How to Hire a Logistics Manager

Does your growing business need a logistics manager? Logistics managers help companies make sure their product is shipped to the customer in a timely fashion.

Here are some tips to help you find great logistics manager candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Logistics managers searching for jobs on Indeed*

97,302

Job seekers that clicked logistics manager jobs

19,492

Resumes for job seekers with logistics manager experience on Indeed

2,239

Logistics manager jobs that received clicks

What is the cost of hiring logistics manager?

  • Common salary in US: $60,571 NA
  • Typical salaries range from $18,000$126,000 NA
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – April 2021

As of April 2021, logistics manager jobs in the U.S. are moderately competitive compared to other job markets, with an average of 43 job seekers per logistics manager job.

Why hire a logistics manager?

The need for new staff can affect both your existing team and your bottom line. A great logistics manager hire can help your business:

• Oversee inbound raw materials or products for production
• Negotiate shipping rates with delivery companies
• Recruit, train and manage warehouse personnel

Deciding between a full-time vs freelance logistics manager

Not long ago, the concept of a freelance logistics manager would have made no sense. Businesses engaged in shipping and production didn’t have models that allowed for short-term contractors. They needed to have someone in place who understood their equipment, policies, personnel and compliance needs. For many businesses in manufacturing, retail and other verticals that make use of logistics managers, that’s still true. If your company fits the description above, you’ll definitely want a full-time logistics manager.

On the other hand, the digital economy has made it possible for third-party e-commerce vendors to become a force in retail. These vendors need logistics managers, and if you’re among them, short-term logistics contracting could be useful.

What are the types of logistics manager?

There are numerous types of logistics manager jobs. Here are some of the most common:  

  • Supply manager: This job entails planning and procuring materials to carry out a task.
  • Distribution manager: This type of logistics manager gets stored materials where they’re needed while keeping accurate track of stock.
  • Product manager: Product managers focus on staging, timing and combining diverse supplies for the creation of a product.
  • Reverse logistics and product return: This type of logistics manager reclaims materials and supplies from production. For example, this can include excess materials going back into the company’s stocks from a construction site. It can also include the return of unwanted products from consumers.
  • Virtual logistics manager: Virtual logistics managers handle a variety of logistics duties for clients over the internet. They act as a third-party resource for vendors who couldn’t otherwise handle shipments or other kinds of logistics tasks directly.

Where to find logistics managers

To find the right logistics manager for your business, consider trying out a few different recruiting strategies:

  • Network with other professionals. Logistics management has its own dedicated conferences and conventions. These can be ideal venues for making connections with prospects, colleagues or former employers who can point you in the right direction.  
  • Ask for employee referrals. There may already be people with logistics and supply chain experience on your team who might know of experts in the field. 
  • Keep a candidate database. Keeping an active, accurate, easy-to-use database on potential candidates, even when you aren’t hiring, can ensure you have some great possibilities on file when the time to hire does come.
  • Post your job online. Try posting your logistics manager job on Indeed to find and attract quality logistics manager candidates.

What are the types of logistics manager?

There are numerous types of logistics manager jobs. Here are some of the most common:  

  • Supply manager: This job entails planning and procuring materials to carry out a task.
  • Distribution manager: This type of logistics manager gets stored materials where they’re needed while keeping accurate track of stock.
  • Product manager: Product managers focus on staging, timing and combining diverse supplies for the creation of a product.
  • Reverse logistics and product return: This type of logistics manager reclaims materials and supplies from production. For example, this can include excess materials going back into the company’s stocks from a construction site. It can also include the return of unwanted products from consumers.
  • Virtual logistics manager: Virtual logistics managers handle a variety of logistics duties for clients over the internet. They act as a third-party resource for vendors who couldn’t otherwise handle shipments or other kinds of logistics tasks directly.

Writing a logistics manager job description

A thoughtful description can help you find qualified logistics manager candidates. A logistics manager job description includes a compelling summary of the role, a detailed list of duties and responsibilities and the required and preferred skills for the position.

When writing your logistics manager job description, consider including some or all of the following keywords to improve the visibility of your job posting. These are the most popular search terms leading to clicks on logistics manager jobs, according to Indeed data:

  • Logistics manager
  • Logistics
  • Warehouse manager
  • Manager
  • Transportation manager
  • Supply chain
  • Supply chain manager
  • Warehouse supervisor
  • Management
  • Supervisor

Interviewing logistics manager candidates

Strong candidates for logistics manager positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• Improving efficiency in the delivery chain
• Managing a warehouse or delivery crew
• Using inventory management or shipment scheduling information

Need help coming up with interview questions? See our list of logistics manager interview questions for examples (with sample answers).

FAQs about how to hire a logistics manager

Do I really need a logistics manager?

If your company works in any industry that involves shipping materials or products, the answer to this question is “yes” unless you’re working with a small volume of clients or customers. If your business is medium-sized or larger, it’s particularly important to have a logistics manager on staff to ensure efficiency and the timely satisfaction of requests.

How do I choose between two good logistics manager candidates?

Logistics management is just as much about people as it is hard skills and qualifications. Any logistics manager is going to have to deal with diverse personalities at every level of the company, from management to the warehouse floor. If you’re having trouble deciding between two equally good applicants, ask yourself which candidate would be better able to build universal rapport.

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