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Become An Inventory Lead

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Working As An Inventory Lead

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

  • $44,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Inventory 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 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 Lead Career Paths

Inventory Lead
Assistant Manager Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Senior Manager-Supply Chain Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Store Manager Warehouse Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Inventory Supervisor Supervisor Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Inventory Supervisor Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Inventory Supervisor Inventory Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Production Manager Material Manager
Materials Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Warehouse Supervisor Material Manager
Material Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Logistics Manager Planning Manager
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Department Manager Inventory Control Manager
Production And Inventory Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Transportation Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Superintendent Quality Control Manager
Production Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Quality Control Manager Production Control Manager
Manager Of Purchasing & Materials
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Store Manager Planning Manager Demand Planning Manager
Plans And Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Store Manager Supply Chain Manager Global Supply Chain Manager
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 Planner 3.7 years
Inventory Manager 3.1 years
Inventory Lead 3.0 years
Inventory Analyst 3.0 years
Inventory Clerk 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Inventory Lead
Cashier 15.2%
Manager 5.2%
Internship 3.7%
Associate 3.4%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Careers After Inventory Lead
Cashier 5.3%
Manager 4.9%
Supervisor 3.8%
Associate 3.3%

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Top Skills for An Inventory Lead

  1. Inventory Control
  2. Cycle Counts
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Ensured inventory control processes and initiatives are accurately followed and reported.
  • Coordinated and managed cycle counts and annual inventories within corporate guidelines.
  • Developed, implemented and monitored programs to maximize customer satisfaction; quality control in customer service.
  • Developed and implemented standard operating procedures for the entire inventory management team to ensure success in inventory reductions.
  • Advanced to increasingly responsible positions, culminating in supervisory role with oversight for an inventory department.

Inventory Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

58.4%

Female

31.0%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Hispanic or Latino

20.9%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.5%

Portuguese

5.9%

Chinese

3.9%

German

3.9%

Russian

3.9%

Japanese

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%
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Inventory Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.7%

Houston Community College

5.9%

Michigan State University

5.1%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

5.1%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

5.1%

Ashford University

4.2%

Illinois State University

4.2%

Georgia State University

4.2%

Miami Dade College

4.2%

Kennesaw State University

4.2%

Ohio University -

3.4%

Ferris State University

3.4%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.4%

The Academy

3.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Salt Lake Community College

3.4%

Florida State University

3.4%

Texas Southern University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

37.0%

Accounting

5.7%

Criminal Justice

4.9%

Computer Science

4.0%

Health Care Administration

4.0%

Education

3.9%

Management

3.7%

Finance

3.7%

Medical Assisting Services

3.7%

Graphic Design

3.4%

Supply Chain Management

3.2%

General Studies

3.0%

Communication

3.0%

Psychology

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Biology

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%

Political Science

2.2%

Nursing

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.5%

Other

30.7%

Associate

17.7%

Masters

8.0%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

2.7%

Doctorate

0.2%

License

0.1%
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