A receiving clerk is a position in a warehouse or another facility that receives a large number of shipments on a regular basis. The receiving clerk's main duties often include unloading shipments, as well as verifying that their contents are correct and that no items are damaged. They are also usually tasked with sorting the shipment and placing it in the correct storage space. One of the primary aspects of the receiving clerk's job is to keep accurate records of shipments, and they often have to contact the shipper directly if any discrepancies are found or if the shipment was damaged in any way. It is not uncommon for the clerk to also prepare outgoing shipments and to load them onto a shipping truck. The shifts for receiving clerks vary, and the clerk may either work a day or night shift.
The job requirements for a receiving clerk may include a high school diploma or equivalent. They must also demonstrate math and organizational skills, as those are necessary in loading and unloading shipments and storing them in their proper places. Some companies also require clerks have previous experience in customer service or another job involving inventory management. A successful receiving clerk may be promoted to a managerial or supervising position, which would then involve overseeing the daily activities of the shipping department or warehouse and developing or maintaining company policies.
Receiving Clerk Tasks
- Work with approved vendors to purchase and deliver needed materials.
- Establish par levels of supplies need by company.
- Manage levels of supplies.
- Research prices and supplies of non-mandated items.