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Qualified Supply Chain Operative (MJDI Qualified)
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Qualified Supply Chain Operative (MJDI Qualified)

You’ll directly contribute to the operational effectiveness of the Royal Navy, providing essential supplies, all over the world.

  • A-Levels / college qualifications
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary
  • Logistics
  • Rating level

At a glance

You’ll directly contribute to the operational effectiveness of the Royal Navy by making sure our people have what they need, when and where they need it. From food to ammunition. Our people, all over the world will rely on you for essential supplies, every day.
There aren’t many jobs where I’d get this much responsibility so quickly. Pretty much every day I’m liaising with local suppliers all over the world, making sure we’ve got everything on board.


Qualified Supply Chain Operative

Role details

What you’ll do

As an MJDI Qualified Supply Chain Operative in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), you’ll play a vital role in keeping your ship at sea, making sure it has the stocks, stores and equipment to complete every operation. When you’re deployed as part of a task group, you’ll use your expertise to ensure every vessel can be sustained thousands of miles from the UK.

Every day will bring a new challenge as you oversee the distribution of multimillion pound inventories, in diverse environments all over the world. That could mean anything from replenishing Royal Navy and NATO nation ships at sea, to liaising with local suppliers in foreign countries.

Your experience using the Management of the Joint Deployed Inventory (MJDI) software means you’ll get your seagoing RFA career started after an initial induction and refresher.

Your role

  • Take responsibility for storing and distributing large quantities of equipment and supplies, including munitions.
  • Coordinate an inventory worth millions of pounds, planning months in advance to ensure the needs of every branch are met for the duration of a deployment.
  • Show the personal qualities needed to be custodian of valuable stores, from responsibility and trustworthiness to organisational and planning skills.
  • Work effectively as part of a team, often in challenging conditions.

Pay & benefits

  • Salary of £34,500+ from day one
  • Earned Voyage Leave (EVL) of 21 days for every month spent on board ship
  • Membership of a Civil Service Pension scheme 
  • Subsidised travel and accommodation when on training courses
  • World-class training
  • Potential to travel the world

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • You’ll have the opportunity to study for vocational qualifications from day one, including NVQs and Maritime & Coastguard Agency certificates.

Skills you'll develop

  • The ability to carry out a range of supply chain management operations, both on individual RFA deployments and in support of larger task groups.
  • Training will be a constant feature of your RFA career, with world-class development packages to help you progress.



  • Aged at least 17 years 6 months to apply, and 18 years to commence employment. There is no upper age limit
  • MJDI experience is essential as an MA or UAA. This can be demonstrated through your previous employment within any element of the Defence Enterprise.
  • ICT qualifications or experience using the Microsoft Office package
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or equivalent
  • A current unrestricted 2-year ENG 1 for Worldwide Sea Service
  • Need to be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen, but nationality restrictions can apply to some career paths. Dual Nationality will be considered, providing the first nationality is British. Residency restrictions may apply
  • Need to have confidence with jumping into water and the ability to wade whilst wearing a life jacket

Skills & Interests

  • Well organised 
  • Good numeracy  
  • High standards of conduct and presentation  
  • Good working knowledge of IT systems  
  • Trustworthy  

Joining Process

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