Depot managers manage all the functions of a building supplies depot.
The Role
  • Managing the day-to-day operation of the business
  • Recruiting and mentoring staff
  • Developing the customer base
  • Maximising growth and profitability
  • Developing plans to increase business
  • Ensuring that high levels of service are maintained
  • Keeping a close eye on stock levels
  • Holding teams meetings
  • Liaising with key customers to make sure they’re satisfied with the depot’s performance
  • Visiting prospective customers to develop new business
  • Agreeing service contracts
  • Dealing with suppliers
  • Managing stock levels to ensure that all requirements can be met
  • Ensuring that branch adheres to Health & Safety guidelines
  • Recruiting and training staff
  • Analysing spreadsheets to monitor turnover and profitability
  • Meeting with area and regional managers to share best practice
  • A career as a depot manager will usually involve working standard office hours, Monday to Friday
  • May be occasions when it is necessary to work evenings and weekends, particularly in more senior roles
  • Newly trained depot managers can earn in the region of £20,000-£25,000
  • Trained with experience depot managers can earn in the region of £25,000-£40,000
  • Senior, chartered or master depot managers can earn in the region of £40,000-£65,000
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.
Qualifications & Training
While it’s possible to become depot manager through industry experience alone, it will help to have some general qualifications, i.e. four or five grade 9-4 (A-C) GCSEs including English and Maths (or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals). However, such is the breadth of business skills required of a depot manager that a degree or equivalent in a relevant subject such as sales & marketing or business studies would certainly be beneficial.