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A depot manager in the construction industry is responsible for managing building supplies and materials. This includes managing goods coming in and out of depots, warehouses and factories, overseeing depot staff and monitoring stock levels to ensure all requirements and orders can be met.
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While there are no formal qualifications needed to become a depot manager, there are several routes you could take to help you pursue this career. You could complete a university or college course, an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work.
You should explore these routes to becoming a depot manager, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
To become a depot manager, you could complete a foundation degree, a higher national diploma (HND) or an undergraduate degree in a subject such as logistics, supply chain management, business studies or transport management.
While there are no formal qualifications needed to become a depot manager, having GCSEs (or equivalent) in maths and English at grade 4 or above would be beneficial for anyone considering this as a career.
You could also undertake a Level 3 diploma in Warehousing and Storage or a Level 5 qualification in Supply Chain Management, to prepare you for becoming a depot manager.
An apprenticeship with a depot company is a good way into the industry. You could complete an advanced apprenticeship in warehousing and storage, which will take one year.
You’ll need up to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent for an advanced apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have experience in warehouse distribution you may be able to apply directly to an employer for a role in a depot and work your way up to becoming a depot manager.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a depot manager. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a depot manager include:
As a depot manager, your responsibilities will cover several different areas. As a key contact for clients, as well as the leader for the team working within the depot, you will be responsible for generating new business and overseeing operations.
As a depot manager your role may include:
The expected salary for a depot manager varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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From your position as a depot manager, there are plenty of opportunities for career progression, as your experience increases. You could move into the role of a plant inspector or controller, or become a plant manager, and take on responsibility for overseeing logistics around on-site fabrication.
You could become self-employed and run your own depot. Some depot managers specialise in supplying plant or building materials.