Inventory Control Specialist

Inventory Analyst  

Inventory control specialists monitor and track public transportation supplies, equipment, tools, and vehicles. They determine the correct amount of supplies to order and may do so through increasingly sophisticated analysis and e-business applications (such as SAP), to make sure that everything is delivered in the right amount and on time. Depending upon the size of the organization, these workers may be required to negotiate with vendors or evaluate contracts.

Math and negotiating skills are required for this detail-oriented position, as are good communication, analytical, organizational, computer, and record keeping skills. Work typically takes places in a warehouse, and depending on the size of the agency, workers may be required to be available 24/7 or to work through emergencies. Inventory control specialists must be able to walk, stand, and sit for long periods of time, and be able to lift up to 15 pounds.

Employers require at least a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certificate. However, an associate's degree, certificate as a purchasing manager (such as the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential), and three to five years of previous parts experience is helpful. Many industry employers provide on-the-job training, but click on the "get qualified" tab above to see additional resources for job preparation and training, as well as available educational programs in your area.

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Certificate (High School + 0-4 years, Certificate awarded)
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