How to Hire a Warehouse Manager

Does your growing business need a warehouse manager? Warehouse managers help with picking, packing and shipping merchandise and products to customers and clients.

Here are some tips to help you find great warehouse manager candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Warehouse managers searching for jobs on Indeed*

187,485

Job seekers that clicked warehouse manager jobs

52,507

Resumes for job seekers with warehouse manager experience on Indeed

4,948

Warehouse manager jobs that received clicks

What is the cost of hiring warehouse manager?

  • Common salary in US: $58,704 yearly
  • Typical salaries range from $14,000$133,000 yearly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – April 2021

As of April 2021, warehouse manager jobs in the U.S. are moderately competitive compared to other job markets, with an average of 38 job seekers per warehouse manager job.

Why hire a warehouse manager?

The need for new staff can affect both your existing team and your bottom line. A great warehouse manager hire can help your business by:

• Supervising warehouse operations and employees
• Performing maintenance on warehouse machinery
• Communicating delivery times with drivers

Deciding between a full-time vs freelance warehouse manager

When dealing with limited-term projects or production runs, it’s possible to hire a warehouse manager or other logistics specialist on a freelancing contract. Often, freelance warehouse managers will use specialized software such as 3PL Warehouse Inventory Management to get up to speed on projects as rapidly as possible.

For any business that needs to handle large volumes of shipping and inventory management on a regular basis, however, it’s best to have a full-time warehouse manager on staff. Having a person in this position who understands your business, knows the team and has a rapport with drivers and warehouse staff can be invaluable for productivity and organization. 

What are the types of warehouse manager?

There are other types of positions that focus on inventory and logistics, are related to warehouse management and may work closely with a warehouse manager:

  • Logistics managers: These managers have their own warehouse-related responsibilities. This is a senior position that would either encompass the work of a warehouse manager or supervise them. They’re tasked with recruiting and training warehouse personnel, and they may manage that personnel. Logistics managers also negotiate shipping rates for the delivery of products or raw materials for production.
  • Inventory managers: Inventory managers work in a supervisory role that’s typically parallel in rank to a warehouse manager. They’re tasked with making sure inventory control is optimized and oversupplies and shortages are avoided. They also ensure that enough product is on hand to satisfy customer and distribution demand.
  • Logistics coordinators: Logistics coordinators are a more junior position that oversees stock, supplies and shipment methods. They prepare loads for shipping and monitor freight and inventory costs to ensure profitability.

Other logistics and warehousing jobs include:

Where to find warehouse managers

To find the right warehouse manager for your business, consider trying out a few different recruiting strategies:

  • Keep a candidate database. When a qualified candidate reaches out, it’s a good idea to keep their information on file even if not currently hiring. Putting that information in an easy-to-search database provides a base of interested prospective hires to start the hiring process with.
  • Use professional networking. Logistics and supply chain management conferences are useful venues for connecting with colleagues who might know an effective warehouse manager.
  • Listen to employee referrals. Existing logistics staff in your business can be a valuable source of information on the best warehouse manager hires.
  • Post your job online. Try posting your warehouse manager job on Indeed to find and attract quality warehouse manager candidates.

What are the types of warehouse manager?

There are other types of positions that focus on inventory and logistics, are related to warehouse management and may work closely with a warehouse manager:

  • Logistics managers: These managers have their own warehouse-related responsibilities. This is a senior position that would either encompass the work of a warehouse manager or supervise them. They’re tasked with recruiting and training warehouse personnel, and they may manage that personnel. Logistics managers also negotiate shipping rates for the delivery of products or raw materials for production.
  • Inventory managers: Inventory managers work in a supervisory role that’s typically parallel in rank to a warehouse manager. They’re tasked with making sure inventory control is optimized and oversupplies and shortages are avoided. They also ensure that enough product is on hand to satisfy customer and distribution demand.
  • Logistics coordinators: Logistics coordinators are a more junior position that oversees stock, supplies and shipment methods. They prepare loads for shipping and monitor freight and inventory costs to ensure profitability.

Other logistics and warehousing jobs include:

Writing a warehouse manager job description

A thoughtful description can help find qualified warehouse manager candidates. A warehouse manager job description includes a compelling summary of the role, a detailed list of duties and responsibilities and the required and preferred skills for the position.

When writing your warehouse manager job description, consider including some or all of the following keywords to improve the visibility of your job posting. These are the most popular search terms leading to clicks on warehouse manager jobs, according to Indeed data:

  • Warehouse manager
  • Warehouse
  • Warehouse supervisor
  • Manager
  • Logistics
  • Operations manager
  • Management
  • Inventory manager
  • Supply chain

Interviewing warehouse manager candidates

Strong candidates for warehouse manager positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

  • Managing warehouse tools, staff and inventory
  • Coordination of schedules for proper employees to be present for packing and shipping
  • How to conduct routine maintenance of machinery and tools

Need help coming up with interview questions? See our list of warehouse manager interview questions for examples (with sample answers).

FAQs about how to hire a warehouse manager

How do I set KPIs for a warehouse?

One of the most crucial aspects of hiring the right warehouse manager is knowing exactly what you need them to accomplish, beyond the general outline of the job description. One way to establish that is to set key performance indicators (KPIs) for your warehouse that you’ll be tracking and looking to improve month to month. Once you know your KPIs, identifying which candidate is best to deliver on them becomes a much simpler task. Common inventory KPIs include:

What are the 5S principles of warehouse management?

Another way to differentiate the best candidates for your warehouse manager position is to identify applicants who are familiar with “5S” warehouse management methods. The 5S approach is about lean warehousing that does more with less, a growing trend in logistics and supply chain management. By applying a series of five practices—sort, streamline, shine, standardize and sustain—5S creates a clean and orderly environment in which problems are easy to spot.

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