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8 Mar 2021

Full-Time DE&S Warehouse Manager – Weapons, Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives (WOME)

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£30,600 – £36,000 per annum (plus benefits).


Join an integral part of the UK’s Defence and play your part in the procurement and in-service support of all our armed forces’ equipment, from fighter jets, armoured vehicles and aircraft carriers, to clothing, food, and ammunition. If you have the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of supporting our country’s armed forces to deliver on operations at home and abroad, then apply online now!

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

You will be based out of the location listed above in the advert, however, DE&S supports Smarter working, which empowers you to make decisions about when, where and how you work.

Job description

Defence Munitions Plymouth provides a range of General Munitions Processing, Storage and Engineering support functions. As Warehouse Manager (WHM) you will be responsible to the Head of Establishment (HoE) for the safe, efficient and cost-effective performance of all tasks undertaken within the Warehouse Manager’s area of control and responsibility at DM Plymouth.


Your main responsibilities are as follows:

• Accountable to HoE for the safety and quality of all tasks undertaken by your staff by ensuring that they are performed in accordance with specified and approved procedures to meet business needs. You will provide management and direction to your team ensuring all staff are suitably trained to carry out their required duties.

• Managing and controlling all Warehousing, Processing and handling tasks associated with explosive and non-explosive storage and maintenance while ensuring that all regulations, safety and security standards are maintained and adhered to (DSA03.OME, JSP375, JSP440, JSP520).

• Managing the establishments stocktaking programme and stock location activities, including the relevant documentation, general correspondence as well as stock receipts and preparation of relevant paperwork to maintain an efficient and organised workplace ensuring that they are performed in accordance with regulations (JSP886) and within the appropriate timescales.

• Managing and controlling the safe movement of all explosive and non-explosive consignments in accordance with ADR regulations and JSP 800, ensuring that your teams are suitably trained, competent and suitably equipped to compliantly move and store explosives in accordance with relevant licenced controls, approvals and constraints.

• Ensuring that the Warehousing and Processing department meets all statutory and mandatory MOD requirements in respect of Explosive Safety, Occupational Safety, Health, Environment (SHE), Quality, Fire, Facilities Management, Business Resilience and Finance, including the monitoring and timely review of Explosive Safety Cases (ESC) and Storage and Handling Instructions for Munitions (SHIM) submissions.

• Ensuring that the risks generated by activity within the Warehouse, Process division are documented, As Low As Reasonably Practical (ALARP) and that a strong, positive Safety and Explosive Safety culture is nurtured and encouraged across the division/site.

• Undertake the role of Support Officer within the Establishment Emergency Response Team. Familiar with the site’s emergency response policy and procedures and will ensure your team takes necessary action and play an active role in business continuity.

• Regularly inspecting areas of control to ensure facilities and staff are compliant with current legislation and regulations, ensuring faults are timely reported and subsequent timely remedial action is taken.

• Monitoring of Key Performance Indicators relating to Receive, Store, Maintain, Issue (RSMI) and Accounting, ensuring targets are met for Defence Munitions Plymouth and escalate where necessary.

• Maintaining proactive external liaison with Management Authorities, DM Head Office and appropriate customers and conduct effective internal liaison with relevant departments.

• As directed, assist other team members and carry out additional ad-hoc tasks appropriate to the role to support wider depot operations.

• A member of the local management board, you will provide Warehouse, Process performance plans and data, outline issues, continuous improvement initiatives and prompt solutions, as well as contributing towards wider site management policy, procedures, risks and issues.

As a member of the local management board, you will represent DM Plymouth at Corporate Meetings on all matters relating to the Warehouse Manager’s area of control and responsibility; travel may be required.

As a member of the local management board, you will undertake Duty Officer in Charge responsibilities, supporting the Site’s Emergency Response Arrangements to provide on-call cover during silent hours. In accordance with Roster System.

Maintain and develop your knowledge, Skills and Experience by attending Training, ILog Seminars, Job Shadowing to support the needs of the business; travel may be required.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

• Extensive knowledge and experience of safely managing the on-site storage, Processing, handling and movement of explosives, chemicals, fuels and hazardous substances.
• Significant knowledge and experience of managing multiple Warehouse/Process facilities, staff and resources adhering to quality controls, standards and policy.
• Extensive knowledge and experience of making decisions that impact on the tasks and activities of others including the allocation and re-arrangement of work and staff to meet customer demand levels or internal deadlines.

It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Knowledge and experience of IT Warehouse management and logistic support systems (AMANDA, MJDI, VITAL).
• Knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office, specifically PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
• Knowledge and experience of driving and delivering continuous operational and cultural improvement across a large complex business.
• Knowledge and experience of successfully managing and influencing multiple stakeholders and customers within an allocated budget.

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

• Managing support, supplier and customer networks
• Making Evidence based decisions
• Leadership
• Communicating and influencing

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team

The Integrated Logistics (iLog) Function is the integrating Function for Support within DE&S, responsible for the development, management and delivery of in-service support for our front-line command customers. The iLog Function consists of around 2,900 personnel, both civil servants and military, and with a wide range of disciplines ranging from operations management and supply chain management, technical through-life support and logistics delivery, to modelling and analysis.

Please click the link below to apply by creating an account and upload your details.


To view the ‘Little Book of Big Benefits’, please click here

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Simply click on the apply button to create an account and upload your CV. Your application will go through several stages of assessment which are outlined below:

1. Pre-sift – We will check that you meet any essential or eligibility criteria that are listed in the responsibilities section of this advert.

2. Sift – Applicants’ CVs are assessed against the following categories, using a simple numerical scoring system:
• Key Achievements • Relevant Experience • Applied Knowledge and Skills
For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

3. Interview – Applicants will be assessed against the Sift categories listed above, as well as the technical competencies and behaviours listed in the responsibilities section of this advert. More details about our DE&S Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

How to Apply

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 21st March 2021 Please click here to apply

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: DE&S, Defence, explosives, Munitions, Ordnance, Warehouse Manager, and Weapons. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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