As a distribution manager, you will be responsible for organising the storage, transportation and delivery of goods. In essence, you will ensure that the right goods reach the right people at the right time.
You will need to have a strong distribution manager CV to get hired for this highly sought-after job.
This guide has been written to give you all the necessary information, tips and examples to help you write an impressive CV and secure a job interview for this role.
I am a dependable, organised and efficient Distribution Manager with two years of experience in improving processes, driving down costs and promoting efficiency across all the logistics and distribution channels. I am a valuable asset to any employer as I have a proven track record of boosting business profits, motivating and leading a team of logistics professionals and playing an active role in the day-to-day running of the firm.
Reduced the expenditure of the Avid Farrell Group within the first 6 months through the implementation of various efficiency improvement methods
Raised money for charity by completing the London Bikeathon
2011 – 2014
BSc Computing with Business
University of Brighton
Grade achieved: [2:1]
Business Analysis and Strategy
ICT in Society
Privacy, Trust and Security in Computers
Managing Human Resources
2009 – 2011 Results: Business Studies: A Economics: A ICT: B
2001 – 2009 Results: 11 GCSEs at Grades A*-C.
St. Peters School
Jan 2016 – Present
Distribution Manager Avid Farrell Group
Main duties performed:
Organising and supervising warehouse and distribution staff
Liaising with customers, drivers and suppliers on a daily basis
Planning delivery routes for drivers a week in advance
Managing the storage spaces and ensuring it is efficiently used
Maintaining control of current stock and replenishing stock when needed
Using computer systems to monitor inventory levels, dispatches and deliveries
Picking and packing high-value goods for delivery
Organising building maintenance and implementing Health & Safety regulations
Recruiting and training new members of staff
Producing reports regarding stock, delivery times and transport costs
Ensuring the warehouse has maximum security at all times
Apr 2014 – Dec 2015
Assistant Depot Manager Fresh & Sons
Main duties performed:
Managing a team of 20 admin, warehouse and logistics personnel
Updating and creating Depot reports to be presented to senior management
Planning delivery routes for the drivers on a daily basis
Recruiting and interviewing new drivers and negotiation contracts
Managing staff attendance and holiday time
Conducting disciplinary meetings when necessary
Aug 2011- Feb 2015
Courier (part-time) Hermes
Main duties performed:
Delivering and distributing goods and materials to clients’ addresses
Answering calls and dealing with customer queries
Earned a “Level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Management” offered by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
Advanced Warehouse Management – May 2015
Stock Management: I have been working on managing stock for the past two years with excellent results. I am now entirely familiar with all the processes and issues related to the storage, management and distribution of goods and materials.
Planning and Organisation: I have the ability to prioritise my workload, enabling me to complete all the tasks in a methodical and efficient manner before the deadlines.
Time Management: I have excellent time management skills and I am regularly working to very tight deadlines in my current job. I regularly create personal timetables to ensure that I complete simultaneous tasks in a timely manner.
Customer Service: I have vast experience in successfully dealing with customers from all backgrounds and levels of seniority in a professional, caring and courteous manner.
Hobbies and interests
In my spare time, I frequently cycle with my friends and take part in cycling events in my local area. I also enjoy keeping up to date with the latest trends and developments in the transport and logistics sector.
Mr Quinton Young Head of Distribution, Avid Farrell Group Address: 9 Field Rd, Chester, CJ4 5QP Tel: 0743 7843 8794 Email:[email protected]
Mr Victor Sharp Owner, Fresh & Sons Address: 17 Left St, Cornfield, CF1 6FB Tel: 0770 4551 4699 Email:[email protected]
Please note: the above CV example is presented in the UK format and layout.
Only include relevant information on your CV: Since you’re applying for a senior-level role, you may be running out of space to include all your information on your CV. You should carefully consider what information is absolutely necessary for inclusion and omit the irrelevant things from your CV such as your date of birth, age, photograph gender, marital status, national insurance number, nationality and salary requirements. Also, consider omitting old and outdated information such as school-level qualifications and part-time jobs.
Improve the scannability of your CV: Studies have shown that employers tend to scan CVs rather than read them in great detail. You can improve the scannability and legibility of your CV by using a professional font, bullet points, short sentences, subheadings and plenty of white space. This will ensure the employer will easily find your most important information at a glance.
Print your CV on high-quality paper: If you’re invited for an interview, it is a good idea to bring two copies of your CV to the interview and give it to the interviewer(s). It is recommended to print your CV on 100-120gsm silk paper instead of the standard 80gsm photocopy paper. In today’s highly competitive job market, every little detail helps!
The first part of your CV is the personal details section, which contains your personal details such as your name and contact details, including address, telephone number, email address and LinkedIn profile (if you have one).
Make your name the main heading of your CV instead of “CV” or “Curriculum Vitae.”
I am a methodical and motivated distribution manager with more than 3 years of experience in the logistics and transport industry. In my current job, I am working in a busy distribution centre managing a team of 8 warehouse staff and 12 drivers. I have a proven track record of improving service levels and KPIs in transport, distribution, planning and health & safety. I possess strong IT skills and I am familiar with all the transport management systems to plan, manage and process deliveries.
In this section of your CV, list down some of your important achievements or accomplishments. Employers love to know about your achievements because they are a testament to your determination, hard work, motivation, skills and abilities.
Example of achievements:
Excellent customer feedback
Improved processes or procedures
Improved work efficiency
Led a team
Met performance targets
Successfully led and managed a team of 20 logistics staff
Consistently hit my key performance indicator (KPIs)
Promoted after ten months of starting the job
Employment and work experience
The employment and work experience section is the most important part of your CV. It contains details of your previous jobs, employment and work experience. This information is highly valued by employers because to secure a job as a distribution manager, you are required to have relevant work experience in the transport and logistics industry.
