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Materials Handler

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Salem
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Summary This position is located in the Warehouse area of the Logistics Service in a Veteran Affairs Health Care System (VA HCS) and supported catchment area. The position is located at an assigned Veterans Administration medical facility performing warehouse work that involves receiving, storing, selecting, and shipping general or specialized bulk and bin materials and equipment. Responsibilities Checks received shipment items against electronic purchase orders and/or other related documentation. Verifies correctness of shipment prior to completing receiving process. Records/notes discrepancies such as shortages and damages. Directs special attention to time sensitive and emergency requests. Operates and maintains various powered industrial vehicles. Maintains the flow of the warehouse by moving, delivering, shelving, storing and inventorying materials and equipment. Handles delivering and warehousing materials including hazardous, flammable and temperature sensitive products. Places items appropriately on shelving, pallets on bins to ensure adequate safeguard and access. Reads, writes, and maintains files of various government and commercial documents to include turn in requests, discrepancy reports, shipping/receiving documents, etc. Interprets a variety of standard operation procedures (SOP's), directives and policies. Maintains accurate inventory for all materials and equipment. Follows all guidance provided by various directives, handbooks, memorandum, property management regulations, supply distribution policies, checklists, etc. Follows oral instruction from dispatcher and/or supervisor pertaining to transporting, destination, cargo, deadlines and any additional/specific instruction when appropriate. Familiar with automated purchasing and inventory systems. Uses forklifts, manual and mechanized pallet jacks, and other loading and storage mechanisms. Understands how to load supply carts, vehicles or pallets to ensure safety and most efficient process. Prepares authorized materials for shipment (both small packages and bulk). Ensures all items are packaged or palletized correctly to prevent damage. Adheres to all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) operating and safety standards. Utilizes proper safety techniques when handling a variety of material equipment. Uses all types of personal protective equipment (PPE). Takes all precautionary measures in an attempt to prevent serious accidents. Handles hazardous and sensitive materials according to established procedures. Performs warehouse work to include receiving, storing, selecting, and shipping of general or specialized bulk, bin materials and equipment. Independently load and unload materials and equipment. Prepares shipping and inventory documents with data needed for manual/automated inventory systems. Route materials and equipment to correct locations or storage areas. Maintains warehouse in a neat, clean and orderly manner. Sorts and delivers incoming mail, picking up intra-office and processing outgoing mail, supporting the mail center with off campus deliveries, understanding and adhering to all facility and federal postal regulations. Work Schedule: 7:45AM - 4:30PM - Monday - Friday (Eastern Standard Time) Compressed/Telework/Flexible Schedule: Not Available Position Description Title/PD#: Materials Handler/PD02163-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/12/2022. EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards. SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements: Ability to to the work of the position without more than normal supervision Work Practices (includes keeping things neat, clean and in order) Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic) Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (related to mobile equipment operation) Knowledge of materials Ability to operate with dexterity and safety Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: Work involves considerable walking, pushing, and pulling a variety of carts and materials handling equipment. Works offloading and loading trucks, lifting products on and off-shelves, handling boxes frequently weighing over 40 pounds. Will frequently handle equipment, furniture, and materials of an awkward and heavier nature in excess of 100 pounds. These items are typically handled using specialized equipment and/or assistance of co-workers. Greater physical effort may be required on projects involving the movement of large quantities of product over an extended period of time including, but not limited to, turn-ins, large shipments and deliveries. While operating vehicles, may be required to exert a greater level of physical exertion while backing and turning trucks, operating forklifts, or hand trucks on uneven terrains and uncertain conditions. Required to work in storage buildings, pods, trailers, vehicles and warehouses that may be hot, cold, drafty, and poorly lighted. Employees work outdoors, on docks, making deliveries in all types of weather conditions during all seasons. Hazardous materials may be encountered in daily work activities. Duties will be subject to the possibility of trips, falls, scrapes, cuts, bruises, or injury from the use of equipment. All types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may be required. May be subject to conditions that could result in serious accidents; precautions will be taken. Must possess a valid, state driver's license or commercial driver's license (CDL), as applicable, if required to operate a motor vehicle or commercial vehicle. Education Additional Information Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Financial disclosure not required. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Roanoke , Materials Handler, Professions , Salem, Virginia

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