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Warehouse Manager Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Warehouse Manager. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Warehouse Manager
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Warehouse Manager Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Warehouse managers are responsible for the overall operations of warehouses. The duties vary according to what stock is due to be delivered or dispatched, and there may be seasonal variations in the workload. Tasks include:

  • planning deliveries and dispatch of stock
  • allocating space for storing goods
  • keeping track of stock levels using computer systems and ensuring correct storage of stock - there are regulations to be followed for storing items such as chemicals, drugs, alcohol and food.

Warehouse managers also plan work schedules for warehouse operatives and supervisors, organise recruitment, training, health and safety and deal with disciplinary issues. They make sure that security arrangements are adequate and security procedures are carried out correctly. Other duties include scheduling the maintenance, repair and replacement of equipment and buildings, and liaising with other departments such as transport, production and marketing.

Hours and Environment:

Most warehouse managers work a 37- to 40-hour week involving shift work and unsocial hours, and possibly overtime during busy periods.

The work is both office- and warehouse-based. Protective clothing may need to be worn at times.

Skills and Interests:

To be a warehouse manager you should:

  • have good numeracy and IT skills
  • be able to plan and organise work schedules
  • be calm, level-headed, and be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • be able to make decisions and react quickly when problems arise
  • have leadership skills and be good at team work
  • have good spoken and written communication skills.


There are no minimum entry requirements. It is possible to start work as a warehouse operative, gain qualifications such as NVQs/SVQs, and progress to warehouse supervisor and manager.

Employers may require qualifications such as vocational A levels, Foundation or Intermediate GNVQs, or GSVQs levels 1 to 3 in Retail and Distributive Services. However, many companies are recruiting graduate trainees with degrees in business-related subjects. Some universities and colleges offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in relevant subjects such as logistics, supply chain management and transport management. These normally involve three years'' full-time study. There are also four-year sandwich courses combining study at university with work placements.

Entry requirements for a degree are five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) plus two A levels/three Highers. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.


Most employers offer practical in-house training, and many warehouse managers work towards qualifications such as NVQ/SVQ Distribution and Warehousing at Level 4. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) offer professional qualifications through colleges or by distance learning. Holders of the Level 3 Higher Certificate in Logistics and Transport and the Diploma are eligible for European accreditation by the European Certification Board for Logistics (ECBL). The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Management professional Development Assessment service offers experienced warehouse managers the opportunity to assess their competence against its qualifications standards.

Warehouse managers could study part-time for a postgraduate qualification in logistics or supply-chain management. Entry requirements are a good honours degree, or a number of years'' work experience and a relevant professional qualification. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Management offers a distance learning MSc in Logistics in conjunction with Aston University.


There are opportunities for employment in the UK with a wide range of manufacturing and retail companies, including engineering, textiles, food and chemicals.

There are opportunities to work overseas with ECBL European accreditation, although it would be useful to speak a foreign language.

Opportunities may exist for promotion to senior positions, perhaps by moving to another company.

Annual Income:

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

The starting salary for graduates is around £16,500 a year. Suitably experienced warehouse managers can earn around £28,000.
A logistics director with a major company can earn £100,000.

Further information:

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK))
Logistics and Transport Centre
Earlstrees Court
Earlstrees Road
NN17 4AX
Tel: 01536 740100

Other Useful Warehouse Manager Work Information

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