Roles and responsibilities of the construction logistics manager

15 August 2013

A group of construction logistics professionals from companies such as Mace, Laing O’Rourke and Skanska came together to create an agreed standard for the role of a construction logistics manager. Meeting at the Chartered Institute of Logistics, the group has worked to standardise expectations. These R&Rs were approved by logistics professionals who have worked within major programmes such as Crossrail and the Olympics Logistics


The construction logistics manager is 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.

Key interfaces that the logistics manager must ensure early engagement with are: the project planner; the commercial managers procuring the works and the senior construction manager on the site. The construction logistics manager should ensure that the construction team is fully aware of logistics activities in support of the build program.

The construction logistic manager’s role can be described under the following headings: 



Supply chain management

Programme support



Site communications


Delivery management

Vehicles, plant, equipment and vertical transport




Corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Desirable skills and competencies

Desirable qualities

Beneficial qualifications




If I already hold my NEBOSH construction qual, would I need to do an SMSTS as my qual has covered the same training?

Andy, 3 April 2014

A construction logistics manager have a plethora of different responsibilities. That's why, it's regarded as one of the most challenging jobs in general.

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Anastasios Koutsogiannis, 9 February 2017

Where can I get a copy of a construction logistics plan. Can anyone help at all.


Derek McDonald, 2 November 2017


Please get in touch and we could discuss the process to prepare and implement the construction logistics plan.
Generally speaking you can start from the scratch getting the footprint of the site you are working on and highlight movement of people and plant on site.
Minimising distances for the resources is the key challenge.
please get in touch.

Ruither, 5 February 2018

Hi Anastasios,
could you please send me a link or the article itself you are referring above
as this link does not seem to work any more. actually it points to a different one.
many thanks

jack angelic, 21 April 2018

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