Purchasing and inventory control workers (NOC 1524)

Job titles

  • equipment inventory clerk
  • food and beverage control clerk - inventory
  • food controller - inventory
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Nature of work

Purchasing and inventory control workers process purchasing transactions and maintain inventories of materials, equipment and stock. They are employed by retail and wholesale establishments, manufacturing companies, government agencies and other establishments.

Fields of interest

  • Crunching numbers
  • Entering or verify data and information, sorting, filing
  • Writing, working in communications and information

Main duties

  • Purchasing control workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Review requisition orders for accuracy and verify that materials, equipment and stock are not available from current inventories
  • - Source and obtain price quotations from catalogues and suppliers and prepare purchase orders
  • - Calculate cost of orders and charge or forward invoices to appropriate accounts
  • - Process purchases within purchasing authority
  • - Contact suppliers to schedule deliveries and to resolve shortages, missed deliveries and other problems
  • - Prepare and maintain purchasing files, reports and price lists.
  • Inventory control workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Monitor inventory levels as materials, equipment and stock are issued, transferred within an establishment or sold to the public using manual or computerized inventory systems
  • - Compile inventory reports, recording the quantity, type and value of materials, equipment and stock on hand, using manual or computerized inventory systems
  • - Prepare requisition orders to replenish materials, equipment and stock
  • - Maintain stock rotation and dispose of and account for outdated stock
  • - Enter data for production scheduling, stock replenishment/relocation and inventory adjustments
  • - Reconcile physical inventories with computer counts.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Courses in purchasing management may be required for purchasing clerks.
  • * Courses in production and inventory management and ability to operate a computerized inventory system may be required for inventory clerks.

Skill type

  • Business, finance and administration occupations

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

  • * The duties of purchasing and inventory clerks may overlap in some establishments.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions or more senior occupations such as purchasing agent or retail buyer is possible with additional training or experience.