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Inventory Specialist, Chicago (Hybrid)

Cisco Meraki

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Type: Full time


*This role requires you to be local to Chicago, IL, and come into the office at least 1x a week. Relocation assistance is not provided.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. - The position does not provide sponsorship

At Cisco Meraki, we believe that when passionate people are able to spend less time struggling with technology, they can spend more time on what matters - like teaching children, running businesses, keeping airports safe, and connecting disaster victims with relief. That’s the real power of simplicity. Cisco Meraki is the leader in cloud-managed IT, thanks to our creative, inclusive, fearless team that is driven to simplify technology so the world can simply work!


Cisco Meraki is searching for a new Inventory Specialist to join our Operations team! As the fastest-growing cloud-managed networking team in the world, our products, and technology architecture are changing the face of enterprise networking and making cloud-managed IT a reality. We also understand, by simplifying powerful technology we can free passionate people to focus on their mission. Are you ready to join the team?

As our Inventory Specialist, you will be responsible for leading the team in inventory control operations to include inventory reconciliations, inbound management, reverse logistics and product escalations. You will collaborate with multiple departments and distribution centers to ensure seamless inventory control operations, globally. You are a hardworking individual, who pays great attention to detail, has excellent problem-solving abilities, and loves challenges.

What You Will Do:

Cisco Meraki is looking for a new Inventory Specialist to join our Operations Team in Chicago! As the fastest growing cloud-managed networking team in the world, our products and technology architecture are changing the face of enterprise networking and making cloud-managed IT a reality. We also understand on a personal level, by simplifying powerful technology we can free passionate people to focus on their mission.

  • Drive team efforts and coordination of programs including, but not limited to, reverse logistics, inventory reconciliation, inbound management, various escalations
  • Assist leadership with task allocation and work team structure with the ability to provide process driven guidance across the team
  • Coordinate with cross-functional teams and provide direction to the team and DCs (Distribution Centers) for escalations including, but not limited to, product isolations and reworks
  • Create custom reports in existing databases and systems with the ability to identify trends and patterns in a dataset.
  • Inventory management – assist Recon Specialist with cycle counting and annual physical inventory at our DCs (Distribution Centers) as needed
  • Inbound management – oversee inbound operations, processing, and accuracy of goods to our DCs (Distribution Centers)
  • ERP transaction – perform inventory transactions such as transfers, receipts, adjustments, and reporting duties
  • Other duties and projects as assigned

Who You Are:

We strive to create a welcoming workplace that inspires the insatiably curious and the relentlessly focused to make customer IT and networks utterly simple. We are looking for an individual that lives the Meraki values daily: care deeply, be brave, simplify everything, and everybody in. Our ideal candidate is not bound by a checklist, which includes,

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. - Position does not provide sponsorship
  • 4-6 years of experience in inventory control operations
  • Excellent organization, presentation, and communications skills (phone, email, meetings)
  • Deep understanding of operational processes and the ability to speak on those processes to greater teams
  • Experience with Dynamics GP (Great Plains), Tableau, SharePoint, MS office suite, and Oracle
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing conditions and work assignments

At Cisco Meraki, we’re challenging the status quo with the power of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. When we connect different perspectives, we can imagine new possibilities, inspire innovation, and release the full potential of our people. We’re building an employee experience that includes appreciation, belonging, growth, and purpose for everyone.

Cisco is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Cisco will consider for employment, on a case by case basis, qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Compensation Range:
$78,400$102,100 USD

Message to applicants applying to work in the U.S.:
When available, the salary range posted for this position reflects the projected hiring range for new hire, full-time salaries in U.S. locations, not including equity or benefits. For non-sales roles the hiring ranges reflect base salary only; employees are also eligible to receive annual bonuses. Hiring ranges for sales positions include base and incentive compensation target. Individual pay is determined by the candidate's hiring location and additional factors, including but not limited to skillset, experience, and relevant education, certifications, or training. Applicants may not be eligible for the full salary range based on their U.S. hiring location. The recruiter can share more details about compensation for the role in your location during the hiring process.

U.S. employees have access to quality medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(k) plan with a Cisco matching contribution, short and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance and numerous wellbeing offerings. Employees receive up to twelve paid holidays per calendar year, which includes one floating holiday, plus a day off for their birthday. Employees accrue up to 20 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) each year and have access to paid time away to deal with critical or emergency issues without tapping into their PTO. We offer additional paid time to volunteer and give back to the community. Employees are also able to purchase company stock through our Employee Stock Purchase Program.

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