Purchasing Porter

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The Role

The Purchasing and Stores team oversee all food safety and legal due diligence processes for food coming into the Estate and supports the wider catering department through the management of the supply chain, on-site catering logistics, order and invoice administration, system administration, goods receiving and handling, along with transportation and storage of catering supplies throughout the parliamentary estate.

The Purchasing Porter role is a flexible support role, assisting the Purchasing & Stores team with all duties that comprise the purchasing and stores function; it is envisaged that the role will include duties such as the unloading and checking in of goods against invoices and purchase orders, temperature monitoring of fresh and frozen foods, decanting, and storage of goods as part of the goods receiving processes and will also involve the issuing and transportation of goods in line with stores procedures throughout the day in line with safe and hygienic standards for food receipt and storage and an agreed Food Safety Management System.

The Person

The successful candidate will have the following skills/experience:

  • Good knowledge of a wide range of food and beverage products including a good understanding of acceptable quality standards and an awareness of specifications.
  • Have a good understanding of safe and hygienic practices for the receipt, handling and storage of all goods in particular rules relating to allergens and contamination, to ensure that products are managed in a safe way.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, able to maintain professional integrity at all times when speaking with colleagues and suppliers.
  • Ability to integrate with colleagues and foster a positive working environment whilst embedding the principles of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. Able to support and guide others working in their respective area.
  • Ability to undertake regular manual handling tasks on a regular daily basis in what is a physically demanding role.


Annual leave starting at 30 days pro rata

Civil Service Pension scheme

Interest-free season ticket loan

Discounted membership of the in-house gym

If you would like to apply for this role, please submit a CV on the House of Commons portal.

More information on the role and the full criteria can be found on the job description.

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