How to become a Inventory and Supply Officer

Inventory and supply officers receive and dispatch goods, manage stock levels and record stock movement. With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to become an inventory control manager or supply manager.

Personal requirements of a Inventory and Supply Officer

  • Enjoy clerical and administrative activities
  • Good planning and numeracy skills
  • A methodical approach to work
  • Good communication skills
  • Aptitude for working with computer systems
  • Able to pay attention to detail

Education & Training for a Inventory and Supply Officer

You can work as an inventory and supply officer without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an inventory and supply officer through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Inventory and Supply Officer

Inventory and supply officers:

  • prepare purchase orders
  • receive, store and issue goods
  • manage stock levels and distribute supplies from stock
  • maintain stock records using manual or computerised systems
  • prepare inventories
  • find sources of supply and obtain quotes from suppliers
  • price incoming goods, estimate the cost of requisitions or value of stock and store articles
  • coordinate purchasing, warehousing and inventory functions.

Working conditions for a Inventory and Supply Officer

Inventory officers normally manage the level of stock held by a company, while supply officers (a more senior position in large companies) are usually responsible for the coordination of purchasing, warehousing and inventory functions.

Employment Opportunities for a Inventory and Supply Officer

Inventory and supply officers are employed in hospitals and government agencies, and in construction, defence, manufacturing, mining, service, transport, wholesale and retail firms. Increased use of computers and automation in inventory and stores management has affected the nature of inventory and supply work, with many businesses moving towards a single, automated warehousing operation focusing on just-in-time delivery, rather than a number of smaller stores that maintain large amounts of stock.

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Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.3%

NSW NSW 32.8%

NT NT 1%

QLD QLD 17.8%

SA SA 5.9%

TAS TAS 1.2%

VIC VIC 29.7%

WA WA 10.5%

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Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 57.8%

Female 42.2%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 1.8%

Not completed Year 12: 20.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 24.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 22%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 10.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 15.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 5.2%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 3%

20-24 - 7.3%

25-34 - 26.6%

35-44 - 24%

45-54 - 22.3%

55-59 - 9.8%

60-64 - 5.4%

65 and Over - 1.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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