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Port Operative

Date: 10-Jun-2021

Location: Teignmouth, GB

Company: ABP

We’re the UK's largest ports operator with a network of 21 ports around Britain. We handle around one quarter of the UK's seaborne trade and contribute £7.5 billion to our economy every year.

It’s a story we’re proud of but it doesn’t end there. We’re transforming our business and embracing the future.

We offer a vast range of roles spanning the UK, all rooted in a culture that welcomes diversity, fosters talent, encourages internal movement and progression, and places safety as our number one priority.




Here at Associated British Ports we are currently recruiting for a Port Operative to join the Operations team at our Teignmouth port. We are looking for an enthusiastic and flexible individual with a “can do” attitude, to join our team, working outdoors, in a dynamic and interesting environment.


As a Port Operative, you will primarily be involved with the discharge and loading of vessels (ships, lorries and/or trains) using a variety of plant and equipment, in a proactive and safe way. Previous experience of working in a port environment is not necessary and we welcome applications from people from all career backgrounds. Experience of operating all heavy plant and/or forklift trucks is desirable, although not essential. ABP has a training academy to help you develop new skills and progress your career.


We offer an attractive salary and a great range of benefits including an excellent pension, annual bonus, private healthcare and ongoing training and development.


What you’ll be doing…

  • Operating heavy plant and machinery – such as Front Loading Shovel, Forklift Truck, Skidsteer, Mobile Lifting Platform, Mobile Material Handling Cranes, Tugmaster and bagging equipment – to achieve the safe and efficient handling of cargo in storage areas, warehouses and on vessels
  • Physically prepare and move cargo and assist in the preparation of stores.
  • Comply with and assist in the development of Risk Assessments and Safe Systems of Work and ensure that all duties are undertaken in accordance with ABP’s safety policies and procedures.
  • Work with IT systems and internal and external software packages.
  • General housekeeping and maintenance duties to ensure efficient port operations.
  • Undertake duties to aid compliance with licences for cargo handling.
  • Travel and provide operational support at our Port of Plymouth to undertake activates such as mooring/unmooring operations and to supervise traffic on and off the ferries.
  • Work flexibly to permit full operational benefit of labour.


What you’ll need...

  • Aspiration to learn new skills and have a flexible outlook.
  • Be physically fit and be able to carry out manual tasks.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a team.
  • Flexibility to work weekends and beyond the shift if the discharging/loading is close to finish.
  • Full UK driving licence.


Ideally, you’ll also have…

  • Ability to operate heavy plant and machinery including but not limited to loading shovel, tug-master, forklift trucks.
  • Previous experience of working in a port or other similar marine / operational environment.


Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.
Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero-tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment.