Supplier

  • United Kingdom
  • Royal Air Force
What will you do? You play a vital role in the logistical support required by the RAF to fulfil its operational and peacetime obligations. You will be responsible for the distribution, accounting, stock control and data analysis of a diverse range of commodities such as aircraft parts, fuels, explosives, ammunition and many other materials required to support the most technologically advanced aircraft to sustain a modern Air Force. In your role you will: Provide logistical support for RAF aircraft and vehicles across the globeEnd-to-end management of fuels and lubricants - from pipeline receipts to the refuelling of aircraftWork as part of a team in the storage and warehouse areas, potentially managing secret, explosive or classified RAF assetsTravel worldwide supporting operations in challenging locations and ensuring RAF assets are maintained and equipment kept in the UK supply chain Life as a supplier Minimum education requirements No formal qualifications required Minimum education requirements No qualifications required Requirements Be aged 16 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)Be a citizen of the UK, Republic of Ireland or a Commonwealth citizen (with ‘right to work’ immigration status) since birthCommit to a minimum 3 years after specialist trainingPass the Defence Aptitude AssessmentPass a fitness test Requirements Be aged 18-54 Applicants must apply no later than age 54 and 9 months in order to attest before 55th birthday Ex-Regulars and specialist entrants may be considered on a case by case basisCommit 27 days per yearBe a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth Citizen (with indefinite leave to remain immigration status) since birthMust hold a UK DVLA Driving Licence with full Category B with no endorsementsPass thePass a Apprenticeships available The RAF is one of the largest providers of diverse apprenticeships in the UK. We offer these apprenticeships for this role: Level 2 Supply Chain Warehousing Operative apprenticeship Work activities include taking deliveries, checking for damaged/missing items, storing goods, moving stock by various methods, picking/packing orders, loading goods for dispatch, maintaining stock records and documentation. Reserve role locations Reserve roles exist in specific reserve squadrons, which in turn are located at specific RAF bases. As you will not be resident at those bases (except on multi-day operations or exercises), geographic proximity to where you live is important. These are the bases where this role is active: 501 Sqn, RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire 502 Sqn, JHFS Aldergrove, Co Antrim 504 Sqn, RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire 505 Sqn, RAF St Mawgan, Newquay 600 Sqn, RAF Northolt, Middlesex 605 Sqn, RAF Cosford, Shropshire 606 Sqn, RAF Benson, Oxon 607 Sqn, RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire 2503 Sqn, RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire CAREER, TRAINING & EDUCATION At any level or position your personal success is vital to make us succeed too. We are dedicated to your future, as it is essential to ours. You will receive basic and specialist training in your field and we even provide the option to pay for your education. The experience you gain with the RAF will equip you to work at the top of your field, both in the UK and overseas. 01 Phase one training Basic Recruit Training 10 weeks RAF Halton Your career will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. 10 weeks RAF Halton Phase one training The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle. 02 Phase two training Specialist training 10 weeks MOD Worthy Down Continuing at MOD Worthy Down, you will enter the specialist trade training environment. 10 weeks MOD Worthy Down Phase two training On leaving Logistics Basic Training you will have gained the skills and knowledge required to ensure equipment is kept in the right environment and that the stockholding IT system accurately reflects physical holdings and locations. You will be able to take customer orders and provide delivery solutions; you will have the skills to pack, document and despatch/deliver equipment to the end user in the UK and across the world. 03 First Tour Specialist training Ongoing As assigned During your first tour, you will consolidate your training and gain valuable experience that will prepare you for your first operational tour of duty. Ongoing As assigned First Tour To ensure you become a confident Supplier with broad knowledge and experience, you will be employed within at least 2 different departments within your first tour. A first tour is always memorable and demanding but also highly rewarding; you will be given the time to develop your skills and become an effective member of an extremely close-knit team. As a Logistics Supplier, you should expect to experience your first 4 month deployed tour of duty within 18 months. Your subsequent operational tours will be varied and dependant on where in the world RAF assets are deployed in support of Defence Policy. You will have the opportunity to undertake Adventure Training (skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking etc) and be able to participate in all major sports at every level. 