Types of work you can include in this section:
Work placements and internships
For each entry, you need to write the following information:
Start and end dates (month/year format)
Your job title
Name of the company/employer
Main duties, responsibilities or achievements
December 2020 – Present
Distribution Manager G.G Logistics Ltd.
Main duties and responsibilities performed:
Planned routes and deliveries
Recruited, trained and managed warehouse staff and drivers
Liaised with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders
Maintained and improved KPIs
Facilitated a growth rate of 20% YoY
Implemented new projects to improve efficiency
Analysed data and wrote financial/performance reports
Identified operational issues, solutions and potential opportunities
Ensured compliance with all the relevant health and safety standards
Be the main point of contact for all staff on site.
Use IT systems to monitor and manage stock.
Planning delivery routes in advance.
Scheduling deliveries in a timely manner.
Manage and supervise warehouse/logistics staff.
Liaise with customers and logistics service providers.
Negotiate contracts with clients and suppliers.
Measure performance against agreed KPIs.
Produce performance and financial reports.
Attend senior management meetings.
Ensure full legal compliance with health and safety regulations and relevant company policies and procedures.
Education and training
Next, write down details of your education, qualifications and training.
Things you can include in this section:
Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
College-level courses such as A-Levels and BTECs
Technical and professional qualifications
Work and vocational training received
GCSEs or equivalent qualifications
As previously mentioned, you are applying for a senior-level position so you may want to omit old or outdated information such as school-level qualifications if you have got a university degree at level 6 and run out of space to include other important information.
BSc Business and Supply Chain Management
Degree classification: 2:1.
Supply Chain Planning
Operations and Process Management
Quantitative Tools for Supply Chain Planning
Facilities and Systems
Building Professional Relationships
Strategic Financial Management and Finance
2014 – 2016 Results: 7 Business (B), English (C) and Maths (B).
Southern Clark College
The qualifications section of your CV should contain a list of additional qualifications such as professional training qualifications.
Supply Chain Warehouse Operative Level 2 – Skills Training UK
The skills section, as its name suggests, contains details about your key skills, strengths, talents and abilities that are relevant to the job. It shows the employer, at a glance, what you are capable of doing and what you are good at.
Look at the job requirements and tailor your skills to the need of the job
Briefly explain the skills and give real-life examples (don’t just write “communication skills” or “IT skills”!)
Write a maximum of 5-6 skills in this section
Comprehensive knowledge of the transport and logistics industry
Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated in my ability to work with a variety of people including staff, customers and suppliers.
Leadership skills, demonstrated in successfully managing a team of 12 staff
Strong IT skills, demonstrated in using a variety of IT systems and solutions including Microsoft Office and major transport management systems.
Excellent knowledge of health and safety standards and regulations.
Competency in using IT systems (including Microsoft Office)
Familiarity with transport management systems
Leadership, management and negotiation skills
Route planning and scheduling
Analysing data and writing reports
Multitasking and time management skills
Experienced in first aid and health & safety procedures
Keeping calm and professional under pressure
The ability to meet tight deadlines
Dealing with emergencies
Hobbies and interests (optional)
You may feel that it would be a bit childish to include your hobbies on your CV but, actually, it can add value to your CV and improve your chances for selection.
Employers understand that they are hiring humans, not robots, and they value applicants that engage in extracurricular activities outside of work.
For example, mentioning that you enjoy playing chess and solving puzzles indicates to the employer that you have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, both of which are essential requirements for being a successful distribution manager.
Only mention relevant hobbies and interests that add value to your CV
Leave out the hobbies section if you require more space for your employment, education or skills sections. The hobbies section is less important and optional.
In my free time, I enjoy watching logistics-related documentaries on TV and regularly going to the gym for exercise. I also enjoy reading books and solving puzzles.
The last part of your CV contains details of your references.
Your references are people who know you well, have worked with you before and can vouch for your character, skills and abilities to prospective employers.
Each entry should contain the following information:
Focus on your skills: Being a distribution manager is a high-skilled job that requires a specific skill set to do the job well. You should focus on your key skills, strengths and abilities to demonstrate to the employer that you are a strong candidate for this position. Skills that are required for the job include leadership, organisational, interpersonal, analytical and IT skills. Studies have shown that applicants with skills-focused CVs are more likely to be shortlisted for interviews compared to applicants who have duties-focused CVs.
Proofread your CV: The CVs of applicants applying for senior-level jobs are expected to be of a higher standard compared to average CVs. Any small spelling or grammar mistake, no matter how small, could ruin your chances of securing a job interview. You should double-check your CV for any mistakes and correct them. Ideally, let a family member, friend or careers advisor proofread your CV before you send it to the employer.
Send a cover letter with your CV: You should always write a personalised, tailored cover letter to send alongside your CV for each application. In your cover letter, explain the reason for your application, mention some of your key selling points, explain what value you can add to the organisation and encourage them to invite you for a face-to-face interview.
You’ve now reached the end of this guide.
If you have followed all the guidelines and tips in this guide, you should now have an impressive distribution manager CV that will get you job interviews in no time.
Good luck with your job hunt!
Written by Sobhan Mohmand Sobhan is a qualified Careers Advisor and Professional CV Writer with over 10 years of experience in helping job seekers get a job. He is a Member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on the official UK Register of Career Development Professionals. He holds a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCF).
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