Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC247778
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £19136 - £20800
Date Posted 21 December 2018
Grade UKRI-Band B
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Part Time
Closing Date 23 January 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £19,136 - £20,800 pro rata (depending on skills and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band B
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Part Time (30 hours per week - a range of flexible working options may be available)
Closing Date: 23rd January 2019

A vacancy has arisen for a highly motivated Publications Stores Operative to join our Data & Science Services Team at the BGS headquarters in Keyworth in Nottingham.

BGS provide a variety publications (maps and books) sold through our online shop and three on-site geology shops in Keyworth, London and Edinburgh. All BGS shops are stocked with maps and books from the Publications Store which has both bulk storage and stocks arranged for picking for daily despatch. The majority of sales of BGS publications are made via our online shop and despatched directly from the Publication Store.

The Publications Stores Operative will be solely responsible for the overall management of the stores warehouse and will be required to fulfil the duties below. You will be supported by the Head of Sales for BGS and the wider customer services team, but otherwise will be required to fulfil these duties independently.

Duties will include:

  • process orders on a daily basis, pick and pack items for despatch and arrange postal services to customers and Geology Shops
  • manage stock levels and carry out rolling audits of stock as well as reporting stock levels to managers on request
  • provide a weekly stock order to the London Geology shop in the Natural History Museum
  • move stocks across the site from the store to the local shop area
  • receipt and distribute newly published maps and publications
  • provide bespoke quotes to the Sales Team for non-standard courier distribution
  • assist with the loading and unloading of vehicles as required
  • manage and maintain the stock management system
  • adhere to Health and Safety responsibilities
  • procure consumables for all postal scenarios.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The British Geological Survey (BGS), founded in 1835 is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and is the world's longest-established national geological survey and the UKs premier centre for earth science information and expertise.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria



  • an understanding of warehouse stock control systems and warehouse operations
  • full driving licence.


  • a formal qualification in Warehouse Management
  • forklift driving qualification.



  • minimum of 2 years work experience in a stores/despatch or similar environment
  • an understanding of the Health and Safety requirements in relation to a warehouse operation.


  • experience of working with publications, storing and despatching
  • experience of working in a customer service environment.



  • knowledge of Microsoft Office software packages
  • knowledge of courier and postal systems.


  • knowledge of printed product sales (e.g. maps and books).

Skills and Abilities


  • highly organised with the ability to work unsupervised for large periods of time
  • ability to communicate effectively with the team
  • demonstrates good attention to detail and a good level of mental arithmetic
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines.

Personal Qualities


  • a team player with a desire to help people, customers and colleagues
  • demonstrates effective teamwork
  • ability to travel off-site
  • a self-starter and has the ability to appropriately manage their time in order to ensure that all customer requirements are met
  • ability to adapt to changing priorities.



  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and enthusiasm for the role
  • self-motivated but will also possess a strong team ethic in order to understand the changing priorities of the wider team and work with them accordingly to ensure all activities are met in a timely manner.

Working hours will be 30 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays (pro rata). NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation.

Additional Details
UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.
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