Logistics Supply, Storage and Distribution Specialist CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As an RAF Supply, Storage and Distribution Specialist, you will be responsible for the management of RAF assets, from the receipt, storage, handling and distribution of equipment to its ultimate disposal.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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PAY DURING TRAINING £15,200+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £18,800+ + Benefits

DAY RATE STARTS AT: £37.12 + Benefits

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 16 – 36 years old
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of a dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen from birth
  • Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Transport & Vehicles
  • Analysis and maths
  • Helping people

Apprenticeships available

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Warehousing & Storage

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 54 years old
  • GCSE Grade C/Grade 4 in English, Maths and preferably Science
  • Be a UK or Republic of Ireland citizen
  • Commit 27 days per year
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Building and Problem solving
  • Helping people
  • Transport & Vehicles

Locations

501 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim
504 Sqn RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire
505 Sqn RAF St Mawgan, Newquay
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex
603 Sqn Edinburgh
605 Sqn RAF Cosford, Shropshire
607 Sqn RAF Leeming, Northallerton
614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver equipment to the operational front line
  • Use computerised accounting techniques, storage methods and equipment handling
  • Work on airfield fuel installations or in specialist storage areas

As an RAF Supply, Storage & Distribution Specialist, you will be a key element of RAF Logistics. You will play a vital role in the delivery of logistical supply support required by the RAF to fulfil its operational and peacetime obligations.  Suppliers are responsible for the Storage and Distribution of a wide range of commodities such as aircraft/vehicle spares, fuel, explosives and ammunition and many others.  As a Logistic Supplier, you will use computerised stock control systems, modern storage solutions and also operate mechanical handling equipment i.e. Forklift Trucks of various sizes.  You will have opportunities to work in specialist areas and be involved in the delivery of urgently required equipment in support of UK tasks and most importantly, operations.  You can be employed either at home on one of the RAF’s Main Operating Bases, or be assigned to an overseas location, or wherever UK Armed Forces are employed on exercises or operations.

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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WHY JOIN THE RESERVES?

The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life.

You might be called up to assist with our operations worldwide for up to six months, during which you may be able to claim a pay award to cover your and your employer’s costs.

  • Training
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Paid pension
  • Paid holiday

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TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

You will continue at RAF Halton with the Logistics Supply Basic Training course for 13 weeks 3 days and it is here that you will be taught the necessary skills required to do your job. On leaving training you will have gained the skills and knowledge required to ensure equipment is stored in the right environment (warehousing) and that the stockholdings match computerised records (stores accounting); you will be able to take orders and provide your customers with a delivery solution; you will have the skills to pack, document and despatch/deliver equipment to the end user.

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ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

All students are offered the opportunity to enrol in the Logistics Supplier Intermediate Apprenticeship in Warehousing and Storage. The Apprenticeship framework includes the following elements:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Warehousing and Storage
  • Functional Skills – Level 1 (Literacy & Numeracy)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities – Level 2
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Elements of the Apprenticeship are mapped to the course and the remainder of the Apprenticeship is completed during your first tour of duty.

 

ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

As your career progresses, we will continue to train you to the highest standard and equip you with the skills you require to take on new responsibilities. This can be as a result of promotion or when you are offered the opportunity to specialise in other areas of the trade. This means that there are opportunities for management, leadership, health and safety training and a wide range of driving qualifications. Some of the more specialised areas within the Logistic Supply Trade include:

Storage and Distribution of Petroleum Products. You could undertake duties where you will be required to store, move, handle, and account for fuels and gases. For example, issuing aviation fuel to aircraft and helicopters, receiving fuel into bulk storage tanks from pipelines, road and ocean tankers, constructing, concealing and operating portable fuel installations on operations and exercises. Of course, with fuel there comes a responsibility for environmental protection, so you will also learn how to deal with spillages to avoid environmental damage.

Dangerous Goods. You may be taught the regulations governing documentation, packaging, storage, handling and transportation of hazardous goods, including explosives for transport by air, road and sea.

