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With the rise of online retail there are more jobs than ever in the logistics sector. The opportunities are wide-ranging and offer great flexibility for working mums and dads. So what can you expect from logistics jobs, and what are employers looking for?
Logistics jobs are generally focused on transporting goods from one location to another, and making sure they are safely stored in between.
The main categories of logistics jobs are broadly in driving, warehouse-based roles, management and administration.
There are a wide range of driving jobs available in the UK, and many are very flexible in their hours and shifts. They might range from self-employed roles, where you need your own vehicle and are given a number of packages to deliver in your local area, to HGV roles where you will need an additional driving qualification to drive larger trucks and lorries.
There are also many branded driving jobs where you are described as the ‘face’ of an online brand, including supermarket home deliveries.
Most driving jobs will require you to have less than six points on your driving licence, good punctuality and for you to be friendly with good customer handling skills.
Evening and weekend delivery driving jobs will often pay better than daytime shifts. Explore driving jobs here.
Warehouses are a vital part of the UK supply chain. They hold goods until they’re ready to be distributed to stores, supermarkets and homes.
There are many warehouse jobs available. These cover lots of different functions, such as receiving and processing incoming stock, picking, filling, packing and shipping orders, or managing and organising stock in the warehouse. Warehouses often operate around the clock, so there tend to be a variety of shift options, both part-time and full time.
When you apply for warehouse jobs, the skills employers will look for on your CV include good organisation, data entry, time management and teamworking. Formal qualifications aren’t compulsory as you will usually be given full training.
Warehouse roles can be physically demanding and being able to work quickly, accurately and safely is very important.
There are good opportunities for progression in warehouse roles, especially if you are willing to take on new skills such as forklift driving, supervision or administration. Explore warehouse jobs here.
Good administration is crucial in the logistics sector. It essentially means that goods will arrive in the right place and on time.
Logistics administrators will often be required to plan shipments, based on customer orders and product availability. You may also be responsible for tracking orders and managing shipping documents. Again, part-time opportunities are usually available in these roles.
The skills that employers will be looking for in an admin role are strong organisational abilities, good attention to detail and customer service abilities. Good communications skills and some understanding of accounting are also very helpful.
If you have supervisory or management experience, this will often be transferable to a logistics role.
As a logistics and distribution manager, you’ll oversee the flow of goods in and out of the warehouse. You may need to use IT systems to manage stock levels, delivery times and transport costs.
A major part of your roles will often be to allocate and manage staff resources to align with business requirements.
Related work experience, such as warehousing, storage, retail or administration is often an advantage. Many large logistics companies run graduate recruitment schemes, although competition to join these schemes is often high.
Exploring logistics jobs could be the first step towards a successful career. Take a look at the transport and logistics jobs on WorkingMums to see the range of opportunities. Then explore our CV tips to make your application stand out.