What does an Expeditor do?
Expeditors work in several fields including food service, manufacturing, logistics and wholesale distribution to oversee the distribution of goods. They track all steps of the supply chain and direct colleagues on where to send supplies or product orders. Expeditors act as a liaison between various departments and company suppliers, directing packages to the right location and arranging for timed deliveries. They assess transportation infrastructure and make suggestions on how to improve efficiency and meet inventory and supply demands. The role of an Expeditor is to track the distribution process and provide a guarantee that workflows will be completed on time.
Expeditor skills and qualifications
A successful Expeditor candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications needed to do their job effectively, which can include:
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Teamwork skills
- Attention to detail
- Ability to stand for long periods of time
- Math and analytical skills
- Proficiency in spreadsheet software, inventory management tools and accounting applications
- Excellent time management skills
Expeditor salary expectations
An Expeditor makes an average of $16.05 per hour. This pay rate may depend on a candidate’s education, level of experience and geographical location.
Expeditor education and training requirements
While some employers will hire Expeditors with a high school diploma, most require candidates to have at least an associate or bachelor’s degree. Employers may also be looking for candidates who have earned technical certifications that better prepare them for the responsibilities of the role. Many employers provide extensive on-the-job training to familiarize their Expeditors with the company’s procedures and regulations.
Expeditor experience requirements
Entry-level Expeditors typically have up to 2 years of experience in distribution or a similar field through part-time or internship positions. Successful Expeditors must be able to maintain work and production schedules. They will be knowledgeable in inventory management, know how to place and track orders, measure inventory levels and inspect supplies for quality and accuracy. Their work involves working with office equipment, so the ideal candidate will have experience with the use of common office machines.
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