Are you interested in becoming a Picker and Packer? If you’ve never worked as one before you may not know what the role entails or if you need any prior experience or specific qualifications.
We’ve put together a summary of the role, its requirements, duties, and what you can expect working as a Picker and Packer.
Picker and Packers (also known as Pick Packers) work in a variety of locations, including warehouses, dropshipping locations, and manufacturing facilities. They are generally accountable for completing orders by organising inventory, ready to be dispatched.
Their duties include:
- Understanding invoices to decide which items need to be sent out
- Weighing and labelling packages correctly
- Keeping records of packages, including invoices and delivery notes
- Retrieving and preparing stock to be dispatched, using hand scanners and bar codes to collect the correct items
- Loading and unloading delivery vehicles
- Cleaning shipping containers and other shipping supplies
- Performing quality control assessments, ensuring packages are not damaged
- Meeting the specifics of customer orders in a timely manner
- Maintaining safety by having a clean and tidy work area
- Following manufacturing and work safe practices
- Operating various equipment, such as a pallet wrapper or forklift truck (if relevant training has been provided)
- Reporting any mechanical problems
- Helping with other duties around the warehouse as assigned
Pick Packers will think about the most efficient way to send items, considering their different weights and sizes. They use the required shipping materials, like bubble wrap and tape, to safely pack the items being dispatched.
They also make a note of and label the packages, displaying any specific information about the contents, such as being fragile or perishable.
For a job as a Pick Packer there aren’t usually any entry requirements, though some employers might ask for a reasonable level of general education. Previous experience isn’t usually a requirement either, though some employers might state it’s desirable.
Employers are usually looking for candidates with good practical skills, who can work in a timely manner and that are able to follow instructions effectively.
Working as a Pick Packer will mean being comfortable working in a fast-paced and diverse environment. You’ll also need to be comfortable carrying out regular physical activity and be able to lift up to 40lbs without support.
Working Hours and Salary
Warehouses and manufacturing facilities can often run 24/7, meaning that you might have to cover a range of different shift patterns as a Pick Packer. This may often include nights and weekends.
You can usually expect to earn between £16,622 – £20,000 per year depending on hours and experience, however, employers often offer improved rates for shifts that involve working unsocial hours or overtime.
If you’re ready to start applying for Picker Packer jobs get in touch with the Cogent team on 01422 413 813 or check out all our current roles.