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Working As An Inventory Management Specialist

  • 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 Management Specialist 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 Management Specialist

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 Management Specialist Career Paths

Inventory Management Specialist
Operations Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager General Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Material Handler Inventory Controller
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Operator Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Management Specialist Logistics Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Lead Technician
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Logistics Management Specialist Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
General Manager Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Warehouse Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Inventory Controller Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Specialist Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Inventory Management Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

63.6%

Female

34.7%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.9%

French

9.3%

Hindi

3.9%

German

3.9%

Mandarin

2.3%

Carrier

2.3%

Chinese

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Swahili

1.6%

Swedish

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Danish

1.6%

Italian

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Gujarati

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Norwegian

0.8%

Bengali

0.8%

Russian

0.8%
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Inventory Management Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.8%

Community College of the Air Force

9.8%

Ashford University

7.6%

American InterContinental University

5.8%

Strayer University

5.1%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Defense Acquisition University

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

Liberty University

3.6%

American University

3.6%

University of Alabama

3.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.3%

Columbia Southern University

2.9%

Michigan State University

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.9%

Troy University

2.9%

University of Southern Mississippi

2.9%

San Diego State University

2.9%

University of Houston

2.9%
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Majors

Business

31.5%

Accounting

7.0%

Criminal Justice

6.4%

General Studies

5.3%

Computer Science

5.2%

Management

5.1%

Psychology

4.8%

Supply Chain Management

4.6%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Information Technology

3.4%

Marketing

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Medical Assisting Services

2.4%

Finance

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Nursing

1.8%

Biology

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.8%

Other

32.5%

Associate

15.1%

Masters

11.3%

Certificate

4.6%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for An Inventory Management Specialist

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  1. New Merchandise
  2. Inventory Levels
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Unpacked and assembled all new merchandise using variety of power tools.
  • Maintained accuracy of open-to-buy plan and consistency between inventory levels and retail budget, making adjustments to placed orders when appropriate.
  • Dispatch Management: Provided excellent customer service by answering several calls within minutes and directed customer to appropriate channels.
  • Implemented procedures to improve timely processing of documents, which increased productivity and reduced workload time by thirty percent.
  • Initiate and prepare requisitions to procure stocked office supply items, forms, critical production items and repair parts.

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