From retailers, to manufacturers and the NHS, an estimated 5,600 workplaces in the UK store goods for a variety of clients for a cost.
With both money and products at stake, how can businesses be sure their stock is being taken care of? That's where a warehouse manager comes in...
So, what will I actually be doing?
A warehouse manager jobs is responsible for overseeing the smooth running of the storage procedure, from the complicated storage logistics, to keeping an eye on the warehouse workers - scheduling shifts and ensuring staff are adequately trained. Juggling a variety of tasks, your day to day duties will include:
- Processing orders
- Organising the dispatch and delivery of goods
- Ensuring goods are stored safely
- Keeping staff fully trained
- Maintaining health and safety standards
- Keeping accurate records
- Managing timesheets
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The nitty gritty
Warehouses are often open 24 hours a day, seven days a week so shift work is very common in this profession and it’s likely you’ll be working some weekends and evenings. Hours are usually 37 hours per week but there’s often the opportunity for overtime.
A job of variety, managers will spend their time both in the office and out on the shop floor overseeing staff so you'll never be stuck at your desk. You'll also be in touch with other managers in the production chain to ensure the management of goods is well co-ordinated.
Once you’ve honed your organisational and managerial skills you can take on bigger warehouses with more responsibility – or why not take a leap up to become an operations manager?
Money, money, money
So the big money question...Staring salaries for warehouse manager jobs are in the region of £18k per year. With experience, managers can earn between £30k and £45k per year.
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The good points...
Knowing you’re an important part of a chain that keeps public services and businesses ticking over. Who said the economy was all doom and gloom?
...and the bad
This job can mean lifting heavy objects and operating heavy machinery so it's very hands-on and not for the lazy. Ensuring everyone sticks to the correct health and safety rules can be an arduous task too.
Is there study involved?
This is a management role so most companies will be looking for applicants qualified to at least A-level standard. Increasingly companies are recruiting graduates as trainees.
An NVQ Level 3 in logistics operations management will put you one step ahead of the competition when applying for positions.
For those already in the trade, upgrade your skills by taking the CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma in Logistics & Transport or the Foundation Degree in Logistics & Supply Chain Management.
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OK, I'm interested... But is it really the job for me?
For those that love both to chat and to lead, you're in luck. In this job you’ll be managing a team of people so good communication and leadership skills will serve you well. You'll also be required to process the distribution and storage of a large amount of goods so you’ll need to be well-organised and a lateral thinker. It also helps if you are:
- Good at problem solving
- Great at multi-tasking
- A stickler for health and safety regulations