System and Stores Support

Job reference:
BAS 21/64
Contract type:
Part-Time (27 hours per week)
Open-Ended Appointment
£20,129 to £25,160 per annum
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
25 April, 2021 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for a System and Stores Support Operative to join our busy Supply Chain Logistics (SCL) team in Cambridge.

The successful candidate will start the role working with our warehouse team as an Operative at our Cambridge site until at least both the UK Government and BAS are confident that all COVID related working restrictions can be lifted. After which you will transition into the System and Stores Support role. We will be able to discuss this in more detail at interview.

The working pattern can also be discussed at interview.

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our 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 our 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 keep the 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 one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


Working under the supervision of the Supply Chain Logistics Manager, the post holder will be involved in a range of vital tasks in support of the BAS Antarctic Supply Chain process, to include data acquisition, order expediting and support to all aspects of SCL.


GCSE or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English


• Data acquisition from ORACLE purchasing system.
• Receipting goods received to ORACLE purchasing system.
• Purchase order expedition.
• General office duties.
• Compilation of clothing store records
• Provision of cargo & freight documentation.
• Warehouse duties to include goods receivals, packing, freight & clothing store

Please quote reference: BAS 21/64
Publication date: 17 March 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 25 April 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 11 May 2021

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 and will provide necessary adaptations for the interview. 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

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language with good numerical skills. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Knowledge of Microsoft office, in particular Excel, Word and Outlook. - Essential
  • Knowledge of ORACLE software an advantage. - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise tasks when presented with a range of options. - Essential
  • Working under time pressure requires a flexible approach. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Good personal time management, and experience of working successfully within a small team. - Essential
  • Ability to maintain friendly and effective working relationships with a wide range of internal & external stakeholders. - Essential

Other Factors

  • A thorough and methodical approach with excellent attention to detail. - Essential
  • An interest in supply chain, procurement or logistics essential - Desirable [3]


  • GCSE or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Proven administration skills and experience desirable. - Desirable [3]

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Recruitment team is working remotely and cannot access the building. If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, please contact us: [email protected]

If you need more information

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+44 (0)1223 221400
+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.