How to write a Receiving Clerk job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Receiving Clerk job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Receiving Clerk job titles

    Receiving Clerk
    Senior Receiving Clerk
    Receiving Clerk (with forklift certification)
    Receiving Clerk (Part-Time)
    Shipping and Receiving Clerk

Receiving Clerk job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Receiving Clerk job summary

Our company is seeking a Receiving Clerk who can assist in unloading delivery trucks and compare received products to packing lists to ensure that deliveries are complete. The Receiving Clerk will be responsible for tracking deliveries and troubleshooting order issues with suppliers. The successful candidate will also facilitate the return of damaged products to vendors, and work with our purchasing department to update and negotiate vendor contracts.

Receiving Clerk responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Receiving Clerk responsibilities

    Receive products from vendor deliveries and unload trucks at the loading docks
    Compare packing lists to company purchase orders and ensure that the products in each delivery match the packing list
    Collaborate with our marketing department to develop a schedule for assembling and displaying manufacturer marketing pieces on the sales floor
    Update the product inventory as products are received and added to our inventory
    Package products for return to vendors and fill out any RMA paperwork necessary prior to the shipment being picked up

Receiving Clerk qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Receiving Clerk skills

    High school diploma/GED required
    2+ years’ warehouse experience
    Must possess an understanding of OSHA safety rules for warehouse work
    Ability to lift up to 40 pounds at a time unassisted
    Strong computer skills

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