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Job Description

A Warehouse Manager has overall responsibility for running a warehouse. They will oversee receipt of goods, storage and delivery, making sure that goods are received on time and in good condition and that delivery schedules are met to keep customers happy. They will also make sure the warehouse is kept clean and tidy and could be responsible for recruitment and training.

This role applies to both small, medium and large operations - such as at retail superstores distribution depots and manufacturing plants.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You could start by doing an advanced apprenticeship in warehousing and storage.

This will usually take 1 year to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.

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You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like: logistics, supply chain management or transport management.

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You could move into this job after getting supervisory experience and qualifications in warehouse or distribution work.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got management experience in warehousing or freight distribution.

Career tips

You may have an advantage when looking for work if you've done forklift training.

You can find out more about careers in warehousing from Skills for Logistics.

Career Path and Progression

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

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Bottler
  • Builders' merchant
  • Retail buyer
  • Delivery van driver

Required Skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to lead and manage a team
  • Good organisational and planning skills
  • Excellent customer service abilities
  • Physically fit
  • Good motivation
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good at problem solving
  • Health and safety awareness

Salary Range

£18,000 to £40,000

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