Warehouse Logistics Manager – Job Description
Warehouse logistics managers are responsible for the smooth running of the most important link in the supply chain. It’s a black and white job – if the warehouse isn’t running smoothly, then the whole supply process will be out of kilter.
As well as ensuring a warehouse is working as efficiently as possible, managers will be responsible for processing and organising the dispatch of orders, making sure stock is properly and safely stored, working out shift schedules and time-sheets, maintaining an environment where health and safety is properly observed and keeping an accurate record of the whole warehousing process.
It’s a role that needs someone with excellent problem-solving and multi-tasking abilities as well sound person-management and communication skills. Warehouse logistics managers are well-organised, able to think outside the box and sticklers for all things health and safety-based.
An education to at least A-level standard is required, and many companies favour graduate traineeships. A relevant qualification such as an NVQ in logistics operations management will boost your chances of employment.
Once in-post, there are courses to max out your skills. The CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma in Logistics & Transport or the Foundation Degree in Logistics & Supply Chain Management are the most popular of these.
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Other recommended resources:
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
A chartered mark for those at the height of their game but also a great resource for anyone looking to get into or upwards within the industry and improve their supply chain prospects. They host a directory of all related events for networking or training opportunities.
UK Warehousing Association
Linked with around 10 million sq ft of warehouse in the UK, the UKWA supports and promotes the work of those in the supply chain world. They also operate a membership scheme which offers news and information, in addition to opportunities for warehouse certification.
International Federation of Warehousing and Logistics Associations
An international organisation linking national associations on a global scale. Including the UKWA, the IFWLA facilitate information exchange and best practice.
Skills for Logistics
The UK Skills Sector Council for those wishing to get into the logistics game offering training and qualifications. They also host an information and apprenticeship campaign, Delivering your Future, for students and school pupils.
Warehouse and Logistics News
An online magazine resource bringing you the latest news and information from the world of warehouse management, helping you to keep on top of the latest trends and developments.