What does a Warehouse Manager do?
Warehouse managers are responsible for the overall operations of warehouses. The duties vary according to what stock is due to be delivered or dispatched, and there may be seasonal variations in the workload. Tasks include:
- planning deliveries and dispatch of stock
- allocating space for storing goods
- keeping track of stock levels using computer systems and ensuring correct storage of stock - there are regulations to be followed for storing items such as chemicals, drugs, alcohol and food.
Warehouse managers also plan work schedules for warehouse operatives and supervisors, organise recruitment and training, are responsible for health and safety, and deal with disciplinary issues. They make sure that security arrangements are adequate and security procedures are carried out correctly. Other duties include scheduling the maintenance, repair and replacement of equipment and buildings, and liaising with other departments such as transport, production and marketing.
What's the working environment like working as a Warehouse Manager?
Most warehouse managers usually work 37 to 40 hours a week involving shift work, unsocial hours and possibly overtime during busy periods.
The work is both office and warehouse-based. Protective clothing may need to be worn at times.
What does it take to become a Warehouse Manager?
To be a warehouse manager you should:
- have good numeracy and IT skills
- be able to plan and organise work schedules
- be calm, level-headed, and be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- be able to make decisions and react quickly when problems arise
- have leadership skills and be good at team work
- have good spoken and written communication skills.
Warehouse Manager Career Opportunities
There are opportunities for employment in the UK with a wide range of manufacturing and retail companies, including engineering, textiles, food and chemicals.
There are also opportunities to work overseas with ECBL European accreditation, for this it would be useful to speak a foreign language.
Opportunities may exist for promotion to more senior positions, perhaps by moving to another company.
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