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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)

£13,500 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm 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 doing a retailer or warehouse operative intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

More Information


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

Direct Application

You'll usually need GCSEs in English and maths to apply directly for jobs. Experience in retail or warehouse work may give you an advantage.

It can be 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
  • the ability to work well with others
  • customer service skills
  • physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
  • active listening skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • concentration skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a typical day you could:

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

Working environment

You could work in a stock room or in a warehouse.

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 which products your company will sell.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Supply Chain Warehousing Operative Apprentice

  • Wage: £12,480.00 Annually

Apprentice Warehouse Person

  • Wage: £15,000.00 Annually
  • Location: S Boundary Rd, Liverpool

Courses In England

Certificate in Warehousing & Storage Principles

  • Start date: 06 March 2024
  • Location: North Shields

Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Warehousing

  • Start date: 03 April 2024
  • Location: Not known

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