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Warehouse Manager Job Description

Companies that rely on a warehouse to store or ship items greatly depend on their warehouse manager. Learn more about what exactly warehouse managers do in this detailed guide.

In an era of e-commerce where businesses are forgoing brick and mortar locations for online stores, Warehouse Management is more important than ever. The same applies to the role of Warehouse Managers, who are in charge of organizing every aspect of warehousing goods—from receiving and storing products to dispatching deliveries and beyond.


Warehouse Management is a mid-career position that oversees production workers, machine operators, forklift operators, drivers, loaders, handlers, and other warehouse staff. They report directly to the director of warehouse operations, who’s under the vice president of warehouse operations. This role often advances to Logistics Director, Director of Warehouse Operations, Vice President of Warehouse Operations, Chief Supply Chain Officer and Chief Logistics Officer.


Education Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s degree in logistics, business, or supply chain management
  • Driver’s license
  • OSHA forklift certification
  • 5+ years of related warehouse experience

Warehouse Manager Essential Skills

  • Leadership, decision making, and problem-solving skills
  • Organizational and multitasking abilities
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Basic math and computer skills
  • Knowledge of inventory and warehouses

Warehouse Manager Roles & Responsibilities

  • Supervise all of a warehouse’s daily activities while working to maximize efficiency and minimize staff overtime
  • Ensure effective, safe operations by implementing procedures and policies
  • Analyze logistics data to increase productivity and aid in loss prevention
  • Oversee receiving, warehousing and distribution operations
  • Implement operational policies and procedures
  • Implement and oversee security operations

Day-to-Day Duties

  • Manage inventory control and quality assurance, productivity and logistics
  • Motivate, organize, and discipline staff
  • Manage the receipt, storage, and distribution of warehouse goods
  • Inspect, maintain, and manage warehouse equipment and vehicles
  • Keep detailed records of warehouse activities
  • Ensure effective and safe use of warehouse equipment
  • Ensure safety of staff

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