Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College

Analyst


Business and Economics Department

Analyst

Job Description

Uses analytical and quantitative methods to understand, predict, and enhance logistics processes. Responsible for assembling data, analyzing performance, identifying problems, and developing recommendations, which support the management of logistics. Duties may revolve around a specific logistics activity (e.g., transportation analyst) or a broad range of operations (e.g., supply chain analyst). Employed by carriers, logistics services providers, manufacturers, or other supply chain members.

Related Positions:

Planner, Project Specialist, Coordinator

Key Duties:

Gather and interpret relevant data (costs, productivity, demand patterns, etc.) Investigate problems, find root causes, and develop solutions

  • Develop periodic performance reports and distribute them to stakeholders

  • Monitor contract compliance of carriers and other logistics -service providers

  • Provide analytical support for projects, new business opportunities, and proposals

  • Coordinate delivery schedules and other supply chain activities

Required Skills:

Strong quantitative and analytical skills; familiar with logistics and production planning concepts (e.g., just-in-time, materials requirement planning); broad range of computer

Skills - database, spreadsheet, statistics applications, and logistics software packages; understand contracts and tariffs; self-directed; ability to communicate findings, make recommendations, and facilitate change; comfortable working with individuals at all organizational levels; project management skills.

Salaries:  

Entry-level salaries for analysts range from $25,000 to $35,000. Experienced analysts earn from $35,000 to $75,000 depending on their skills and scope of responsibility.

Career Path:

Many individuals begin their careers in logistics as analysts. The variety and complexity of an analysts responsibilities increase as experience is gained. Successful analysts advance to the following positions: logistics engineer, senior analyst, project leader, manager of logistics analysis, logistics manager, operations manager.

Quotes:

"My job is to analyze the movement of goods through the supply pipeline, define current Processes, identify and analyze gaps, and develop and implement process improvements. I am expected to help the organization increase cash flows, inventory turns, customer's satisfaction, and employee productivity."

"I work with our marketing group to identify logistical issues as they develop promotional programs. I then help our distribution center managers prepare for each program. I have to ensure that there's enough capacity to handle these special needs."


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