Mobility. You may be called upon to work alongside our Logistics Mover colleagues in a Mobility Flight/Section, where you will be trained to assist with loading and stowing equipment being moved by our transport aircraft

YOUR FIRST TOUR

During your first tour, you will consolidate your training and gain valuable experience that will prepare you for your first operational tour of duty. The consolidation period includes your Trade Ability Tests. TAT1 Part A, which focuses on Health & Safety and Fire Safety issues, is delivered at unit level by RAF Regiment and Fire Section personnel. TAT1 Part B is in the form of a Logistics Supplier Trade Competence Logbook, which is used for expert witness testimony/evidence and focuses primarily on trade-related practical assessments in the workplace. To ensure you become a Logistics Supplier with broad knowledge and experience, you will be expected to cover at least 2 different jobs within your first tour. So, expect to change jobs regularly during your early career. A first tour is always demanding but also highly rewarding and you will be given the time to develop your skills and become an effective member of a close-knit team. As an RAF Logistics Supplier, you should expect to ‘cut your operational teeth’ on a deployed tour of duty in the Falkland Islands. Your subsequent operational tours will be varied and dependant on where in the world RAF assets are deployed in support of defence policy.

 

YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015. After completing one year’s total service and providing you have completed your Trade Ability Tests A&B including Basic Trade Training, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection and requires a minimum of 3 annual appraisals in each rank.

 

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

It is not possible to cover every aspect of the Logistics Supply trade here or list the wide-ranging transferable skills you will develop throughout your career. However, Warehousing, Storage and Distribution skills and qualifications are sought after by civilian organisations. Therefore, on leaving the RAF, you are extremely employable and well placed to find a new job in Logistics such as:

  • Aerospace Logistics Supply Support Specialist
  • Warehouse Material and Inventory Operator/Manager
  • Supply Chain and Distribution Manager
  • Fuels Storage and Delivery Operator
  • Fork Lift Operator Entry requirements

TRAINING AND CAREER

INITIAL TRAINING

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15-day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

 

SPECIALIST TRAINING

Once you have completed your recruit training you will begin your specialist Trade training at your Squadron. It is this training that will provide you with the necessary skills required to do your job. RAF Reserve Supply Training is delivered in 3 main modules and on completion of at least one of the modules, you may be utilised within that modular specialisation at the rank of Senior Aircraftsman. A foundation module will give you the underpinning knowledge that will enable you to commence one of the 3 main modules listed below.

Receipt and Despatch. Packing/unpacking, receipting and despatching equipment, Consignment Tracking and consigning Dangerous Goods by Surface and Air (CAA accredited training).

Stockholding Group. Store and pick stock, general warehousing, stocktaking and management of equipment packs within a Mobility Supply Flight.

Supply Accounting. Place and progress orders, process receipting errors, manage account documentation, manage stocktaking programme and records for equipment held forward and on loan.

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ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

As your RAF Reserves career progresses, we will continue to train you to the highest standard and equip you with the skills you require to take on new responsibilities. You will be required to complete and maintain a record of employment which will be used to determine your suitability for mobilisation (on Operations) or to assess your ability to assist regular Service personnel on trade related military tasks. Promotion to Corporal opens opportunities for management, leadership, health and safety training and a wide range of driving qualifications.

 

CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION

You will initially join the RAF Reserves for a period of 12 years. Once you have completed one of the main trade modules, you may be utilised in the rank of SAC at home or on Operations overseas. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection and requires you to have completed all 3 of the main trade modules and have positive annual appraisals.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

It is not possible to cover every aspect of the Logistics Supply trade in this leaflet, or indeed list the wide-ranging transferable skills you will gain throughout your time as a RAF Reserve Supplier. However, Warehousing, Storage and Distribution skills and qualifications are sought after by civilian organisations; therefore, on leaving you are extremely employable and well placed to find a new job in Logistics such as:

  • Aerospace Logistics Supply Support Specialist
  • Warehouse Material and Inventory Operator / Manager
  • Supply Chain and Distribution Manager
  • Fork Lift Operator

Commitment and location

You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.


Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises.


You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of a dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen from birth.

Be between 16 and 36 years old.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of a dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen from birth.

Be between 18 and 54 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

No formal qualifications required.

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of a dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen from birth.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.1 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are a member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5
(preferably) Science or Technology C Grade 4 Grade 5

find a list of the approved subjects here

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of a dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen from birth.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through a Pre-joining Fitness Test. 
How fit you need to be to pass this test can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run (Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.10 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12.00 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26
45-49 12.54 7.07 16 23
50-54 13.27 7.01 15 20
FEMALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run(Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23
45-49 15.19 5.04 6 20
50-54 15.53 4.09 5 17

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

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GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

Apply here and receive an email that invites you to your full online application.

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