Different companies make different uses of employees hired to work as supply clerks, but many of the job duties are the same across a variety of positions. Supply clerks work with products on hand within a company, maintain inventories, and order and restock as necessary. Large healthcare providers or large corporations that have a high “burn rate” for office supplies and similar goods are typical employers for supply clerks, who ensure that employee efficiency doesn’t suffer for lack of having proper tools.
Supply clerks keep frequently updated inventory lists of supplies that fall under their purview. They look at usage over a period of time, make any adjustments for expected business ebb or flow, and set up reordering as necessary to maintain necessary supply levels. Additionally, many companies expect supply clerks to oversee the delivery of supplies to the employees who need them; this typically involves picking items from warehouse or storeroom and delivering them to the various departments within their organization in a timely manner. Supply clerks also do some shipping and receiving work, including checking in deliveries of ordered supplies and creating shipments and returns as necessary.
Supply clerks typically need to possess at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Typically this is not an entry-level position, and supply clerks may be chosen from lower-level stocking or office workers to fill this role. Supply clerks must be well-organized and have good basic math skills, as well as good communication skills. The clerk normally works during regular business hours, and they split time among offices, storerooms, and the hallways in between them.
Supply Clerk Tasks
Inventory stock items and record data manually or using computer.
Document discrepancies and adjust errors.
Deliver incoming stock to various departments.
Verify, inspect and label incoming orders and store in central supply area.