Warehouse managers are involved with processing nearly every product that has a physical aspect to it. If you bought something, it is likely that it passed through a warehouse at some point. Therefore, warehouse managers play an important role in retail industries, as well as in industries that may not sell products but still make use of a lot of different kinds of equipment. A warehouse may be thought of almost as a giant and complicated storage shed.
Warehouse managers must possess great leadership and organization skills. People and items are always on the move in a warehouse, so it is up to the warehouse manager to make sure that all items are moved safely and efficiently every day. They must manage teams of warehouse workers, maintain warehouse equipment, make sure all shipments and received orders are correct and in good condition, be able to run machinery such as forklifts or reach ladders, and perform other responsibilities related to the job. There are a lot of moving parts in warehouses, so they must also be concerned with the safety of employees. The working environment of a warehouse manager is indoors in both an office and on a warehouse floor. Their work hours may vary from a regular Monday-through-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. kind of schedule to a very different night shift or even weekend-based schedule. The specific work hours generally depend on the hours of operation of the work location.
Requirements in this job usually include at least an associate's degree with a technical diploma in materials management/warehousing or a bachelor's degree in engineering, business, construction management or other related fields. Warehouse managers must also have several years of experience working in warehouses.
A warehouse manager is a leader of an important aspect of most businesses. It is up to warehouse managers to ensure that all of the materials used and sold by a company are transported and stored properly all while making sure that the team is safe. Warehouse managers always have something to do, as items never stop moving. This is not a job for those who like some leisure time during their shift.
Warehouse Manager Tasks
- Schedule and coordinate shipments to all warehouses.
- Coordinate unloading of shipping containers, organizing and maintaining supplies.
- Manage physical inventory and communicate inventory levels to staff and sales force.
- Manage warehouse staff.
- Monitor and improve shipping procedures to maximize shipping effectiveness and efficiency.