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Working As An Inventory 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

  • $24,010

    Average Salary

What Does An Inventory Specialist Do At Staples

* Process accurate and efficient inventory controls;
* Zero Balance
* Return to Vendor
* Return to Warehouse
* Cross Channel Returns
* Reserve online pick up in store
* Delivers exceptional customer service
* Responds resourcefully to customer requests and concerns
* Ensures back of house operations and truck process are consistent to company standards to maintain stock levels effectively
* Understands and utilizes basic selling skills to properly engage and present solutions to our customers
* Provide an inviting environment for the customers by maintaining a neat and clean store
* Performs front end responsibilities such as cashier, returns, online reservations while maintaining operational standards
* Adhere to all company policies procedures & safety standards
* Perform other related duties as assigned

What Does An Inventory Specialist Do At Highmark Health

* Maintains the storeroom to take advantage of new usage patterns, replacement of products, and updates the additions and deletions to the inventory. (20%)
* Order replacement supplies as needed as well as process orders, requisitions and invoices in a timelymanner for depot repairs, part, return and loaners. (50%)
* Establishes and maintains a storeroom system while tracking transactions and keeping accurate records (20%)
* Provides inventory control and clerical support to the department as needed. (10%)
* Performs other duties as assigned or required

What Does An Inventory Specialist Do At General Atomics and Affiliated Companies

* Reviews and monitors material requirements based on known requirements and field requisitions.
* Identifies inventory to be redirected from sites with an excess asset position.
* Generates purchase requisitions and sales orders to meet project(s) and production requirements, some of which may be complex.
* Determine and ensure that spares are prepositioned to the operating locations prior to new capability becoming operational.
* Sets up min/max/reorder quantities for applicable parts.
* Analyzes and replenishes inventory utilizing Min
* Max reports.
* Creates a monthly reorder list and fast mover list.
* Reviews and analyzes cycle count results, and participates in resolution of inventory discrepancies.
* Compiles various routine and non-routine inventory reports, some of which may be complex, using appropriate computer system(s) or hard copy documents.
* Assists in identifying future High
* Time material requirements.
* May perform requirements computations to ensure adequate inventory levels.
* Assists in the analysis and resolution of obsolete and excess inventory.
* Recommends solutions to ensure requirements are met.
* Reviews and approves unplanned issues from inventory.
* Assists with investigations and analysis of inventory activities.
* Responds to routine verbal and written requests for information from internal sources.
* May provide guidance and direction to less experienced staff.
* Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.
* Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
* Other duties as assigned or required.

What Does An Inventory Specialist Do At Catholic Health Initiatives

* Restocks supplies daily and rotates inventory supporting accurate inventory levels, generating orders/requisitions as needed.
* Distributes medical supplies and equipment to patient care areas.
* Monitors par levels for specific products to assure that appropriate levels are established in order not to affect patient care.
* Identifies excess inventory, returning stock and processing credits; notifies supervisor of outdates or slow moving inventory.
* Participates in the put away and validation process of perpetual inventory items, and issues and credits materials from the inventory management point-of-use system.
* Labels bins and handles requests to change pars; maintains clean and orderly stock locations.
* Works in collaboration with reprocessing resources, leadership, and buyers to optimize usage of reprocessed products; acts as liaison between clinical staff and supply chain management for assigned high value areas, such as Surgical Services, Cath Lab, EP and Imaging.
* Conducts annual inventory count to determine asset value and additional inventories as requested.
* Manages consigned inventory and processes bill-only’s as appropriate

What Does An Inventory Specialist Do At Ascension Health

* Monitors, orders, stocks, and transports supplies and/or equipment.
* Ensures timely delivery of stock/inventory as needed.
* Investigates and troubleshoots inventory issues/problems.
* Maintains accurate tracking records for inventory.
* Assist in establishing accurate par levels in conjunction with department supervisors.
* Place all items in designated storage locations.
* Monitors and follow up on all back orders in a timely manner, and facilitates the addition, removal or exchange of products as appropriate.
* Proactively monitors expiration dates on all supplies, facilitates the exchange of items, returns and/or replaces obsolete, defective or damaged products, responds and communicates appropriately to recalls on impacted supplies and responds to product backorders through the use of substitute items or alternate solutions with consultation with department supervisor.
* Performs task in compliance with applicable regulatory standards regarding inventory standards and exercise universal precautions when dealing with any potentially contaminated materials

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How To Become An Inventory 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.


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.


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.


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 Specialist Career Paths

Inventory Specialist
Specialist Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Security Officer Account Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Production Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assembler Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Inventory Specialist Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Japanese

  • Hmong

  • Italian

  • Greek

  • Korean

  • Portuguese

  • Cantonese

  • Tagalog

  • Vietnamese

  • Carrier

  • Swedish

  • Hebrew

  • Ukrainian

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Real Inventory Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Retail Inventory Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 25, 2016 $120,000
Retail Inventory Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 19, 2015 $120,000
Purchasing, Logistics and Inventory Specialist Value Windows & Doors Duarte, Inc. Duarte, CA Feb 02, 2016 $102,419
Operations/Inventory Specialist Optima USA Corp. Miami, FL Aug 04, 2008 $71,885
Global Inventory Specialist Population Services International Washington, DC Apr 01, 2010 $55,857
Purchasing and Inventory Specialist MMI, Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 09, 2016 $55,306
Inventory Specialist KCS Communications, Inc. Manassas, VA Oct 01, 2012 $53,539
Logistics and Inventory Specialist Windsor Willits Company Willits, CA Jun 29, 2015 $48,547
Logistics and Inventory Specialist Windsor Willits Company Willits, CA Oct 11, 2014 $48,547
Logistics and Inventory Specialist Windsor Willits Company Willits, CA Apr 08, 2013 $45,000

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Top Skills for An Inventory Specialist


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Top Inventory Specialist Skills

  1. Store Merchandise
  2. Customer Service
  3. Inventory Control
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Investigate the disappearance of any store merchandise and determine the proper course of action for reporting any inventory variances.
  • Provided updates and customer service to store management and personnel.
  • Process accurate and efficient inventory controls including zero balance reports and return to vendor/warehouse reports.
  • Compared printed price tickets with entries on purchase orders to verify accuracy and notify supervisor of discrepancies.
  • Worked as security guard, inventory cycle counts at various companies in southern New Hampshire area.

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