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Job #: G278
Posted Date: November 15, 2018
Closes On: Open Until Filled
Job Title: Material Handler (Procurement Services)
Status: Regular Full Time
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Laboratory/Department: Purchasing
Purchasing Services is responsible for securing required materials and/or services consistent with quality requirements, at the most economical price and delivery available.
Position Description:

Under general supervision, supports Procurement Service's Logistics Operations by performing a variety of shipping, receiving, distribution, mail and various logistic services to the Institute. Exercises some judgment in accordance with established policies, guidelines, procedures, techniques, quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards. Involves tasks that require training in shipping, receiving and mail service processes. Follows appropriate protocols for cost effectiveness, on-time and accurate delivery and appropriate handling of confidential, perishable, priority or otherwise sensitive mail or packages. Position follows all applicable local, state, federal and international laws, regulations and instructions related to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), International Air Transport Association (IATA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Assists all functional areas in performing required duties when time allows and provides backup during absences, other peak volume times, and upon request. Performs administrative and support duties, which include but is not limited to, ordering supplies, filing, scanning, faxing, answering phones, updating the mail system, reporting postage recharges, updating compressed gas and liquid nitrogen location maps, generating and validating reports and documents, entering data accurately and providing a consistent, high level of customer service.



  • High school diploma or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.


  • Forklift training and certification.
  • IATA training and certification.


  • Minimum 1 year of shipping, receiving, mail services or similar logistics operations experience.
  • Prior experience utilizing basic office equipment including computers, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, multi-line telephones, etc.
  • Experience preparing hazardous and non-hazardous shipments with appropriate packaging and labeling by hand or via system applications for UPS, FedEx, and other common carriers.
  • Experience performing accurate data entry and utilizing eProcurement/ERP receiving software.
  • Experience using material handling equipment such as pallet jacks, dollies and forklifts.


  • Experience with referencing and understanding OSHA Safety Data Sheets (SDS), formerly referred to as MSDS.
  • Experience processing mail in accordance with U.S. Postal Service regulations.
  • Experience using Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel software programs.
Special Requirements:
  • Regular work schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. or 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m. High volume work environment. Must be flexible to work overtime or alternate hours as needed.
  • Successful completion of the Institute‚Äôs background investigation including driver DMV report. Must have motor vehicle license Class C and a clean driving record for operation of Institute vehicle for deliveries. Must be willing to submit to a post-offer physical.
  • Execution of Salk's Employee Confidentiality Agreement and Procurement Addendum is required.
  • Must be able to operate electric and manual pallet lift. Forklift operator certification required. Must obtain forklift operator training within twelve months of hire date.
  • IATA dangerous goods certification required. If not certified, must obtain training within 24 months of hire date.
  • Position handles perishable items in dry ice packages and potentially corrosive, infectious, poisonous, flammable or toxic items. Incumbent may be exposed to laboratory hazards and live animals.
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant seeing, touching/feeling, handling, hearing, lifting 0-20 pounds and carrying 0-20 pounds.