Supply Chain Operative

Royal Signals

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • engineering
  • intelligence

You'll be responsible for supplying the Army's vital link. You'll become expert at warehouse management and planning, as well as drive a diverse fleet of supply vehicles.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsNo formal qualifications required
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Logistical support is vital; without it the Royal Signals cannot operate. As a professional Supply Chain Operative, you will be responsible for the maintanence of communications equipment. On operations, it will be your responsibility to maintain stock, track equipment orders and to ensure the right equipment is in the right place to support commanders on the battlefield.

 Your training is first rate and you will qualify in Supply Chain Operations, Logistic Operations and Warehouse Operations, achieving levels of qualifications that match civilian industry. As a Supply Chain Operative in the Royal Signals you will enjoy a diverse and rewarding career, it will provide you with first rate qualifications and the opportunity to lead small teams as you promote.

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Fast moving and game changing, the Royal Signals are leaders in IT, Cyber and Telecommunications, providing battle-winning communications to every part of the Army. The Royal Signals are experts in engineering and operating systems, networks and cyber equipment.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Operate logistic information management systems, ensuring equipment is recorded and legislated

  • Liaise with commanders to discuss future equipment required to support taskings

  • Monitor quality, quantity, stock levels and distribution time frames and report results

  • Organise shipments in and out of warehouse

  • Conduct additional military tasks wherever the Army is deployed

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communication transport specialist

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    Qualifications: No formal qualifications required

    Security Clearance Required
    (SC at Ph 1) 

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 6.6

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
Your initial military training teaches you how to be a soldier, covering everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.

  • If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate.

  • If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
This is the start of your technical training designed to introduce basic signalling and communication skills. You will learn about the Royal Corps of Signals, it's history and what it means to belong to a Corps that is over 100 years old. You will be taught basic principles and skills which you will build on throughout your career, such as siting, operating and talking on military radios, radio logs, map marking, working at heights, health and safety, and of course security.

Step 3
You will spend 4 weeks learning what it is to be a Royals Signals Soldier, from then you will study to be a supply operative at the Royals School of Signals in Blandford Forum. Dorset. You will be trained in supply chain operations, warehouse operation and logistic operations and be enrolled on a civilian accredited apprenticeship. You will be trained to manage equipment both in barracks and when deployed on operations and be trained to operate forklift trucks. Your trade training is recognised by industry and you will be able to gain professional recognition and accreditation with a professional industry organisation.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Driving Licences: B+E, C+E, Minibus, Forklift

  • Apprenticeship in Supply Chain Warehouse Operations (Level 2)

  • NVQ Level 2 in IT

  • Level 1 functional skills in Maths, English and IT

  • Professional registration with CILT (UK)

  • Level 3, 5, 6 Management and Leadership

  • Level 4 FdSc Logistic Management with Lincoln University

  • Level 5 BSc Logistic Management with Lincoln University

  • Level 6 Msc Logistic Management with Swansea University

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre, you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

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