Profession warehouse worker

Warehouse workers execute the accurate handling, packing and storage of materials in a warehouse. They receive goods, label them, check quality, store the goods and document any damage. Warehouse workers also monitor stock levels of items, keep inventory and ship goods.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Products coding system

    Packaging codes and markings required to implement proper handling procedures for goods.

  • Types of packaging used in industrial shipments

    Know various types of packaging materials used for industrial shipments, according to the type of goods to be shipped. Comply with regulations on packaging of goods.

  • Goods transported from warehouse facilities

    Know the goods transported from warehouse facilities. Understand the legal and safety requirements of goods, the hazards that materials may represent; provide solutions and appropriate direction for the handling of goods.

Skills

  • Load products for dispatch

    Load goods appropriately so that they can be sent safely to the receiver.

  • Implement efficiency plans for logistics operations

    Implement efficiency plans developed by managers in facilities. Use techniques, resources, and training in order to improve workplace efficiency.

  • Dispatch order processing

    Pack and deliver the packed goods to a shipping carrier.

  • Operate package processing equipment

    Operate electric package processing equipment and control systems.

  • Secure goods according to work orders

    Fasten bands around stacks or articles, prior to shipment or storage.

  • Operate warehouse materials

    Be able to operate pallet jack and similar motorised warehouse equipment, for loading and storage purposes.

  • Clean industrial containers

    Clean industrial containers and prepare them according to specific requirements.

  • Use warehouse marking tools

    Label containers and container tags or products; use warehouse marking and labelling tools.

  • Use rigging tools

    Employ rigging tools such as cables, ropes, pulleys and winches to safely secure high structures.

  • Have spatial awareness

    Be aware of your position and the space around you. Understand the relationship of objects around you when there is a change of position.

  • Identify damaged goods before shipment

    Identify damaged goods before packaging and shipping following established procedures.

  • Apply techniques for stacking goods into containers

    Apply techniques required to stack materials into containers. Use techniques to maximise the space in containers.

  • Pallets loading

    Ability to load and unload pallets on vehicles in a safe way.

  • Maintain physical condition of warehouse

    Develop and Implement new warehouse layouts in order to maintain facilities in good working order; issue work orders for repair and replacement operations.

  • Match goods with appropriate packaging according to security procedures

    Relate goods to be packed with the required security equipment following appropriate security procedures.

  • Stack goods

    Stack goods and manufactured products into containers without special treatment or procedure.

  • Handle shipment paperwork

    Handle paperwork containing information on shipments and attached to goods about to be shipped. Ensure that identification information is complete, visible, and in compliance with all regulations. Check labels showing product counts, final destination, and model numbers.

  • Operate warehouse record systems

    Operate systems for recording product, packaging, and order information in specific formats and types of record.

  • Pick orders for dispatching

    Pick orders in warehouses destined for dispatching, ensuring that correct numbers and types of goods are loaded and dispatched. Tag and mark product items as requested.

  • Operate weighing machine

    Work with a weighing machine to measure raw, half-finished and finished products.

  • Manage warehouse inventory

    Manage warehouse inventory and control storage and movement of warehouse goods. Monitor transactions such as shipping, receiving and putaway.

  • Lift heavy weights

    Lift heavy weights and apply ergonomic lifting techniques to avoid damaging the body.

  • Check for damaged items

    Identify products that have been damaged and report the situation.

  • Follow stock control instructions

    Stack items according to the stock control instructions received.

  • Handle paperwork related to warehouse stock

    Deal with goods notes right after stock delivery; keep stock record up-to-date; prepare and make up invoices.

  • Control of expenses

    Monitoring and maintaining effective cost controls, in regards to efficiencies, waste, overtime and staffing. Assessing excesses and strives for efficiency and productivity.

  • Follow verbal instructions

    Have the ability to follow spoken instructions received from colleagues. Strive to understand and clarify what is being requested.

  • Sort waste

    Manually or automatically sort waste by separating it into its different elements.

  • Maintain stock control systems

    Keep stock control systems up to date and ensure inventory accuracy.

  • Monitor stock level

    Evaluate how much stock is used and determine what should be ordered.

  • Have computer literacy

    Utilise computers, IT equipment and modern day technology in an efficient way.

  • Assist in the movement of heavy loads

    Provide assistance in the relocation of heavy loads; set up and operate a rigging system of ropes and cables in order to move heavy cargo.

  • Use different communication channels

    Use various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the aim of constructing and sharing information and ideas.

  • Receive goods

    Control documentation, unloading and booking of goods with which the receipt from a vendor or from production is posted.

  • Perform cleaning duties

    Perform cleaning duties such as waste removal, vacuuming, emptying bins, and general cleaning of the working area. Cleaning activities should follow health and safety regulations if required.

  • Stay alert

    Stay focused and alert at all times; react quickly in the case of unexpected events. Concentrate and do not get distracted performing a task over a long period of time.

Optional knowledge and skills

handle customer complaints handle returns organise information cooperate with colleagues follow written instructions assemble goods handle fragile items monitor packaging operations oversee stock quality control manage packaging material clean warehouse product package requirements manage a warehouse management system tend packaging machines apply procedures to ensure cargo complies with customs regulations safety regulations for warehouses apply transportation management concepts carry out ship-to-shore operations use barcode scanning equipment packaging engineering ensure quality control in packaging adapt to changing situations freight transport methods work in a logistics team analyse packaging requirements