Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Stores Specialist (#20001842)

General Statement

Under general supervision, conducts physical inventories of a wide variety of stocked items and performs related procedures involving the identification, cataloging and general inventory management of materials and equipment.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Conducts physical inventories; investigates the cause of inventory discrepancies and recommends corrective action.
  • Identifies and describes materials and equipment held in inventory utilizing manufacturers’ catalogues, manuals, engineering drawings and specifications; contacts manufacturers and suppliers for information and communicates with District plant personnel.
  • Assigns numeric inventory codes to materials and equipment; creates, deletes, updates and maintains inventory records; enters and extracts inventory control data and reviews inventory control reports.
  • Reviews requisitions for accuracy and item availability; recommends uniform standard specifications; reviews and reports inventory usage patterns for individual plant and District-wide procurement of inventory.

Other Job Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

Work is performed in a warehouse or storeroom environment involving exposure to a variety of tools, equipment, chemicals and other industrial materials.  Bending, lifting and the use of stepladders are required to perform duties including physical inventory counts.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of inventory control management.
  • Considerable knowledge of industrial-type commodities and equipment in use by the District.
  • Skill in identifying and describing a wide variety of materials and equipment using manufacturers, suppliers and in-house resources.
  • Ability to identify and isolate the source of inventory discrepancies and recommend corrective action.
  • Ability to conduct physical inventories accurately and in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Physical strength and agility sufficient to bend, lift, and climb ladders in the conduct of physical inventories.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from a standard senior high school or the equivalent and four years of technical experience in inventory control.


Full-time study at an accredited college or university majoring in business or public administration, engineering or allied science may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of three years.

Promotional Requirement

  • None

CLASS: 20001842; EST: 1/1/2013; REV: 1/1/2014;