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A depot manager is responsible for managing all the functions of a busy tool/plant hire or building supplies depot, from staffing and customer relationships to transport and maintenance of machinery – and, ultimately, the branch’s profitability.

Average salaries are in the region of £26,000.00 to £40,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

A depot manager is responsible for managing all the functions of a busy tool/plant hire or building supplies depot.

What does this role involve?

For a Depot Manager, this role has a lot of responsibility. From staffing and customer relationships to transport and maintenance of machinery and, ultimately, the branch’s profitability, there is a lot of different areas to be aware of. 

You would have to manage different teams including sales/hire desk staff, accounts, service engineers, drivers and field staff.

What responsibilties would I have?

The main responsibilities for this role are:

  • 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

The construction industry relies on a whole host of partner/suppliers such as tool/plant hire depots and building supplies firms. It’s the depot manager’s job to make sure that customers get the machinery and products they need, where they're needed and when they're needed. 

What would I be doing?

As a Depot Manager, you would be: 

  • 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

How much could I earn?

  • 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 £27,000-£40,000
  • Senior, chartered or master depot managers can earn in the region of £45,000-£65,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.

How many hours would I work?

A career as a depot manager will usually involve working standard office hours, Monday to Friday, but there may be occasions when it is necessary to work evenings and weekends, particularly in more senior roles.


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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

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 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. 

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Career trends and forecasts

16,690 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need a total of 16,690 non-construction professional, technical, IT and other office-based staff (which includes depot managers) to meet demand between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).  The majority of this demand will be in the South West followed by a fairly even spread across East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, Scotland and Wales.

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