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9 Apr 2021

Full-Time DE&S Warehouse Operator

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

Job Description


£16,777 – £18,000 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

The Defence Petroleum Depot receives, stores, maintains and issues a wide range of petroleum products used by the UK armed forces anywhere in the world. Our staff work closely with project teams and front-line commands to ensure our troops are supplied with the right items at the right time. We work as part of an important part of the wider MoD establishment that supports, procures and supplies our armed forces.

As a member of our Warehouse Operations team, you will assist us in storing, maintaining and issuing of material and processing the supporting documentation. This is a highly varied and hands on role which you will be employed across the full range of activities conducted by the depot.

We are looking for a dynamic, self-motivated, hard-working and organised individual who can work in a pressurised, customer-focused environment to tight timescales while remaining positive and focused on delivery. Above all, you will be passionate about safety and process, closely following the guidance and procedures that means all equipment is handled in a safe, effective and consistent fashion.


The Warehouse Operative role includes operating a range of Mechanical handling equipment, as well as manual handling & loading / unloading of vehicles and shipping containers. It should be noted that this role often requires work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Key responsibilities will include:

* Receipt, storage, management and issue of oil, lubricants, packed fuels and associated products to HM armed forces on a Tri-Service basis.
* Cleaning, patch painting, minor repairs & reporting faults.
* Ensure all areas of the warehouse are kept secure, safe and tidy to prevent theft, accidents or damage to stock.
* Accurate processing, preparation, washing and filling of jerricans and filling equipment in support of the pre-determined filling programme.
* Disposal of unserviceable containers.
* Ensuring that the pre and post operational checks are completed with diligence and accurately recorded.
* Produce the address labels using the Warehouse Management System.
* Ensuring that the packaging shed is kept in a clean and tidy condition ensuring that enough rubbish containers are available and conveniently located adjacent to the work areas.
* Ensuring that faults are found and reported to the manual handling equipment supervisor and obtaining a replacement vehicle if considered necessary.

You may be required to select stock for issue, prepare relevant paperwork for timely and efficient delivery, whilst ensuring that receipts are filed for stock received for accurate stock take check.

Working both individually and as part of a team of staff, you will support all activities related to the inspection and classification of returned jerricans and petroleum, oil and lubricant pallets, including maintenance and daily servicing of all equipment prior to use.

Please note the below:

These posts include a requirement to carry out duty on call responsibility for out of hours warehouse activities on a rotational basis. When employed in packed fuel production, you will be a member of the depots Pollution Response Team. Please note that due to the business need, the working hours are Monday-Thursday (7.30am-4pm) and Fridays (7.30am-12.30pm).

The successful applicant will be expected to undergo a material handling equipment medical before being deemed fit to be trained to operate this equipment.

What you will be assessed against

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

• Experience of working in a warehouse environment.
• Knowledge of basic Health and Safety Policies.
• A good communicator and can deal with stakeholders confidentially at all levels.

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

• Previous experience of operating MHE, carrying out the appropriate supporting administration & holding a forklift licence would be an advantage, although full training can and will be provided.
• IT Proficient.

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

• Customer Service
• Enhancing Service Support Systems
• Working together
• Delivering at pace

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.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

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 25th April 2021 Please Click here to apply 

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: DE&S, Defence, South West, and Warehouse Operator. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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