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How to become a Warehouse Operative

Warehouse Operative
avg. starting salary

Want a job that allows you to operate to your full potential? You should become a Warehouse Operative…  

Warehouse Operatives are in charge of dealing with goods that are delivered to a warehouse or stock room.Their role could include anything from stock takes and quality control checks, to picking and packing orders. Not only do they assist with the processing, handling, storing, and transportation of these products, they also focus on ensuring they’re safely dispatched to customers or businesses within specified time frames.

Other duties for a Warehouse Operative include:

  • Receiving orders and signing delivery receipts
  • Carrying out computerised stock checks
  • Helping to create daily reports
  • Checking goods and reporting any problems to management staff
  • Keeping the warehouse or stock room clean and tidy
  • Transporting and/or loading stock by hand or using machinery
  • Storing goods in the appropriate storage areas

To become a Warehouse Operative, you’ll need good physical ability and strength, along with a reliable (and speedy) work ethic that always adheres to health and safety regulations.

An ability to communicate and work with others efficiently is equally essential – as team work is a big part of the smooth running of any warehouse.

Added bonus: you’ll get paid for your daily workout (roughly translated as lifting and moving often heavy stock).

A Warehouse Operative must also be:

  • Excellent at managing time
  • Able to show initiative
  • Honest and hardworking
  • Flexible
  • Able to work to deadlines and under pressure
  • Computer literate
  • Efficient and accurate


Junior Warehouse Operative

Up to £12,000

Warehouse Operative

Up to £18,000

Warehouse Team Leader

Up to £22,000

"As a practical person, I’ve always been keen on working in a role that’s hands-on and active – and being a Warehouse operative certainly ticks all those boxes. My role involves anything from collecting and dispatching orders, to moving goods around the warehouse and carrying out stock checks – and each task allows me to be a part of a tight-knit team. Although it can be stressful when the warehouse is busy (especially at Christmas time), the deadlines are easier to deal with when your colleagues have got your back. If you’re looking for a varied and physical job, this is the role for you…"

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