Inventory Operations Specialist
Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Job Summary

Occupation Transportation and Logistics
Specialty Specialist
Location 08831, Monroe Township, New Jersey, United States
Visa Sponsorship No

Job Description

Last Update: 1/11/24
Title: Inventory Operations Specialist
Category: Operations & Distribution
EmploymentType: Full-Time
Location: NJ-Monroe Township
LocationType: dist_center
JobLocation: Monroe Township, New Jersey 08831
JobSummary: The Inventory Operations Specialist is responsible for ensuring DC product is handled efficiently, timely and accurately to support fast and reliable shipments to stores and ecommerce customers. This is accomplished by troubleshooting obstacles created by vendors, mismatched data or warehouse limitation. This role partners cross functionally with the DC warehouse teams, DC Operations leadership, and DC Transportation and Logistics to drive efficient processes for the Distribution Center(s). The Inventory Operations Specialist partners to proactively identify, create and implement processes, procedures, and tools that maximize labor efficiency, reduce costs, and improve speed while maintaining accuracy. Their tasks and responsibilities contribute to the overall DC cycle time goals, increasing speed to market and supporting a dependable and reliable distribution process by directly working and observing our warehouse operation.


Partners directly with our Inventory Operations Managers and DC Operations leaders to maintain a continuity of workflow in our Distribution Centers.
Identifies opportunities, makes recommendations, and collaborates effectively to create or modify the necessary tools to recommend actions as needed to ensure a seamless flow of goods through our DCs.
Proactively reviews space constraints and partners directly with DC leadership on action plans.
Proactively reviews scheduled deliveries for outbound cross dock opportunities.
Reviews inventory in floor locations for outbound activity, partnering to keep our receiving docks current.
Drives consistency in the handling of products between DCs.
Communicates newly introduced products and partners to establish best practices for bookseller training.
Contributes to our B&N Vendor Operational Guidelines to drive compliance and establish procedures for vendor best practices with gains in efficiency.
Works with DC Transportation and Logistics to prioritize inbound deliveries during high volume times.
Facilitates efficiencies in receiving/shipping of DC inventory.
Provides support with large scale/special orders and projects to ensure greatest fulfillment and highest customer satisfaction.
Meet set standards and goals within each project set by project owner.
Additional job duties or responsibilities may be assigned.


Exercises sound judgment to effectively solve problems.
Works collaboratively with others to meet the needs of the organization.
Follows up to ensure all work requirements are completed in a timely and accurate manner.
Must be team-oriented and customer-focused.
Prioritizing and multi-tasking.
Thrives on the details of our operation.
Works with a sense of urgency while maintaining high quality standards.
Adhere to all safety protocols and foster a safe work environment.
Work on the warehouse floor which includes regular lifting, bending, reaching, pulling and pushing of 10 -35 lbs. with an occasional 50 lbs., and ability to stand for extended periods of time in any area as needed.
Working knowledge of our retail store operations.
Advanced knowledge of internal store systems/tools; IM2, VOS, IOS, etc.
Strong communication and analytical skills.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams, and Access).
Bachelors degree in a related field and/or 3-5 years of working experience in retail operations.
Knowledge of transportation, retail supply chain, warehouse operations, or merchandising is a plus.
Well-organized and manages time efficiently.
Makes decisions based on sound logic.
Adapts well to changing situations, prioritizing and multi-tasking.
Team oriented and customer focused.
Dependable, receives and executes tasks to completion.
Develop and maintain positive working relationships across all levels of the organization.
Display a positive and respectful attitude.
Collaborate with team members to provide top-notch results.
Mid-Day Work Shift with Flexibility

EeoStatement: Barnes & Noble is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition as defined by applicable law, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, hairstyle, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, reproductive health decisions, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances.