Inventory Control / Receiving Supervisor

La Mirada, California, United States Full-time


Makita U.S.A., Inc., distributes tool products and accessories to the US Market from strategically located distribution centers located throughout the USA and is headquartered in La Mirada, CA. Driven by a new leadership team at Makita USA, the team is visionary, focused on growth, and advocates contemporary operations management philosophies. This operations role will assist in developing and deploying new and innovative strategies and become an integral part of strengthening the new operations management team.

The role of Inventory Control/Receiving Supervisor will be responsible for the DC’s operational inventory control and receiving functions of Makita Power Tools. The objective is that these products be delivered on time, to the proper destination, in the quantity ordered, and with the agreed upon quality standards to be consistent with the expectations of the company and our customers.  The operations team is to meet customer expectations while managing costs.  



  • Reports to the Distribution Center Manager.
  • Create policies and procedures (including SOP’s) for effective, efficient cycle counting activities and inventories for the DC while supervising a team of non-exempt personnel. These policies should include managing and addressing the challenges of industrial channel accounts as well as large retail accounts.
  • Create policy and SOP’s for addressing all inventory discrepancies at the root cause level, utilizing BPCS and other systems while working within a WMS environment.
  • Create policy and SOP’s for location management, space utilization and other reporting functions as it relates to inventory management to optimize speed of distribution between the four walls.
  • Facilitate all physical inventories, working closely with the Distribution Center Manager and Team Leads.
  • Responsible for planning, prioritizing and communicating directives to ensure efficiency and accuracy for cycle count activities, variance resolution, and physical inventories.
  • Assist Factory Service Center (FSC) in maintaining accurate inventory levels and the disposal of obsolete stock.
  • Assist the Purchasing Department in maintaining purchase receipts.
  • Ensures accurate and timely receipt of all inbound shipments into the DC
  • Have a strong understanding of inventory control functions and processes.
  • Strong problem solving skills, time management, organizational, and oral and written skills.
  • Ability to work accurately, with interruptions, to meet deadlines.
  • A complete understanding of the concept of “Team”. Experience working within a fast paced warehouse environment is required. Solid understanding of receiving and shipping processes.
  • Previous experience coordinating physical inventories.
  • Proactively accepts additional duties and/or responsibilities as directed by the Distribution Center Manager.



  • College Degree is preferred and or 5-10 years of extensive relevant experience. High School diploma is required.
  • Must have an excellent math aptitude in order to accurately work with figures and record keeping.
  • WMS experience; Red Prairie/JDA a plus.
  • Must be multi-tasked and possess analytical skills.
  • Must have a demonstrated record of team development and leadership.
  • Must be detail oriented and have good organizational skills.
  • Minimum experience is 3-5 years inventory control, inbound operations, production control or related experience in a Distribution Center environment.
  • Experienced with MS Office Suite; Excel is required.



  • Coordinates the unloading, receiving and warehousing of branch transfers from all locations, ensuring an efficient workflow.
  • Ensures that inbound goods are accurately received and entered into WMS and host system.
  • Communicates with common carriers and manufacturing locations to schedule inbound workload.
  • Ensures all merchandise is stored in a safe, efficient and timely fashion.
  • Ensures merchandise is stored according to item and location attributes.
  • Oversee all returns processes to insure returns are processed accurately and in a timely matter to avoid bottlenecks in the process.
  • Monitor warehouse capacity and storage issues and direct employees accordingly to insure maximization of space.
  • Follow up on employee put-away processes to insure proper put-away rules are being used.
  • Monitor employee’s activities throughout the day to insure each employee has the proper tools and resources to complete the tasks expected of them and that their time is being managed wisely.
  • Ensure damages are processed daily and maintained in a current status.
  • Coordinates the disposition of damages with inventory.



  • This position requires individual to sit for intermittent periods of time. May require light lifting, bending, stooping or reaching.
  • May be subjected to working overtime as required.
  • Some out of state travel may be required.
  • Ability to work well with other people or departments.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the work load requirements.



  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Benefits
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Paid Time Off & Holiday Pay
  • Education Reimbursement

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