What is construction logistics management?
Different roles and skills are required to deliver a successful build project; one that is constructed safely, on time, in budget and meets the project brief.
Although job titles are not always used consistently, the key aspects of any role will be:
- Scope of responsibility
- Level of authority
- Focus of activities
Broadly, we can divide construction and site management roles into three categories:
- Project Management roles
- Safety, Health, Environment and Quality
- Site and Construction Management
Construction Logistics managers are responsible for all aspects of the logistics supply chain, stores management, development and optimisation of site logistics solutions to meet the needs of the project. The logistics manager will be required to manage the movement of people, goods and equipment at the construction site and control site facilities management.
What’s required for the role?
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to build relationships and engage and influence individuals at all levels
- The intellectual capacity to deal with complex logistics issues along with analytical, problem solving and organisational skills
- Strong planning skills with the ability to handle multiple projects through to completion and to manage competing priorities
- A commitment to quality improvement and the ability promote key messages
- IT skills such as PowerPoint, Visio, Word, Excel
- Excellent people management skills
- A creative, flexible “can-do” mind set, open to change and new ideas
- Customer focused and commercially aware
Learn more about the role
A construction logistic manager’s role is a busy and varied one which requires the ability to manage a complex workload with multiple stakeholders.
Activities could include:
- Planning/programming site set up plans to move labour, plant (such as cranes) and materials around site efficiently for each phase of the construction project
- Working out how to keep the site secure and safe for workers and visitors
- Creating policies and procedures
- Attending site meetings and keep records of meetings and staff training
- Managing the supply chain
- Understanding procurement arrangements and control materials in and out of site
- Planning how the different specialists and contractors can access and work on site to maximise efficiency and achieve the best cost and time management.
- Ensuring the site works safely, creating a site-specific safety manual and emergency plans, and ensuring first aid cover and equipment is present
- Creating a system to communicate information around the site, for example noticeboards, email distribution lists, monitor displays and web pages
Your time will be split between working on site and working from an office, which may be in temporary premises on the site. The role requires working with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
- A relevant degree may be required in areas such as construction or logistics
- Other specialist qualifications include CSCS and SMSTS/SSSTS and traffic management qualifications
- Current full UK driving licence
- Health and safety
- Traffic management qualifications
Construction managers may work towards accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Building.
Is it for you?
You might like if you enjoy:
- Creative problem solving in complex scenarios
- Working with different people and teams such as clients, contractors and specialists
Other useful skills to have:
- Using visual intelligence and perceptual skills to use plan, charts and diagrams
- Project management
- People management
How are construction logistics managers responding to the need for sustainability?
Construction logistics can offer useful solutions to improve both the productivity and sustainability of the construction industry.
Accidents, pollution and other negative side effects of construction projects and construction transport have become an issue particularly in urban areas and construction logistics managers have responded by to new legislation and stricter tender policies by reducing the number of vehicles needed to deliver goods and transport workers and improvements to the supply chain.
There is also innovative logistics planning software and methods of handling and string hardware and equipment which can lead to reduced environmental impact.
Where will it take you?
Applicants often have experience in other construction roles alongside relevant qualifications. Firms do advertise graduate entry level roles, supporting other experienced logistics managers.
Logistics managers are in demand by construction firms on both residential and commercial sites in the UK and globally.
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