Distribution managers are responsible for the day-to-day tasks related to shipping large quantities of goods. Companies of all types require the services of a distribution manager, from the food industry to electronics. The work of a distribution manager typically includes monitoring large amounts of inventory for quality and quantity, overseeing warehouses and teams of warehouse workers, and meeting the demands of customers. Distribution managers work closely with warehouse supervisors to ensure that goods are loaded in a manner that is timely, meets quality standards, and facilitates on-time delivery.
Individuals who excel at this job possess the following qualities: solid written and verbal communication skills, the ability to interact positively with fellow employees and customers, organization skills, computer skills, effective time management skills, attention to detail, good problem solving abilities, and the ability to create and maintain a safe work environment.
Additionally, this job often requires walking long distances to different areas of large warehouses. This job is performed primarily indoors, although the occasional need to be outdoors is likely. Distribution managers usually work a day shift, although the possibility of evening or nighttime duties exists in the case of an after-hours situation requiring immediate attention.
For this position, a high school diploma or equivalent is generally required; a bachelor's degree in a field such as management or business is preferred. Experience in warehouse management or equivalent is required. Knowledge of current shipping technology is preferred, but otherwise qualified applicants may be trained.
Distribution Manager Tasks
- Coordinate inbound and outbound freight, and track product movement and inventory.
- Manage employee schedules, assignments, evaluations, and compliance.
- Manage day-to-day and strategic operations at distribution center or warehouse.
- Write and track invoices, manifests, and issues with delivery or transportation.