Storage and Distribution Managers

Description

Plan, direct, or coordinate the storage or distribution operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that are engaged in storing or distributing materials or products.

Tasks

  • Prepare and manage departmental budgets.
  • Supervise the activities of workers engaged in receiving, storing, testing, and shipping products or materials.
  • Interview, select, and train warehouse and supervisory personnel.
  • Plan, develop, or implement warehouse safety and security programs and activities.
  • Prepare or direct preparation of correspondence, reports, and operations, maintenance, and safety manuals.
  • Issue shipping instructions and provide routing information to ensure that delivery times and locations are coordinated.
  • Confer with department heads to coordinate warehouse activities, such as production, sales, records control, or purchasing.
  • Review invoices, work orders, consumption reports, or demand forecasts to estimate peak delivery periods and to issue work assignments.
  • Inspect physical conditions of warehouses, vehicle fleets, or equipment and order testing, maintenance, repairs, or replacements.
  • Schedule or monitor air or surface pickup, delivery, or distribution of products or materials.
  • Respond to customers' or shippers' questions and complaints regarding storage and distribution services.
  • Develop and document standard and emergency operating procedures for receiving, handling, storing, shipping, or salvaging products or materials.
  • Develop or implement plans for facility modification or expansion, such as equipment purchase or changes in space allocation or structural design.
  • Track and trace goods while they are en route to their destinations, expediting orders when necessary.
  • Negotiate with carriers, warehouse operators, or insurance company representatives for services and preferential rates.
  • Arrange for necessary shipping documentation and contact customs officials to effect release of shipments.
  • Evaluate freight or inventory costs associated with transit times to ensure that costs are appropriate.
  • Advise sales and billing departments of transportation charges for customers' accounts.
  • Examine invoices and shipping manifests for conformity to tariff and customs regulations.
  • Evaluate locations for new warehouses or distribution networks to determine their potential usefulness.
  • Participate in setting transportation and service rates.
  • Examine products or materials to estimate quantities or weight and type of container required for storage or transport.
  • Arrange for storage facilities when required.
  • Develop or implement plans for storage and distribution activities that emphasize technological solutions for sustainability, such as investment in smart or eco-friendly containers, dynamic distribution networks, warehouse renovations, or fuel efficient fleets.
  • Develop storage and distribution models that include factors such as warehouse locations, customer locations, or available transportation modes to maximize operational efficiency or sustainability.
  • Evaluate contractors or business partners for operational efficiency or safety or environmental performance records.
  • Evaluate the environmental implications of new warehouses or distribution networks.
  • Identify and implement carbon minimization activities to offset carbon emissions, such as by planting trees, purchasing carbon credits, or purchasing green technologies, such as air filtration or alternative energy vehicles or power.
  • Plan or implement environmental training programs and activities.
  • Select modes of transportation for the distribution of goods that minimize pollution, such as carbon output or other environmental impacts.

Knowledge

Food Production
Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
History and Archeology
Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
Biology
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Fine Arts
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Skills

Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Wrist-Finger Speed
The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Lay Titles

Ammunition Storage Superintendent
Building Supervisor
Bulk Plant Manager
Cold Storage Supervisor
Compressor Stations Superintendent
Customer Service Manager
Dispatch Manager
Dispatcher
Distribution Center Manager
Distribution Coordinator
Distribution Manager
Distribution Operation Manager
Distribution Superintendent
Head of Import Coordination and Production
Head of Physical Distribution and Logistics
Import Coordinator
Import Export Manager
Import Manager
Import-Export Agent
Importer Exporter
International Trade Specialist
Load Out Supervisor
Locker Operator
Logistics Manager
Logistics Supervisor
Logistics Supply Officer
Marine Oil Terminal Superintendent
Measurement Superintendent
Operations Manager
Parking Garage Manager
Parking Lot Manager
Pipelines Superintendent
Print Traffic Manager
Receiving Manager
Sewer System Supervisor
Shipping Coordinator
Shipping Manager
Shipping Receiving Manager
Shipping Supervisor
Station Manager
Storage Manager
Stores Supervisor
Substation Manager
Supply Controller
Supply Officer
Supply Requirements Officer
Telegraph Office Manager
Warehouse Foreman
Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse/Distribution Manager
Warehouser
Water and Sewer Systems Superintendent
Waterworks Supervisor

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$39.34 hourly, $81,830 annual.
Employment (2008):
98,600 employees