Job type

Warehouse manager

£23k - £34k

Typical salary

38 – 42

Hours per week

Warehouse managers plan and co-ordinate warehouse operations at distribution depots, retail superstores and manufacturing plants.

More info

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of warehouses and distribution depots
  • You'll need excellent business management skills, understanding of logistics and the ability to motivate and lead teams
  • Progress into regional or national management roles

You'll be responsible for making sure goods and materials move in and out of warehouses or storage facilities safely and on time.


  • Working closely with clients, suppliers and transport companies
  • Planning the delivery and dispatch of goods, monitoring and setting aside storage space
  • Tracking stock levels using computer programs
  • Making sure stock is stored correctly and safely, for example chemicals or food
  • Planning work rotas for warehouse staff
  • Organising recruitment and staff training


You'll also often be responsible for security arrangements at the warehouse, and scheduling the maintenance, repair and replacement of equipment.

Shift work is common, including evenings and weekends. You'll mainly be office-based, with some time spent on the factory floor or in a warehouse.

You'll need

There are no set requirements, but you may need supervisory experience and qualifications in warehouse or distribution work. You'll need spreadsheet and database skills, excellent communication skills, planning and scheduling skills, and the ability to lead, manage and motivate staff.

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed for this job. Relevant courses include a Level 3 Diploma in Warehousing and Storage, or Level 5 Supply Chain Management qualification. Alternatively, you could start by doing an advanced apprenticeship in warehousing and storage.

Relevant experience in an area like retail may be useful, and it may give you an advantage if you have a forklift licence.

It may also help you get onto an employer's management training scheme if have a foundation degree, HND or degree in a subject like logistics, supply chain management, or transport management.


With experience, you could be promoted to regional or national operations manager or director.