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 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, 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.

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
  • active listening skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • concentration skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • making sure paperwork is correctly filled out
  • checking stock levels and ordering new stock
  • updating stock information on computer systems
  • receiving deliveries
  • moving stock with a forklift truck
  • making sure orders are despatched on time
  • answering customer enquiries online, over the phone and face-to-face
  • carrying out spot checks and audits

Working environment

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

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

Apprenticeships In England

Retailer Level 2 Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £148.20 Weekly
  • Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7XD

Retail Apprentice Sales Consultant - Harvey Nichols

  • Wage : £19,047.00 Annually
  • Location: SW1X 7RJ

Courses In England

Certificate in Warehousing and Storage Principles

  • Provider: VSS Training and Development Ltd
  • Start date: 01 October 2019
  • Location: Bury

Certificate in Warehousing and Storage Principles

  • Provider: Vocational Skills Solutions Limited
  • Start date: 01 October 2019
  • Location: BOOTLE

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