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Working As An Inventory Control Lead

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • $63,266

    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
Operation Supervisor Office Manager Accountant
Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Supervisor Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Supervisor Inventory Control Manager Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Manager Purchasing Manager Operations Manager
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping Clerk Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Supervisor Production Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager General Manager Account Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Buyer Logistics Manager Senior Logistician
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Account Manager Product Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Delivery Driver Warehouse Lead
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Manager Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Supervisor Logistics Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Shipping Clerk Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Inventory Manager 3.1 years
Inventory Lead 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Inventory Control Lead
Cashier 5.8%
Supervisor 4.4%
Top Careers After Inventory Control Lead
Manager 5.7%
Supervisor 4.4%

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Inventory Control Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

64.5%

Female

32.8%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

17.8%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.1%

French

9.8%

Japanese

7.3%

Portuguese

4.9%

Chinese

4.9%

German

4.9%

Hungarian

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Cherokee

2.4%

Dari

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%
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Inventory Control Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.0%

Kennesaw State University

6.2%

Kaplan University

6.2%

University of Houston

4.9%

University of Memphis

4.9%

Strayer University

4.9%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.7%

Park University

3.7%

Everest Institute

3.7%

University of North Texas

3.7%

Ashford University

3.7%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.7%

College of Charleston

3.7%

Lamar University

3.7%

Western Washington University

3.7%

University of Louisville

3.7%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

3.7%

University of Delaware

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

36.5%

Accounting

9.2%

Management

7.1%

Computer Science

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.7%

General Studies

3.9%

Psychology

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Nursing

2.4%

Biology

2.4%

Supply Chain Management

2.4%

Communication

2.1%

History

2.1%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Automotive Technology

1.8%

English

1.8%

Finance

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.8%

Other

32.8%

Associate

15.1%

Masters

9.5%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

1.6%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Top Skills for An Inventory Control Lead

  1. Inventory Levels
  2. New Procedures
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed in-depth review of material requirement packages, inventory levels and movement.
  • Execute training and new procedures throughout the department, and create training documents for future references.
  • Provide safety, security, and inventory control leadership while maintaining a focus on providing exceptional customer service.
  • Managed operations and sales culture while ensuring friendly and efficient customer service.
  • Monitored cycle counts and inputting data into MfgPro System to maintain inventory accuracy.

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