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Inventory Control Manager

  • Thorlabs
  • Jessup, MD, USA
  • Sep 14, 2023
Full time Management

Job Description

The Inventory Control Manager directs inventory management processes, ensures adequate inventory of materials and products in accordance with inventory cycles and business needs. Conducts routine physical inventory analysis to solve inventory problems. Directs and manages the year end physical inventory. Trains and manages an inventory team and shipping and receiving. The location of the position is in Jessup, MD from time to time it may be required to undertake duties at other Thorlabs locations.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Supervises and coordinates the appropriate processing of inventory movement procedures, receiving reports, inventory requisitions applicable to items maintained
  • Supervises all inventory, shipping and receiving personnel daily. Trains, assigns, and directs the staff in their work activities.
  • Develops and implements inventory control procedures throughout TQE.
  • Supervises and coordinates the audit of periodic physical inventories.
  • Maintains inventory records, performs cycle count, investigates variances and adjusts inventory records as required.
  • Plans layout of stockroom, warehouse, and other storage areas, considering turnover, size, weight, and related factors of items stored.
  • Reviews and dispositions old or obsolete inventory, periodically, according to company policy
  • Ensures fulfillment of Kan-ban locations across TQE.
  • Continuously evaluate and monitor all inventory operations for efficiency improvements.
  • Support (sales and production planning) with RMA management
  • Supports IQC and OQA functions as needed.

In addition to the essential functions and duties listed above, all positions are also responsible for:

  • Meeting company standards pertaining to quantity and quality of work performed on an ongoing basis, performing all work-related tasks in a manner that is in compliance with all Company policies and procedures.
  • Adhering to Company policies, procedures, and directives regarding standards of workplace behavior in completing job duties and assignments.

The Company retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


Physical Activities:

Work may be active at times, could stand, walk or sit for long durations and/or perform repetitious work at times. Exerts up to 25 lbs. of force occasionally. Work areas may be noisy at times.



  • Minimum 5 years experience supervising and managing inventory control staff as well as knowledge of the manufacturing process.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • APICS certification a plus but not required

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with Axapta (or other ERP system) and RAF system.
  • Must be able to work on a self-initiated basis in a team environment, and able to work extended hours as needed.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and strong ability to multitask.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work cross functionally at all levels or the company.

Organizational Relationships

Direct Reports:

This position manages all employees of the department (Inventory Control Clerks, Specialist and Shipping and Receiving personnel)  and is responsible for the performance management and hiring of the employees within that department.


Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.