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Working As A Shipping Lead

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Processing Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Repetitive

  • $33,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Shipping Lead 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 Shipping Lead

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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Shipping Lead Career Paths

Shipping Lead
Shipping Supervisor Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Shipping Supervisor Warehouse Manager Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Shipping Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Production Manager Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Store Manager Service Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Assistant Store Manager Department Manager
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Operation Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Operation Supervisor Transportation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Distribution Supervisor Distribution Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Safety Manager Terminal Manager
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Supervisor Shipping Receiving Manager
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipping Lead 4.0 years
Shipping Manager 3.9 years
Receiving Lead 3.6 years
Shipping Clerk 2.8 years
Shipping Assistant 2.1 years
Shipping 2.0 years
Shipping Associate 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Shipping Lead
Cashier 7.2%
Supervisor 4.0%
Manager 3.2%
Driver 2.9%
Top Careers After Shipping Lead
Supervisor 4.9%
Driver 4.1%
Cashier 3.0%
Manager 2.8%

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Top Skills for A Shipping Lead

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Customer Service
  3. Inventory Control
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained an exemplary safety record by instituting safety procedures and ensuring all material handling equipment was operated accordingly.
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Perform inventory control to ensure optimal inventory levels.
  • Prepare required delivery logs and other documentation, and report shipping outcomes to supervisor.
  • Operate dolly, pallet jack, and/or forklift in loading and unloading supplies and equipment; lock warehouse and set alarms.

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Shipping Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

69.3%

Female

20.5%

Unknown

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

18.7%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.1%

Carrier

10.4%

Swahili

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Samoan

1.5%

French

1.5%

Dakota

1.5%

Armenian

1.5%

Hmong

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Tongan

1.5%

Italian

1.5%
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Shipping Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.6%

Remington College

7.7%

The Academy

7.1%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

6.6%

Ashford University

4.4%

Salt Lake Community College

3.8%

Austin Community College

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.3%

Joliet Junior College

3.3%

American InterContinental University

3.3%

Greenville Technical College

3.3%

Clark College

2.7%

Strayer University

2.7%

Volunteer State Community College

2.7%

University of North Texas

2.7%

Guilford Technical Community College

2.7%

Tennessee State University

2.7%

Vincennes University

2.7%

Northern Kentucky University

2.7%

Modesto Junior College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

35.4%

General Studies

9.2%

Criminal Justice

6.8%

Accounting

5.9%

Computer Science

3.8%

Automotive Technology

3.8%

Management

3.4%

Education

3.2%

Supply Chain Management

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.0%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

English

2.2%

Communication

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%

Political Science

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

44.4%

Associate

21.5%

Bachelors

21.0%

Certificate

6.5%

Diploma

3.9%

Masters

2.2%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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