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Working As An Inventory Controller

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

  • $23,220

    Average Salary

What Does An Inventory Controller 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 Controller

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 Controller Career Paths

Inventory Controller
Accounts Payable Clerk Billing Specialist Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Accounts Payable Clerk Staff Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Manager Warehouse Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Operator Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Specialist Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Manager Inventory Manager Production Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
General Manager District Manager Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Inventory Lead 2.9 years
Stock Controller 2.7 years
Cycle Counter 2.4 years
Inventory Auditor 2.2 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 7.7%
Manager 5.2%
Buyer 4.2%
Supervisor 4.1%
Top Employers After
Buyer 6.2%
Manager 5.0%
Cashier 4.4%
Supervisor 3.4%

Inventory Controller Demographics

Gender

Male

59.2%

Female

39.2%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

78.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.5%

French

5.7%

German

4.4%

Chinese

3.8%

Carrier

3.3%

Mandarin

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Arabic

2.5%

Italian

2.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Russian

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Hindi

1.1%

Hmong

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Dutch

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Bengali

0.5%
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Inventory Controller Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

29.2%

Ashford University

6.0%

Strayer University

5.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

Liberty University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Kaplan University

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.8%

Houston Community College

3.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.6%

University of Memphis

3.4%

Wichita State University

3.2%

Michigan State University

3.2%

Western Michigan University

3.2%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%

University of Toledo

3.0%

The Academy

2.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.8%
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Majors

Business

37.4%

Accounting

11.1%

Management

5.1%

General Studies

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Computer Science

4.5%

Supply Chain Management

3.2%

Finance

3.2%

Psychology

3.0%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Education

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

Information Technology

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Communication

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Medical Assisting Services

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.7%

Nursing

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

34.9%

Bachelors

32.3%

Associate

15.0%

Masters

9.0%

Certificate

6.3%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Inventory Controller Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Inventory Controller KGS Jewels, Inc. New York, NY Sep 05, 2016 $90,000
Inventory Controller Prestige Jewelry International, Inc. New York, NY Aug 25, 2013 $90,000
Inventory Controller Prestige Jewelry International, Inc. New York, NY Aug 25, 2010 $76,190
Senior Inventory Controller Freeport Minerals Corporation Phoenix, AZ Sep 14, 2015 $64,500
Inventory Controller-Personal Shopper Department Norma Kamali, Inc. New York, NY Feb 23, 2010 $55,313
Inventory Controller Freeport-McMoran Bagdad Inc. Bagdad, AZ Oct 31, 2011 $51,500
Inventory Controller Freeport-McMoran Corporation Phoenix, AZ Sep 14, 2012 $51,100
Logistics and Inventory Controller Dome Technology LLC Idaho Falls, ID Aug 05, 2014 $40,000
Inventory Controller Nanshan America Advanced Aluminum Technologies, LLC Lafayette, IN Jan 09, 2016 $38,400

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Top Skills for An Inventory Controller

PartNumbersCustomerServicePurchaseOrdersProceduresTimelyDeliverySafetyDataEntryInventoryLevelsRawMaterialsInventoryAuditsInventoryManagementLogisticsAccurateInventoryPalletJackRFInventoryCycleCountsInventoryControlSystemCustomerOrdersPayrollERP

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Top Inventory Controller Skills

  1. Part Numbers
  2. Customer Service
  3. Purchase Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Established inventory control system to track more than 4,000 part numbers, for distribution to wholesale and retail accounts.
  • Support international customer service base.
  • File copies of orders received, and post received purchase orders into inventory system.
  • Review orders for completeness according to reporting procedures and forward incomplete orders for further processing.
  • Coordinated vendor material requirements with Procurement organization to ensure timely delivery of material to production area.

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