Job titles: Warehouse Manager, Logistics Manager, Depot Manager or Distribution Manager

A career in logistics and warehouse management may suit if you enjoy coordinating and overseeing a complex distribution process to its completion.

Logistics and warehouse managers organise the storage and distribution of goods. In this role you will ensure that the right products are delivered to the right location on time, maximising efficiency. You may also be involved in transportation, stock control, monitoring the flow of goods and business strategy.

Understanding the whole supply chain is important so that you can coordinate it effectively and liaise with suppliers, manufacturers, clients and consumers.

Responsibilities

  • manage and organise KPI’s, SLA’s and SOP’s
  • manage IT systems to manage stock levels, delivery times and transport costs
  • control associated information systems to coordinate and control the order cycle
  • analyse data from IT systems to evaluate performance and quality, to plan improvements
  • allocate and manage staff resources according to changing needs; manage staff and brief team leaders and shift managers on specific daily targets
  • liaise and negotiate with customers and suppliers, managing level of service
  • deliver and fulfill objectives and directions set out by senior management on business strategy and new process and procedures
  • develop efficiency by analysing logistical problems and producing new solutions by using continuous improvement methods
  • understand, work with and possibly help to develop e-commerce if in retail
  • continually try to improve and develop business performance within the constraints of legislation, i.e fuel costs and rising environmental pressures.

You may also be required to:

  • Implement health and safety procedures
  • Manage staff training issues and programmes
  • Motivate other members of the team
  • Project manage, set objectives, plan projects
  • Work on new supply strategies
  • Plan vehicle routes and push Driver efficiency and standards
  • Use specialist knowledge, such as mechanical-handling systems, to provide consultancy services

Skills

  • a logical and systematic approach to work, good time management ability
  • the ability to solve problems and make decisions, as well as think laterally and offer creative solutions
  • commercial awareness and numeracy skills
  • the ability to manage change
  • strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work well as part of a team, as well as manage people with excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • negotiation and analytical skills
  • a positive attitude to continued learning

Qualifications

Logistics and Warehouse management jobs need a degree, HND/NVQ or foundation degree in and other industry relevant qualifications, such as:

  • ILM Level 3 in Leadership & Management
  • NVQ or HND in Transport, distribution or logistics
  • IOSH or COSHH
  • LEAN, Six Sigma

Professional qualifications are also available in logistics and distribution, which is provided by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK.

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