Warehouse Operative


Lay & Wheeler is one of England’s longest standing fine wine merchants, established in 1854, and recognised as one of its leading names, awarded Online Retailer of the Year in 2018 by the International Wine Challenge.

The business is known for its outstanding range of wines, buying directly from top domaines in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, Loire, Champagne, Italy and South Africa, which it sells exclusively to private clients.

Over the past five years, Lay & Wheeler has experienced a period of healthy growth. Its management team and its owners, two private families, intend to sustain this momentum, and are making significant investments in the business to do so.

Key to this growth strategy is the expansion of its operations, in which Lay & Wheeler is building its own warehouse to house all of its and its customers’ wines, and thus creating new roles.


As Warehouse Operative you will be responsible for always handling our customers wine with the upmost of care.

Reporting into the Warehouse Manager you will responsible for number of tasks within the operation to ensure that we always striving to exceed the expectations of our customers.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Goods In – Checking in stock from various sources (Customer Own Stock, Direct from Suppliers & Other Warehouses), ensuring the products match the documentation, escalating any discrepancies to your line manager.
  • Goods Out – Picking and Packing of customer orders in accordance with internal SLAs.
  • Stock Counting – assisting with the daily count of the warehouse to ensure that we all locations are counted at least twice per year.
  • Damage Reporting – Any damages within the warehouse must be reported to the Warehouse Manager, this includes any damage to MHE as well as stock.
  • General Warehouse Duties – ensure your workstations and the warehouse are always kept clean and tidy to avoid any Health and Safety issues.

Personal qualities

  • A can-do attitude
  • A team player, always willing to help others out for the good of the business, and always on the lookout for ways to improve things
  • Ability to multitask and work under pressure in a busy environment
  • Highly motivated, a real self-starter who likes getting a job done efficiently
  • Detail-oriented, with a nose for accuracy, but not at the expense of output
  • Enthusiastic, willing to learn new skills and cover all areas of the team
  • “Job not hours” mindset, demonstrating an ownership mentality

Professional Skills/Experience

  • Experience within an order picking warehouse
  • Experience working with high value products
  • Experience with handheld devices
  • MHE Experience – VNA, Counterbalance, Pump Trucks etc.
  • Driving Licence (Essential)


  • Salary commensurate with experience, competitive with market
  • An annual bonus scheme, based on company and individual performance
  • Employee-employer matched pension contributions of 5% each
  • Company-sponsored social events
  • Opportunity for wine education sponsorship
  • Team member discount on wine
  • An opportunity to build your career, not just take a job

To apply, please send a cover letter detailing why you are interested, along with your CV, to Stuart Murfitt, via email [email protected]