Warehouse settings of companies can be chaotic, and their many parts must work in cohesion for the proper facilitation of shipping. Orders must be brought in, filled, and shipped out, and shipping managers are responsible for ensuring that these tasks are coordinated so that the warehouse runs smoothly and all packages are sent and received on-time. They are not only responsible for outgoing packages, but also for coordinating incoming packages and shipments and determining their destinations.
Qualifications are not strict for this position, thought they are fairly standard throughout all industries. Prior experience as a high-level supervisor or shipping manager at a previous company is highly beneficial; more importantly, however, candidates must be able to coordinate employees and demonstrate leadership and motivational skills. Aspiring shipping managers should be highly organized and able to multitask, as this is crucial for a successful operation, and must be familiar with computer programs for shipping, which are also common throughout most industries.
Shipping managers may oversee five to ten employees, sometimes even more. Shifts can vary greatly depending on the employer, as most warehouses are open 24 hours per day.
Shipping Manager Tasks
Evaluate and choose load size and transport, and coordinate from point of origin to final destination.
Liaise with compliance department to ensure meeting local, federal and international regulations.
Hire, train, and oversee workers who receive, store, test, and ship.
Manage shipping and receiving operations, conditions, costs and timelines.