Logistics Controller

Logistics Controllers can work as part of either an offshore or onshore logistics team and are responsible for arranging for the transportation of equipment and materials to / from offshore, onshore or overseas work sites.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Prepares shipping / air manifests
  • Plans and schedules the shipment of goods and materials from / to offshore, onshore or overseas locations
  • Ensures all documentation / certification is completed and valid
  • Ensures special certification is obtained for transportation of dangerous goods
  • Ensures that all customs documentation is completed
  • Negotiates transportation costs with providers
  • Arranges insurance cover for materials in transit
  • Ensures that the end client is kept up to date about delivery schedules and potential delays
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Logistics Controllers play a key role within the supply chain as it is essential that equipment and materials are in the right place at the right time so that equipment and supplies are delivered on time to support operational requirements. They are found in a variety of organisations including the Operators who own or manage production installations, major Engineering Contractors, Drilling Contractors, service companies, equipment suppliers, and specialist transportation and logistics companies. Offshore based Logistics Controllers will be expected to work on a shift basis, which may have early starts and late finishes.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Previous experience in logistics
  • Good organisation/administration skills
  • Good office IT skills
  • Driving licence
  • Experience of using a materials / maintenance management system, SAP, etc.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Employers might also look for:

  • Familiar with company materials/maintenance management system, SAP, etc.
  • Awareness of requirements for transportation of hazardous goods
  • Fork-lift truck training certificate