An inventory specialist helps oversee a store’s inventory control by keeping track of all products and supplies as well as comparing actual inventory to sales records. The job description of an inventory specialist requires a proficiency in the use of inventory software, detailed knowledge of the range of a company’s products, and a strong attention to detail.
An inventory specialist maintains records of all store inventory, produces inventory reports for the store manager on a regular basis, ensures that sales records and actual store inventory match up, and keeps all stock organized and replenished as necessary.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of an Inventory Specialist
- Counts all store products and supplies.
- Analyzes sales records and compares them to physical store inventory.
- Reports and discrepancies to inventory manager or store manager.
- Maintains cleanliness and organization of the stockroom.
- Puts in orders for new supplies.
- Locates and removes expired or defective merchandise from the sales floor.
- Packs up defective items for return, creates shipping labels, and mails items.
- Works with store manager to brainstorm ways to reduce inventory discrepancy and possible theft or “shrink.”
- Uses computerized inventory software to record, track, and maintain all inventory related data.
- Assists customers on the sales floor when necessary.
- Retrieves items from the stockroom for customers and sales associates.
- Accepts and signs for store deliveries.
- Unloads deliveries and stores them appropriately in the stockroom.
- Replenishes stock on the sales floor.
- Adjusts inventory reports to account for new deliveries.
- Assists in closing sales and providing customer service.
- Ensures that all stock on the sales floor is organized, properly stored, and in good condition.
- Assists in cleaning the store during closing shifts.
- Attends store meetings.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrates proficiency in the use of inventory software.
- Possesses specific knowledge of company’s range of products and services.
- Exhibits ability to interpret and explain inventory and sales reports.
- Possesses physical strength necessary to unload and restock supplies.
- Pays close attention to detail.
- Demonstrates strong organizational skills.
- Exhibits ability to think creatively in order to devise best inventory control practices.
- Possesses a keen eye for organization.
- Demonstrates strong interpersonal and customer service skills.
- Works well with a team.
Education and Experience
- High school diploma or GED required.
- Job-specific training required prior to start date.
- Work experience in retail and/or inventory control is strongly preferred.
- Working hours will be spent in the stockroom and on the sales floor, tracking and organizing inventory.
- Time will also be spent in a store office, processing paperwork.
- Standard 40-hour workweek applies.
- Shifts vary from day to evening.
- Physical labor such as lifting and moving heavy boxes of supplies may be required on a regular basis.
- The average salary for an inventory specialist is $35,000.
- Salaries for the most experienced and established inventory specialists can reach $50,000.