Warehouse Manager Positions Encompass a Wide Range of Duties and Skills
Most consumers would identify or describe a warehouse as some type of building used to store goods or materials. While storage is in fact a primary purpose for a warehouse, it is actually a principal component within the supply chain network, that is, the system or process of moving products from suppliers to consumers. In this light, some businesses such as the large retail chains will often refer to their warehouses as distribution centres.
As one can imagine, there may be a considerable amount of goods/merchandise on hand or moving through a warehouse at any given time, in relation to both volume and dollar value. Therefore, the position of warehouse manager is vital in importance and requires an individual with the skills/abilities to oversee the warehouse’s processes and its staff.
Depending on the size and scope of the warehouse operation, the manager’s role may lean toward more administrative or more functional responsibilities. In general, though, the daily duties of a warehouse manager would typically include:
- Communicating with suppliers, customers, transport companies
- Coordinating and monitoring the receipt/distribution of all goods
- Maintaining up-to-date and accurate inventories/control systems
- Overseeing proper maintenance schedules for vehicles/equipment
- Ensuring full compliance with health, safety, and security standards
- Assessing needs – inventory levels, future capacity, number of staff
- Managing people, processes, systems to achieve productivity targets
Since warehousing and distribution are pivotal steps in virtually any type of supply chain system, opportunities for employment as a warehouse manager are also wide-spread. A sampling of the industries for which capable and competent warehouse management is required would include, but is certainly not limited to:
- Food service
- Parts manufacturing
- Pharmaceuticals/health care products
- Household items (e.g. electronics, furniture)
In terms of salaries for warehouse manager positions in Canada, recently-published data reported an average of $52K annually, with a range of $35K-$75K, exclusive of potential earnings from bonuses, commissions, or profit sharing plans. Factors that can/will have an influence on actual compensation for any such roles would consist of the following:
- Type of industry
- Geographic location
- Previous experience
- Educational background
- Overall scope of responsibilities
Furthermore, the experience gained throughout one’s time as a warehouse manager can lend itself to additional career opportunities, should they become available and should an individual be so inclined. In many cases, a natural progression would be into the role of operations manager; this in turn could develop into senior management positions within or associated with the supply chain field, perhaps encompassing:
- Plant Operations
- Human Resources
- Employee Relations
- Facilities Management
- Retail Store Operations
- Hotel/Restaurant Management
For those wishing to pursue a warehouse manager position, it may prove beneficial to use the services of a leading placement agency within the supply chain field, like Winters Technical Staffing. Consulting with a staffing specialist at Winters Technical Staffing will help individuals assess whether a career in warehousing/supply chain might be a viable option based on their skills, work experience, and career aspirations.
Staffing Agencies Specializing in the Supply Chain Sector Can Be a Valued Asset
The experience and expertise of a staffing agency that specializes in filling roles within the supply chain network, like Winters Technical Staffing, can prove highly beneficial to those who are interested in securing employment as a warehouse manager.
Winters Technical Staffing has developed strong working relationships with an extensive network of contacts throughout the supply chain sector. As a result, staffing specialists from Winters Technical Staffing can help streamline the job search process by focusing these efforts on targeted industries/employers within the sector, in contrast to the rather general and widespread, and potentially frustrating, self-driven search process.
In addition to this network of contacts, the Winters Technical Staffing consultants offer several advantages to job seekers through a well-developed knowledge of the following:
- The range of skills needed for success as a warehouse manager
- The skills deemed most important by specific industries/employers
- Currently-available job opportunities (public and non-public postings)
- Employers with diverse staffing needs – full-time, part-time, contract
- Defined salary ranges by employer, industry, region, experience level
Contact Winters Today
Interested in pursuing or advancing your career as a warehouse manager? Call Winters Technical Staffing today at 1-877-495-7422 to discuss your next steps.