Stock controllers work in an operations department and are in charge of all incoming goods. They manage processing all purchasing orders, receiving deliveries, and ensuring everything is accounted for in those deliveries. It is important for a stock controller to have excellent organizational skills, as they are in charge of all receipts of incoming merchandise. They need to verify when shipments are coming in and plan on how to unload and store the merchandise.
Stock controllers are responsible for a lot of inventory. They take counts and compare those counts to invoices. It is very important to have basic knowledge of an operations team. Stock controllers need to have good verbal and written communications skills, as they will need to keep records of all products as they arrive and leave the premises. The stock controller may be in charge of finding and implementing new programs to help keep operations running smoothly.
Stock controllers sometimes need to work nights and weekends, depending what the job requires at the time. Stock controllers are paid hourly and many are full time.
Many companies prefer applicants have a college degree, but many hire applicants with experience in lieu of education. It is important that they have a good understanding of Microsoft Office, as they need to enter in data regarding shipments and receiving.
Stock Controller Tasks
- Generate reports on inventory balance and shortages.
- Count merchandise in stock and post totals to inventory records.
- Coordinate with shipping to ensure all receiving shipments are moving in and out of warehouse as scheduled.
- Load and unload trucks.