Peter Roberts: Logistics Coordinator
Our efforts impact everything on the front lines. I love being part of a team that provides services to other government departments who are supplying a public service. It is truly rewarding.
Local 7 - Civil Service, Clerical Component
In most workplaces the right tool for the job means you can work more efficiently and effectively. But in other workplaces the right tool for the job is the difference between life and death.
As a Logistics Coordinator for the province of Manitoba, Peter Roberts is responsible for maintaining the inventory and distributing supplies that other public sector workers need to do their jobs. That includes everything from office furniture and cleaning products to medical home care supplies / equipment, and lab supplies.
Essentially, coordinators like Roberts provide a service within the public service and, in most cases, special storage and distribution expertise is required to meet the standards of individual provincial programs.
“Our efforts impact everything on the front lines,” says Roberts. “I love being part of a team that provides services to other government departments who are supplying a public service. It is truly rewarding.”
Another important part of his job is to maintain inventory control to keep costs down. If each separate department were to designate a coordinator who purchased supplies for their workplaces, the costs would add up substantially. Logistics Coordinators work with each government department to increase their purchasing power so items can be bought in bulk and then sent to the appropriate workplace.
In turn, they are a key link in supply chain management that allows the Province to continue to offer responsive, effective and efficient public services.