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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. 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. May be required to lift heavy objects. Works with independence in carrying out duties with limited supervision.


Coordinates the activities of subordinates

Ensures accurate, up-to-date records of inventory and completes necessary forms or paperwork for documentation

Oversees and participates in counting, weighing, and measuring incoming and outgoing items to verify against bills of lading, invoices, orders or other records

Fills orders and issues materials and supplies as per requests

Oversees and participates in ordering or purchasing a variety of stock items

Determines method of shipment based on knowledge of shipping procedures, routes and rates.

May utilize computerized or automated system to accomplish tasks


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. Valid driver's license may be required in some instances.

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



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