Why set your sights on a logistics career?

Tim Burrows, Logistics Consultant at Robert Walters

Despite economic uncertainty, logistics is an industry that has continued to thrive, with companies within the online retail and parcel industries constantly needing to adapt and improve to meet rising customer expectations. Employers in all sectors are looking to target professionals of all qualification levels, with job growth showing no signs of slowing down.

Are you looking to carry out dynamic work and progress in a business-critical role? Tim Burrows, Logistics Consultant at Robert Walters explains why a logistics career should be on your radar.


Stability and progression

Logistics is the backbone of the retail industry and a huge driver of UK economic growth, yet few young professionals fresh out of education recognise it as a viable career path. Businesses looking to hire the next generation of logistics talent are attempting to change this perception, forming strategic partnerships at higher-education and university level to inform and communicate the benefits of a career in logistics.

Businesses are prepared to develop your skillset if you have commercial awareness and a commitment to continued professional development to further your knowledge of the field.

Tim comments, “With online retail showing no signs of slowing down, engineering new talent to support industry growth is a concern for logistics hiring managers. For this reason, an increasing number of businesses are partnering at education level to map out the abundance career paths available at graduate level, as well as providing greater understanding of the strong opportunity to progress in the career, as the industry has so many areas and prospects.”

“Little information is currently available about variety of options nor the earning potential in a logistics career. For example, in current market conditions, a programme lead could be earning an £88k basic salary, which is set to increase due to increased competition for talent. The logistics industry supports your advancement, upskilling junior employees to develop experience and pick up new skills that will enhance their career prospects.” 

Take on a strategic role

If you have the ability to thrive under pressure and take an analytical, pragmatic approach to business problems, you’re likely to enjoy your work and continuously learn as you respond to new situations on a day-to-day basis.

Tim explains, “With logistics facing rising fuel and warehousing costs, strategic and inquisitive thinkers with an analytical skillset are required to ensure the industry continues to grow against unfavourable economic conditions. Do you possess natural problem-solving ability? In a strategic logistics role, you could be innovating a business’ logistics framework, ensuring the balance between improved delivery and streamlined operating costs. This could involve identifying more cost-efficient transport routes, or finding property areas providing reduced warehousing costs.”

Qualifications and courses available to progress

As with any career, experience is desirable, but you don’t necessarily need to possess a degree in logistics or transport to enter the profession.

Tim explains, “Logistics is all-encompassing, and there are opportunities to grow in the profession no matter your academic background or previous exposure to the industry. Businesses are prepared to develop your skillset if you have commercial awareness and a commitment to continued professional development to further your knowledge of the field. Postgraduate courses are also plentiful which can enhance your job prospects.”

“Apprenticeships are suitable for professionals without experience at higher-education level which can lead to a successful logistics operations career, equipping you with a comprehensive knowledge, on the job experience and invaluable transferrable skills which could see you managing your own team. You don’t necessarily need a degree background to succeed in logistics.”

Work with cutting-edge technologies

Tim highlights “Digital innovation has transformed the industry in recent years, enhancing the speed and efficiency of transportation and delivery of goods and resources. Robotics, automated vehicles and drones are some of the exciting, emergent technologies shaping the industry that you could be getting to grips with in a logistics role.”

Role scope

Tim concludes, “In such an overarching business function, the opportunities for your logistics career are unlimited, encompassing purchasing, inventory control, warehousing, transport and distribution. You have the flexibility to specialise and develop in your area of interest.”

“A career in logistics is also geographically flexible, with opportunities to work in any location due to outstanding demand for professionals across the globe. There’s also numerous opportunities for international work, as many company’s retail operations cross multiple countries.”


If you’re a strategic thinker looking for a career offering stability, fantastic scope for skills development and vertical progression, contact Tim Burrows at tim.burrows@robertwalters.com for more information about a career in logistics.


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