Typical responsibilities of the job include:
- processing orders
- operating mechanical and IT systems
- liaising with transport companies, suppliers and clients
- training, supervising and appraising staff
- maintaining statistical and financial records
- devising rotas for staff
- 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, although a position as a warehouse manager is less involved in coordinating logistics on a large organisation-wide scale and more focused on coordinating staff and products within the warehouse (although this still includes overseeing transport to and from the warehouse).
- specialist logistics, distribution and haulage companies
- the armed forces
- major commercial organisations
Vacancies are advertised by careers services, 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.
Although degrees in subjects like logistics, supply chain management and transport management may provide you with some of the skills and knowledge required for this role, you don’t need a university degree to become a warehouse manager.
Experience of working in a warehouse is highly valued and you may be able to progress by carrying out an apprenticeship after you leave school: find out more about apprenticeships on TARGETcareers, our website aimed at school leavers, which contains advice and apprenticeship vacancies. Alternatively, you could begin by working towards a Higher National Diploma (HND) or foundation degree. This article on the TARGETcareers website provides more information on alternatives to university.
Some employers favour applicants with an undergraduate degree; 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:
- good teamworking skills
- managerial skills
- time management ability
- interpersonal skills
- verbal and written communication skills
- logical reasoning
- numerical skills
- technical skills
- IT skills.