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Companies in all sectors rely on logisticians to oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. Logisticians focus on directing the movement of a range of goods, people, or supplies, from common consumer goods to military supplies and personnel. This opens a large opportunity for veterans of all ranks who have logistical skills and experience to transition from their current military role to a private sector or government contract position that will provide both stability and great pay.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median hourly wage for logistics specialists and supply-chain managers is a whopping $35.51 per hour. Employment in this field is expected to grow between now and 2024 as many practitioners are expected to retire and companies will continue to need logisticians to move products and people more efficiently, while seeking out continuous process improvement.
Hirepurpose is happy to partner with a variety of veteran-friendly companies that are actively seeking former service members who are seeking to use their military leadership and technical skills to fill private sector logistics roles today. Let’s take a look.
Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s premier consumer health, medical device, and pharmaceutical companies, is looking for a manager of supply chain and reliability integration to join its team in New Jersey. Johnson & Johnson is known for its culture of inclusiveness and places a high value on leadership and the core set of values that veterans take away from their military tours. If you are a former service member who knows how to orchestrate the movement of products, has great written and oral communication skills, and can analyze processes in order to identify new efficiencies and solutions to problems, then you should definitely explore this job. A bachelor’s degree and the ability to travel 10% of the time is required. Experience with process excellence tools, training, or certification, such as Six Sigma/Lean Manufacturing/Design Excellence is preferred.
Veterans who spent their military careers working with supplies and materials in a warehouse will want to take a look at this great job opening with PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest producers of consumer beverages. Pepsico has been recognized for its support of the entire military community and has established VALOR, an employee resource group with a mission to recognize, appreciate and support PepsiCo’s veterans, military members, their families, and the communities where they live and work. The ideal candidate for the position is extremely organized, has the stamina to be a front-line supervisor and the vision to strategically manage the flow of goods in and out of the warehouse. Those veterans who served as supply specialists, supply systems technicians, medical logistics specialists or storekeepers will find their skills highly transferrable here.
Yet another great opportunity for veterans with logistics experience exists with Alcoa, a global leader in metals technology, engineering, and manufacturing that employs over 600,000 people in 30 countries. Alcoa boasts an energetic veterans recruiting program and has demonstrated a deep commitment to transitioning military members through its veterans mentoring program, affiliations with the Hiring our Heroes program, and the Get Skills to Work Coalition. This role is well-suited to senior enlisted and junior officers who have experience with forecasting, order management, production planning, warehouse, and transportation operations. A strong leader who can recruit and mentor top talent and oversee a state-of-the-art training program is needed for this job. If you spent your time in the military as an operations officer, supply administration and operations specialist, medical supply officer or similar role, you would be a competitive candidate for this position.
As a market-leading producer of glass-fiber technology, Owens Corning is dedicated to making the world a safer place. Based in Ohio, Owens Corning is currently seeking a dynamic logistics specialist to become part of their work group. If you are a veteran with experience moving materials and people who enjoys a challenge and just has to get every detail right, then you should look into this opportunity. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, the ability to travel, and strong communication skills are required. The job offers competitive pay for performance, comprehensive benefits, and more opportunities to make an impact.
Airgas, a Fortune 500 producer and distributor of welding, medical, and specialty gases, needs an inventory control specialist right now. The company’s veterans recruitment and transition assistance efforts demonstrate their dedication to those who have served. This inventory control specialist job is a great role for veterans who served as contract specialist, acquisition specialist, supply systems technician, or similar specialty. The position requires someone with a bachelor’s degree, who is self-motivated and has demonstrated skill with SAP, Microsoft Office, and can analyze problems to find solutions.
Those veterans who possess solid knowledge of operations management and experience with warehouse management systems will want to look into this job with McKesson, the oldest healthcare service company in the nation. The ideal candidate for the position will have a four-year degree, excellent computer skills, hands on experience with JDE and/or E1 or comparable systems, and the ability to communicate with a diverse team to keep things flowing smoothly.
3M is a diversified technology company serving customers and communities with innovative products and services. The company is looking for a qualified veteran who would like to become the plant engineering supervisor for the critical and chronic care solutions division located in Brookings, South Dakota. 3M provides assistance to veterans through their 3M military network and their participation in the Hiring Our Heroes program. Former service or family members who have at least five years of engineering, production, or maintenance experience, and the know-how to lead cross-functional teams will want to check this job out! Prospective candidates should have the technical expertise to operate and maintain utilities equipment such as steam, compressed air, or chilled water, as well as the logistical capacity to provide leadership and direction to the utilities, facilities, stockroom, contracting and security departments. This position is most appropriate for senior NCOs or junior officers.
And for other companies that have logistics openings, try these pre-populated searches.
Johnson Controls, Staples, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Staffmark, Adecco, The Home Depot, Baxalta, GE, R.R. Donnelley, Beckman Coulter, Intel, Cablevision, AmerisourceBergen, Associated Materials, Coca-Cola, Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise, Alamo and National Rental Cars), Waste Management, Yum! Brands (Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC Corporate Roles), BP, Comcast, Cummins, Schneider Electric, Exelon, Dell, Mohawk, Sysco, Grainger, Kelloggs
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