Inventory control managers oversee inventory levels to ensure that they are neither too high nor too low. They are also responsible for replenishing spent inventory, arranging for the return or disposal, and preventing shrinkage as necessary. Inventory control managers are often found in fields such as retail stores and distribution centers, food service, and manufacturing. Inventory control managers may also be employed by inventory management services, which are hired as contractors by businesses to conduct external audits on store or warehouse inventories; in this role, inventory control managers may coordinate inventory-taking teams.
Inventory control managers must possess strong organizational skills, as success in this position demands careful accounting of potentially large amounts of inventory and keeping updated records so that accurate counts may be made. In situations in which the inventory control manager oversees teams of auditors, the manager must be able to communicate effectively and make quick decisions when discrepancies arise. Inventory control managers must also have a grasp on computer operations, as most modern inventory-keeping tools are computerized devices. Inventory control managers often work in a retail or warehouse setting, so they are generally mobile for most of the day and may need to be able to lift heavy items.
Individuals with relevant experience, especially with inventory control background in a retail or warehouse environment, generally need an associate's degree. However, a bachelor's degree in business or management greatly may enhance job prospects. Prospective applicants may also consider pursing an inventory management certification program.
Inventory Control Manager Tasks
- Maintain accurate inventory counts throughout.
- Act as a liaison between departments and buyers and determine obsolete stock while optimizing inventory turnover.
- Implement and execute an inventory replenishment system ensuring proper levels of stock.