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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

  • $64,000

    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 Manager Operations Manager Account Executive
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Office Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Case Manager Ambulatory Care Coordinator
Coordinator/Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Global Sourcing
14 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Purchasing Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planner Realtor Appraiser
Franchise Owner
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Technical Support Specialist Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Material Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Manager Of Purchasing & Materials
10 Yearsyrs
Material Control Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Material Manager
Material Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Material Control Supervisor Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Materials Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Purchasing Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Facilities Manager Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Production Supervisor Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Logistics Coordinator Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Service Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Operations Manager Site Manager
Site/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Material Scheduler 4.1 years
Production Planner 3.9 years
Material Lead 3.5 years
Materials Planner 3.4 years
Material Analyst 3.1 years
Planner 2.8 years
Expeditor 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Material Controller
Supervisor 5.8%
Buyer 5.0%
Teller 4.1%
Volunteer 3.3%
Top Careers After Material Controller
Buyer 7.3%
Supervisor 4.4%
Owner 4.0%

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Material Controller Demographics

Gender

Male

68.3%

Female

29.8%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

12.7%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.0%

German

8.0%

Mandarin

8.0%

Korean

8.0%

Chinese

4.0%

Filipino

4.0%

Ukrainian

4.0%

Cantonese

4.0%

French

4.0%

Russian

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%
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Material Controller Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.1%

Community College of the Air Force

9.0%

Sinclair Community College

6.4%

American InterContinental University

6.4%

Colorado Technical University

5.1%

Friends University

5.1%

Oklahoma State University

5.1%

Indiana Wesleyan University

5.1%

San Antonio College

3.8%

Greenville Technical College

3.8%

South University

3.8%

Wayne State University

3.8%

Trident University International

3.8%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

3.8%

San Francisco State University

3.8%

Defense Acquisition University

3.8%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

2.6%

University of Alabama

2.6%
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Majors

Business

41.4%

Accounting

9.2%

Supply Chain Management

8.2%

Management

5.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.9%

Education

3.6%

Project Management

3.6%

Information Technology

2.6%

Computer Science

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.0%

General Studies

1.6%

Automotive Technology

1.6%

Biology

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Cosmetology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.6%

Other

30.0%

Masters

12.6%

Associate

11.7%

Certificate

6.4%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Material Controller

  1. Controller Department
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. Delivery Schedules
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Track purchase orders and verify inventory receipt accuracy.
  • Coordinated with suppliers to ensure prompt delivery schedules, proper documentation procedures, and timely invoicing resolution.
  • Audited raw materials inventory upon being hired.
  • Provided guidance to program personnel for security related procedures, questions and clarification of security requirements.
  • Developed and implemented computerized inventory control system for permanent equipment shipped from the United States.

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