Some people seem to have a sixth sense about when something is not quite right, or when something is about to go wrong. Loss prevention managers have this special talent; they work with policies and practices to keep a company’s assets from illegally heading out the door. Loss prevention managers monitor shrinkage, or how much of a product is missing from inventory. To do this, they track the products going in and out of the store, and where they detect losses, they plan ways to reduce shrinkage. For example, they might reward employees who help catch shoplifters or monitor an area where products are going missing. These managers need integrity and courage to anticipate and interrupt theft, vandalism, and burglary. They often interview those involved to investigate losses, then work with store and law enforcement personnel to resolve issues. Are you ready to be on the move? Loss prevention managers usually train and supervise staff, sometimes at multiple locations, so this is a job that may require travel. Otherwise, they spend lots of time in the office filing, processing reports and evaluating loss prevention systems. Requirements to enter this field vary depending on the employer; for some a high school diploma and on-the-job training is all that’s needed, while others require a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
What they do:
Plan and direct policies, procedures, or systems to prevent the loss of assets. Determine risk exposure or potential liability, and develop risk control measures.
On the job, you would:
Administer systems and programs to reduce loss, maintain inventory control, or increase safety.
Identify potential for loss and develop strategies to eliminate it.
Perform or direct inventory investigations in response to shrink results outside of acceptable ranges.
Safety and Government
public safety and security
law and government
Arts and Humanities
Education and Training
teaching and course design
keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
People and Technology Systems
thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
changing what is done based on other people's actions
talking people into changing their minds or their behavior
communicate by speaking
communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Project management software
Electronic mail software
IBM Lotus Notes
bachelor's degree or some college usually needed
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
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