An Expeditor is the one who expedites and facilitates the flow of materials to and from the various departments at a job site. He also makes sure that the right materials arrive at the site at the right time. He inspects goods upon delivery to ensure the level of quality and quantity, and to ensure adherence to specifications. He works and deals with vendors directly to make sure accurate and on time delivery of goods to appropriate locations. Expeditors work on several jobs at once are responsible for many things. They frequently use filing and computer systems to keep everything organized.
Education and Training
To become an expeditor you should have at least a High School Diploma or education that includes courses in business management, accounting, and mathematics. A course in computers, drafting, and mechanical drawing, and courses that provide understanding of tools and materials and a summer part time job with a contractor are very helpful for gaining valuable experience.
However, as methods and construction materials are becoming more complex, an expeditor with the most technical training is most likely the one getting the job. And that is the reason why most expeditors enrol in vocational and technical schools to learn about various architectures, engineering, plan reading, estimating, and expediting. These schools also teach and provide opportunities for students to improve communication skills, which is important on the job where a small misunderstanding can cause serious problems.
Duties and Responsibilities
Expeditors expedite activities or purchase items at various vendors to meet the project’s schedule. He tracks orders, receives goods, and places products into inventory. He records and maintains inventory of quantity, type of materials, parts received and distributed, manually or by using a computer. The Expeditor confers with supervisors to determine overdue materials and parts and to inform supervisors about the status of the product. The expeditor should remain in contact with the contractor to make sure that the project is smoothly running according to schedule. He also frequently checks with the suppliers to ensure that delivery will be possible on the agreed date, for he is responsible for the managing the timing of delivery.
An expeditor must be ready to solve problems and issues such as the operation going over budget or the contractor needing more materials than planned. He must always have a contingency plan available. If the expeditor makes mistakes by buying or purchasing the wrong materials or if the materials don’t arrive in time, the work cannot continue and delays in a building project can be very costly to the contractor.
Qualifications and Working Conditions
Expeditors should be in good physical condition, they should be able to get along well with people. If you enjoy a challenge or solving problems, are naturally outgoing, and enjoy social interaction, then you will get satisfaction as an expeditor. To be able to interact with others while communicating effectively and clearly is very important for you will meet with clients, suppliers, and delivery firms.
Expeditors do not regularly work forty hours a week. They may work late nights or early mornings and are normally paid to complete the job, whether it takes forty or more than forty hours a week.