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:

Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

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.