Ever thought of a career in warehousing? What does it look like? What does it entail? Well, you’re in luck because we have all the answers to those questions below. At Barnes, we operate a 50,000 sqft space in Rochdale which employs a number of people. Warehousing is seen to be an exciting, hands on career for those who work in the industry.
In a warehousing job, you’ll find yourself carrying out a variety of different roles and each day can look different. Warehousing consists of storing deliveries of goods and raw materials, and checking for damaged or missing items from the delivery. After that you may move stock around the warehouse using lifting equipment and make sure the goods are stored correctly and safely. Other duties include packing and wrapping goods, loading inventory ready for dispatch, stocktaking, and cleaning the warehouse.
Most work environments are team environments, and for a career in warehousing, this is no different. Whether dealing with your teammates face-to-face or simply communicating over radio, being a team player will serve you well. You will most likely be working in a large warehousing facility. Your working environment may be at height, physically demanding, and outdoors some of the time so being somewhat physically fit and not afraid of heights is a big benefit when working in this industry. You may need to wear protective clothing as well as high visibility items, and sometimes, in the colder months (or if working in refrigerated warehouses), extra layers!
Career path and progression
Let’s take a look at progression in warehousing and similar opportunities. With experience, you could become a team leader, shift supervisor or warehouse manager. Being diligent and a reliable member of the team always pays off! However, if you ever feel warehousing isn’t for you anymore or you simply fancied a change of pace, you could also move into quality control, freight planning or distribution fairly easily.
What it takes to pursue a career in warehousing
To undertake this role, there are a few things you need to have:
- The ability to work well with others
- The ability to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- The ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- The ability to be flexible and open to change
- The ability to organise your time and workload
- Excellent verbal communication skills
- The ability to work well with your hands
- Thinking and reasoning skills
- The ability to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
It may also be beneficial to have a forklift truck driver licence, however, this is not compulsory, and some positions may even offer you training as part of your contract.
Here at Barnes, we’re proud of our modern racked warehouse facilities that utilise wire-guided VNA trucks to maximise the efficiency of space. Our bespoke warehouse management system allows us to track product location whilst on site. Pick and pack operations are available, as well as full pallet movements.
If you’re looking to join our team or you simply want more information about a career in warehousing, get in touch via Twitter or LinkedIn or call us on 0161 684 3070. For more information on what we do, visit our website, and for more blogs, click here.