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Material Handler

Date: Jun 16, 2022

Location: Portsmouth, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

A great place to work needs a great way of working!


A Truly Global Business

Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn.


Together as “one GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050!



Making a Difference

It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.


Sitting within our Defence Airframes business line at our Portsmouth manufacturing plant you’ll do just that. Established in 1990, it’s one of our newer locations with a workforce of circa 200 employees. Our Portsmouth site is a leading technology provider for the aerospace, marine and military markets. We supply an extensive range of specialist fuel tanks and flotation systems, as well as engineering expertise and support for fixed and rotary wing aircrafts, land vehicles, missiles, UAVs, torpedoes and marine vessels.  Our customer base includes Airbus, BAE Systems, Bell, Boeing, General Automics, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, Sikorsky, Saab, MOD.

Job Summary

As a Material Handler, reporting into the Logistics Team Leader you’ll join the logistics team supplying parts to the manufacturing environment and take responsibility for:


  • Following standard work for material handling (e.g. receiving, shipping, warehousing)
  • Performing all activities in accordance with safety and quality rules and there may be a requirement to spend time in sub 25 degree temperatures for periods of time.
  • The use of adequate equipment to move material such as forklift, tow train
  • Keeping records movements of material in the transactional records systems (e.g. receipt, booking….)
  • Making proposals to improve safety, quality and efficiency



Job Qualifications

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and expertise/ talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:


  • Expert level for Internal Flow & Warehousing
  • Use of Material Handling Equipment; Forklift License desirable, although not essential
  • Inventory Management
  • Transport Management
  • Inbound and Outbound Operations
  • Driver’s license preferred
  • Computer literate
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; Excel, Outlook and Word


What We’ll Offer


Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:


  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme; we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • 9 day working shift pattern; 5 days week 1, 4 days week 2
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment


As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you!


A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working

Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work.


We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.


Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply



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