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Inventory / Stock Specialist



The role of an inventory/stock specialist responsible for the reporting and management of physical and book value stock on hand.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Ensure that stock figures received, either direct or by handling agents, are inputted into the system to ensure up-to-date stock on hand reconciliation processes (physical to book value)
  • Ensure that appropriate checks are in place for the payment of storage and handling fees
  • Overall responsibility for adhering to occupational health and safety standards and setting company policy in regard to the movement of inventory and management of stock
  • Record inventory movement and assign associated value
  • Work closely with logistics, warehouse and purchasing management
  • Record raw material or commodity receivables and storage in a production/processing business
  • Receive and process customer orders and complete necessary paperwork
  • Communicate with logistics staff regarding known issues relating to the ability/inability to move or store stock
  • Record raw material or commodity receivables and storage in a production/processing business
  • Communicates relevant issues, activities and events to Production Manager
  • Monitor the payment of storage and handling fees


What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required an associate’s degree in agricultural business or supply chain or related field is preferred.


To pursue a career as an inventory-stock specialist:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, computer courses, mathematics and business courses.


Where can I work?

An inventory-stock specialist can work for a variety of companies, essentially anyone sells or distributes product would need someone to keep track of what is coming and going.  This could include, alternative energy (wind) companies, food production, seed and chemical distributors, agricultural retail, agricultural equipment manufacturing, and animal health companies.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The job outlook for an inventory-stock specialist will be good over the next five years.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Association for Operations Management (APICS)
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