The present momentum within the logistics sector calls for improved operational efficiency and an increase in flexible working practices. Bis Henderson as specialist logistics recruitment consultants report that together with vehicles and technology, investment in people is now high on the priority list for employers. Following considerable advances in technology, logistics planners and strategists are highly prized and candidates who can demonstrate innovative and flexible thinking can make a real difference.
E-commerce consumers expect goods to be available and delivered ‘on click’, often within 24 hours. This has resulted in a transformed logistics system with materials management being replaced by the relatively new role of the logistics manager. The Bis Henderson recruitment team fully appreciate the skills essential for the role. Ideal candidates should have value added qualities; not simply what they do, but how well they do it.
An understanding of customer service requirements is vital, supported by a knowledge of systems and information technology. With current fuel surcharges and the volatility of foreign exchange rates, only a minor shift in costs can trigger a contractual loss. Successful logistics job applicants may well therefore be those with an analytical mind, a head for figures, the ability to evaluate performance and adapt to changing customer needs.
Getting the right products to the right place at the right time may seem obvious, but it requires the precise planning of a complex operation in order to ensure the efficient flow of information and product delivery. Many logistics roles are inter-linked and multi-functional, requiring skilled management and procurement of goods, balancing costs and service requirements. Effective logistics management calls for the solving of challenging issues and the implementation of solutions, frequently at very short notice. In the multi-cultural logistics industry, social perceptiveness is also high valued, supported by the interpersonal skill-sets needed to deliver not only excellent customer service but also to oversee sensitive negotiations with suppliers.
Bis Henderson’s highly experienced logistics recruitment consultants will ensure only the best candidates are put forward for interview who are aligned to the client’s corporate strategy and demonstrate the potential to excel in a rapidly evolving market.