What does a Shipping Coordinator do?
Shipping Coordinators oversee the packaging and transportation of goods to the appropriate buyers. They typically work in warehouse offices where they communicate instructions to their crews, plan shipping routes based on the customers’ shipping needs and ensure successful transfer of goods.
Shipping Coordinators keep records of the products received and shipped from the company. They can also pack goods in shipping containers and develop a shipping list and mailing labels. Shipping Coordinators are responsible for executing all inbound and outbound shipping services and ensuring that orders are filled correctly.
Shipping Coordinator skills and qualifications
Successful Shipping Coordinators have thorough attention to details They multitask easily without omitting important information. Other skills and qualifications that successful Shipping Coordinators possess include:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and concisely
- Sound understanding of commercial and retail enterprises and their functioning
- Excellent organisation, accounting and data analysis skills
- Attention to detail and good reasoning skills to spot errors quickly and report them to relevant staff
- Ability to prepare reports that reflect on findings and recommendations on strategic plans
- Customer-oriented mindset and excellent interpersonal skills
- Strong negotiation and leadership skills and the ability to lead others
- Proficiency with industry-standard computer packages such as Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and Quickbooks
Shipping Coordinator experience requirements
Most employers typically require Shipping Coordinator job applicants to possess at least three years of experience as Cashiers, Material Handlers, Shipping Coordinators or in other customer-focused roles. Candidates with ample experience in retail management, e-commerce or the shipping industry are often preferred. They also need proven experience in managing a commercial enterprise, performing basic accounting and running logistic management.
Shipping Coordinator education and training requirements
A Shipping Coordinator needs a bachelor’s degree in business management, logistics or other related fields. Some employers may hire candidates with A-level GCSEs, but they need post-secondary training and experience to qualify. Applicants must also have an in-depth understanding of industry software such as supply chain management, barcode labelling and enterprise resource planning.
Shipping Coordinator salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Shipping Coordinator is £24,497 per year, but may depend on factors like experience, education, location and company.
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