Stores Assistant - Essex

  • Location


  • Sector:

    Knowledge and information management

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £10.60 - 10.60 per hour

  • Contact:


  • Contact email:

  • Contact phone:

    020 7378 5459

  • Salary high:


  • Salary low:


  • Job ref:

    DR - 25372

  • Published:

    about 1 year ago

  • Duration:

    6 months

  • Expiry date:


  • Startdate:

    2018-10-01 00:00:00

Stores Assistant


£10.60 p/h

14 hours a week

Contract until end of Oct 2018

About the company

An Essex based, highly regarded, higher education client has a requirement for a Stores Assistant to cover on a temporary basis until the end of October 2018, to assist with supporting the stores service of retrieval and subsequent reshelving of requested items, whilst also assisting with collections management activities (processing and shelving newly received material)

What you’ll be doing

Main tasks

The main tasks are:

Stores service

  • To retrieve requested material and to move items, including archive boxes of Records Office materials, using ladders, trolleys and cages
  • To pack and label crates for onward distribution by the courier, and to unpack and re-shelve these on return
  • To scan journal articles for electronic delivery to multiple UCL sites

Collection management

  • To add new material to the Wickford Store, including unpacking crates, sorting material and shelving
  • To move large sequences of material within the Wickford Store and to integrate new collections into existing sequences
  • To identify specific material, allocating shelfmarks and  relocating it as required
  • To prepare duplicated material from within the Wickford store and from other library sites for disposal
  • To undertake minor conservation repairs and cleaning of material & shelving
  • To label books with an appropriate shelf-mark and spine label to show where they are shelved
  • To formulate and print customised spine labels using EXCEL

Both sets of tasks involve:

  • Working in a warehouse environment, including the use of ladders, loading and moving crates and trolleys, and manoeuvring rolling stacks – staff are provided with protective clothing where necessary
  • The use of Aleph, the Library’s automated library management system,  and Microsoft Excel: to locate material in the warehouse; to create and amend records to show where material is housed; to record which items have been requested and when they have been returned; to maintain accurate records of the number of items dealt with, for purposes of statistical analysis

Full training will be provided in retrieval and manual handling techniques and in the use of Aleph.

Why you’ll be hired

To be considered for this role you will:

  • 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C) or equivalent
  • Data entry experience beneficial
  • Experience of using IT applications, in particular Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Willingness to develop existing skills and to acquire new skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team or independently
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain speed and accuracy while undertaking repetitive tasks
  • Ability to work under pressure, while ensuring that priorities are met
  • Experience of working in a library, either as a user or as a member of staff, including using an online public access catalogue.

Why you should apply

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking for additional weekly working hours, to work with a highly regarded, higher educational client

This role is paying a very competitive salary of £10.60 per hour

If you are interested in learning more: Please get in touch on 020 7378 5459 or on