An inventory control supervisor has many responsibilities related to a company's inventory control procedures. One of their main responsibilities is maintaining records of inventory and the location of individual products in warehouses and off-site locations. They are also normally responsible for controlling costs through different avenues such as staff productivity, proper utilization of storage space, and proper protection of all stored materials. These supervisors also recommend fixes or replacements for equipment as needed. If there are product losses, the inventory control supervisor is in charge of creating and implementing a plan to correct the issue. This position is typically full time and takes place in an office setting, although travel to their company's warehouses and storage locations may be required as well.
Inventory control supervisors normally manage a specific team of inventory control personnel. This includes interviewing, hiring, and training new employees, as well as planning, assigning, and directing their team's work. Other personnel-related tasks are performance reviews, addressing complaints, and finding solutions to any team-related problems.
A bachelor's degree is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position. Additionally, most employers seek at least a two years of related experience as well. Being able to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and efficiently multitask are essential. They must also have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong time management skills. Basic computer skills are also needed.
Inventory Control Supervisor Tasks
Oversee day-to-day operations of warehouse and staff, including scheduling and documentation.
Ensure all regulations for safety and OSHA are followed, and lead trainings as required.
Organize and audit inventory, receipts, returns, and storage practices.