What does an Inventory Control Specialist do?

Inventory control specialists track inventory changes working alongside retail and warehouse workers. They have many responsibilities that vary depending upon employment positions and perform duties including oversight of inventory control where they keep detailed records of any changes in inventory or production and report changes to the proper department. They inspect inventory and take note of any damage or potentially unsuitable products and return defective products back to the supplier or dispose of them according to company standards.

When shipments arrive, inventory control specialists receive and sign for them. They may interact with vendors to ensure shipments are scheduled properly and handle payment for the products when they are received. Inventory control specialists ensure the company's inventory remains sufficient and place orders when products get low, and return items the company does not need. Inventory control specialists need a high school diploma or equivalent work experience and many receive on-the-job training.

What responsibilities are common for Inventory Control Specialist jobs?
  • Responsible for physically managing the inventory inside the warehouse.
  • Perform system entries to maintain inventory and bin accuracy.
  • Operate stock pickers to lift, move, pick, and stock inventory.
  • Ensure inventory records are current and up to date.
  • Assist with data entry work on annual physical inventory.
  • Research and resolve all keyed issues, adjustments and discrepancies.
  • Verify the accuracy of incoming and outgoing shipments and orders.
  • Perform routine cycle counting of floor and stockroom inventories.
  • Assist in fulfilling purchase order requests in a timely, organized manner.
  • Perform barcoding and input data for fixed assets and related items.
  • Receive and perform QA/QC, and obtain material testing reports (MTR Certs).
  • In charge of printing, auditing, and reviewing all unloaded products.
  • Investigate proper delivery to location if not specified on order.
  • Lift up to 30 lbs. frequently and greater than 50 lbs.
  • Devise ways to optimize inventory control processes and procedures.
  • Assign work schedules, train associates in processes and monitor associates' progress.
  • Place product on hold with issues to be reviewed by upper management.
  • Lead company safety initiatives and ensure a culture of safety.
  • Utilize a warehouse management system to maintain appropriate work documents.
What are the typical qualifications for Inventory Control Specialist jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, business administration, computer science or engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Comfortable problem solving and decision making using leadership and time management skills.
  • Fluent in enterprise resource planning and critical thinking.
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic and strict attention to detail.
  • Will strive for continuous improvement.
  • Able to interface with teams and conduct control testing.
  • Confident at all times.
  • Experience with C, WMS, Planograms, and spreadsheet software and systems.
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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does an Inventory Control Specialist make?

Confident
$43,118 /yr
Total Pay
$40,500
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$2,618
 /yr

Additional Pay

$43,118

 / yr
$33K$57K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Inventory Control Specialist Career Path

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Inventory Control Specialist

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
20%
2 - 4
29%
5 - 7
9%
8+
42%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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ElectroluxElectrolux
Inventory Specialist
Sep 23, 2021

“Payment Issues: Have had several occasions in which paychecks are not verified/approved causing a lapse in pay.”

Bed Bath & BeyondBed Bath & Beyond
Inventory Control
Jun 2, 2021

“You get a flexible schedule most of the time which is great for life’s inconveniences.”

Estes Express LinesEstes Express Lines
Incident Management Specialist
Sep 22, 2022

“The people here are great and it is one of the best places I have enjoyed working in my career.”

RGISRGIS
Inventory Taker
Aug 5, 2020

“My first training session was very intensive and I feel like we should have gotten much more training.”

AgilityAgility
Inventory Control Specialist
Jun 18, 2022

“Benefits and Overtime and personally really enjoyed my time there and believe it is a pivotal moment in my career.”

Mkb TechnologyMkb Technology
Inventory Associate
Nov 18, 2022

“To much expected at times pay isn't good Will do other department jobs high turnover rate”

Foster CavinessFoster Caviness
Inventory Specialist
Sep 13, 2022

“The higher up positions are all very close friends so no career growth any time soon.”

A1A
Sr. Inventory Specialist
Mar 6, 2022

“It is a small company so you get to learn many aspects of the job.”

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