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City of Torrance
Class Code: 1153

Class Designation: Civil Service

June 1991

Representation Unit: Torrance Professional &
Supervisory Association


Warehouse Supervisor


Under supervision, plans, organizes and coordinates the work of employees engaged in all phases of warehouse operations; procures and dispenses stock items and repair parts as required to maintain City fleet, and other supplies as needed; maintains accurate inventory transactions and records; and other related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from Purchasing Agent in that the incumbent is not responsible for the overall operations of the Purchasing Division of the General Services Department. Distinguished from Autoparts Storekeeper and Storekeeper in that the incumbent is responsible for the overall operation of the warehouse.

Examples Of Duties

  • Orders and distributes parts, tools, supplies and equipment for City's warehouse, primarily for maintenance of the City's fleet;
  • evaluates turn-over rate of inventory stock and ensures that appropriate stock levels are maintained;
  • conducts inquiries to establish the best sources of supply for a variety of products;
  • ensures that the security of the warehouse is maintained against loss;
  • maintains inventory records;
  • reviews and approves invoices for processing;
  • prepares periodic reports and makes recommendations regarding warehouse operating policies to the Purchasing Agent and Department Head;
  • plans, schedules, assigns, monitors and evaluates the work of employees engaged in all phases of warehouse operations;
  • counsels staff and recommends discipline, and insures that employees are properly trained to perform their duties safely and effectively.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • Principles and practices of effective warehouse operations;
  • Methods of maintaining effective inventory systems;
  • Principles and practices of inventory control;
  • Automated inventory systems;
  • Principles and practices of supervision.
  • Ability to
  • Supervise the work of subordinate staff including coordinating, assigning, monitoring and evaluating work; hiring, training, counseling and disciplining staff; and processing grievances;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, other employees, other departments and vendors;
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Understand technical information related to vehicular and equipment repair parts;
  • Source speciality repair parts.
  • License Required

    A valid California Class C Drivers' License.


    Four years of experience involving inventory control activities and storekeeping duties including purchasing of stock and repair items. Experience with automated inventory systems is preferred.


    Equivalent to graduation from high school.