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Distribution and Logistics Job Roles That Need to Be Filled

Distribution and Logistics Job Roles That Need to Be Filled

As the year draws to a close, there’s no better time to reassess what you want for the new year. If that happens to be a new job, the logistics and distribution industry could be a good place to look. At the end of September, there were 52,000 vacancies within the industry, so there’s no better time to try your hand at a rewarding and lucrative new role in this sector. Packaging retailer RAJA UK has pulled together everything you need to know about the qualifications and skills required of you to land a role in logistics in 2022.

Seven roles within the Logistics and Distribution industry that you may want to go into:

HGV drivers:

  • Daily tasks may include planning schedules and routes, vehicle checks, ensuring items are safely loaded and paperwork.
  • Requirements include having a full car licence, being over 18 and passing all parts of a CPC test.
  • Starting pay is usually £19,000 and can go up to £36,000 for more experienced drivers.
  • Manchester is currently looking to hire the most HGV drivers, followed by Warrington in Cheshire.

Warehouse operative:

  • Job role includes packaging items, loading and unloading stock and other general warehouse duties.
  • Head to Leicester if you’re looking for a warehouse operative role as this city has the most vacancies.
  • Requirements include having good physical strength, computer literacy for software systems and competence with hand tools.

Supply chain manager:

  • This role includes overseeing and managing every stage of the production flow.
  • Entry-level salary starts at £24,337 and goes up to £46,998.
  • Requirements include a degree in a relevant subject or you can work your way up with qualifications from the CIPS or the Chartered Institute of Logistics (CIL).
  • Behind HGV drivers, this role has the most vacancies in the sector.

Transportation planner:

  • Transportation planners develop transportation strategies that meet the needs of all transport users.
  • Bristol currently has the most vacancies, with an average pay of £42,500.
  • To qualify for this role, you’ll need a degree in a relevant subject such as civil engineering, economics or mathematics.

Purchasing manager:

  • This role oversees the purchase of products, equipment and services for their employer. They develop and implement purchasing strategies to get the best deals.
  • Daily tasks include looking at levels of demand for services and products, negotiating contracts and building relationships with suppliers.
  • Of the jobs listed, this one is the third most in-demand with 3,400 job listings available.

Sourcing specialist:

  • Sourcing Specialists streamline the sourcing process to be more efficient. They use sourcing strategies to negotiate with suppliers to get the best price on goods, services and materials.
  • London has the most sourcing specialist job postings, with salaries starting at £37,500 and venturing up to £62,500 per year.
  • Depending on the role, travel both in the UK and abroad and a full driving licence is required.
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