Warehouse Operative, Smiths News

in Nottingham

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Job description

Warehouse Operative

£8.91 Per hour

• Tues – 9am until 6pm
• Weds, Thurs and Fri – 9am until 7.30pm = 37hrs total

About Us:

200 years ago we started delivering the nation’s newspapers. Today, we’re proud to be the UK’s largest wholesaler of newspapers and magazines serving 24,000 retailers from superstores to corner shops.

Service and efficiency put us at the forefront of our industry and with 55% market share we are the leading player in one of the world’s fastest moving supply chains. Our teams go further, when others stop, striving to meet to the highest standards in all we do.

Joining us as a Warehouse Operative, you’ll support all aspects of the effective day to day operation in our warehouse location; the role involves the sorting, packing and returns of newspapers and magazines to our retail partners.

About the role

To support all aspects of the effective day to day operation in our warehouse location; the role involves the sorting, packing and returns of newspapers and magazines to our retail partners.

In this interesting and challenging role you will be responsible for:

  • Labelling and sorting of newspapers, magazines and parcels
  • Packing of all newspaper and magazine products using the tracking process
  • Loading and unloading of newspapers and magazines (using a forklift only if trained and authorised)
  • Ensuring a high standard of good housekeeping, health & safety, cleanliness and security
  • Tying/strapping of bundles as necessary
  • Achieving pack accuracy and cost targets
  • Ensuring compliance with legislation and company policy

About you

  • Demonstrable flexibility to undertake a variety of warehouse duties in a fast paced warehouse environment
  • Tenacious and effective approach to meeting and exceeding targets and delivering an outstanding client experience
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills including:
  • The ability to engage and build rapport with stakeholders
  • Communicating information in a clear and commercial manner
  • Adapting style and content for different audiences
  • Adaptable, positive and effective when working with ambiguity and changing commercial drivers
  • Able to work at pace whilst maintaining an accurate, high quality output
  • Highly organised with a well-developed approach to prioritisation

Desirable:

  • Previous experience within the logistics/distribution marketplace

What we can offer you

  • Competitive salary
  • Pension scheme with 5% company contribution
  • Life assurance at x2 your annual salary
  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
  • Sharesave Scheme
  • Cycle to work
  • Tastecard enrolment
  • Heath cash plan
  • Leisure discounts; Gym, holiday, Theme Parks
  • Colleague Assistance Programme

Inclusion and diversity is a key part of our culture. Through our Everyone In initiative, we’re working together to build a more inclusive and diverse workplace and shape a culture that embraces people from all backgrounds, experiences and orientations.


How this job measures up

Warehouse operatives at Smiths News are typically paid £8.21–9.59 an hour.

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  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful for warehouse operatives to work at Smiths News?

    People feel stressed here

    How we know this

    80% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Breaks aren’t paid

    Do warehouse operatives at Smiths News get paid breaks?

    No. People don’t get paid breaks

    How we know this

    83% of people say they don’t get paid breaks

    Based on information from 6 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • People are not paid enough to live on

    Does Smiths News pay warehouse operatives enough to live on?

    People are not paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    83% of people say they are paid below the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 6 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • People are paid below market rates

    Does Smiths News pay warehouse operatives market rates?

    People are not paid market rates

    How we know this

    100% of people are paid below the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 6 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • People don’t recommend their team

    Do warehouse operatives at Smiths News recommend working with their team?

    Very few people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    100% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 6 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

Not great
  • No career progression

    Are warehouse operatives given support to progress at Smiths News?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 67% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 6 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do warehouse operatives get of their shift pattern at Smiths News?

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 0% report getting one week notice or less
    • 0% report getting two weeks notice
    • 0% report getting three weeks notice
    • 40% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 60% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for warehouse operatives to book a holiday at Smiths News?

    Most people find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    67% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 6 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • People get proper breaks

    Do warehouse operatives at Smiths News get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks

    How we know this

    67% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 6 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do warehouse operatives at Smiths News do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    60% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Excellent
  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for warehouse operatives to take sick leave at Smiths News?

    People find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    100% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

  • Enough training

    Do warehouse operatives get enough training when they start at Smiths News?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    80% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Smiths News managers change warehouse operatives shifts at short notice?

    Managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    100% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do warehouse operatives at Smiths News worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    100% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

What employees are saying about Smiths News

  • Best thing

    Get to go home early if work Is finished

    Worst thing

    Have to work extra hours if deadlines are not met
    Very repetitive
    No one is friendly
    Managers walk past you say nothing very rude
    Long term staff ignorant blank the newbies

    3.6

    Warehouse assistant, July 2020