Job Title: Warehouse Manager
Type of Company: I work for a copier and print management company.
Education: Certificate of Electronics, Control Data Institute AA, Liberal Arts
Previous Experience: I drove a truck for a freight company for ten years. I also worked as a driver and assistant warehouse manager for a paint company for nine years.
Job Tasks: I receive new equipment to be put together and shipped out to customers and retrieve in obsolescent office equipment that's returned to us by customers. All of the incoming and outgoing products are entered into a database that sows us their status. I track machines in the warehouse that go to different locations, i.e. repair, back into our inventory, going back to leasing equipment. I make sure the delivery drivers have what they need to do their jobs. I also make sure the drivers are doing their job correctly. I make sure the building is running smoothly: that the lights, water and electricity are functioning properly and that we have the supplies we will need. Sometimes I am required to make deliveries or pick up products at customer's sites. While there, I am the company's representative and have to maintain a pleasant and helpful demeanor. Dressing correctly is important as well.
Another aspect of my job is setting up and putting away chairs and tables needed for meetings. I also remove boxes of files from the offices when they need them stored in the warehouse or somewhere off-site. I am the contact person between the company and freight delivery companies. When you get right down to it, I am a jack of all trades and master of none.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: One of the worst parts is at the end of the month when it gets real busy because the sales people want to get their quotas filled. That means a lot of equipment comes in and goes out in a very short period of time. I am expected to handle the increase in receiving, unboxing, and gathering the accessories for the machines in addition to my regular duties.
The best part of the job is I am no longer out on the road away from my family for long parts of the day.
Job Tips: Get to know your way around trucks, mechanically speaking. You will have to interact with repair shops to get the trucks repaired in case of a breakdown.
Have an understanding of office software. You will need it when tracking whatever your warehouse holds.
Take some management courses to learn how to deal with the drivers, helpers, and other employees you will be in charge of.
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