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.