A senior shipping manager is a high-level supervisor who oversees the efficient movement of goods through a company's logistics pipeline. In large corporations with multiple shipping outlets, this manager may be concerned primarily with ensuring the supply chain operates properly, keeping the organization's production processes functioning at full capacity. Large commerce businesses may utilize senior shipping managers to ensure efficient delivery of packages to customers, as well.
Regardless of what a company ships, the senior manager in charge of this element of logistics is concerned primarily with assessing the company's pipeline of moving goods from one area to another. He/she will typically receive computer-generated reports which analyze flow-through, and help identify problems and create workable solutions based on the reports. He/she also creates and maintains systems for fleet services, storage, receiving, and procurement which are followed at all levels of the logistics operation.
Senior shipping managers also work with middle-managers and warehouse supervisors under his/her authority to ensure that they meet or exceed volume shipping goals, maintain a safe workplace, and properly train the personnel who work underneath them. The senior shipping manager will also have great input into budgeting and labor for the shipping department. He/she may project operating costs for the shipping department under his/her direct supervision, including supplies, labor, repair and maintenance, utilities, and fuel.
Most companies hiring senior shipping managers will require a four-year college degree in a business-related field with an emphasis on logistics and planning. Practical experience in supervisory capacities in fleet services, receiving, and other shipping operations may also be required. A senior shipping manager typically works long hours during the business week, and will usually be expected to travel as needed.
Senior Shipping Manager Tasks
Monitor warehouse inventory, keep records of shipments, and determine placement of products in the warehouse.
Direct, train, coordinate, schedule, and supervise employees.
Oversee the shipping of products internally or to clients, making sure orders are filled accurately and delivered on time.
Maintain a safe working environment and ensure that all safety regulations are followed.