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Distribution Manager

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Distribution Manager
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

The Distribution Transport Manager is responsible for the efficient flow of stock within a company or organisation.


The Work header image

The Distribution Transport Manager has the responsibility for warehousing, stock control, order processing and packaging, planning and scheduling deliveries, and controlling the operation of fleets of vehicles. They ensure the efficient flow of stock which is integral to the smooth running of an organisation.  
 
He/She supervises and manages staff that may extend to recruitment, training and staff development. They work closely with purchasing officers, warehouse and transport managers in order to ensure goods are received on time, stored correctly and dispatched on schedule.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Prepare and manage departmental budgets.

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Supervise the activities of workers engaged in receiving, storing, testing, and shipping products or materials.

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Interview, select, and train warehouse and supervisory personnel.

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Plan, develop, or implement warehouse safety and security programs and activities.

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Prepare or direct preparation of correspondence, reports, and operations, maintenance, and safety manuals.

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Issue shipping instructions and provide routing information to ensure that delivery times and locations are coordinated.

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Confer with department heads to coordinate warehouse activities, such as production, sales, records control, or purchasing.

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Review invoices, work orders, consumption reports, or demand forecasts to estimate peak delivery periods and to issue work assignments.

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Inspect physical conditions of warehouses, vehicle fleets, or equipment and order testing, maintenance, repairs, or replacements.

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Schedule or monitor air or surface pickup, delivery, or distribution of products or materials.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:  Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Monitoring and Controlling Resources:  Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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Personnel and Human Resources:  Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Management of Financial Resources:   Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Certain personal attributes are necessary for a career in Distribution Management. Ability to manage staff, therefore good leadership qualities, enthusiasm, initiative and the ability to motivate are important. Good communications skills are essential for dealing with suppliers, sales representatives, customers, and other managerial staff both inside and outside the company. You must have good forward planning skills and be comfortable working with time deadlines and budget allocations.  
 
Distribution Transport Managers require strong administrative abilities and an aptitude for, and interest in information technology. Distribution Transport Managers would normally need a full driving licence.


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Organisation: Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management
  Address: 17, Lower Mount St., Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 644 9660
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Organisation: Supply Chain Management Institute (IPICS)
  Address: Unit 2A, Kilnap Business & Technology Park, Mallow Road, Cork City.
  Tel: (021) 490 9700
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