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Materials Handler Supervisor Duties

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Directs, plans and coordinates workers and activities for assigned area or division of a warehouse or storage operation. It is distinguished from Materials Handler IV in that incumbents exercise management responsibilities over one or more major areas 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.


Supervises the activities of subordinates

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

Analyze operational issues to determine the most effective and efficient use of all resources

Plan and schedule tasks over the short and long range to determine priorities and assign work

Compile and prepare reports for management regarding the area operations and financial matters; incorporates information submitted by subordinate supervisors

Controls inventory levels and coordinates and organizes annual inventory counts for assigned area

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 or division

Manages property control system

Maintains inventory levels

Six years of shipping/stores/stores experience which includes one year supervision experience; OR, Associates Degree in Business Administration AND four years of shipping/receiving/stores experience which includes one year supervision experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved

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



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