Communications Transport Specialist

Royal Signals

The 'driving force' behind the Royal Signals

‘Without equipment support the Royals Signals cannot provide communications to commanders on the battlefield’

Food, weapons and equipment support is vital; without it the Royal Signals cannot operate. As a professional Supply Chain Operative, you will be responsible for the management of multi million pounds worth of communications equipment, equipment that directly supports the Royals Signals’ ability to deploy on operations worldwide. On operations, it will be your responsibility 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 will qualify in Supply Chain Operations, Logistic Operations and Warehouse Operations, achieving levels of qualifications that match civilian industry. You will be given the opportunity to achieve master’s degree level qualifications in Logistic Operations and Management and recognition with professional industry bodies. 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 potential to reach Warrant Officer Class1, the highest soldier rank in the Army.

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 findings to Chain of Command.
  • Organise shipments in and out of warehouse area, report default stock and losses findings to Chain of Command.
  • Comply with Unit’s Assurance Policies and track stock through the End to End process
  • Operate as a Royal Signals Soldier, conducting additional Military Tasks wherever UK Armed Forces are Deployed

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

 

Step 2
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, this will take place at the Royals School of Signals in Blandford Forum. 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 – for free. Your trade training is recognised by industry and you will be able to gain professional recognition and accreditation with a professional industry organisation.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications required

FITNESS:

Mid Thigh Pull 94kg
Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Driving Licences: B+E, C+E, Minibus, Forklift
  • Apprenticeship in Supply Chain Operations (Level 2)
  • Advanced apprenticeship in Logistics Operator or Warehousing (Level 3)
  • Foundation Modern Apprenticeship (FMA)
  • NVQ Level 2 in IT
  • Level 1 functional skills in Maths, English and IT
  • Professional registration with CILT (UK)
  • Level 3, 5, 6 Management & 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

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Signaller your pay will rise to £18,859.

FROM THE FIELD

"My trade provides a wide spectrum of opportunities, which can vary day-to-day and posting-to-posting. One moment I could be maintaining the large number of military and civilian vehicles within the MT (Motor Transport) department, and the next providing stores and high tech equipment which different Regimental and Brigades may require to support them whilst out on exercise. Where ever stores or vehicles are, I am as well – this could be anywhere in the world, in all conditions!"

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.