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Warehouse manager

Alternative titles for this job include

Warehouse managers plan and co-ordinate operations at distribution warehouses, large retail stores and factories.

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 Warehouse manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


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

  • 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 can do a college course to get the skills you'll need to for an assistant or trainee warehouse manager role.

You could do a Level 3 Diploma in Warehouse Operations or a Level 4 or 5 Diploma 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 in a warehouse. 

You could then move into a warehouse manager role once you have experience and qualifications in warehouse or transport distribution.

Direct Application

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

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Career tips

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

Further information

You can find out more about working in warehousing from Generation Logistics.

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 role you could:

  • work with clients, suppliers and transport companies
  • plan the delivery and dispatch of items
  • monitor stock levels and and set aside storage space
  • make sure stock is stored correctly and safely
  • plan work rotas and organise recruitment and 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 Supervisor Apprentice

  • Wage: £13,312 a year Annually
  • Location: Beeston

Transport and Logistics Operations Apprentice

  • Wage: £21,424 a year Annually
  • Location: Whitewall Road, Medway City Estate, Rochester

Courses In England

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for Warehousing

  • Start date: 01 January 2025
  • Location: Dudley

Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Warehousing and Storage

  • Start date: 30 July 2024
  • Location: Durham

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