Inventory Coordinator (Remote)

Highlights for Children

Zaner-Bloser is an educational curricula and digital resources provider in language arts/literacy. Our flexible, customizable solutions support educators in their mission to help students learn. We provide distinctive and effective educational products and services to inspire all students to become lifelong learners and partner with educators to improve results in the classroom. With an ever-growing number of digital technologies and evolving research shaping the education landscape, Zaner-Bloser is committed to meeting schools’ needs today and in the future. As a Highlights Company, Zaner-Bloser is driven to always do what’s right for children and to strive to make a significant contribution to their education.

Position Summary:

The Inventory Coordinator supports the inventory department in the overall process of inventory management. They use their curiosity, problem solving and critical thinking skills to monitor, analyze and maintain various reports that are essential to the inventory management process. Becomes an expert in the product lines, systems, and processes for inventory management. As a central point of contact for item and inventory related questions, this individual will support both internal and external customers, by working independently and collaboratively to address questions and find solutions. Able to create well thought out decisions using our core NetSuite ERP system and Excel.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains the reprint logs and tracking. Communicates with Product Development regarding titles that are up for reprint. Facilitates movement of the reprint processes.
  • Performs product set-up and maintenance.
  • Generates analysis using Excel, NetSuite(ERP system), and other data using problem solving and critical thinking skills to make recommendations and decisions for answers to inventory related issues.
  • Researches and responds to inventory questions from internal and external customers.
  • Manages back orders and order release timing for new product inventory releases.
  • Manages depository partnership, inventory, order requests and disposition requests.
  • Maintains, monitors, updates, and communicates various inventory reports including receipts.
  • Researches and resolves warehouse and depository inventory variances using weekly reconciliation process.
  • Manages the analysis and forecast planning of a simple product category.
  • Other duties as assigned.

On your first day, you’ll:

  • Exhibit your curiosity, passion and ability for problem solving, critical thinking, planning, analyzing, and communicating skills.
  • Demonstrate your comfort working remotely and contributing via video on Zoom/Teams.

Within your first month, you’ll:

  • Learn about the educational publishing business, product life cycle, and processes by utilizing available reports and data.
  • Display your ability to work independently and collaboratively to problem solve and respond to inquiries related to items and inventory.
  • Demonstrate growth in your understanding of processes and product knowledge.

Within your first year, you’ll:

  • Become a valued team member of the Inventory Management team and contribute new, fresh ideas.
  • Develop your own skills and contribute to the methodologies and tools used to support the department as well as internal and external customers.

Supervisory Responsibilities:


Education and Experience:


  • 2+ years of experience in supply chain inventory control or similar environment.

Preferred but not required:

  • Experience with NetSuite ERP System
  • Experience with print procurement, book publishing, graphic production, or publishing background.


  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Associates or Bachelors’ degree preferred, but not required


  • Exceptional problem solving and critical-thinking skills
  • Ability to synthesize findings from analysis and draw conclusions
  • Math skills
  • Ability to generate reports and analysis using MS Excel
  • Effective at performing detail-oriented tasks and data analysis
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational and follow-through skills
  • Broad understanding of supply chain functions, best practices, and issues
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Strong computer literacy
  • Proficient computer skills: MS Excel, MS Word, MS Outlook
  • Experience using an ERP system
  • This position is mostly remote with some in-office days (manager will be remote for majority of time)

What Highlights Can Offer You:

  • Free Fridays and Meeting-Free Zone
  • Parental Leave of Absence
  • Growing Family Benefits
  • Care & Compassion Benefit
  • Highlight Helps
  • 401K Match Program, 100% Vested Immediately
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Humana EAP Program
  • Calm – Mental Health Fitness
  • Volunteer Time Off

If you don’t meet every single requirement listed, we encourage you to apply anyway. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every qualification. Highlights for Children is committed to build a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that fuels our innovation. So, if you are drawn to this role and your past experiences do not align perfectly to the job description, submit your application with us!


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