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Working As An Inventory Planner

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

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Inventory Planner 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 Planner

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 Planner Career Paths

Inventory Planner
Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Buyer Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Buyer Material Manager Supply Chain Manager
Senior Manager-Supply Chain Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer Material Manager
Materials Director
12 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager Vice President
Supply Chain Vice President
17 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Senior Manager, Procurement
11 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Material Manager Logistics Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Senior Buyer
Manager Of Purchasing & Materials
10 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Master Scheduler
Production Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Purchasing Agent Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Analyst Demand Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Analyst Operation Supervisor Logistics Supervisor
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Inventory Manager Inventory Control Manager
Production And Inventory Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Demand Planner Supply Chain Planner
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Inventory Analyst Master Scheduler
Materials Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Planner Procurement Agent Supply Chain Specialist
Materials Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Demand Planner Demand Planning Manager
Plans And Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Planner Senior Supply Chain Analyst
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Planner/Scheduler 4.4 years
Production Planner 4.2 years
Inventory Planner 4.0 years
Planner/Buyer 4.0 years
Master Planner 3.7 years
Materials Planner 3.7 years
Logistics Planner 3.4 years
Inventory Analyst 3.0 years
Inventory Lead 3.0 years
Supply Planner 2.9 years
Demand Planner 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Inventory Planner
Buyer 11.3%
Planner 6.1%
Manager 3.8%
Internship 3.4%
Top Careers After Inventory Planner
Buyer 13.6%
Planner 5.9%
Manager 4.5%

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Inventory Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

47.8%

Female

43.5%

Unknown

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

10.1%

Asian

9.0%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.2%

Chinese

7.6%

French

7.6%

Mandarin

7.6%

German

5.4%

Carrier

5.4%

Arabic

5.4%

Japanese

4.3%

Italian

4.3%

Cantonese

2.2%

Portuguese

1.1%

Bulgarian

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Dakota

1.1%

Wolof

1.1%

Russian

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Polish

1.1%
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Inventory Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.9%

Pennsylvania State University

12.2%

Michigan State University

5.5%

Northern Illinois University

5.1%

Syracuse University

4.6%

Ohio State University

4.6%

Georgia State University

4.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.6%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

San Jose State University

4.2%

University of Washington

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.4%

University of Cincinnati

3.4%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.4%

Oklahoma State University

3.4%

Fashion Institute of Technology

3.4%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

3.0%

Auburn University

3.0%

Texas A&M University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

43.7%

Supply Chain Management

7.3%

Marketing

6.8%

Management

6.2%

Accounting

5.1%

Finance

4.5%

Economics

3.9%

Communication

3.2%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

3.2%

Education

1.9%

Political Science

1.9%

Psychology

1.7%

Operations Management

1.6%

Computer Science

1.6%

International Business

1.4%

Industrial Engineering

1.4%

English

1.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.2%

Industrial Technology

1.1%

Project Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

57.4%

Masters

17.5%

Other

14.1%

Associate

7.7%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

0.7%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$68,000
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$48,000
Min 10%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
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$68,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$97,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
American Sugar Refining
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does an Inventory Planner make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Inventory Planner in the United States is $68,856 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $48,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $97,000.

Real Inventory Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Inventory Planner III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Oct 15, 2014 $123,000
Inventory Planner III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Oct 15, 2010 $110,800
Inventory Planner III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Mar 11, 2015 $105,082 -
$151,500
Inventory Planner III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Dec 05, 2015 $105,082
Inventory Planner II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA May 22, 2014 $105,000
Inventory Planner Amazon Fulfillment Services, Nc Seattle, WA Aug 29, 2011 $95,855
Inventory Planner II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2015 $86,600
Strategic Commodities Inventory Planner Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 07, 2010 $86,000
Inventory Planner II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Sep 08, 2015 $85,509 -
$108,300
Senior Inventory Planner NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Sep 19, 2013 $85,000
Inventory Planner II Amazon Robotics, LLC. North Reading, MA Sep 20, 2016 $84,448 -
$108,000
Inventory Planner/Analyst II Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2013 $84,344 -
$101,733
Inventory Planner III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Jul 22, 2013 $83,034
Inventory Planner II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Jun 28, 2013 $82,800
Inventory Planner II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Mar 20, 2010 $82,000
Inventory Planner III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA May 10, 2015 $81,600 -
$151,500
Inventory Planner II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Dec 09, 2016 $80,600
Inventory Planner II KIVA Systems LLC North Reading, MA Nov 24, 2014 $80,000
Inventory Planner II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Apr 26, 2013 $80,000
Inventory Planner Peco Pallet, Inc. Yonkers, NY Jan 21, 2013 $80,000
Senior Inventory Planner Amazon Fulfillment Services, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 20, 2010 $71,915
Inventory Planner The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2011 $71,219 -
$102,000
Inventory Planner, Girls Active The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2013 $70,000 -
$85,000
Senior Inventory Planner B/E Aerospace, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2013 $70,000
Inventory Planner The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 15, 2010 $69,534 -
$102,000
Inventory Planner/Analyst II Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2010 $66,024 -
$78,020

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Top Skills for An Inventory Planner

  1. Inventory Levels
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. Overseas Vendors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated the National Distribution Program for line stations to monitor their inventory levels and purchase products from local distributors.
  • Generate purchase orders to suppliers to support manufacturing, marketing, merchandising, and retail requirements within established inventory budget.
  • Monitored and replenished merchandise with overseas vendors, implemented Purchase Requisitions to order finished goods from overseas vendors.
  • Managed inventory at the Bethlehem mixing center for the cereal and salad dressing categories (300+ SKU's).
  • Hired as customer service agent, steadily advanced through the organization to the corporate-level planning department.

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