What does a Load Planner do?

Load planners are responsible for overseeing many planning and logistical aspects of freight shipping projects or the operations of a shipping facility. They often work at job sites based in airports, transportation hubs, or shipping centers. They track delivery and pickup schedules, coordinate arrivals and departures, and ensure all paperwork is in order. They monitor all weight and volume totals to ensure all loads are within acceptable limits. They conduct inspections and file daily logs.

Load planners typically have a bachelor’s degree in logistics, supply chain management, or another business field, but some employers are willing to accept equivalent relevant professional experience. A background in supply chain, logistics, or transportation is helpful. These roles require the ability to remain organized while managing multiple projects simultaneously. Some job locations require FAA clearances or other background checks.

What responsibilities are common for Load Planner jobs?
  • Analyze technical data and reports to determine spares and support equipment provisioning requirements.
  • Review spare and equipment depletion analysis in order to provide specific recommendations for spare/repair parts and support equipment positioning.
  • Manage and controls the asset position of customer inventories.
  • Support logistics planning, operations, and engagements for military clients.
  • Execute all logistical inputs, subject matter expertise analysis, and feedback to various headquarters efforts, including the development of logistics plans, concepts, and other strategy documents to ensure client support.
  • Provide coordination, monitoring, and oversight of logistics requirements with other units, adjunct services and other agencies for the allocation, and synchronization and de-confliction of logistics resources.
  • Analyze technical data and reports to determine spares and support equipment provisioning requirements.
What are the typical qualifications for Load Planner jobs?
  • Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in business, business administration or engineering.
  • Loading experience helpful.
  • Is a confident leader and problem solver with the ability to prioritize and multitask.
  • Demonstrated fluency in onboarding, loading, and unloading of items.
  • Requires careful attention to detail and an eye for continuous improvement and problem solving.
  • Experience with enterprise resource planning.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Load Planner make near United States?

$49,411 /yr
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Load Planner Career Path

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DHL Supply ChainDHL Supply Chain
Logistics Planner
Jul 5, 2022

“Good Work and Life Balance”

Remprex Remprex
Load Planner
May 16, 2023

“Poor work and life balance”

Northrop GrummanNorthrop Grumman
Principal Logistics Planner
Apr 2, 2022

“Annual salary increases are not financially viable.”

Logistics Planner IV
Feb 9, 2023

“weekly pay is the best”

PAM TransportPAM Transport
Load Planner
May 8, 2022

“I made some great friends”

Remprex Remprex
Load Planner
Mar 9, 2022

“It's a good starting pay”

Asahi UKAsahi UK
Logistics Planner
Apr 14, 2023

“No many opportunities to progress on your career”

Unistar Credit and Finance CorporationUnistar Credit and Finance Corporation
Logistics Planner
Nov 18, 2022

“I suggest that you negotiate with your salary if you're going to apply here so you will be comfortable with your initial salary with them”

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