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Stock control assistant

Alternative titles for this job include Stores assistant, stock supervisor, supply chain assistant

Stock control assistants keep track of stock levels and make sure there are enough supplies to meet customer demand.

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

between 6am and 10pm on shifts

How to become

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How to become a stock control assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could start by applying for a place on a Retailer Level 2, or Supply Chain Warehouse Operative Level 2, Intermediate Apprenticeship.

These apprenticeships can take between 1 and 2 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

More Information


You could look for work in a shop, supermarket, parts department or distribution depot and move into stock control through internal promotion.

Direct Application

You may need GCSEs in English and maths to apply directly for some jobs. Experience in retail or warehouse work could give you an advantage, though employers often provide training on the job.

It's useful to have some IT skills or experience of using online stock management software.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
  • active listening skills
  • concentration skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a stock control assistant, you could:

  • check stock levels and order new stock
  • update stock information on computer systems
  • receive deliveries and check paperwork is in order
  • move stock with a forklift truck
  • make sure orders are despatched on time
  • answer customer enquiries online, over the phone and in person
  • carry out spot checks and audits

Working environment

You could work in a stock room, in a warehouse or at a store.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could become a stock supervisor or manager. In these jobs, you would lead a team, forecast stock levels and work closely with suppliers.

You could also work as a retail buyer, looking at consumer trends and selecting products for your company that you think will sell well.

With further training, you could move into supply chain management.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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  • Wage: £20,400.00 Annually
  • Location: The Admiral Sir Henry Leach Building, Portsmouth, Hampshire

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  • Wage: £21,091.00 Annually
  • Location: Albrighton, Wolverhampton

Courses In England

Certificate in Warehousing & Storage Principles

  • Start date: 29 May 2024
  • Location: North Shields

Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Warehousing and Storage

  • Start date: 30 July 2024
  • Location: Durham

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