Warehouse Manager

Job Description:

Warehouse managers plan and coordinate warehouse operations at distribution depots, retail superstores and manufacturing plants.

Job Category:
Retail & Consumer

What you will do:

Your day-to-day activities may include:

  • working closely with clients, suppliers and transport companies
  • planning the delivery and dispatch of goods
  • monitoring and setting aside storage space
  • tracking stock levels using computer programs
  • making sure stock is stored correctly and safely, for example chemicals or food
  • planning work rotas for warehouse staff
  • organising recruitment and staff training

You’ll also be responsible for security arrangements at the warehouse, and scheduling the maintenance, repair and replacement of equipment.


You’ll need:

  • business management skills
  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • leadership skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • administration & organisational skills
  • problem solving: this skill is  essential for a Warehouse Manager. Being able to identify and solve problems related to logistics, inventory, and supply chain issues is critical.
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Warehouse Manager, you typically do not need specific GCSE subjects, as the educational requirements for this role can vary depending on the employer and your prior experience. However, certain subjects and skills can be beneficial for a career in warehouse management. These subjects and skills include:

  1. English and Mathematics: Strong communication and mathematical skills are important in managing inventory, creating reports, and coordinating with team members.
  2. Business Studies: Studying business subjects can provide you with a solid foundation in management and organizational skills, which are crucial for a Warehouse Manager.
  3. Information Technology (IT): Proficiency in using computer systems and software for inventory management and record-keeping is important. This may involve using specialized warehouse management software.
  4. Economics: Understanding economic principles can be valuable for managing inventory costs, budgeting, and cost analysis.

Post School

There are no set requirements, but you may need supervisory experience and qualifications in warehouse or distribution work.

Relevant experience in an area like retail may be useful.

It may give you an advantage if you have a forklift licence.

It may help you get onto an employer’s management training scheme if have a foundation degree, a Higher National Diploma (in the UK) or degree in a subject, like:

  • logistics
  • supply chain management
  • transport management

Working Hours and Environment:

You’ll usually work 35 to 45 hours a week. Shift work is common, including evenings and weekends.

You’ll mainly be office-based, with some time spent on the factory floor or in a warehouse.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could be promoted to regional or national operations manager or director.