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Materials Handler Supervisor Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Supervises and coordinates activities of workers engaged in shipping, receiving, inspecting, storing, issuing, delivering, and maintaining records for a variety of materials, equipment, and supplies.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is fourth in a series of six classifications. It distinguished from the lead classification in that incumbents have full supervisory authority over other workers and typically spend a majority of work time engaged in supervisory activities, but also participate in materials handling duties.

Examples of Duties:

  • Hires, coaches, reviews, supervises, and terminates assigned employees, or makes effective suggestions and recommendations that are given particular weight regarding the employment status of assigned employees.
  • Compiles special or routine reports for management regarding financial or operational matters of assigned area.
  • Analyzes various shipping/receiving records to determine priorities, assignments and work methods required to meet schedules, utilizing knowledge of shipping procedures, routes, and rates.
  • Oversees, organizes, and coordinates annual inventory process.
  • Analyzes history to resolve discrepancies between stock control records and inventory on hand; accountable for accurate, up-to-date records and stock.
  • Verifies prices/costs paid for incoming materials and contacts vendor if discrepancy arises.
  • Ensures adequate safety measures are followed to protect university property and personnel.
  • Advises subordinates with questions or problems in any aspect of work activities.
  • Organizes layout of storage/stock areas considering size, weight and related factors of items stored.
  • Monitors work and examines records for accuracy, neatness and conformance to policies and procedures.
  • Recommends and implements new or changes to procedures to improve efficiency.
  • Performs or assists subordinates in performance of duties.
  • Participates in ordering of stock items to replenish levels.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of shipping/receiving and inventory standards and practices.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Four years of shipping/receiving/stores experience which includes one year supervisory lead experience; OR, Associate's degree in Business Administration or related field AND two years of shipping/receiving/stores experience which includes, one year supervisory or lead experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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