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Stock Controller

Argos Distribution is changing. Our distribution network is one of the most advanced of its kind and our fully automated Barton DC is a prime example of this – set over 650,000 sq ft with automated high bay (15 cranes & over 94,000 pallet storage locations), 40 pick to light stations with 74,000 tote storage locations it supplies 877 Argos stores plus the online distribution network. We employ over 500 colleagues who all benefit from great working environment, on-going development and progression opportunities.

We support, develop and work with our teams through on-going personal development programmes. We truly believe in our people and offer a wide range of opportunities to progress within the company.

The role

The remit of a role of Stock Controller / Manager is to provide independent site assurance through the implementation of compliance tests and investigations process into stock and process integrity within Distribution.

This will include:

Assessing the risk and impact of new systems, changed procedures and work practises upon the accuracy of stock recording and its impact upon centralised records and accounts.

Conducting specific shrinkage compliance monitoring to ensure interfaces between connecting computerised and manual systems are qualitative and minimise risk.

Supporting site management teams in the identification of cost effective work practices and generation of effective processes and procedures which, if compliant, support a risk management culture.

Interested? Then read on…

Here’s a few more details of what you will be responsible for:

Completing control checks within all areas of the Distribution Centre to verify operational performance and to identify/minimise risk areas of the business.

Monitoring the trends from these checks completed and providing Site management with support, solutions and individual training where required.

Preparing the stock file, conducting and resolving subsequent variance investigations of a Stock count/Uplift. This includes ensuring that the Distribution centre follows the correct criteria, includes validating the count data submitted for verification to the mainframe and providing/liaising with External audit to ensure all their requirements are satisfied.

Liaising with Head Office departments to substantiate and resolve stockholding, documentation and supplier payment issues.

Collating and circulating site level reporting to the General Manager detailing results of audits conducted with appropriate recommendations.

So that’s what I will be responsible for now onto what I need to have to be successful in this role:

Experience in distribution / Logistics operation, with expertise in an operational role involving stock management.
Knowledge of audit techniques to include: compliance, completeness, substantive, accuracy tests, inventory analysis
Ability to identify risk and gather evidence to test relevant controls
Analytical and organised approach to problem solving
Computer literate (Word, Excel, Access) and an in-depth knowledge of computerised stock management systems, central Mainframe interfaces and supply chain processes
Proficient knowledge of systems and working practices of 3rd party partners
High standard of communication oral, written and presentational skills essential.
Ability to work on own initiative and prioritise own workload
Adaptive thinking plus the ability to succeed within a constantly changing environment is essential.

What you’ll get in return:

If being part of a highly successful Distribution Centre team wasn’t enough, you’ll also receive a host of great benefits. As well as a competitive salary and rewarding bonus scheme you will receive a huge range of learning and development opportunities, 22 days’ holiday, a save-as-you-earn scheme, pension and staff discounts at Argos, Sainsbury’s and Habitat.

We know that candidates may be put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box. While we can’t always accommodate every flexible working request, we do support part-time and job share roles so are happy to be asked how we can work around your availability. So if you are excited about working with us and think you can do much of what we are looking for but aren’t sure if you are 100% there yet… why not apply and see how it goes?

Here at Sainsbury’s Argos we’re a proud equal opportunities employer that values diversity at every level of our business. Inclusion and Diversity are fundamental to our culture and values, fostering an innovative, collaborative and fast paced work environment that means we can build a better future for our colleagues and our customers. Everyone is welcome at Sainsbury’s Argos. Want to find out more? Then visit our Diversity & Inclusion page on our Careers site –

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