Stores Operative

Job reference:
BAS 20/43
Contract type:
Fixed-Term Appointment
Up to 6 months
Starting salary from £19,404 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
8 March, 2020 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for a Stores Operative to join their busy shipping team.

What is about?

The role involves supporting a wide range of functions within the supply chain logistics team, including receiving items at goods-in, loading and unloading transport, and preparing goods for freight.

You will need to be physically capable of carrying out the manual work with excellent attention to details for the clerical side of the role. We are looking for someone with good time management and experience of working successfully within a small team.

Who are we?

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


Working under the supervision of the Warehouse Manager and Clothing Store Manager. The role holder will be involved in a range of support functions in Polar Supply Chain Logistics Delivery.

Although assistive equipment is available, this physical role requires daily manual handling of a variety of goods. NB: Hours 08:30 to 17:00 Monday to Thursday, 08:30 to 16:30 Friday, with one hour for lunch


GCSE or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English


  • Receiving, checking, notification and distribution of stores received in goods-in.
  • Loading and unloading transports.
  • Preparation of goods for freight.
  • Handling, consolidation, documentation, packing and marking of cargo.
  • Clerical duties to include accurately maintaining official logs.
  • Bio-Security check in and around cargo and the warehouse.
  • Support to other areas of sections remit as and when required and as identified by the Director.

Please quote reference: BAS 20/43
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 8 March 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held: Week commencing 17 March 2020

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language with good numerical skills - Essential
  • Shows morale courage, openness and honesty when dealing with other colleagues. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook - Essential

Decision Making

  • Ability to work accurately and methodically - Essential
  • Demonstrating the ability to prioritise tasks. - Essential
  • Working under time pressure to plan and organise work. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Good personal time management - Essential
  • Experience of working successfully within a small team, working in a safe manner whilst complying with current Health and Safety policies. - Essential
  • Ability to maintain friendly and effective working relationships with a wide range of internal & external stakeholders - Essential
  • Customer service experience - Desirable [3]

Other Factors

  • A thorough approach with excellent attention to detail. - Essential
  • Must be physically capable for manual work. - Essential
  • Forklift truck licence and/or licence to drive assisted lift equipment. - Desirable [3]
  • Dangerous goods training qualifications an advantage - Desirable [3]


  • GCSE or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Relevant experience of goods inwards procedures, distribution and packing desirable for this role. - Desirable [3]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, you can print the application form(s) and post it back to us.

Please ensure you complete all required sections of the application form(s) and include a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV.

When posting your application, ensure there is sufficient postage.

These forms are in an OpenDocument format and may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. An accessible format may be requested by contacting us.

Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.