Warehouse managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of warehouses. They organise the scheduling of deliveries, record goods arriving and leaving, and arrange the effective storage of goods within the warehouse.
Also known as
- Store/Warehouse Manager
- Warehouse Team Manager
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As a Warehouse Manager, you will make sure that goods are moved in and out of warehouses as smoothly as possible. You'll organise the scheduling of deliveries to and from the warehouse and keep a record of goods that arrive and leave.
Your other duties include organising the best way to store goods within the warehouse and the retrieval of goods ordered by customers or other departments.
Particular duties vary according to the type of warehouse and there might be some seasonal variation in workload.
In the stacking and storage of goods, you have to make sure that any special requirements are met. For example, some goods are fragile, others need to be maintained at certain temperatures, and some must be rotated in date order.
In addition, warehouse space and equipment such as shelves, pallets, trolleys and fork lift trucks have to be stored as efficiently as possible.
You are responsible for the supervision and training of all grades of warehouse staff. You plan the work of staff and take care of disciplinary issues, etc.
Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.
Personal Qualities and Skills
To become a Warehouse Manager, you'll need:
- to be able to give clear instructions and motivate staff
- a cheerful but firm, authoritative manner
- to be able to work within agreed budgets and to plan and prioritise work
- maths skills to analyse figures
- to be good at paperwork
- IT skills
- to be able to remain calm under pressure
If a warehouse uses a colour-coded storage system, you will need normal colour vision.
Pay and Opportunities
The pay rates given below are approximate.
- Starting: £21,000 - £24,500
- With experience: £26,000 - £31,000
- Senior Warehouse Managers earn £34,000 - £39,000
Hours of work
Managers usually work 40 hours a week. However, depending on the operation, you may be required to work evenings, at weekends or be on-call.
Where could I work?
Employment throughout the UK is with:
- major retail companies
- warehousing and distribution firms
- central and local government departments
- the health service
- the armed forces
Opportunities for Warehouse Managers occur in warehouses in towns and cities throughout the UK.
Where are vacancies advertised?
Vacancies are advertised on all the major job boards, on Find a Job, and at Jobcentre Plus.
Entry Routes and Training
There are several different routes into this career. Many Warehouse Managers enter employment as trainees with A levels or equivalent qualifications, such as a level 3 BTEC, City & Guilds or Cambridge Technical qualification.
Some people specialise in warehouse management after general management training. Professional qualifications and training are available from various organisations, such as the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Some people enter with higher-level qualifications such as HNDs, foundation degrees or degrees and train on-the-job with their employer. Useful subjects include logistics, and supply chain management. However, you should be able to enter this career from a course in most subjects.
A great way to get into this career is through an internship. Take a look at our information article '
An Intermediate, Advanced or Higher Level Apprenticeship is great way into this career. Take a look at our information article
Training is on-the-job.
Promotion is to senior management positions.
Previous experience working in logistics/distribution/transport management would be really useful for this career. If you have experience as a Warehouse Assistant/Supervisor this would really make you stand out from the crowd!
For entry to a relevant degree course, the usual requirement is:
- 2/3 A levels
- GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in your A level subjects
- a further 2/3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and maths
Alternatives to A levels include:
- BTEC level 3 qualifications
- City & Guilds level 3 qualifications
- Advanced Level Apprenticeships
- the International Baccalaureate Diploma
Level 2 vocational qualifications are also available and could help you to stand out from the crowd, such as:
- BTEC level 2 - food safety for logistics
- BTEC level 2 - warehousing and storage principles
- BTEC level 2 - principles of working in warehousing and storage
- City & Guilds level 2 - logistics operations management
- City & Guilds level 2 - forklift truck operations
However, entry requirements for different courses vary, so check college/university websites carefully for more details.
To get onto an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you’ll usually need five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, possibly including English and maths.
Some universities accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to 1 A level.
It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.
Experience of general management or logistics/distribution/transport management is an advantage.
Working as a warehouse assistant/supervisor can lead to entry into trainee management-level positions.
If you don't have the qualifications needed to enter your chosen degree or HND course, a college or university Access course could be the way in.
These courses are designed for people who have not followed the usual routes into higher education. No formal qualifications are usually needed, but you should check this with individual colleges.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport offers various courses and qualifications via distance learning. A full list is available on their website.
Some people enter this career following an Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Logistics Operations Management.
Apprenticeships: Get In. Go Far
National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)
Tel: 0800 015 0400
Skills Development Scotland - Modern Apprenticeships
Tel: 0800 9178000
Specialists in graduate careers
Address: Unit 6, The Quad, 49 Atalanta Street, Fulham, London SW6 6TU
Tel: 020 7565 7900
National Skills Academy for Food & Drink
Sector Skills Council for the food and drinks industry
Food and drink careers
Address: 4th Floor, 93 Newman Street, London W1T 3EZ
Tel: 020 7462 5060
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK)
Address: Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17 4AX
Tel: 01536 740100
United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA)
Address: Walter House, 418-422 Strand, London WC2R 0PT
Tel: 020 7836 5522
Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships
Tel: 0800 028 4844