Logistics Analyst

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Companies know that being green can cut energy costs while doing good for the environment. Customers today expect both. As captains of a company’s supply chain, logistics analysts often take the lead in both areas through better shipping and packaging, and finding greener alternatives every step of the way. After receiving some criticism on this score, Apple now measures its entire environmental footprint from products like the iPad and iPhone. In this, Apple depends heavily on its logistics analysts.

Captains of Green

Apple tracks its environmental footprint across its own facilities and the many companies that supply parts, manufacture its products and ship them around the world. An estimated 80 percent of total business costs come from supply chains like Apple’s and they produce 40 to 60 percent of a company’s carbon footprint.

The central mission of a logistics analyst is to get the right product, to the right place, at the right time, at the lowest possible financial and environmental cost. No more (you don’t want too many products on the shelf), no less (nor too few).

Logistics analysts are Captains of Green, continually monitoring and assessing reams of supply chain and operations data to drive environmental benefits while – crucially – saving green stuff (money). They map out the most effective sources, shipping, and tracking methods for the whole product – start to finish. This includes finding parts anywhere in the world. 

Snapshot

Logistics analysts are database, system and process wizards who quickly spot patterns, risks and cost-savings even when they’re hidden in mountains of data. They mash up data analytics and business analytics skills to totally understand a company’s business objectives and what customers want, ensuring the core backbone operations don’t let anyone down. 

Logistics analysts are in a continual balancing act. It’s great to find a cheap, energy efficient way to get a product from China to Ottawa. Not so great if delivery takes a week longer and misses a scheduled sales promotion. Green is good but not at any cost.

For people who

  • Can juggle several priorities at the same time 
  • Are continually listening to better understand business and customer needs
  • Think critically and strategically as agents of change
  • Are great communicators
  • Are detail and deadline oriented

Education pathways

There’s no end to the different courses and specialities you can mash up to build your personal interests into a logistics analyst career in any industry. Business degrees with specialty streams in operations are offered at universities like Brock, York, Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier, and Algonquin. Most community colleges have programs related to supply chain management, including Centennial, Seneca, Niagara and George Brown Here are a few examples of educational areas you can mash up:

  • Management specialties: logistics, resources, operations, transport, supply chain, human resources, business
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Warehouse and inventory operations
  • Procurement and materials control
  • International commerce
  • Exporting

Destinations

With more than 767,000 workers related to the supply chain field in Canada, it’s hard to find a large company or organization that doesn’t have a logistics analyst in some specialization. And jobs aren’t only found in companies that manufacture or retail products like Microsoft, IBM, Dell and Canadian Tire. Logistics analysts are also found in hospitals, airports, the military and all levels of government.

Starting salary

$35,000 to $57,000

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