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Warehouse managers are responsible for organising the safe and efficient receipt, storage and despatch of warehoused goods.
Employers may prefer graduates with a qualification in distribution, logistics, transportation, management, business studies or retail management.

What does a warehouse manager do? Typical employers | Qualifications and training | Key skills

Typical responsibilities of the job include:

  • processing orders
  • operating mechanical and IT systems
  • liaising with customers and other departments
  • training, supervising and appraising staff
  • maintaining statistical and financial records
  • planning
  • ensuring that quality objectives and delivery deadlines are met
  • managing budgets
  • administering stock control
  • ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation

There are many similarities with the work of logistics and distribution managers.

Typical employers of warehouse managers

  • Specialist logistics, distribution and haulage companies
  • Manufacturers
  • The armed forces
  • Major commercial organisations
  • Retailers

Vacancies are advertised by careers services, by recruitment agencies and in national newspapers and specialist publications such as Logistics and Supply Chain, as well as their online equivalents. Early applications are advisable for logistics and distribution training scheme vacancies – especially for those with major employers. General warehouse work within smaller organisations may ultimately lead to managerial positions.

Qualifications and training required

You don’t need a university degree to become a warehouse manager. However, the role is not normally an entry-level position and usually requires experience of working in a warehouse and sometimes qualifications in logistics or management. Typical entry-level roles in this field include warehouse assistant and warehouse operative. Apprenticeships are available in warehouse and logistics roles. Find out more about apprenticeships on TARGETcareers, our website aimed at school leavers, which contains advice and apprenticeship vacancies. Employers may also advertise apprenticeships on their websites or in the local press.

Graduates can become warehouse managers if they have warehouse experience. Graduate schemes in logistics, offered by the likes of Royal Mail and DHL, may provide warehouse management experience and could allow you to take your career in this direction. These schemes are often open to graduates in all degree subjects, though sometimes employers express a preference for a logistics- or business-related degree. You can see vacancies on TARGETjobs here.

View our graduate logistics, transport and supply chain vacancies and internships

Key skills for warehouse managers

  • Good teamworking skills
  • Managerial skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Logical reasoning
  • Numerical skills
  • Technical skills
  • IT skills

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