04 Additional qualifications Ongoing training Ongoing As assigned As your career progresses, we will continue to train you to the highest standard and equip you with the skills you require to take on new responsibilities. Ongoing As assigned Additional qualifications This means that there are opportunities for management, leadership, health and safety training and a wide range of driving qualifications. A hugely diverse trade, some of the more specialised areas within Supply include:STORAGE, HANDLING AND DISTRIBUTION OF FUELSIssue aviation fuel to aircraft and helicopters, receive fuel into bulk storage tanks from pipelines, road tankers and ocean tankers. Be solely responsible for an installation, at times storing more than 1 million litres of high-octane aviation fuel. If employed in the tactical fuels environment, you may also be required to undertake parachute training and construct fuel installations in austere locations. Of course, with fuel there comes a responsibility for environmental protection, so you will also learn how to deal with spillages to avoid environmental damage, both on land and possibly at sea.DANGEROUS/CLASSIFIED GOODSPackaging, storage, handling and transportation of hazardous goods, including explosives for transport by air (to Civil Aviation Authority standards), road and sea. Learn how to complete the myriad of different customs paperwork required for distribution of sensitive equipment across the globe. Ensure the secure handling and distribution of classified assets, ensuring security regulations are met.MOBILITYWork alongside our Mover colleagues in a Mobility Flight where you will be trained to assist with loading and stowing equipment being moved by our transport aircraft. You will learn the skills required to successfully deploy to challenging areas of the world whilst supporting the various aircraft platforms, possibly aboard the very latest Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers supporting 5th generation stealth aircraft.MJDIThe system used to account for the majority of equipment in use within the Ministry of Defence. Extremely versatile, you will become one of the skilled 18000 worldwide operators, tracking the billions of pounds worth of complex equipment currently in the RAF and MoD inventory. 05 Qualification opportunities Ongoing Development Ongoing As assigned Ongoing As assigned Qualification opportunities All students will be awarded a Level 3 Diploma in Supply Control & Accounting and are offered the opportunity to enroll in the Level 2 Supply Chain Warehousing Operative Apprenticeship. 06 Career prospects Ongoing development Ongoing As assigned As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills. Ongoing As assigned Career prospects As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills. As your experience grows, you will be trained to drive/operate more specialist vehicles and, from Corporal onwards, be required to instruct on many vehicle types. You may be required to drive emergency response vehicles, specialist heavy lift trucks and work with cranes as an operator, Supervisor and Appointed Person for Lifting Operations.Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection and demonstration of your abilities in both driver and general service skills. The more effort and enthusiasm you put into the RAF and your Trade, the easier you will find it to progress. Progression is the individual's responsibility however, support, direction, guidance and mentoring will be afforded to assist those who wish to progress, gain more experience and ultimately further promotion. 07 Transferable skills Ongoing development Ongoing As assigned The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in civilian industry as they are in the RAF. Ongoing As assigned Transferable skills After completing one year’s total service and providing you have completed basic Trade Ability Assessments, you will be eligible for promotion to AS1. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection annually. The Supply trade offers an exciting, diverse and challenging opportunity for an individual to excel in support of the UK’s most advanced aircraft types, but requires high calibre individuals to succeed.Logistical skills and qualifications are eagerly sought after by civilian organisations. Therefore, on leaving the RAF you are extremely employable and well placed to find a new job in any of the following: Aerospace Logistics Supply Support SpecialistMaterial and Inventory SpecialistAuditor (including Health & Safety, Quality Assurance)Supply Chain ManagerDistribution ManagerFuels Storage/Distribution OperatorAircraft RefuellingForklift OperatorDangerous Goods ConsignorStock Control AccountantProduct CoordinatorProduction Team MemberLarge Goods Vehicle Driver prevnext TRAINING AND CAREER At any level or position your personal success is vital to make us succeed too. We are dedicated to your future, as it is essential to ours. You will receive basic and specialist training in your field and we even provide the option to pay for your education. The experience you gain with the RAF will equip you to work at the top of your field, both in the UK and overseas. 01 Phase one training Basic Recruit Training 23 days (split) RAF Halton Your first steps with us will be your Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC). 23 days (split) RAF Halton Phase one training This will take place over 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15-day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This should be completed within your first year in RAF reserves. Throughout your training you’ll become prepared for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world. As well as military training you’ll learn about the core values, code of conduct, and history of the RAF as well as its unique lifestyle. 02 Phase two training Specialist Training Ongoing As assigned After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK. Ongoing As assigned Phase two training You’ll now be trained for your specific role with us, either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK. 03 Commitment Your commitment to us Ongoing As assigned We ask that you commit to a minimum of 27 days each year with us. Ongoing As assigned Commitment This will mean you can get the most out of your role as a Reserve and provide value to us. Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises. You could also be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after your first year with us. 04 Ongoing development Ongoing training Ongoing As assigned You will have valuable personal development opportunities together with the chance to work around the world, gaining unique experiences in the process. Ongoing As assigned Ongoing development As well as RAF training packages and courses linked to outside professional bodies, we actively support individual study programmes at every level. 05 Transferrable skills Ongoing training Ongoing As assigned Much of our in-house training is accredited or recognised by external awarding bodies. Ongoing As assigned Transferrable skills The skills you learn with us as a Reserve will complement those that you use in the wider world, providing value at work and at home too. prevnext WHY JOIN THE RAF ? Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket. Rent from £75p/m Free gym Subsidised food Health care World travel Training WHY JOIN THE RESERVES ? The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life. You might be called up to assist with our operations worldwide for up to six months, during which you may be able to claim a pay award to cover your and your employer’s costs. Training Free gym Subsidised food Paid pension Paid holiday Commitment and Location You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises.You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER APPLYING Joining the RAF takes several steps. Below is an overview of the process. The purpose of this process is for us to gauge whether you’re the right person for the RAF and for you to show us all of your skills and experiences that have made you who you are. 1 Aptitude test 2 Selection Interviews 3 Health Assessment 4 Fitness Test 5 Acceptance 6 Training 1 Aptitude test Stage 1 of 6 The aptitude test has been designed to ensure you’re a good fit for the role you’re applying for. You’ll answer seven multiple choice sections which each focus on a different skill: Verbal reasoning - use and interpretation of written informationNumerical reasoning - ability with basic fractions, decimals and formulaeWork rate - speed and accuracy of tasksSpatial reasoning - how shapes and objects workElectrical comprehension - working with electrical conceptsMechanical comprehension - grasp of mechanical concepts Click to try the online practice test. 2 Selection Interviews Stage 2 of 6 Here’s where we get to know you a little better. You’ll get to showcase your skills and experience, and we’ll answer any questions you have about joining us. Your interview will take place at a local AFCO and cover the following topics: Family lifeEducationWork experienceSpecial interests and hobbiesInterest in the RAFTrainingThe role you’ve applied forThe RAF You’ll be asked a series of standard questions, and you’ll be able to ask your own questions during the debrief afterwards. Some roles require a second interview and/ or test to determine your suitability. These are normally conducted over a 1-3 day period at an RAF base where you’ll be able to see, and experience, the kind of environment you’ll be working in. Details about which interviews are relevant for you will be provided during the application process. 3 Health Assessment Stage 3 of 6 You’re legally required to meet certain medical standards, and must pass an occupational health assessment to show you’re fit for military duty. As part of this assessment we will check your overall health, focusing on areas like hearing, eyesight and body mass index. We’ll also investigate any past illnesses and screen for health issues that may prevent you from carrying out your role. Please refer to entry requirements below for more information about the health standards you’ll need to meet. 4 Fitness Test Stage 4 of 6 A good level of fitness is critical to joining the RAF, it’s also something that must be maintained throughout your career. You’ll need to complete a Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFC). This will take place at a local gym, and includes a 2.4km run, push up test and a sit-up test. The performance level you’ll need to meet differs by age and gender. Please refer to the entry requirements below for more information about the health standards you’ll need to meet. You can also find help, and a training plan, to assist you in your preparation . 5 Acceptance Stage 5 of 6 If you’ve successfully completed each phase of the application process, you will be invited to a provisional offer of service interview at your Squadron.The purpose of this interview is to ensure you understand the terms and conditions of service in the RAF, are fully committed to joining, and prepared to commence training. 6 Training Stage 6 of 6 This takes place over 10 weeks at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. It will make you fitter and more confident. It will challenge you mentally and physically, and it will prepare you for your career with us. There are 6 phases: Arrival - You’ll be sworn into the RAF and be given a service numberGeneral Service training - You’ll learn about marching, drills, core values and our code of conductInitial Force Protection training - Fighting and survival in a military environmentExercise Blue Warrior - 4 days in the field with real battle conditionsForce development training - Apply your skills in new environments with adventurous training activitiesGraduation - Learn about what’s required in your first post and display your new skills What next? Now you’re a fully-fledged member of the RAF you can receive role specific training. