A logistics planner is responsible for the whole life cycle of a product, from design to delivery.

Are you organized and methodical? Do you like to make plans months ahead of time? Put your skills to work as a logistics planner, where you’ll collaborate with every single department in order to make the manufacturing process high-quality and efficient, sometimes using Lean manufacturing techniques.

As a logistics planner, you’ll be in charge of organizing the details of the business, from the first meeting with the client to the follow-up after product delivery. You’ll take care of the little things, ensuring that everything is in its place in order for everybody else to do their jobs properly. The scope of your job will include budget and timeline planning, coordinating the purchase and transportation of raw materials, and managing employees’ schedules.

You’ll work mostly in an office, but you’ll also need to visit the production floor and warehouse in order to learn how the processes work. You’ll collaborate with every department from engineering to marketing to transportation in order to keep the customers happy and your company running smoothly. People in this role manage process and people.

Most companies look for a candidate with at least some education in business, management, or logistics, and previous experience or certification will make your resume even more appealing.

Also Known As:

Logistician, Logistics Team Lead, Production Planner, Logistics Analyst

Critical Skills


  • Analyze Data and Information
  • Logisitics and Supply Chain Software
  • Manage Clerical Procedures and Systems
  • Prepare Documents
  • Production Processing


  • Advanced Computer Skills
  • Communication - Internal and External
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Decision Making
  • Gathering or Getting Information
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Teamwork

Key Responsibilities

  • Understand customer needs
  • Decide on distribution of materials, supplies, and finished products
  • Protect and control proprietary materials
  • Review logistics performance with customers against targets and contracts
  • Implement schedules and standards in production and sales
  • Establish priorities, track assignments, and ensure availability of resources
  • Report project progress and results
  • Maintain schedules and deadlines


  • Communications
  • Leadership
  • Project Management

How to get this job

Operations Effectiveness training, strong communication skills, computer training, leadership training.

Next Steps for this job

PMP Certification, LEAN/Six Sigma certification, gain strong time management skills, take on project management work.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.