A central supply worker usually works in a warehouse environment. The worker will receive supplies and organize them in a manner that makes sense. That way, the supplies can be retrieved more easily, in order to ship to items to customers as needed. Depending on the workplace, items may be stored according to product, shape, style, or type of material.
The central supply worker may also be expected to supply feedback as to what standards should be used, in order to efficiently store goods. It is often part of the job to keep activity records, so organizational skills are important. The records may be kept manually or on a computer. Success on the job may be measured by productivity and general work quality. Sometimes, procurement duties may be given to the central supply worker, so it will be necessary to work with and negotiate with vendors. In some cases, the central supply worker will personally deliver items to various departments or other locations. It is important to keep the warehouse area clean and neat, so as to maintain a comfortable and hazard-free work environment.
This job is often physically strenuous, as it requires being able to lift heavy items, to stoop and bend, and to walk or stand for long periods of time. The central supply worker may also have to be certified to use a forklift. Usually, this job requires a minimum of a high school diploma.
Central Supply Worker Tasks
Order, receive, and maintain inventory of medical supplies.
Distribute and ensure proper handling and sterilization of equipment.
Track invoices, purchase orders, and inventory, and resolve concerns directly with vendors.