Director of Logistics

Los Angeles, California /
Logistics – Operations /
Full time
The Director of Logistics provides day-to-day logistics and procurement support to CORE including headquarters departments and a portfolio of existing country programs. This position will play an important role in the strengthening and development of CORE’s logistics capability and capacity to enable the achievement of organizational goals. Internally, the position engages across functional and geographical boundaries at an operational and tactical level. Externally, it engages with partners and suppliers to further CORE’s operational objectives. During a deployment, this role will provide desk and technical support to logistics activities including rapid scale up of procurement, warehousing, and inventory management.


    • Support the development and roll out of Global Logistics and Procurement initiatives.
    • Lead as logistics and procurement focal point to provide technical support to a portfolio of country offices (CO) working closely with dotted line logistics and procurement counterparts
    • .Maintains general Logistics/Procurement email account for incoming and outgoing correspondence with vendors, HQ departments and Country Office regarding RFP’s, tenders, and helpdesk requests.
    • Provide remote technical support to existing country programs around project start up, large value procurement activities, assessment and training.
    • Supports the development of strategic sourcing of key emergency response commodities such as pharmaceuticals, vehicles, and interaction with humanitarian procurement centers.
    • Contributes to the development of CORE’s supply chain capabilities.
    • Works with CORE Finance Department the design, development and facilitation of training materials, processes and policies
    • Responsible for regular updating and dissemination of Global Logistics team information to other parts of the organization
    • Collects and analyses all country office asset, procurement, fleet and inventory data and information
    • Compile department and organizational data and development of organization wide logistics reporting framework
    • Provides in-country technical support around project start up, assessment and close of existing programs.
    • Provide in-country technical support to existing country programs around project start up, large value procurement activities, audit support, project or program closedown and training.


    • Degree in Logistics, Supply Chain Management, or related field.
    • May substitute for Certification in Humanitarian Logistics or similar, or extensive experience in humanitarian logistics.
    • Supply Chain Management certification.
    • Relevant qualifications or training courses.
    • Minimum five (5) years logistics and procurement experience, preferably in a non-profit setting
    • Minimum three (3) year’s experience supporting supply chain function(s) in an international context.
    • Broad humanitarian sector experience with operations, ideally across several emergencies either domestic or abroad.

Knowledge & Skills

    • Knowledge of humanitarian supply chain management, ideally medical supply chain.
    • Knowledge and experience of procurement, including sourcing, analysis, vendor and contract management
    • Experience of working with an ERP or other supply chain management IT solutions.
    • Experience in the collation, analysis and communication of data and information to non-specialist audience, via a variety of methods
    • Technical background across all aspects of logistics and supply chain management, including procurement, warehousing, fleet management and humanitarian distributions Good negotiating skills to achieve operational outcomes, applying a range of approaches, styles and techniques to achieve desired outcomes.
    • Effective at communicating and collaborating across cultural, geographical and structural boundaries, engaging positively and constructively with colleagues.
    • Strong project management and organizational skills; results oriented and ability to problem solve.
    • Ability to build and maintain strong working internal and external relationships and represent CORE in a professional and competent manner.
    • Demonstrable understanding of, and commitment to, humanitarian principles, humanitarian response work and child protection standards.
    • Demonstrable understanding of, and commitment to, equal opportunities, gender and diversity.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with others, flexible and adaptable
    • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time.