Our warehouse operatives are at the heart of our operations and are key to the Partnership’s success. Providing our customers with the best quality foods is all about getting it to the right place, at the right time, in the right conditions.
With over 348 Waitrose & Partners shops across the UK it’s no mean feat, but join our distribution operation and you’ll be helping to keep our supermarket and customer’s shelves stocked all across the UK. As an intrinsic part of the John Lewis Partnership, you’ll be able to enjoy our unique benefits, as well as training and development programmes.
There are three Waitrose & Partners Regional Distribution Centres (RDCs) across the UK, located in Bracknell, Aylesford and Leyland.
All three sites operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide our customers with the high-quality produce that they expect from us. You’ll also find a Transport department and a Vehicle Workshop at these locations too.
- Our Bracknell RDC in Berkshire has three warehouses: Ambient (for storage of long-life products), Fruit & Vegetables and Chilled.
- Aylesford RDC operates over 40 acres of land just off the M20 in Kent; also comprised of Ambient, Fruit & Vegetables and Chilled warehouses.
- The newest addition to our distribution centres is our Leyland RDC, which opened in 2013. The site is 420,000 square feet and is located just off the M6 in Lancashire.
Each day at our warehouses presents new, unique, and exciting tasks for our Warehouse Partners. If you’re interested in a behind-the-scenes peek at what a day in the life looks like at our Bracknell Regional Distribution Centre? Check out our video:
As a Warehouse Assistant, you will complete day to day tasks such as:
- Handle goods within the warehouse efficiently and accurately
- Unload vehicles as required
- Receive branch orders
- Load goods onto a trailer ready for distribution to our branches
- Ensure a safe work environment
- Meet agreed productivity targets
In our Warehouses, you’ll work closely with the other Warehouse Assistant Partners to get deliveries ready to go out to our supermarkets. You’ll also work alongside other Partners such as Managers, Drivers, Administrators and other members of Supply Chain Operations and Logistics.
As this role involves heavy lifting our Warehouse Partners must be active and able to perform physically strenuous tasks. You are required to follow strict guidelines, therefore, must have good standards of written and spoken English. You must be quick on your feet, have good mental arithmetic, spatial awareness, and safe judgement.
It’s important in this role to be reliable, hardworking and a great team player. We look for these traits in our Warehouse Assistants because this position is unique and unlike any other role in the food retail industry. That’s because with our Warehouse team at Waitrose & Partners you’re not just picking delivery orders, but a co-owner of the John Lewis Partnership, the largest employee-owned company in the UK.
What does this mean for me?
- You’ll receive a percentage of the profits from John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners each year as an annual Bonus.
- We care for your wellbeing both in and out of work and support you to do what you love in your free time with education subsidies, sports and social clubs, and exclusive Partnership hotels.
- Assessing reports to keep abreast of key performance indicators
- As a democracy, you can make your voice heard on everything from new initiatives to the overall direction of John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners through our Partnership Voice system, voting, and representatives on our elected councils.
Co-ownership is a privilege, but it also carries a responsibility – we work hard because we want to do well. We want people who appreciate what the Partnership difference means and who are willing to do that extra bit more as a result.
As a Warehouse Partner, if you bring all of this then we’ll give you all the training and development you need to have a bright future with us, with potential pathways into Team Leadership, Management and Operations careers, or lateral shifts to try out different jobs in other areas of John Lewis and Waitrose & Partners.
We also have specialised opportunities such as our Warehouse to Wheels programme where Warehouse Assistant Partners can be supported by the Partnership to gain driving qualifications and join our LGV Drivers.
As a Partner at John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners, you’ll be entitled to our industry-leading benefits. Joining our Warehouse team with the John Lewis Partnership will pave the way for you to enjoy our annual bonus, discounts at both Waitrose & Partners and John Lewis & Partners, subsidised stays at our exclusive Partnership hotels, generous Pension Schemes, Sports Clubs and Societies and even Extended Leave.
Whether you’re looking for full-time or part-time Warehouse jobs, we have a range of shift patterns and hours to fit your lifestyle, whether you’re looking for weekend work only, weekday roles or nights shifts. Please check the job descriptions to find the specified hours for our roles.
Across the year temporary roles may become available. Whether you’re looking for work over the summer or winter season, there’s sure to be an opportunity to do that. Register for an account and create a job alert to learn about specific opportunities or continue to check back regularly.
Find Warehouse Assistant jobs at our three Regional Distribution Centres in Bracknell, Aylesford and Leyland. Apply now.
Other Warehouse Opportunities
As well as Warehouse Assistant Opportunities, there are a range of other opportunities within our warehouses, each requiring a specific set of skills and experience that you will have to be aware of before applying. No matter the role, as a Partner you will pride yourself on being efficient and willing to take accountability to get the job done. To succeed it is imperative we work well together.
Apply here for Warehouse Assistant roles with Waitrose & Partners or take a look at some of our other Warehouse roles below:
It will be your responsibility to liaise with our buyers and place orders with suppliers to ensure our warehouses are sufficiently stocked.
You will ideally have stock control experience within a fast-paced environment, excellent communication skills and numerical skills, an outstanding capacity for attention to detail.
You will be comfortable with using a stock control computer system or similar.
From organising a team of refrigeration engineers to working on our latest warehouse infrastructure, there are a wide variety of roles within this team. You will be essential to the smooth running of our warehouses and the first point of call to solve complex and convoluted issues in hardy conditions.
Our engineering roles are highly specialised; therefore, you will need to provide proof of specific experience and qualifications in areas such as HVAC and air conditioning, electricals or plumbing. These requirements can be found within the job description of each role.
Our transport team are vital to the delivery process, with our LGV Drivers carrying delicious fresh produce and groceries across the country and Customer Delivery Drivers being responsible for upholding and maintaining the reputation Waitrose & Partners holds for customer service.
We will expect you to always ensure safe practice and go the extra mile both inside and out of the warehouse. As team players, you will have to work cohesively with other warehouse members but also work well by yourself.
There are several essential skills that, as a member of the Transport Team, you will have to hold. This could include any of the following depending on the role:
- Valid UK C1 driving licence (with a maximum of 6 points)
- Valid DCPC (Drivers Qualification Card)
- Valid Tachograph Card
- Previous experience driving a 7.5 tonne vehicle
- Previous experience in a customer facing role
- Strong verbal communication skills both over the phone and face to face
- Able to cope with the physical requirements of the role
- Basic understanding of technology
Planners think how we develop our distribution operation, as new branches open or special projects happen. You’ll keep the Partnership running smoothly and incorporate new technologies and initiatives into our Warehouse operations.
You’ll work with Commercial, Retail and Distribution with tasks that range from forecasting and promotional planning to placing orders with suppliers and setting up delivery schedules. This could require detailed analysis, so it tends to suit numerical-thinkers. And as it’s fast-paced, you need to be exceptionally organised, meticulous about detail and love putting customers first.
Managers are responsible for specific areas within warehouse operation, logistics and support. You’ll keep up with productivity, wastage and other KPI’s and could also be involved in working closely with the Warehouse Partners in your team to support their achievement, development and wellbeing.
Apply Now For Warehouse Opportunities with Waitrose & Partners
You could find a wide range of full and part-time, temporary and permanent Warehouse vacancies available at our three Regional Distribution Centres in Bracknell, Aylesford and Leyland. Take a look now for available Warehouse Jobs across the UK.
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