Construction Logistics Manager

Construction logistics managers develop and optimise site logistics solutions to meet the needs of construction projects. They are responsible for all aspects of the logistics supply chain and stores management.

Practice Area Construction Logistics Manager
Introduction Logistics managers manage the movement of people, goods and equipment at the construction site and control site facilities management.
What skills are required?
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to build relationships and engage and influence individuals at all levels
  • The ability 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 (e.g. PowerPoint, Visio, Word, Excel)
  • Excellent people management skills
  • A creative, flexible “can-do” mind set, open to change and new ideas
What qualifications are required?
  • 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

Construction managers may work towards accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Building.

What is it like in practice?

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.
  • Ensure the site works safely, creating a site-specific safety manual, Emergency Plans and ensuring first aid cover and equipment is present
  • Create a system to communicate information around the site e.g. noticeboards, email distribution lists, monitor displays, web pages
Work Environment 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.
Employment opportunities Applicants often have experience in other construction roles alongside relevant qualifications. Firms do advertise graduate entry level roles, supporting other experienced Logistics Mangers. Logistics managers are in demand by construction firms on both residential and commercial sites in the UK and globally.
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Relevant UCEM programmes

MSc Quantity Surveying

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

MSc Construction Management

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • Creative problem solving in complex scenarios
  • Working with different people and teams such as clients, contractors and specialists

See more skills used by construction logistics managers:

  • Using visual intelligence and perceptual skills to use plan, charts and diagrams
  • Project management
  • People management