Port Operator

Date: 11 Jul 2024

Location: Teignmouth, Short Sea Ports, 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.




Why should you work for ABP?

  • Have the chance to make a difference in a business critical to UK trade.
  • Work within an exciting, innovative, growing business.
  • You can thrive in an inclusive environment where every individual can be themselves and feel respected.
  • Receive a competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Get support for training, personal development, and further education.
  • Benefit from support and engagement through dedicated management and leadership


We are a reputable and thriving port located in Teignmouth and we are seeking a skilled and motivated Port Operator to join our dedicated team and contribute to the continued success of our port operations.



  • To work safely and responsibly in all aspects of the role. Input to the development of Risk Assessments, Safe Systems of Work and participate in Toolbox Talks.
  • Undertake core cargo handling operations including operating the following machinery: Front Loading Shovel, Forklift Truck, Skidsteer, Mobile Lifting Platform, Mobile Material Handling Cranes, Tug master and Bagging Equipment.
  • To work as part of the cargo handling team and assist in general port operations and stevedoring.
  • Prepare and move cargo and assist in the preparation of stores.
  • Ensure good housekeeping on the Port as directed by the supervisors.
  • Undertake basic maintenance tasks as required across all port assets.
  • Travel to ABP Plymouth Port to assist with operations as required to undertake mooring/unmooring operations and to supervise traffic on and off the ferries.
  • Work flexibly to permit full operational benefit of labour.


Skills, experiences, qualifications and competencies



  • To work in compliance with the ABP Safety, Environmental and Security policies.
  • Existing Licence holder for operational plant.
  • Aptitude to learn new skills and have a flexible outlook.
  • Ability to fit into and enhance the existing Teignmouth and Plymouth operations team.



· Previous experience of working in a port or other similar marine or operational environment.


The shift pattern involves working a total of 520 hours over 13 weeks at an average of 40 hours per week. Work is scheduled from Monday to Saturday, with Sundays being paid at double time for any work done on that day. Any hours worked beyond the initial 520-hour contract during the 13-week period, including Sundays and overtime, will be compensated at a rate of time and a half.


The role comes with a competitive salary, a contributory pension from day one (Starting at 3% with a 5% company match up to 18%), private healthcare, access to our Employee Assistance Program, 26 days annual leave (plus bank holidays and increasing with service), a wide range of discounts/cash back with high street and online retailers. We offer an inclusive work environment with a very training strong academy that offers ongoing opportunities to develop your skills.


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.