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Details for Storage and Distribution Managers


Description

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

Tasks

  • Prepare and manage departmental budgets.
  • Supervise the activities of workers engaged in receiving, storing, testing, and shipping products or materials.
  • Plan, develop, and implement warehouse safety and security programs and activities.
  • Review invoices, work orders, consumption reports, and demand forecasts to estimate peak delivery periods and to issue work assignments.
  • Schedule and monitor air or surface pickup, delivery, or distribution of products or materials.
  • Interview, select, and train warehouse and supervisory personnel.
  • Confer with department heads to coordinate warehouse activities, such as production, sales, records control, and purchasing.
  • Respond to customers' or shippers' questions and complaints regarding storage and distribution services.
  • Inspect physical conditions of warehouses, vehicle fleets and equipment, and order testing, maintenance, repair, or replacement as necessary.
  • Develop and document standard and emergency operating procedures for receiving, handling, storing, shipping, or salvaging products or materials.
  • Examine products or materials to estimate quantities or weight and type of container required for storage or transport.
  • Negotiate with carriers, warehouse operators and insurance company representatives for services and preferential rates.
  • Issue shipping instructions and provide routing information to ensure that delivery times and locations are coordinated.
  • Examine invoices and shipping manifests for conformity to tariff and customs regulations.
  • Prepare or direct preparation of correspondence, reports, and operations, maintenance, and safety manuals.
  • Arrange for necessary shipping documentation, and contact customs officials to effect release of shipments.
  • Advise sales and billing departments of transportation charges for customers' accounts.
  • Evaluate freight costs and the inventory costs associated with transit times to ensure that costs are appropriate.
  • Participate in setting transportation and service rates.
  • Track and trace goods while they are en route to their destinations, expediting orders when necessary.
  • Arrange for storage facilities when required.
  • Develop and implement plans for facility modification or expansion, such as equipment purchase or changes in space allocation or structural design.
  • Evaluate locations for new warehouses and distribution networks to determine their potential usefulness.

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.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
  • Experience - A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

Knowledge

Skills

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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