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Working As A Material Controller

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

  • $46,150

    Average Salary

What Does A Material Controller 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 Controller

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 Controller Career Paths

Material Controller
Material Coordinator Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Material Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Material Control Supervisor
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Service Manager Purchasing Manager
Materials Director
12 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Planner Planning Supervisor
Materials Planning Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Branch Manager Account Executive
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Senior Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Planner/Buyer Master Scheduler
Production Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Material Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Production Planner Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Material Scheduler 4.1 years
Production Planner 3.9 years
Materials Planner 3.4 years
Material Lead 3.3 years
Material Analyst 3.1 years
Planner 2.9 years
Material Processor 2.8 years
Stock Controller 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Supervisor 6.7%
Buyer 6.5%
Manager 4.1%
Top Employers After
Buyer 7.8%
Supervisor 4.7%
Manager 3.5%
Owner 3.2%

Material Controller Demographics

Gender

Male

70.3%

Female

27.9%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

78.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.5%

Mandarin

6.5%

Arabic

6.5%

German

4.8%

Cantonese

4.8%

French

4.8%

Korean

4.8%

Filipino

3.2%

Russian

3.2%

Carrier

3.2%

Icelandic

1.6%

Czech

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

Ukrainian

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Slovak

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Italian

1.6%
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Material Controller Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.1%

Community College of the Air Force

10.5%

Ashford University

7.2%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

5.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.3%

Wayne State University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

American InterContinental University

3.9%

Defense Acquisition University

3.9%

Friends University

3.9%

Kansas State University

3.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.3%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

3.3%

San Jose State University

3.3%

Excelsior College

3.3%

Sinclair Community College

3.3%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Colorado Technical University

3.3%

Northeastern University

3.3%

University of Alaska Anchorage

3.3%
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Majors

Business

42.6%

Supply Chain Management

8.4%

Management

8.1%

Accounting

5.9%

Aviation

3.2%

Project Management

3.1%

Aerospace Engineering

2.5%

General Studies

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Computer Science

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Information Technology

2.1%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%

Biology

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.3%

Other

28.3%

Masters

15.0%

Associate

11.3%

Certificate

6.9%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Material Controller

MaintenanceDepartmentProceduresPurchaseOrdersTimelyDeliveryMaterialControlSafetyInventoryControlLogisticalSupportRawMaterialsProductionSchedulesSquadronMRPCycleCountsCustomerServiceInventoryLevelsMaterialRequirementsDataEntryAccurateInventoryPhysicalInventoryInventoryManagement

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Top Material Controller Skills

  1. Maintenance Department
  2. Procedures
  3. Purchase Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and tracked annual maintenance department budget.
  • Created and maintained standard operating procedures and material specifications.
  • Worked with vendors on rescheduling purchase orders to meet customer and inventory needs through a web-based expediting program.
  • Implemented procedures to prevent damage to training devices during shipment, ensuring safe & timely delivery.
  • Directed planning and material control for Playtex Apparel, Ralph Lauren Intimates and Specialty Intimates apparel businesses.

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