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER APPLYING Joining the RAF as a Reserve takes several steps. Below is an overview of the process. The purpose of this process is for us to gauge whether you’re the right person for the RAF and for you to show us all of your skills and experiences that have made you who you are. 1 Squadron information day 2 Aptitude test 3 Selection interview 4 Health assessment 5 Fitness test 6 Acceptance 7 Training 1 Squadron information day Stage 1 of 7 The first step in the application process requires you to attend a squadron information day. This is a chance for you to visit the squadron of your choice and ask questions. You’ll get to see what life is like in the RAF Reserves and learn about the trade you’re interested in. 2 Aptitude test Stage 2 of 7 All Reserves take an aptitude test known as the ‘Defence Aptitude Test’ at the local squadron they have applied to, or a local AFCO in some cases. The test ensures we match the right candidate to the right role and consists of seven multiple choice sections focusing on different skills: Verbal reasoning – tests your use and interpretation of written informationNumerical reasoning – measures your ability with basic fractions, decimals and formulaeWork rate – checks for fast and accurate completion of tasksSpatial reasoning – gauges your understanding of how shapes and objects workElectrical comprehension – tests your ability to work with electrical conceptsMechanical comprehension – measures your grasp of mechanical concepts Click to find out more about the Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA) and try the online practice test. 3 Selection interview Stage 3 of 7 Here’s where we get to know you a little better. You’ll get to showcase your skills and experience, and we’ll answer any questions you have about joining us. Your interview will cover the following topics: EducationEmploymentInterest and motivation for joining the RAF ReservesMilitary awareness and Service Knowledge You’ll be asked a series of standard questions, and you’ll be able to ask your own questions during the debrief afterwards. Some roles require a second interview and/ or test to determine your suitability. These are normally conducted over a 1-3 day period at an RAF base where you’ll be able to see, and experience, the kind of environment you’ll be working in. Details about which interviews are relevant for you will be provided during the application process. 4 Health assessment Stage 4 of 7 You’re legally required to meet certain medical standards, and must pass an occupational health assessment to show you’re fit for military duty. As part of this assessment we will check your overall health, focusing on areas like hearing, eyesight and body mass index. We’ll also investigate any past illnesses and screen for health issues that may prevent you from carrying out your role. Please refer to entry requirements below for more information about the health standards you’ll need to meet. 5 Fitness test Stage 5 of 7 A good level of fitness is critical to joining the RAF, it’s also something that must be maintained throughout your career. You’ll need to complete a Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT). This will take place at your nearest AFCO, or at a local gym, and includes a 2.4km run, push up test and a sit-up test. The performance level you’ll need to meet differs by age and gender. Please refer to the entry requirements below for more information about the health standards you’ll need to meet. You can also find help, and a training plan, to assist you in your preparation . 6 Acceptance Stage 6 of 7 If you’ve successfully completed each phase of the application process, you will be invited to attest into the RAF Reserves at your chosen Squadron. 7 Training Stage 7 of 7 Basic Recruit TrainingBasic recruit training takes place at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire over a 15-day period. This residential course includes an introduction to life in the RAF Reserves, military skills training, drills, field training, and team-building exercises. What’s next? After basic recruit training, you will go on to receive role specific training in your spare time. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Must be between 16 and 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday).Applicants must also readall ofthe sections below and make sure they meet all entry requirements beforesubmittingan application. EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS No formal qualifications required. NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of a dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen (with ‘right to work’ immigration status) from birth.Employment restrictions may be imposed within the Logistics Trades in relation to the rapid and effective deployability of RAF personnel to countries that apply travel restrictions to non-UK personnel. Non-UK personnel applying for these fields of employment are required to certify that they have been advised of the nationality-imposed employment limitations and the consequence of not naturalising as a UK citizen.Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered. FITNESS REQUIREMENTS You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through at least two separate fitness tests as part of the application process.The first of these is the Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT) which takes place at a fitness centre local to you.