What does an Inventory Manager do?

As an Inventory Manager you are responsible for the accurate inventory of all incoming and outgoing products and supplies. You will plan purchasing and procurement to maximize efficiencies and incorporate best supply chain practices to minimize inventory loss. Additionally, you will be responsible for hiring, training and mentoring inventory staff to ensure they follow safety protocols and use technology appropriately.

The ideal Inventory Manager will hold an Associate's degree in business or a related field and have 5+ years of experience in an inventory role. A Bachelor's degree and CPIM certification are preferred. You will have experience training, coaching and mentoring inventory staff and are able to use a computer and office technology.

What responsibilities are common for Inventory Manager jobs?
  • Maintain accurate inventory of supply and products
  • Supervise and mentor staff
  • Hire, train and provide development opportunities for staff
  • Develop inventory staff schedule
  • Investigate and resolve inconsistencies with inventory
  • Ensure a safe working environment
  • Make recommendations to leadership about improvements in inventory life cycle
  • Minimize inventory loss by incorporating best supply chain practices
What are the typical qualifications for Inventory Manager jobs?
  • Associate's degree in business or related field, required
  • 5+ years of experience in an inventory role
  • CPIM certification, preferred
  • Experience training, coaching, and mentoring
  • Able to use a computer and other office technology
  • Knowledgeable of inventory software
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Able to stand and bend for long periods of time in a warehouse environment
  • Good communication skills
Education--
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Inventory Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$54,952 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
See More Insights
$32K
Median: $55K
$94K
See More Insights
Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Inventory Manager Career Path

Learn how to become an Inventory Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
18%
2 - 4
36%
5 - 7
24%
8+
22%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
See Career Path

Inventory Manager Insights

Read what Inventory Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
DawsongroupDawsongroup
Purchase Ledger Clerk
Jun 17, 2021

“Was nice to get a hamper and a turkey at Christmas and were good with holidays.”

Gulf Warehousing CompanyGulf Warehousing Company
Inventory Controller
Jul 28, 2022

“GWC is managing 1000 + customer so its great opportunity for learn and develop the career and am considering GWC as a university.”

Love's Travel Stops & Country StoresLove's Travel Stops & Country Stores
Inventory Management Coordinator
Nov 2, 2021

“I enjoy working here because my fellow staff is fun to be around and we rarely have a dull moment in our store.”

Brooklyn Bottling Company of Milton, New York
Inventory Coordinator
Mar 9, 2022

“Occasional Saturdays are required and I was never paid overtime.”

Fortrans (Cameroon)
Shipping Supervisor
Apr 6, 2021

“Well established custom clearing department with much workload and excellent relations with custom officials”

Danzas AEI EmiratesDanzas AEI Emirates
Inventory Supervisor
Mar 17, 2022

“Promotes good work and life balance”

Lift-AllLift-All
Shipping Supervisor
May 17, 2021

“Good work and home balance”

Kolmar LaboratoriesKolmar Laboratories
Inventory Manager
Apr 10, 2022

“Pay is decent for where it is located but not great.”

See More

Inventory Manager Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an Inventory Manager

The most similar professions to Inventory Manager are:
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Operations Manager
  • Manager

Related Careers

Inventory Control Specialist
$42,885
No skills overlap
Inventory Analyst
$54,468
No skills overlap
Operations Manager
$76,445
No skills overlap
Manager
$79,770
No skills overlap

Inventory Manager jobs