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Working As A Material Control 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

  • $67,556

    Average Salary

What Does A Material Control 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 A Material Control 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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Material Control Specialist Career Paths

Material Control Specialist
Supply Technician Technician Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Supply Chain Analyst Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Driver Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Control Supervisor Warehouse Manager General Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Warehouse Supervisor Inventory Control Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Supply Technician Logistics Analyst
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operation Supervisor Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Warehouse Supervisor Supply Technician
Production Controller
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Logistics Supervisor Supply Technician Equipment Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Material Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Warehouse Manager Shipping Clerk
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Control Supervisor Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Procurement Agent
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Office Manager Dispatcher
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Warehouseman 17.2%
Buyer 5.8%
Supervisor 3.3%
Foreman 2.8%
Top Employers After
Buyer 9.2%
Supervisor 4.6%

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Material Control Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

64.2%

Female

33.5%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

14.7%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.0%

French

8.0%

German

4.0%

Bosnian

4.0%

Dari

4.0%

Carrier

4.0%

Serbian

4.0%

Urdu

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%
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Material Control Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.9%

Colorado Technical University

7.4%

Trident Technical College

6.6%

Liberty University

6.6%

Central Texas College

5.7%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

Defense Acquisition University

4.9%

Columbia Southern University

4.9%

American InterContinental University

4.9%

Ashford University

4.1%

Community College of the Air Force

4.1%

Sam Houston State University

4.1%

Strayer University

4.1%

Capella University

4.1%

Vincennes University

3.3%

Auburn University

3.3%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.3%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

3.3%

Calhoun Community College

3.3%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

41.5%

Supply Chain Management

9.2%

Management

5.2%

General Studies

4.5%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Accounting

3.8%

Information Technology

3.3%

Computer Science

3.1%

Project Management

2.6%

Psychology

2.6%

Human Resources Management

2.4%

Operations Management

2.4%

Education

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Electrical Engineering

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Elementary Education

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

Economics

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

36.3%

Bachelors

32.7%

Associate

13.1%

Masters

11.1%

Certificate

5.9%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Material Control Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Team Member, Material Control Specialist Stryker Orthopaedics Mahwah, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $75,000
Operations Materials Control Specialist Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 23, 2015 $73,778
Operations Materials Control Specialist Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 09, 2015 $72,541
Senior Material Control Specialist Be&K Construction Birmingham, AL Sep 18, 2011 $69,130
Materials Control Specialist I Volke Consulting, Ltd Greer, SC Jun 09, 2016 $64,480
Operations Materials Control Specialist Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 01, 2011 $60,100
Materials Control Specialist Cummins Filtration, Inc. Cookeville, TN Dec 07, 2014 $59,900 -
$81,300
Material Control Specialist BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC Greer, SC Jan 01, 2011 $58,885 -
$78,000
Materials Control Specialist Cummins Filtration, Inc. Cookeville, TN Jan 28, 2013 $58,400 -
$77,300

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Top Skills for A Material Control Specialist

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  1. Inventory Levels
  2. Purchase
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Forecast sales requirements and projections, and developed delivery plans for raw material to maintain inventory levels based on those requirements.
  • Negotiated price, terms, and delivery Determined purchasing requirements by reviewing inventories and purchase requests.
  • Reviewed outgoing materials and correspondence for internal consistency and conformity with established procedures.
  • Assist in the preparation, accumulation, and maintenance of materials control files, such as requisitions, purchase orders.
  • Manufactured planning and purchasing, personnel/resource logistics management, communication with team and with vendors, inventory forecasting and control.

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