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Materials Handler Lead Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Leads the work of others and participates in work related to shipping, receiving, inspecting, storing, issuing, and delivering a variety of materials, equipment and supplies. Works with independence in carrying out duties with limited supervision.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of six classifications. Performs many of the duties of the lower levels, but is distinguished in that they are responsible for leading the work of other workers and overseeing work activities in addition to carrying out materials handling duties. Incumbents are expected to handle high-dollar cost and fragile equipment or supplies and hazardous materials, such as chemicals or gases when necessary. May be required to lift heavy objects.

Examples of Duties:

  • Coordinates the activities of subordinates.
  • Reviews difficult or complex work procedures to resolve questions presented by workers.
  • Ensures accurate, up-to-date records of inventory in stockroom and daily operations; completes necessary forms or paperwork for documentation.
  • Designs stockroom layout and oversees rearranging process.
  • Authorizes special orders within procedural and established limits.
  • Oversees and participates in counting, weighing and measuring incoming or outgoing items to compare identifying information and verify against bills of lading, invoices, orders or other records.
  • Examines incoming shipments for damage or shortages and corresponds with shipper to rectify; fills out appropriate forms or documents.
  • Fills orders and issues materials and supplies per requests; documents transactions, prepares requisitions and computes costs; keeps records of storeroom inventory.
  • Oversees and participates in ordering or purchasing a variety of stock items such as recommending changes to standard items or stock levels and ordering items using independent judgment within established limits.
  • Determines method of shipment based on knowledge of shipping procedures, routes and rates; packages, weighs and marks container for shipment; prepares necessary forms such as bills of lading.
  • May utilize computerized or automated system to accomplish tasks.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of computerized or automated system operations.
  • Knowledge of record keeping practices.
  • Knowledge of safety practices.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Skill in operating automotive, materials handling and office equipment.
  • Skill in lifting heavy packages and objects.

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of shipping/receiving experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Some positions may require possession of current Arizona Type D or Class C driver's license upon employment. Some positions may require State certification in forklift operation.


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