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Working As An Inventory Control Coordinator

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Stressful

  • $46,150

    Average Salary

What Does An Inventory Control Coordinator Do

Material recording clerks track product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.

Duties

Material recording clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep records of items shipped, received, or transferred to another location
  • Compile reports on various aspects of changes in production or inventory
  • Find, sort, or move goods between different parts of the business
  • Check inventory records for accuracy

Material recording clerks use computers, tablets, or hand-held devices to keep track of inventory. Sensors and tags enable these computers to automatically detect when and where products are moved, allowing clerks to keep updated reports without manually counting items.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work, and materials within or among offices in a business. They compile reports on the progress of work and on any production problems that arise. These clerks set workers’ schedules, estimate costs, keep track of materials, and write special orders for new materials. They perform general office tasks, such as entering data or distributing mail. Expediting clerks maintain contact with vendors to ensure that supplies and equipment are shipped on time.

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep track of and record outgoing and incoming shipments. Clerks may scan barcodes with hand-held devices or use radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners to keep track of inventory. They check if shipment orders were correctly processed in their company’s computer system. They also compute freight costs and prepare invoices. Some clerks move goods from the warehouse to the loading dock.

Stock clerks and order fillers receive, unpack, and track merchandise. Stock clerks move products from a warehouse to store shelves. They keep a record of items that enter or leave the stockroom and inspect for damaged goods. These clerks also use hand-held scanners to keep track of merchandise. Order fillers retrieve customer orders and prepare them to be shipped.

Material and product inspecting clerks weigh, measure, check, sample, and keep records on materials, supplies, and equipment that enters a warehouse. They verify the quantity and quality of items they are assigned to examine, checking for defects and recording what they find. They use scales, counting devices, and calculators. Some workers decide what to do about a defective product, such as to scrap it or send it back to the factory to be repaired. Some clerks also prepare reports, such as reports about warehouse inventory levels.

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How To Become An Inventory Control Coordinator

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Education

Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Training

Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.

Advancement

With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Inventory Control Coordinator Career Paths

Inventory Control Coordinator
Operation Supervisor Production Manager Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Director Of Purchasing
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Supervisor Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Manager Material Manager Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Materials Planner
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Materials Director
12 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Manager Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Supervisor Inventory Control Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager General Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Parts Coordinator 3.0 years
Inventory Analyst 2.9 years
Inventory Lead 2.9 years
Coordinator 2.6 years
Expeditor 2.5 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Buyer 5.9%
Manager 3.7%
Cashier 3.3%
Top Employers After
Buyer 9.8%
Manager 4.5%

Inventory Control Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Male

53.1%

Female

45.5%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

79.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.3%

French

10.7%

Cantonese

5.3%

Mandarin

5.3%

Japanese

4.0%

Portuguese

2.7%

Chinese

2.7%

Carrier

2.7%

Tagalog

2.7%

Gujarati

1.3%

Wolof

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Sanskrit

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Italian

1.3%

Russian

1.3%
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Inventory Control Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

30.5%

Ashford University

5.9%

American InterContinental University

4.2%

Palomar College

4.2%

University of Houston

4.2%

Middlesex County College

4.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.2%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%

Miami Dade College

3.4%

Marquette University

3.4%

Bergen Community College

3.4%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.4%

Northern Illinois University

3.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.4%

Northeastern University

3.4%

Mt San Antonio College

3.4%

Hillsborough Community College

3.4%

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

2.5%

Southern Connecticut State University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

41.4%

Accounting

11.3%

Management

4.6%

General Studies

4.1%

Supply Chain Management

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.4%

Education

3.1%

Computer Science

2.9%

Psychology

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

Medical Assisting Services

2.0%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%

Finance

1.9%

History

1.9%

Political Science

1.7%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.9%

Other

28.9%

Associate

15.2%

Masters

9.3%

Certificate

6.5%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Top Skills for An Inventory Control Coordinator

WeeklyCycleCountsNewProceduresPurchaseOrdersMultipleDepartmentsProductionSchedulesInventoryLevelsCustomerServiceRawMaterialsSafetyEnsureInventoryAccuracyLogisticsAuditDataEntryInventoryManagementInventoryCycleCountsERPMRPLossManagementSystemInventoryControlSystem

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Top Inventory Control Coordinator Skills

  1. Weekly Cycle Counts
  2. New Procedures
  3. Purchase Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Establish and maintain weekly cycle counts to support inventory accuracy for purchasing and sales.
  • Developed new procedures and internal controls over physical product flow resulting in increased levels of accountability for inventory and distribution.
  • Created Purchase Orders for parts per Program Managers and stocked items.
  • Research, interpret, and communicate inventory discrepancies to multiple departments by serving as a liaison between Ryder and Kellogg Corporation.
  • Planned and Managed Production schedules for customer across three Geographical Regions (Americas, Asia and Europe).

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