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Logistics & Supply Chain Management

 

Overview:

Those in Logistics and Supply Chain Management positions are responsible for overseeing the execution of factory or customer deliveries, freight quotations, onsite pickup, and overflow and direct-to-port. They also are in charge of implementing the contractual, regulatory and strategic supply chain goals of a company.

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Develop and manage a logistics plan for the business unit, including road, rail and coastal shipping transportation, to develop least cost supply chain strategies, short and medium term
  • Review sources of supply and service provider contractual terms in order to develop alternatives if required
  • Develop the plan to ensure least cost path for material management
  • Utilize freight and product storage contracts, key customer and supplier records of performance and sales/supply information
  • Proactively manage the delivery/receivable schedule to meet sales and purchase contractual terms
  • Proactively manage product deficiencies, including reordering, rejection, breakdowns, contamination, delays etc.
  • Set guidelines to ensure that goods, materials or services purchased are of the quality specified
  • Undertake major contract negotiations within the approved pricing policy and establish service programs
  • Utilize measurement processes to schedule service
  • Address issues if economies are not exercised to achieve schedules to meet delivery requirements
  • Budget responsibility for the department
  • Proactively work with the logistics team for agreed timing of services

 

What education and training is required?

Bachelors or Master’s degree in Agricultural Business/Economics.

 

To pursue a career as in Logistics & Supply Chain Management:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, science and mathematics.

 

Typical Employers:

Integrated animal production companies, seed/fertilizer/chemical dealers/producers, food production companies and equipment manufactures.

 

Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for positions in Logistics and Supply Chain is projected to be excellent.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • American Soybean Association
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • Association of Agriculture Economist
  • Mid-America International Agri-Trade Council
  • Produce Marketing Association