Inventory control clerks manage and coordinate inventory control operations within a business. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that the company’s inventory is both accurate and up to date. They coordinate among various groups to gather inventory information; for example, they work with vendors to get current shipping records, details on expected incoming inventory, and verification of prior shipments. Inventory control clerks also work with customer service professionals and other inventory personnel to give and receive updates on inventory-related issues. Inventory control clerks serve as the primary hub for inventory information and are expected to efficiently gather and distribute information in line with their company’s specific inventory management system or policies. Once accurate inventory has been taken, inventory control clerks address any overages or shortages by recommending modifications to future orders. They also communicate with warehouse personnel to prepare items for display in the store or designate locations for warehouse storage.
Inventory control clerks typically work full time in a commercial or warehouse environment, although they may need to handle off-hours or weekend deliveries and duties in some positions. They may be required to lift and move heavy objects and/or operate standard warehouse equipment in the course of their work.
Inventory control clerks are generally required to hold a high school diploma or equivalent. They must have excellent communication skills, as they coordinate with several departments and outside vendors. At least one year's experience with warehouse procedures or inventory control is required in most cases. Basic computer skills and data entry ability are also necessary to keep accurate and up-to-date inventory records.
Inventory Control Clerk 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.