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If you have many years of experience organizing and coordinating the storage and transfer of materials using warehouse equipment and inventory systems, you might be thinking about advancing your career by becoming a warehouse supervisor.

You’ll need a thorough understanding of business operations and client needs so you can plan schedules, use resources efficiently, and manage complex tasks. Many warehouse supervisors start as workers and learn about their organization through years of hard work as receiving/shipping or pick and pack staff. Your experience, combined with leadership abilities and a good work record can pave a path to this key management position.

what warehouse supervisor jobs entail

Many industries that hire warehouse supervisors operate in large industrial buildings that operate on shifts around the clock. You could be assigned to supervise any shift in the daytime, afternoon, evening, or overnight. You’ll work 40 hours a week with the possibility of overtime, and could report to a logistics or operations manager. As a warehouse supervisor, you represent your employer in the warehouse as the front line of management. 

average warehouse supervisor salaries

Warehouse supervisor salaries in Canada depend on your location, industry, and experience. Salaries range from $36,000 to $69,000 annually. Your starting salary will be at the lower end of the range, but the more experience you have as a warehouse supervisor, the higher your earning potential. The overall average salary for a warehouse supervisor in Canada is about $50,000 a year.

your day to day work

Successful warehouse supervisors are excellent leaders, with top notch communication skills. You’ll have numerous managerial tasks, including:

  • planning the storage and distribution of supplies and materials
  • overseeing inventory control
  • scheduling and budgeting resources
  • developing procedures and communicating policies to staff
  • conducting performance reviews
  • maintaining a safe workplace
  • arranging for equipment maintenance, repairs, or installation
  • researching ways to improve internal processes and increase productivity

where you can work

In businesses where large volumes of product are manufactured, received, stored, and shipped, warehouse supervisors are needed. Manufacturing growth is expected to create opportunities in Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Barrie. Prospects are also good in Montréal, Edmonton, Calgary, and the lower mainland of BC.

As a warehouse supervisor, you could be employed by importers, exporters, wholesalers, retailers, transport businesses, or customs services that need warehouse and logistics services, in a wide variety of industries.

what you bring to the table

You need several years of experience in facility operations or a related area. Your decision-making skills will help you resolve problems and make improvements to inventory systems to meet customer service standards. You’ll also need the following:

  • ability to communicate with employees, managers, and business owners
  • planning and organization skills
  • knowledge of equipment, computerized inventory systems, and barcoding procedures used in warehouses
  • ability to maximize productivity while keeping an eye on cost savings
  • ability to train and motivate others
  • ability to coach others on making improvements
  • critical thinking and problem-solving
  • ability to negotiate and make decisions
  • knowledge of safety rules 

training and certifications

Many employers prefer candidates with a college diploma or university degree in business administration or management. Consider taking courses in supply chain management, just in time (JIT) strategies, and occupational safety. You should also be certified to operate warehouse equipment such as forklifts, powered pallet jacks, and reach lifts.

Add credibility to your professional role by pursuing certification in logistics and inventory control. For example, you could earn the Certificate in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), or the CITT-Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP) designation. You can find out more about these and other relevant supply chain management programs at the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC), which accredits such programs.

where your career is headed

While you are a warehouse supervisor, learn as much as you can about your organization. Research trends in inventory control systems and keep up to date with breakthroughs in innovative technologies that could improve your organization’s bottom line. 

With a reputation for excellence and many years of experience in operations and management, you could step up to a senior role such as plant manager, director of operations, or general manager.

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