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Inventory Control Specialist

Date: Jan 9, 2023

Location: Lebanon, TN, US, 37090

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and, as a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3.5 billion company with 148 years of history and employ more than 12,000 men and women globally.  We have sales and distribution in more than 60 countries around the world. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement, not just in its factories and its processes, but in its people.


Recognized by The Tennessean as one of the top Nashville area Workplaces, Lochinvar (a business unit of A. O. Smith) is the leading producer of energy-efficient boilers, water heaters, pool heaters and commercial package systems.  We focus solely on serving our customers and have a solution for all your water heating needs, and because of this, have seen double digit company growth 35 of the past 37 years. 

Primary Function

The Inventory Control Specialist specializes in the organization, coordination, problem resolution, and standardization of Inventory Control processes and procedures to ensure inventory accuracy throughout the facility. Deploys inventory strategies and builds cultural understanding with all departments for systematic and physical movement of materials.


  • Work with Supervisor to create inventory control policies and procedures.
  • Work cross-functionally with all departments to deploy and ensure adherence to inventory policies; solicit input for improvement and drive cultural change.
  • Interpret and sign Product Change Processes (PCP’s) and Deviations as required daily.
  • Implement PCP’s as required with understanding of inventory and actions required, work with production planning, purchasing, receiving and manufacturing departments to coordinate activities when necessary.
  • Complete adjustments as needed per PCP’s, Deviations and Prototype Requests (PTR’s).
  • Locate, analyze and reconcile inventory discrepancies with assistance from inventory control team; complete inventory adjustments as required with proper documentation.
  • Facilitate productive, value added meetings to determine root cause of inventory inaccuracies and deploy corrective actions as appropriate.
  • Work with the Lean initiative to improve and maintain inventory.
  • Set processes and communicate to the appropriate functions regarding the handling/disposition of excess/obsolete items.
  • Work with the Kanban system to eliminate shortages, align production to customer demand, provide the signal to produce controlled by appropriate trigger, stabilize production processes, control the amount of inventory in the system and promote improvement.
  • Update and maintain Kanban tag system including printing tags and documenting changes in the Access spreadsheet.


  • HS Diploma or GED required; Associate's Degree a plus
  • 3 years of related work experience or training
  • Understand the process of Product Life Management (PLM) and the role inventory control fulfills through the entire product life cycle.
  • Ability to understand Bills of Materials (BOM’s) and how materials are consumed throughout the process with transactional data as well as physical product flow. 
  • Ability to work with various users of inventory to educate and promote mutual goals.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Ability to meet time sensitive deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with all levels and across departments.

We Offer

Competitive base salary and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

Job Segment: PLM, Facilities, Inventory, HVAC, Management, Operations