A warehouse team leader ensures a safe, productive warehouse environment during their shift. They oversee a team of warehouse associates and complete functions such as ensuring areas of the warehouse are clean, keeping track of inventory, and authorizing overtime and vacations. At times - depending on the specific company - the warehouse team lead may work directly with customers or clients on warehouse-specific needs. Most warehouse team leaders work inside a distribution warehouse for a company that houses and controls a large inventory of items; examples include retail stores and supermarkets. These professionals usually report to a warehouse manager or department manager, as well as the human resources department for the company. As most warehouses are operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a warehouse team leader may work a variety of shifts. They generally work full time, and there may be potential overtime.
Previous warehouse experience is generally required for this position, and management experience may be required or preferred. Educational requirements vary, although many employers prefer at least an associate's degree. Along with experience and education, a successful warehouse team leader must possess good time-management and organizational skills. Also, since the job itself is very reliant on communicating with subordinates and supervisors, excellent interpersonal skills are needed.
Warehouse Team Leader Tasks
Supervise warehouse staff, and ensure that safety protocols are followed.
Check and complete documentation.
Inventory stock, ensure stock rotation, and place orders.
Operate, maintain, and troubleshoot equipment.