Inventory Control Assistant

Lisle, IL
Part Time

The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and growing trees locally and globally. We are seeking an inventory assistant to join our team to provide a high level of accuracy and efficiency in the processing and organization of merchandise at The Arboretum Store. The successful candidate will work well independently and with others to support the Arboretum's mission with genuine passion. You’ll be part of a special team working together to make the Arboretum exceptional.

Position SummaryOversee inventory management and provide back-office support for buyers. Serve as the store’s liaison to the Business Office for matters involving invoice payment.

Essential Functions: 

  • Enter receiving data into the store’s POS system on a daily basis. Contact and follow up with vendors on damaged or defective merchandise, backorders, and cancellations. Manage broken or defective merchandise in the store.
  • Prepare end-of-month reports and other reports for the Business Office.
  • Submit vendor invoices and credit memos into the accounts payable software program 
  • Review the Detail Trial Balance report on a regular basis and resolve any discrepancies with the Business Office.
  • Assist the Store Managers with the annual physical inventory. 
  • Coordinate cycle counts with Store Managers and make needed adjustments.
  • Prepare and reconcile interdepartmental charges.
  • Participate in achieving departmental goals by performing special projects or assignments.
  • May assist customers on the sales floor and process transactions as needed.
  • Demonstrate alignment with the Arboretum’s employee core values to be inclusive, take ownership, work together, keep learning and make the Arboretum exceptional.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. 3+ years of retail bookkeeping or accounting experience required. Experience utilizing POS software strongly preferred. Detail-oriented and excellent organization and analytical skills required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (including Excel), computer-based inventory modules, and experience with Google applications beneficial.

Success Factors: Strong interpersonal skills and a customer service-oriented individual who can relate effectively with internal and external partners of various backgrounds and ages. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: limited lifting and carrying (up to 15 lbs.), prolonged periods of sitting in front of a computer.
  • Work Environment: Office and retail environment. 
  • Equipment: General office equipment, point of sale (POS) system.
  • Schedule:  Work may require occasional weekend, holiday, and evening hours.

The expected hiring range for this non-exempt position is $20.00-23.00 per hour based on experience that will be evaluated during the candidate selection process. We believe in the importance of pay equity and consider the internal equity of our current team members as a part of the final offer. 

The Morton Arboretum is a champion for diversity, supporting a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success. The Arboretum is committed to hire and develop employees based on job-related qualifications irrespective of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status. To increase diversity in professions related to the public garden realm, we encourage applications from underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.  

The Morton Arboretum is dedicated to complying with our obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All applicants are guaranteed equal consideration for employment.



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