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Working As An Inventory Control Lead

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

  • $51,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Inventory Control Lead 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 Lead

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 Lead Career Paths

Inventory Control Lead
Inventory Control Supervisor Inventory Control Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Supervisor Inventory Control Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Supervisor Inventory Control Manager Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Operations Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Senior Manager-Supply Chain Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Warehouse Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Manager Department Manager
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Material Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Logistics Manager Planning Manager
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Logistics Supervisor
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Transportation Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Superintendent Quality Control Manager
Production Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Receiving Lead Shipping And Receiving Supervisor Senior Buyer
Senior Manager, Procurement
11 Yearsyrs
Inventory Supervisor Materials Supervisor Production Control Manager
Manager Of Purchasing & Materials
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Material Manager Supply Chain Lead
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Supervisor Senior Buyer Senior Purchasing Agent
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Inventory Manager 3.1 years
Inventory Analyst 3.0 years
Inventory Lead 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Inventory Control Lead
Cashier 7.7%
Supervisor 4.0%
Manager 2.8%
Top Careers After Inventory Control Lead
Supervisor 4.9%
Manager 4.7%

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Top Skills for An Inventory Control Lead

  1. Inventory Management
  2. Customer Service
  3. Inventory Control
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Inventory management consisting of variance control and reconciliation, performing cycle counts and inspection of warehouse and inventory conditions.
  • Direct customer service and overseeing the assembly of merchandise scheduled for delivery.
  • Handle inventory control activities to ensure that materials and electronically entered, physically stored and internally distributed according to guidelines.
  • Guide materials personnel in daily activities to ensure inventory accuracy during the fulfillment of all materials orders and related materials activities.
  • Spearheaded annual external inventory audits that directly impacted borrowing base for company.

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Inventory Control Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

62.9%

Female

30.7%

Unknown

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

18.2%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.9%

Japanese

7.0%

French

7.0%

Portuguese

3.5%

Chinese

3.5%

German

3.5%

Hungarian

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Cherokee

1.8%

Dari

1.8%

Mandarin

1.8%

Italian

1.8%
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Inventory Control Lead Education

Schools

Strayer University

7.9%

University of North Texas

6.6%

Kaplan University

6.6%

Arkansas State University

5.3%

Everest Institute

5.3%

Bowling Green State University

5.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.3%

College of Lake County

5.3%

University of Houston

5.3%

Truckee Meadows Community College

5.3%

Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

5.3%

Baker College

5.3%

University of Alabama

3.9%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.9%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

3.9%

Sullivan University

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.9%

Joliet Junior College

3.9%

Nassau Community College

3.9%
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Majors

Business

33.6%

Accounting

10.5%

Criminal Justice

6.8%

General Studies

6.3%

Computer Science

4.9%

Supply Chain Management

4.2%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Management

3.0%

Medical Assisting Services

3.0%

Information Technology

3.0%

Nursing

2.8%

Computer Networking

2.6%

Psychology

2.3%

Automotive Technology

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Graphic Design

1.9%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Biology

1.6%

Communication

1.6%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

37.7%

Bachelors

26.4%

Associate

18.9%

Certificate

6.0%

Diploma

5.2%

Masters

5.1%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Updated May 18, 2020