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Materials Handling Supervisor Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Directs, plans and coordinates workers and activities of assigned area or division of a warehouse or storage operation.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is fifth in a series of six classifications. It is distinguished from the Materials Handler Supervisor in that incumbents exercise management responsibilities over one or more major areas/divisions of a warehouse/stores operation and typically have those at the supervisory level as subordinate reporting to it. Incumbents generally perform duties under own initiative and exercise authority for independent decision-making affecting assigned area or division. May also manage the property control system within work unit and purchase equipment, materials, furniture or other supplies. Disposes of damaged, used or surplus property appropriately.

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.
  • Establishes goals and objectives for assigned area to meet overall department goals; develops and implements new and revised methods or procedures to improve efficiency and help achieve goals.
  • Analyzes operational issues to determine the most effective and efficient use of all resources.
  • Plans and schedules tasks over the short and long range to determine priorities and assign work.
  • Compiles and prepares reports for management regarding area operations and financial matters; incorporates information submitted by subordinate supervisors.
  • Controls inventory levels and coordinates and organizes annual inventory counts for assigned area/division.
  • Advises and instructs subordinates in all aspects of work; ensures adherence to university and safety policies and procedures.
  • Ensures accurate, complete records are kept regarding consumption, cost, selling price, stock levels and other data.
  • Resolves customer complaints and questions and inventory problems presented by subordinate staff.
  • Provides input and monitors budget for assigned area/division.
  • Assesses needs and requirements of the university and vendors; implements programs and services to meet them.
  • Manages property control system. Assigns numbers, tags and ensures appropriate documentation of location, description and other data.
  • Maintains inventory levels; purchases equipment materials, furniture or other supplies in accordance with budget and priorities; prepares bid specifications and works with appropriate staff and vendors to obtain required items/prices and resolve any questions or conflicts.
  • Determines disposition of used or damaged property and handles accordingly.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of shipping/receiving practices, policies and techniques.
  • Knowledge of merchandise handling and production methods.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

Minimum Qualifications:

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


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