higher position, how will you manage when employees don’t work or start a strike regarding some issues?
- If you are in a specific area like operation, or analysis, particular logical or technical questions will be asked.
- Sometimes, you will not get any specific idea regarding the questions. If that is the case, make sure to convince the interviewers with your style of answering.
- Know more about the fundamentals of supply chain management in detail.
Hope you have got some insight regarding the major career in logistics and supply chain in India for an entry-level professional.
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