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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Warehouse Manager field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33922SupervisorFemale23 $17,000New Berlin, NY01/01/2010
33770Store KeeperMale23 $13,000Kissimmee, FL01/01/2010
33775Warehouse Technician 2Female26 $45,000DeKalb, NY01/01/2010
33514Dept HeadMale36 $57,000st johnsville, NY01/01/2010
33145WarehouseMale34 $35,000mount washington, KY01/01/2010

Overview

Anyone who has ever ordered a product or shopped in a store has relied on the efficiency of a warehouse manager. If this is your career, you are responsible for providing material, equipment, and supplies to businesses or customers. The objective is to have the right product in the right place at the right time. You’ll control the flow of goods throughout the distribution chain. Also, you are in charge of the entire warehouse staff. In the end, you are the one who makes sure that goods get safely received and shipped. When someone receives a package in the mail swiftly, they can thank a warehouse manager. In fact, warehouse managers are often responsible to make sure the goods are available to begin with.

A warehouse manager plans, directs, and coordinates storage and distribution within a company. Also, he or she supervises worker activity. This includes receiving, storing, testing, and shipping items. Other common duties include implementing warehouse safety programs and inspecting the physical condition of the warehouse. In some cases (typically at smaller firms), a Warehouse Manager may also have input or responsibility over purchasing inventory. As a manager, you are the person who deals with customer questions and complaints. Also, you review work orders and determine forecasts so that you can make plans for peak delivery periods. Finally, you must maintain accurate inventory levels.

During a typical day on the job, you will supervise activities like storing, receiving, testing, and shipping your products. You will have to create a working schedule for pickups and deliveries. You must be familiar with federal, state, and local requirements when handling materials and shipping your goods as well. You must develop safety protocols for employees and must enforce them, and provide training overall on all aspects of operation to the rest of the staff. As a warehouse manager, you manage inventory counts and reconcile your data in your storage system. Part of your goals should be to develop an efficient warehouse layout to maximize storage space and ease of movement within the facility, and also to inspect all equipment that is used.

Depending on the warehouse and organize, a warehouse manager may also be responsible for

There are both pros and cons to consider before this career field. When you assume this position, you are capable of saving your company a great deal of money, which is a positive feeling. You’ll have a very important role in the organization, as a product business cannot run without effective distribution.? The customers need to receive the products!? Also, things are never boring. You are always on the move. It takes effort to make sure that your staff and your customers are satisfied and safe. Fortunately, you will most likely adhere to regular business work hours, which means that you will have free time to spend with family and friends. Though some warehouses may work on multiple shifts each day so off-hours are certainly possible, depending on the company.

On the downside, a warehouse manager will certainly have their share of paperwork and data entry to complete.? Few people love taking inventory of products and supplies – but every job has its pros and cons of course. Also, there may be staffing challenges and conflicts that must be overcome. Its common in distribution to have high employee turnover.? There will be times when you stretch yourself thin as you wear many hats and address all aspects of your company’s warehouse acquisition and distribution.

If you are an organized person, you will do well as a warehouse manager. Successful people usually enjoy beginning projects and carrying them out. You should like leading a team and not have problems making quick decisions. Also, you must be willing to balance efficiency with safety. You must have a good business mind a well. Since you will need to develop budgets, track inventory, and analyze information, you must have a good eye for numbers. Typically a quantitate mind and attention to detail is required.? You’ll also need to learn about all aspects of shipping (domestic and international) and logistics as a whole.

Being a warehouse manager keeps you out of the public eye, but it makes you one of the most important people in the chain of sales and distribution.


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