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Warehouse managers play an important role in supply chain and logistics. They help ensure their company effectively receives, stores, and ships products, ensuring they reach their intended target, whether it is customers or other companies.
You are in charge of ensuring the warehouse runs efficiently and that your company meets all their shipping and receiving targets. You do this by designing, adjusting, monitoring and improving product movement and storage systems. You will also be in charge of managing warehouse staff and
As warehouse manager, you tend to work during normal business hours, however, this could vary based on the company you work for and their operations schedule. Some evenings and weekends may be required, especially during busy times and inventory. In most cases, you will report to the company operations manager or logistics manager and work collaboratively with them.
The average salary for a warehouse manager in Canada is about $55,000 per year or about $25 per hour. On the low end, being new to the position, you can expect a starting rate between $35,000 to $45,000. With 5 or more years of experience as a warehouse manager, you can expect to make up to $80,000 per year.
Depending on your company, bonuses, commission, and profit sharing may be part of your compensation package. Those working in the Greater Toronto Area – Mississauga, Toronto, Kitchener, and Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta – tend to make 10% or more above the national average.
No two days are the same. From warehouse issues, working with suppliers, employee scheduling and management issues, planning, and overcoming logistics issues, there is no shortage of tasks on your to-do list. Some of the common day-to-day tasks you can expect to be part of your job description include:
Warehouse managers can work for many different types of companies. You will work in a warehouse setting and could deal with a variety of different products – from food, retail goods, raw materials, and many more. While warehouse manager positions exist across Canada, regions strategically located along the supply chain offer more opportunities – such as in southwestern Ontario and Alberta.
A diverse skill set is mandatory for warehouse managers. You will need both logistics skills and interpersonal skills, as well as an ability to adapt to changing technologies. Some of the many skills required for this position include:
While some work their way up into a warehouse management role from within the company, most companies are looking for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, logistics, or business.
At the very least, you will need a college diploma in these areas. Professional certification in logistics is an asset and will help you get an edge over other candidates vying for the position. In general, the more training and experience in warehouse management, the better chance you will have to get called for an interview.
Warehouse managers are required by all companies that store and ship products, particularly in retail and manufacturing. Once in a management position, you will have the opportunity to make unilateral moves and work in the same position with other companies or in a different industry. You can also use your position as a warehouse manager as a stepping stone in your career and move up to more senior roles, such as operations manager, logistics manager, supply chain manager, and even director positions long term.