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Depot Manager

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

Qualifications and 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.


  • 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.




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