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Inventory Control Worker Counts Materials in Warehouse



Career Overview

What They Do


Inventory control or purchasing representatives purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment.  They also purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing. 

Job Duties

  • Prepare purchase orders, solicit bid proposals, and review requisitions for goods and services

  • Interview vendors and visit suppliers' plants and distribution centers to examine and learn about products, services, and prices

  • Monitor and follow applicable laws and regulations

  • Research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability, production and distribution capabilities, and the supplier's reputation and history

  • Attend meetings, trade shows, conferences, conventions, and seminars to network with people in other purchasing departments

  • Confer with staff, users, and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action

  • Evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and to determine need for changes

  • Maintain and review computerized or manual records of items purchased, costs, deliveries, product performance, and inventories

  • Arrange the payment of duty and freight charges

  • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine reasonable prices

  • Review catalogs, industry periodicals, directories, trade journals, and internet sites and consult with other department personnel to locate necessary goods and services

  • Purchase the highest quality merchandise at the lowest possible price and in correct amounts

  • Formulate policies and procedures for bid proposals and procurement of goods and services

  • Hire, train, or supervise purchasing clerks, buyers, and expediters

  • Study sales records and inventory levels of current stock to develop strategic purchasing programs that facilitate employee access to supplies

  • Write and review product specifications, maintaining a working technical knowledge of the goods or services to be purchased

  • Negotiate, renegotiate, and administer contracts with suppliers, vendors, and other representatives

  • Monitor shipments to ensure that goods come in on time and resolve problems related to undelivered goods

  • Monitor changes affecting supply and demand, tracking market conditions and price trends

Job Earnings


$44,800 per year salary average for entry-level workers 
$87,110 per year salary average for experienced workers

Education/Training Requirements


Depending on the company, purchasing/inventory control positions may require a four-year bachelor's degree.  Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Job Outlook & Growth


In New York State based on the total number of annual openings and its growth rate, employment prospects for inventory control & purchasing positions are described as Less Favorable. During 2016, there were approximately 15,540 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products employed in New York State. It is estimated that in 2026 there will be 14,930 employed in New York State. This represents an increase of -60 job(s) each year, and a total of 1,230 job opening(s) each year.

Career Pathway

Ways to Start Preparing for Your Future Career TODAY!

Middle & High School Opportunities

Local Colleges/Training

Local Career Connection

Terri Myers, Purchasing Agent

Koike Aronson, Inc.

Arcade, NY

Deeper Dive

Supply Chain Management

Genesee Community College

Purchasing Manager/Agent, Wholesale and Retail Buyer Career Video


Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With

Inventory Control/Purchasing Jobs

Koike Aronson Logo
Advanced Rubber Products Logo
American Classic Outfitters Logo
Star Headlight and Lantern Company Inc.
Adfors-Saint Gobain Logo
Brunner International Logo
Amada Tool Logo
Hinspergers Poly Industries Logo
Orcon Industries
Arkema Logo
Chapin Logo
Sweetners Plus Logo

This is a selection of businesses in the region offering this career.  That does not mean that there are currently positions available.  For information on companies who are hiring right now, please visit

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