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Storage & Distribution Managers

Also called: Distribution Center Manager, Distribution Manager, Shipping Manager, Warehouse Manager

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Aircraft Material Control and Allocation Officer; CWO - Boatswain, Surface; CWO - Ordnance, Aviation; Gunner's Mate; LDO - Deck, Aviation; LDO - Ordnance, Submarine; Material Division Officer; RL - Special Duty Officer - Strategic Sealift Officer (SSO); Stock Control Officer, Requirements; Technical Supply Officer (General); Weapons Distribution Officer

What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate the storage or distribution operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that are engaged in storing or distributing materials or products.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare and manage departmental budgets.
  • Supervise the activities of workers engaged in receiving, storing, testing, and shipping products or materials.
  • Interview, select, and train warehouse and supervisory personnel.


  • management
  • human resources (HR)
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Resource Management
  • selecting and managing the best workers for a job
  • managing your time and the time of other people


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Catalyst International CatalystConnect
  • IBM i2 Transportation Manager
Inventory management software
  • Aljex Inventory
  • Iptor Supply Chain
Analytical or scientific software
  • Integrated Decision Support Netwise Enterprise
  • Integrated Decision Support Netwise Frontline


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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