Senior Materials Handler

Introduction: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Sr. Materials Handler.

Job Summary:

Responsible for performing the physical tasks associated with the receiving, skidding-up, labeling, storing, and distributing of products, materials, parts, supplies, chemicals and equipment. Unpacks and checks goods received against purchase orders or invoices, maintains records of received goods, rejecting unsatisfactory items where necessary. Pulls and fills orders. Lifts heavy/light weight items. Use power equipment such as a forklift, hand tools, and other devices operated in a warehouse environment. Also loads and unloads all types of materials from storage bins, pallets, trays, racks and vehicles that can’t be handled by material handling devices. Uses the computer to dispense and receive basic information that includes product codes, part numbers, quantities, locations, comments, etc. Completes routine paperwork to properly document work performed. Maintains work area in a neat and orderly condition. Adheres to all safety and good housekeeping practices. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Asset Management Supervisor.


  • Fills orders and stages material and supplies per requests; documents transactions appropriately. (60%)
  • Loads, unloads, and moves materials within or near campus. Properly slots/arranges stock items that are received into the central warehouse. (15%)
  • Participates in cycle counting. Enters and verifies information. Researches discrepancies. Maintains a clean, organized warehouse (15%)
  • Participates in ordering or purchasing standard stock items within established procedures and limits. (10%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

High school diplomas or equivalent with the ability to read, write and speak English. 2 years experience in material handling. 1 years of forklift experience and ability to obtain an APL forklift certification. Must be able to stand for up to 8 hours. Must be physically capable of lifting and moving heavy materials and equipment up to 70 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes, chemicals or airborne particles. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, lift, use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. Special vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Must have manual dexterity sufficient to operate a wide variety of small hand tools, carts, hand trucks, pallet jacks, forklifts, utility knifes, mixer/blender machinery, wire spooling machinery, scanners and computers. Ability to work independently and with a team environment. Strong attention to detail with the ability to initiate action. Exercise good judgment and discretion to resolve discrepancies. Work within established policies and regulations. Basic knowledge with MS Office (Word, Excel & Outlook).

Desired Qualifications:

Experience in Supply Chain Management. Knowledge of Maximo. Processing and interpreting analytical data. Identify and make recommendations for process improvements. Investigate and resolve inventory discrepancies.

Special Working Conditions (travel, working in closed areas, extended hours):

Working hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Scheduled overtime may be required. Observance of all OSHA Safety Regulations, including, but not limited to safety shoes and safety glasses, is required.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity:Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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