Inventory Control Clerk Ballston Spa NY

From Automotive Retailing Today... Job Definition The inventory control clerk maintains records and keeps track of stock as it is delivered to and shipped from the parts department.

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Inventory Control Clerk

From Automotive Retailing Today...

Job Definition

The inventory control clerk maintains records and keeps track of stock as it is delivered to and shipped from the parts department.

As with all positions within dealerships, inventory control clerks are expected to uphold the highest ethical standards.

Job Duties

Job duties of an inventory control clerk include:

  • Placing orders for parts, stocking parts in inventory and notifying recipients when orders arrive.
  • Maintaining a catalog of parts, keeping up to date on price changes.
  • Ensuring that the correct merchandise is shipped and in perfect condition.
  • Writing and keeping records and reports on inventory; approving purchase orders and working with accounting to process invoices.
  • Assisting in the annual parts inventory; keeping a neat and orderly stock.
  • Notifying departments responsible for filing adjustment claims as to whether or not shipments are damaged or incorrect.

Job Requirements

Inventory control clerks should be familiar with various supplier catalogs, and be able to use a computer system, calculator, motor vehicle and tier-lift and hand trucks. The clerk must also have a valid driver's license.

Exceptional organizational skills and a firm understanding of automotive components and their association with a vehicle are important when working in the parts department.

People working within the automotive industry may have to work extended hours, evenings and weekends to achieve their goals.

Education Requirements

Employers prefer applicants with a high school education including courses in typing, business math and other general business courses.

Automotive classes are useful.

Career Path

With proper training and experience, inventory control clerks can be promoted to the parts manager position.

Salary Range

The average annual earnings of inventory control clerks are approximately $20,000 to $45,000. Earnings vary depending on experience, and the dealer's geographic location and size.

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Benefits vary by employer, but most dealerships offer on site training, health insurance, retirement plans, and other benefit options. Talk with the specific dealer human resource manager about benefit packages.

Physical Demands

Working in the automotive industry can be physically demanding. Certain positions require employees to spend most of their workday on their feet and to carry heavy and awkwardly sized items. A reasonable level of physical fitness and flexibility is beneficial.

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