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Warehouse manager

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Warehouse managers plan and co-ordinate warehouse operations at distribution depots, retail superstores and manufacturing plants.

Average salary (a year)

£23,000 Starter


£34,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become a warehouse manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working your way into the role
  • applying directly


You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • logistics
  • supply chain management
  • transport management

Entry requirements

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 take a college course, which may help you to find an assistant or trainee manager's job. Relevant subjects include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Warehouse Operations
  • Level 4 or Level 5 in Supply Chain Management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

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You can do a transport and warehouse operations supervisor advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll 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 start as a team leader or assistant manager before moving into this job once you have experience and qualifications in warehouse or transport distribution work.

Direct Application

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

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Career tips

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

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • business management skills
  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • maths knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • leadership skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • administration skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you'll:

  • work closely with clients, suppliers and transport companies
  • plan the delivery and dispatch of goods
  • monitor and set aside storage space
  • track stock levels using computer programs
  • make sure stock is stored correctly and safely, for example chemicals or food
  • plan work rotas for warehouse staff
  • organise recruitment and staff training

Working environment

You could work in a warehouse or in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

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

You could also move into supply chain management or freight transport.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Warehouse Operative Apprentice

  • Wage: £11,500.00 Annually

Warehouse Operations Apprenticeship (Level 3)

  • Wage: £10,004.80 to £19,760.00 Annually
  • Location: Allenby Road Industrial Estate, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Courses In England

Warehousing and Storage - Level 1 Certificate

  • Start date: 21 November 2022
  • Location: PRESTON

Warehousing Gateway

  • Start date: 30 November 2022
  • Location: Brierley Hill

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