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Careers in Logistics

How do you ensure the smooth running of secure construction, IT and digital projects for government customers worldwide? With a truly impressive Logistics team. From scanning and packing secure shipments at our base at Hanslope Park, to organising secure delivery by air, sea, and HGV, our Logistics colleagues make sure the resources for every project reach their destination on time – and with absolute security. 

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Key roles in the area

  • Warehouse Operatives
  • Drivers
  • Logistics Officers
  • Logistics Planners
  • Logistics Managers
  • Queen’s Messengers
  • Garage Operatives

Hear from one of the team

You get to grips with the laws of the road around the world, all the languages and road signs. Then, you recognise when your vehicle might be too tall or too heavy, when the warnings are written in a language – and even an alphabet – other than your own.

Logistics colleague

Most of our Logistics team are based in Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes. Some teams, like our London Drivers, are based at King Charles Street. Find out more here.

Our Queen’s Messenger service dates back to the reign of King John, in 1199AD.

Case study

The Logistics team were central to Project Tartarus; a recent project with the RAF, delivering vital parts for a new air defence radar site all the way from Spain to northern Shetland. Find out more in our case study.

 

Working overseas

Some of the Logistics team will travel regularly to government sites worldwide, whether it’s the Drivers delivering shipments, or the Queen’s Messengers accompanying air freight. With regular travel a key part of these jobs, here’s how it works:

Within the Logistics team, the Drivers, Logistics Officers, Logistics Planners, and Queen’s Messengers will all travel regularly. The Warehouse team, as well as most Logistics Managers, Garage Operatives and London Drivers, will tend to be based solely in the UK. 

We also have some Logistics Co-Ordinators and Logistics Planners, and occasionally Project Managers, based permanently  overseas . If you’ll be based overseas though, this will be well-advertised in advance. If you’re going to be based permanently overseas, you might like to take a look at our Overseas career page

When you’re not travelling abroad, you could be based in either Hanslope Park in Milton Keynes, or King Charles Street in London, if you’re applying to be a London Driver. To find out more about both, see Life at FCO Services.

We work in 168 countries, and you could well be travelling to any one of them. Your safety is our most important concern though: we’ll never send you anywhere you aren’t comfortable with. 

We’ll organise both your travel and your accommodation while you’re overseas, and support you financially.

As much as possible, we’ll aim to spread out your trips so that you get breaks from overseas travel. It means you can balance your home life with your travel abroad, and it also gives you time to properly prepare for each project you take on.

As a general rule, it’s not practical for families to travel with this team, since you’ll be overseas for regular short bursts. If you do have a longer posting overseas – if you’ll be stationed abroad for two years, say – then we can support your family to move overseas with you, if the role allows for that. This will be well-advertised upfront though, and we won’t ask you to take on a long-term posting if you aren’t happy to.

You’ll be able to stay in touch with your team throughout your time abroad, through our FCO Services intranet, as well as having a manager who’ll check in on your progress. Plus, if you need someone’s advice on a project, there are always experts on call, no matter the time difference. You’ll also be able to take advantage of our overseas network activity: we offer all sorts of support to our colleagues both at home and abroad, whether it’s wellbeing events like yoga sessions, or chances to socialise with the teams stationed in your location. 

Did you know?

We introduced a new bespoke trailer this year, capable of transporting loads over 2,000kg.
Its first delivery? A full-size airport x-ray machine. We’d previously have needed to dismantle it completely, or transport it by plane. The new trailer now allows for easier, safer, more efficient loading and unloading.

In its history, the Logistics team have served and delivered to over 250 posts around the world.

Thanks to the hard work of the Logistics team, we save our government customers – and the taxpayer – £4 million a year in customs duties.

Tips for your application

1. Tell us what you’ve done

You might not be used to applying for a government role. In order to assess your skills, we need to know what you’ve done. So, don’t just say ‘I’ve been a driver for ten years’ or ‘I worked as a warehouse operative for x company’. Tell us the specific skills you have, and the kinds of projects you’ve worked on.

2. Fill in every stage of the form

Unfortunately, we can’t accept a CV in place of our application steps, so please make sure you fill in every section, and again, be as thorough as you can about your experience – we don’t want your skills to slip through the net.

3. Get someone to proof-read

If you’re not used to this kind of application, that’s fine. We aren’t assessing you on whether it’s beautifully written; only on whether you can tell us clearly what you’ve done. So, get someone else to check your work if you need to and make sure it makes sense to them.

The team move over a million kilograms of freight per year in Diplomatic Bags – secure packaging that’s protected by the Vienna Convention.

Our Warehouse Operatives are UK-based and work the same hours you’d find in any warehouse – but their packing skills see secure goods delivered safely to governments.

Welcome to the virtual embassy

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What do I need to thrive here?

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1. Steady motivation

From our Drivers to our Warehouse team, we need self-motivated hard workers.

2. Pride in your work

What you do protects the UK’s interests, so you care about providing high-quality service.

3. Calm under pressure

You get your head down and get on, no matter what comes your way.

4. Willingness to travel

Unless you’re a Warehouse Operative, you’re ready to travel all over the world.

Apprenticeships

Interested in a career in Logistics, but don’t have any experience? Your world just got bigger, with our Logistics Apprenticeship. Whatever your age, whatever your background, our in-house training and paid qualifications could be just what you need.

Latest roles

Want to join FCO Services but can’t see a live role to suit you? Great news: you can sign up for job alerts or add your CV to our talent pool and we’ll be in touch when something comes up.

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