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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

  • $73,580

    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
Operations Manager Analyst Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Planner Planner/Buyer Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Merchandise Planner Merchandising Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Director, Procurement
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Planner Planning Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Director Of Purchasing
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Product Developer Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Warehouse Manager Inventory Manager
Inventory/Purchasing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Material Control Specialist Material Control Supervisor
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Merchandise Planner Planning Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Master Scheduler Material Manager
Materials Director
12 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Analyst Business Analyst Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Senior Manager Director Of Quality
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Senior Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Senior Manager, Procurement
11 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Analyst Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Planner/Scheduler 4.5 years
Production Planner 3.9 years
Planner/Buyer 3.8 years
Master Planner 3.6 years
Service Planner 3.5 years
Materials Planner 3.4 years
Product Planner 3.3 years
Inventory Planner 3.0 years
Inventory Analyst 2.9 years
Planner 2.9 years
Demand Planner 2.6 years
Supply Planner 2.6 years
Assistant Planner 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Buyer 9.3%
Internship 5.3%
Manager 4.5%
Planner 3.8%
Top Employers After
Buyer 10.1%
Manager 5.7%
Planner 4.5%

Inventory Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

49.8%

Female

48.6%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

76.6%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Asian

10.2%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.6%

Chinese

8.5%

French

8.5%

Mandarin

8.5%

German

5.1%

Arabic

5.1%

Cantonese

3.4%

Japanese

3.4%

Carrier

3.4%

Italian

3.4%

Portuguese

1.7%

Bulgarian

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Dakota

1.7%

Wolof

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Hindi

1.7%

Tagalog

1.7%

Polish

1.7%
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Inventory Planner Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

13.0%

University of Phoenix

10.9%

Michigan State University

8.0%

Syracuse University

5.1%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

5.1%

Northern Illinois University

5.1%

Arizona State University

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

San Jose State University

4.3%

University of Kansas

4.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.3%

Oklahoma State University

4.3%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.6%

University of North Texas

3.6%

Auburn University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%

Western Illinois University

3.6%

New York University

2.9%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

2.9%

University of Washington

2.9%
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Majors

Business

45.1%

Supply Chain Management

8.8%

Marketing

7.8%

Management

5.4%

Finance

4.5%

Accounting

4.1%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

3.2%

Economics

2.8%

Communication

2.8%

Political Science

2.2%

Operations Management

1.9%

Psychology

1.7%

Industrial Engineering

1.5%

International Business

1.3%

Fine Arts

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%

Apparel And Textiles

1.1%

Computer Science

1.1%

Education

1.1%

Business Economics

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

56.5%

Masters

19.9%

Other

13.6%

Associate

6.8%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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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 Peco Pallet, Inc. Yonkers, NY Jan 21, 2013 $80,000
Inventory Planner II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Apr 26, 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

AppropriateInventoryLevelsPurchaseOrdersSKUDeliveryDatesSupplyChainInventoryPlanningManageInventoryCustomerServiceLevelsFinancialPlansMRPLogisticsRawMaterialsProductionScheduleDistributionCentersStockLevelsBuyersProductLinesProductionPlanningInventoryControlSafetyStock

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Top Inventory Planner Skills

  1. Appropriate Inventory Levels
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. SKU
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Decided which warehouse to stock appropriate inventory levels.
  • Generate purchase orders to suppliers to support manufacturing, marketing, merchandising, and retail requirements within established inventory budget.
  • Manage Cut & Sewn program (52 SKUs) from China; through a third party vendor.
  • Conducted cycle counts, planned volume and delivery dates, processed purchase orders and updated vendors with any changes.
  • Calculated weekly forecast of material usage with supply chain planner for weekly ordering and allocation.

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