Shippers are responsible for ensuring that all things necessary for the manufacture or maintenance of the products are dispatched to a company on the proper dates.
Shippers are responsible for ensuring that all things necessary for the manufacture or maintenance of the products are dispatched to a company on the proper dates. Without dispatchers, shipments can be delayed or forgotten, preventing the job from getting done. This can cost the company dearly. Shippers are adept at keeping in touch with suppliers and managing shipping schedules. Most dispatcher positions require at least a high school diploma and strong computer skills.
Material dispatchers are tasked with maintaining production material shipments. For example, a company that makes leather bags uses leather parts, metal or plastic fasteners and zippers, and packaging. The material shipper regularly checks with supervisors to determine when new assembly materials should arrive. He then contacts material suppliers to ensure materials are shipped on time. If an issue arises, such as the supplier running out of material, the shipper is responsible for reporting this to the supervisor and helping to locate the materials elsewhere and ship them on time.
Those with industrial dispatcher jobs can work in fields that require experience with petroleum, chemicals and other industrial elements. Many industrial dispatcher positions require a minimum of a four-year university degree in an industrial specialization. Work environments for industrial dispatchers include refineries around the world. Moving materials to the refinery is a concern of the shipper. The development of tracking and reporting systems is the responsibility of the shipper.
Purchasing departments also include dispatcher jobs. As shippers in the materials and industrial fields, a purchasing shipper is responsible for tracking and ensuring the prompt shipment of required materials. While materials and industrial dispatchers work with the company’s final production, a purchasing dispatcher works with the department actually purchasing the necessary materials.
Regardless of the field, each dispatcher is responsible for basic tracking of all shipments. The difference in jobs is the industry or department in which dispatcher jobs are offered. All positions require strong computer and telephone skills.
Dispatcher jobs sometimes require travel. Work environments can include anything from an office to a shipyard. Employees who work on an Expeditor position report to procurement managers, purchasing directors, and others who are in the chain of command with respect to product manufacturing.
In addition to tracking shipments of regularly used materials, dispatchers must track other shipments. New requested office furniture, company vehicles and construction plates must also be submitted. Ensuring that shipments are made on time is the responsibility of employees who hold dispatcher positions.