Storage and Distribution Manager

Occupation Information table
Overview: Storage and distribution managers plan, direct, and coordinate the storage and distribution operations of materials and products within a business.
Duties: They oversee the storage and distribution operations of products within a business. Their duties include establishing standard and emergency operating procedures for receiving, handling, storing, shipping products or materials. They also interview, select, and train warehouse and supervisory personnel.

Storage and distribution managers supervise the activities of workers engaged in receiving, storing, testing, and shipping products or materials. These managers oversee that records are kept of items entering or leaving the stockroom and items are inspected for damage and that materials are sorted, organized, and marked with identifying codes so that inventories can be located quickly and easily. They keep files and reports on inventory balances, prices and shortages. Records on sales, purchasing, shipping, and production of stock or equipment are used to estimate how much stock should be in inventory and then compared to physical counts. They examine invoices and shipping manifests for conformity to tariff and customs regulations and contact customs officials to effect release of shipments.

To keep records of the amounts, types and value of equipment or stock on hand, the manager may utilize computers and inventory control software, scanners that read bar codes, and sometimes robots in their work to gather information.

Storage and distributions managers work in offices, factories and warehouses throughout the private and public sectors. Most work in the wholesale and retail trade, while industry and government employ some. Some duties of a inventory manager may overlap with those of purchasing agents.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2018 to 2028, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $37,000 to $41,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree and several years of experience in the field is required by most employers for this management position. Employers favor applicants with degrees in business administration, marketing and distribution.
Recommended Skills:
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.