Stevedore/General Terminal Operative

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  • Employer:
    Solent Gateway Limited
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  • Job Title:
    Stevedore/General Terminal Operative
  • Salary:
    £23,063 a year
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An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen for Permanent General Terminal Operatives to join a leading port operating company, Solent Gateway Ltd (SGL) in Marchwood, Southampton, Hampshire with attractive long term job stability and an opportunity to see the world.

No prior experience required as full training will be provided.

SGL operates the Port of Marchwood and provides port services to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). We are recruiting General Terminal Operatives to support port operations within the facility.

In this exciting and varied role you will carry out cargo operations including the mooring of vessels, loading/unloading and securing of cargo. Full training will be provided for the use of specialised heavy plant and machinery with industry qualifications.

As part of the role, there will be opportunities to deploy worldwide on short assignments (2-5 days; Africa, Middle East, Europe, America etc.) to meet and discharge/load the vessels. There will also be opportunities to deploy for longer durations (up to 6 months) to carry out vessel operations.

In order to support the MoD both in the UK and overseas, applicants will be trained to become Sponsored Reserves (SR). SRs gain experience in both worlds of MoD and civilian environments which provides global exposure to the industry. This involves up to 38 days per year specialist trade training with the Army to enable port operatives to deploy to certain places where uniformed service is required. The training includes obtaining a Cat C HGV licence and familiarisation on driving some military vehicles. There is no wider service obligation to the Army but the opportunity exists to exploit the wider benefits offered by the Army, such as sport and adventure training, should an individual chose to do so.

This role is also suitable for serving Army, Navy or RAF Reservists who can transfer across without repeating the Forces application process subject to terms and conditions.

Salary and bonuses

Basic salary is £23,063 per annum for General Terminal Operatives which is enhanced through completion of Sponsored Reserve training by the following annual bonus payment amounts:

  • On completion of training: £2,300 (taxable); after which
  • Year 1: £444 (tax free)
  • Year 2: £982 (tax free)
  • Year 3 & 4: £1,517 (tax free)
  • Year 5 and onwards: £1,759 (tax free)

In addition, for working abroad, individuals will receive a further payment of £1,000 per month or pro-rata whilst working away (up to a maximum of £6,000 for a 6-month deployment).


Holiday – 20 days per year plus 8 bank holidays. Accrue additional 3 days after 5 full years of service, plus additional 2 days after a further 5 full years of service (total 25 days after 10 years).

Additional paid Post Deployment Holiday – subject to length of deployment.

Pension scheme

Enhanced sick pay, after completion of probationary period

Free parking

Onsite café

Access to free gym within army barracks

Army medical cover (upon mobilisation)

Deployment opportunities around the world - Norway, Germany, Albania, Morocco, Gibraltar, Jordan, UAE, Oman, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Portugal, Kenya, Belize and Falkland Islands etc.

Training (Full training provided, previous experience not essential)

General Terminal Operative / Stevedore

  • Mechanical Handling Equipment (MHE) training opportunities include:
  • Industrial Forklifts – 16 & 18 ton
  • Top loaders – 32 & 44 ton
  • Tugmaster (internal shunt vehicle)
  • Crane operator
  • Cat C HGV
  • Military vehicle driving
  • Weigh bridge operation
  • Washdown and decontamination equipment
  • A variety of other training opportunities (including rail and site maintenance)

Sponsored Reserve

Train and qualify in company time

  • World class army training including leadership and management skills
  • On completion of training, adventurous training and expedition opportunities include hill walking, kayaking, rock climbing, sailing, scuba diving, mountain biking or skiing. Massive opportunities for sport with the Army.

Development opportunities

There is opportunity to progress from Terminal Operator to Terminal Supervisor.

Essential requirements

Be a UK or Commonwealth Citizen

Resided in the UK for the last 5 years

Valid full UK driving licence

Aged between 18-49 years old (Army requirement)

Physically fit – able to pass a fitness medical

Able to pass UK Government Security Clearance

Sign Official Secrets Act

To work in compliance with safety, environmental and security policies

Aptitude to learn new skills and have a flexible outlook

Desirable requirements

Previous military and/or stevedoring experience.

GCSE English and Mathematics, grade A*- G ORwill be required to undertake entry level 3 literacy and numeracy tests.


  • GCSE or equivalent (Preferred)


  • Full valid UK driving licence (Required)


  • English (Required)

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