Footwear factory warehouse operator

Description

Footwear factory warehouse operators for footwear are in charge of storing the raw and subsidiaries materials, the working devices and the components for footwear production. They ensure that all the components necessary for the production of shoes are ready to use in the production chain by classifying and registering the purchased component, forecasting purchases and distributing them across different departments.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to footwear factory warehouse operator:

footwear factory warehouse worker
footwear warehouse operator

Minimum qualifications

A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum required to work as a footwear factory warehouse operator.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Footwear factory warehouse operator is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Footwear factory warehouse operator career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to footwear factory warehouse operator.

footwear finishing and packing operator
footwear hand sewer
footwear stitching machine operator
pre-stitching machine operator
leather goods packing operator

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of footwear factory warehouse operator. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of footwear factory warehouse operator with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

footwear quality control laboratory technician
footwear quality technician
footwear assembly supervisor
leather goods quality control laboratory technician
footwear product developer

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of footwear factory warehouse operator.

  • Footwear materials: The characteristics, components, advantages and limitations of a wide range of materials used in footwear production: leather, leather substitutes (synthetics or artificial materials), textile, plastic, rubber etc.
  • Footwear manufacturing technology: Footwear processes technology and machinery involved. The footwear manufacturing starts in the cutting/clicking room , cutting the uppers and bottom components. The upper components are joined together in the closing room by following a precise order of specific operations: skiving, folding, sewing etc. The closed upper, the insole and other bottom components are brought together in the assembling room, where the main operations are lasting and soling. The process ends with finishing operations in the finishing and packing room.
  • Footwear quality: Quality specifications of materials, processes and final products, the most common defects in footwear, quick tests procedures, laboratory tests procedures and standards, adequate equipment for quality checks. Quality assurance of footwear production processes and fundamental concepts on quality including footwear quality framework and standards.
  • Footwear components: Footwear components both for uppers (vamps, quarters, linings, stiffeners, toe puffs etc.) and bottoms (soles, heels, insoles etc.). Ecological concerns and the importance of recycling. Selection of suitable materials and components based on their influence on the footwear style and characteristics, properties and manufacturability. Procedures and methods in chemical and mechanical processing of leather and non-leather materials.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of footwear factory warehouse operator.

  • Perform packing of footwear and leather goods: Perform packing and expedition of footwear and leather goods. Perform a final inspection, pack, label, store the orders in the warehouse.
  • Determine footwear warehouse layout: Select the suitable warehouse layouts according to the specific conditions of the footwear company. Plan the warehouse layout. Implement the warehouse management system.
  • Use IT tools: Application of computers, computer networks and other information technologies and equipment to storing, retrieving, transmitting and manipulating data, in the context of a business or enterprise.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of footwear factory warehouse operator. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Create solutions to problems: Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.
  • Reduce environmental impact of footwear manufacturing: Assess the environmental impact of footwear manufacture and minimise environmental risks. Reduce environmentally harmful work practices in different stages of the footwear manufacturing.
  • Use communication techniques: Apply techniques of communication which allow interlocutors to better understand each other and communicate accurately in the transmission of messages.

ISCO group and title

4321 – Stock clerks


References
  1. Footwear factory warehouse operator – ESCO
Last updated on December 5, 2022

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