How to hire skilled, flexible warehouse handlers for your business

Warehouse handlers (also known as material handlers) are an integral part of every warehouse team. To help you find the right candidates for your team, we’ve provided a warehouse handler job description template below. Use and customise the following sample to meet your business needs!

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A strong team makes all the difference to your business and a quality job description makes all the difference to your hiring process. To provide candidates with all the information they need to apply, make sure your warehouse handler job description is clear and detailed.

A good warehouse handler job description should include the following information:

What kind of responsibilities do you require fulfilling?

  • Moving products in warehouses and manufacturing facilities.
  • Loading and unloading incoming and outgoing inventory and products.
  • Identifying and labelling materials, as well as recording their locations in the warehouse to maintain inventory.
  • Receiving and checking incoming pick tickets.
  • Performing and reporting cycle counts.
  • Pulling material to fulfil orders.
  • Documenting orders, materials and any stock movements.

If you need more details about the usual warehouse handler job description including salaries, we recommend you to read the official national descriptions.

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Which skills should you highlight in your warehouse handler job description?

If no specific experience or skills are required, you should say so clearly. For example:
  • No previous experience needed.
  • Physical stamina and strength to stand for extended periods of time and lift heavy products.
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills, must be deadline oriented with the ability to work under pressure either independently or as a team member.
  • Strong eye for detail.
  • Ability to work occasional weekends, holidays and evenings.
If specific experience or skills are required, please specify in your warehouse handler job description. For example:
  • Current and valid forklift driver license with one of the following: AITT Association of Industrial Truck Trainers, NPORS National Plant Operators Registration Scheme, RTITB Road Transport Industry Training Board, ITSSAR Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register, NORS National Operator Registration Scheme
  • 1 year+ inventory management experience
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What material handlers should expect and prepare for at your facility

It’s a good idea to outline your expectations in your warehouse handler job description so that candidates can prepare for the role. This may include:
  • Specific uniform requirements and whether or not uniform and safety equipment (eg. Safety shoes) will be provided.
  • Health and safety training – if this is mandatory, please state this clearly in the job description.
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Effective job descriptions allow you to stand out from other advertisements and provide enough information to help candidates decide whether this is the right role for them. By providing a clear overview of the job responsibilities and skill requirements, you increase your chances that only the right candidates apply. This will save you time when you make hiring choices. More importantly, when you give our candidates the information they need to succeed, they will be motivated to do their best.

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