Freight Security Assistant

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: MAY20224439

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£22,223 - £25,927 Per Annum

Closing date

26 May 2022

Salary: Band 6 – £22,223 – £25,927 pa (Including allowances and Contractual overtime £34,381 – £40,111 pa)

Hours per week: An average of 43.31 hours per week (including weekends and bank holidays). The Freight Security Assistants shift pattern covers 3 shifts, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The shift pattern is 7 nights shift (2145-0600), one day off. 7 late shifts (1345-2200), one day off. 7 early shifts (0545-1400) followed by 5 days off.

The Service

Portsmouth City Council controls all its maritime activities through the Port Service.

Portsmouth International Port (PIP) comprises the Cruise & Ferry Port (CFP), Flathouse and Albert Johnson Quays and the Camber.  As a service we take pride in our work by valuing others, focusing on what’s important so that we make a real and positive difference.  Our values are outlined in our Ways of Working and our Guiding Principles and if they reflect how you are and how you work then this could be the role that meets your expectations.

What is the role?

Based at Portsmouth International Port (PIP), and reporting to the Traffic Supervisor, the role works within the freight related areas of the Port, both within gate houses and out within all areas of the Port.

The role’s duties will include:

Controlling the entry and exit of vehicles to and from the Port via the site’s freight gates and as and where directed, elsewhere. This may include working alone or as part of a team. you will also ensure that all export freight is weighed in accordance with customer expectations

In this role you will also provide security services as required by PIP including but not limited to searching, passes, data processing and site rounds, this may include working alone or as part of a team, whilst being able to manage, marshal/park and monitor traffic and freight units on site.

You will operate the Ports freight software solutions and systems to fulfil the requirements of the role, and assist / support the Traffic Supervisor as directed in their routine tasks.

This is a guide to the work you will initially be required to undertake. It may be changed from time to time to meet changing needs of the service, or as reasonably requested by the supervisor/line manager.

Please see more on the job profile attached.

Who are we looking for?

·       You must be customer focused and be able to demonstrate your ability in communicating with people at all levels within the organisation as well as with external customers and the general public, and will need a good standard of education, preferable GCSE level or greater.

·       You must be computer literate and be competent in data entry, as well as the use of different software solutions and systems, and have a good understanding of current Port security legislation, as well as an awareness of the regulations for the transportation and storage of dangerous goods and hazardous cargoes.

·       You should have an understanding of both freight control and the marshalling of passengers and traffic, and should have experience in the searching of vehicles, passengers and baggage.

·       You must be capable of working alone and as part of a team, and have experience working both indoors and outdoors in all weathers.

·       You should be a good problem solver and be capable of working through problems to provide solutions for your Supervisor and team. Ideally you will hold a clean, full UK driving license, or at least be undertaking lessons to attain this within a reasonable period, and should have an awareness of the Health & Safety at Work Act

·       A good knowledge of the local area would be advantageous.

What you’ll get in return

As well as competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. 

Annual leave starts at 26 days going up to 30 days and staff discounts for travel and local shops.  We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning, or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme, we will work together to drive your career. 

Closing time/date, (1700hrs, 26th May 2022) & Interview date: (Thursday 9th June 2022)

Applications received after this may not be considered.

How to apply: Ensure you complete the application form in its entirety, or you may not be shortlisted.

Please read the “Job Profile” to ensure your application meets the requirements of the role and you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile. If you wish to send a CV, please ensure that you tailor it to meet the points on the job profile to outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position. 

All employees and third parties working at the Portsmouth International Port are subject to a Substance Misuse – Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy and the Port reserves the right to carry out with cause and random testing.

It is now standard practice for the Port to conduct Drug & Alcohol testing at the pre-employment stage. This will be conducted prior to starting wherever possible.