It’s a good time for companies directly involved in utilizing and maintaining the global supply chain. It is an industry that is rapidly growing and is one of the few that can offer new and current employees the chance to enhance their careers.
One of the more lucrative and challenging careers in warehousing & distribution is the role of Warehouse Manager, which offers competitive salaries and the opportunity to be involved in the exciting world of fulfilment services.
So what’s involved with running a warehousing & distribution company?
Running a warehousing & distribution company is a big operation, so whether it’s just one person in charge or several people overseeing different departments, you need to be able to effectively lead staff and manage all the essential parts of a warehouse supply chain.
A good warehousing manager is able to communicate with his or her staff and provide the motivation and encouragement needed to get the job done. If you are considering entering the industry as a Warehouse Manager then this is very important – the forward momentum of the supply chain couldn’t exist without all the hard work from thousands of workers across the world.
Every warehousing company has a variety of different processes that make up their storage and distribution services. To be able to effectively run a warehouse, you need to be organised and have the skills to multi-task. Knowing each of the individual procedures is essential in case something goes wrong and needs to be fixed.
An above average knowledge of numeracy and collating data is also a very good skill to have. Whether you’re working on paper or handheld computers, you’ll be working with lots of spreadsheets and numbers and so will have to be able to quickly read and analyse all the information.
There are many ways to enter the warehousing and distribution industry at a managerial level, either by working your way up from an entry level position or as a graduate of logistics, warehouse management or one of the many other degrees geared towards this field.
If you are lucky enough to gain a management role, then a Senior Management position will often be the next step, although you will usually need to have at least ten years of experience behind you.