Storage and distribution manager Jobs – Young Jobseeker Info
Storage and distribution manager jobs… did you know?
Ever wondered how large companies transport their products and keep track of their stock? Even if you haven’t, it’s a great question to ask because it could be your first step into the HUGE world of transport and logistics careers.
How large companies handle products and stock is largely down to their storage and distribution managers, who do exactly what it says on the tin – they organise the storage and distribution of goods for the company.
If you’re an organised person who gets a thrill from seeing a project from start to finish, stop for a moment and think about a career in distribution management. It can be a big earner, with a chance to work with all kinds of brands (including your favourites) across the UK.
Industry: Transport and Logistics
Storage and distribution manager job trends
How much money can you make as a storage and distribution manager?
£15,000 – £60,000 (UK average)
The starting salary can be around £15,000, increasing to £19,000.
When you develop managerial skills, your wage can increase to £25,000 and can go up to £35,000 depending on which company you are with.
This figure can go up to £45,000 when you reach senior management. In some instances, you can reach a wage of £60,000 at senior management level.
What entry qualifications and training do you need for this job?
When you’ve decided that the world of storage and distribution management is where you want to be, decide if you want to work your way up or start at manager level.
School, college and training
You can work your way up the career ladder straight out of school by applying for a transport and logistics job like being a transport clerk.
For a job like this, you’ll find that having five GCSEs or the equivalent with grades 9-4/A*-C is useful, especially if you have maths and English.
From there, you can seek promotion over time as you build skills and experience. You can also look into further training with your employers, or full/part-time courses you can do out of working hours.
You can study for an HNC or HND in a variety of fields include transport, logistics, supply chains or geography and they’ll all be relevant to this career.
Apprenticeship schemes are another way into a storage and distribution career. They are unlikely to include positions of management straight away, but that’s a good thing. An apprenticeship is a way to get trained and soak up on-the-job experience while getting paid for it, and never being given more responsibility than you can handle. You can build up to getting more responsibility (like a leadership role) when you feel ready for it.
Your employer of choice may be advertising apprenticeships on their career websites, or it’s always worth checking the find an apprenticeship website, please follow this link.
Taking the University route
The world of transport and logistics is getting increasingly sophisticated. If you want to enter this world at a manager level, you’ll find that most companies would like managerial candidates educated to degree level. Here are some relevant subjects that would look good on your CV:
- Business with languages
- Information systems
- Transport, distribution or logistics.
Many large organisations run graduate transport and supply management schemes if that’s something you might be interested in looking into…
Postgraduate education is also an option, because Masters in logistics and supply chain management are available. If this is something you’d like to start considering, why not look at The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK? They can keep you up to date with the industry, and a student membership is also available.
What experience do you need for storage and distribution manager jobs?
If you know a little, or even a lot about the industry you’re entering then that is a big gain for both you and the company. Finding relevant work experience in areas such as storage, retail, admin and general warehousing could be something to investigate as you never know who your competition is, and if you have more experience you’ll be a more attractive candidate.
One way to go about doing this is to have a think about what kind of company you’d like to work for, then get in touch with them and ask if you can do some shadowing and receive some mentoring.
Examples of relevant work experience include:
- Work shadowing (even if it’s just for a day)
- Work placements in a company
- Work placements on a degree course
What skills do you need for storage and distribution manager jobs?
Useful skills to highlight in your CV, cover letter and interview include:
- Fantastic teamwork skills, be it with colleagues or customers. Great interpersonal communication skills will always be needed.
- Managerial skills; this is a role that involves managing others and having to consider not only what you want from your career, but managing other people’s careers too.
- Time management is a key skill to have in any role but especially in a demanding role when you are under pressure to deliver a service. Good time-keeping is a sign you have good self-management skills.
- Motivational skills – as a manager, you will need to be able to motivate your staff to do their best, so consider how you might go about doing this.
- Be a problem solver;Problem solving skills – distribution doesn’t always run smoothly and you will need to solve issues and think on your feet.
- Positive attitude – if others are looking to you for guidance, you need to stay upbeat and show them you are a reliable and great person who has their backs.
- Good IT and number skills – you could be in charge of shifting millions of units around the UK.
Being able to adapt and change a plan if things go wrong.
What does a storage and distribution manager do?
A storage and distribution manager needs to organise the safe storage and distribution of goods. This includes organising the shipment of goods, coordinating vehicles, drivers and routes.
A storage and distribution manager will also agree and negotiate about contracts, and prepare any paperwork for regulatory bodies as well as making sure health and safety standards are reached, along with monitoring all stock.
This is an extremely varied role, and would suit someone who not only has organisational skills but is also very accurate with an eagle-eye for detail.
Your first steps into storage and distribution manager jobs
When thinking about work experience, summer jobs for the CV or early roles to get your foot in the door, you could consider developing skills in the following areas:
- Packaging and goods
- Order picking
Apprenticeships and graduate schemes are another great way of getting started.