Inventory assistants support inventory clerks in performing inventory-related tasks in their department. They help with incoming items, logging items and moving them to their proper location in the facility. Inventory assistants may also create orders when new inventory is needed and perform checks on current inventory to ensure proper counts. They must report any errors or issues to the inventory clerk as soon as possible. Inventory assistants typically work with other inventory assistants and inventory clerks, and they must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
At least a high school diploma or equivalent is generally required for this position. Previous experience in a similar position may be required or preferred. Inventory assistants need to be able to be highly organized and need to be able to be able to do basic math. They also need to have customer service skills, as well as the ability to lift, squat, bend over, and climb. Inventory assistants may face hazards from items stacked overhead, as well as items stacked on top of each other in large piles; they need to be able to mitigate risks effectively. Additionally, Inventory assistants need to be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
Inventory Assistant Tasks
Coordinate with shipping to ensure all receiving shipments are moving in and out of warehouse as scheduled.
Load and unload trucks.
Generate reports on inventory balance and shortages.
Count merchandise in stock and post totals to inventory records.