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Make sure our ships have everything they need while they are at sea, organising everything from ships parts to medical supplies.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
    Logistics and Administration
  • Location
  • Starting Salary
  • Upcoming Intake
    20 February, 2023
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About the role

Logistics Supply Specialists in the Navy provide logistical support to ships at sea, and are an essential link in the efficient supply chain between ships and shore. You are responsible for ordering and providing equipment and stores, such as ship parts, clothing, medical supplies, armament and general stores. Logistics Supply Specialists enjoy a balance of service at sea as part of a deployed force overseas, and ashore in Naval establishments in New Zealand.

The initial parts of your career are spent ashore in the Naval Supply Depot in Devonport Naval Base with short duration postings to ships to gain experience and consolidate. These can be supplemented with short term postings to other locations in New Zealand as well as overseas experiences with Defence Force deployed forces and exchanges with other Navies.

In addition, whilst serving on a ship, you will take part in various functions as part of the ship’s communal effort. This can be as varied as carrying out damage control activities, being part of a boarding team, general seamanship activities, domestic cleanliness duties, storing, and ammunition handling – just to name a few.

As you gain experience and rank, there will be further opportunities to post back to sea for supervisory positions in the Logistics Supply Specialist role.

Career progression and training

Career Progression

Basic Training

Job Training

Ongoing Training

Your hard work, experience, and training accomplishments as a Logistics Supply Specialist is rewarded by promotions in rank and salary. Following your initial training and consolidation, you can expect to have attained a basic level of competence within 18 months of joining. This will be supplemented by a sea posting and then further training to prepare you for promotion to a supervisory role.

Advanced training will involve both generic leadership skills and logistics supply specialist skills. Successful completion of these will qualify you for a promotion to Leading Hand, whereby you will be responsible for supervising a team of Logistics Supply Specialists, either at sea or ashore.

Employment opportunities for Logistics Supply Specialists within the Navy and the Defence are particularly varied. There are opportunities for Logistics Supply Specialists at sea, in Devonport, Wellington at Defence House and Joint Force Headquarters, and even further afield with deployed forces around the world.

Upon successful enlistment into the Navy you will be posted to Devonport, Auckland. Here you will do 16 weeks of basic military training to find out if you have what it takes to be in the Navy, and learn various subjects including:

  • Teamwork and support
  • Naval history and customs
  • Drill and parades
  • Core mariner skills and weapons training
  • First aid and firefighting
  • Physical fitness
  • Self-discipline

You will start your career with initial and professional training and will be employed at sea and ashore with opportunities to deploy to New Zealand Defence Force peacekeeping commitments overseas. You will liaise with provedores and ships agents in foreign ports, complete inventories and stock takes and act as logistical support in ports such as Singapore, Australia, and around New Zealand.

Further courses, training and promotions are provided as part of your career progression and you will gain several civilian qualifications including SAP Inventory Management and Hazardous Substances handling. Opportunities exist to post overseas to perform specialist tasks in a variety of locations including land based peacekeeping missions.

As your career progresses, you will undertake further training to develop your generic leadership skills and specialist skills. The ability to manage people effectively and efficient is a key part of your development. This training will provide you with additional skills and expertise to assist with your career progression.

Logistics Supply Specialists receive comprehensive Navy training throughout their careers at a basic, supervisory and managerial level and receive RNZN qualifications in the following areas:

  • Accounting: the issue, receipt and return of stores
  • Preparing material documentation
  • Requisitions and reservations of stores from Defence suppliers and civilian vendors
  • Material handling
  • Storeroom maintenance and security
  • Stocktaking of inventory
  • Hazardous substances (including the Hazardous Substance Handling qualification)
  • Customer Service
  • Keyboard skills
  • Microsoft Office software applications
  • Information management systems training for SAP R/3 (Land Based Inventory Management System) and Procurement Automation (Ship Based Inventory Management System).

Career progression through promotion will provide opportunities to undergo further courses covering:

  • Material management (purchasing and Materials Requirement Planning)
  • Inventory and Asset Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Logistics Supply Specialists also receive additional leadership training to assist with their career progression in both a specialist and general role.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Navy are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.




Starting Salary


Higher Rank

Benefits and allowances

There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.

For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.

Free and subsidised medical and dental care

Access to subsidised equipment on base

Subsidised food on base

Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver

Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Entry requirements



Fitness and Medical


Period of Service

  • Be a minimum of 17 years of age upon entry.
  • Be free of any criminal convictions.
  • Must pass the Navy swim test, conducted wearing overalls and gym shoes:
    • Swim of 50 metres and, on completion,
    • Remain afloat unaided by treading water for three minutes.

You must have 10 NCEA Level 1 credits in each Literacy and Numeracy.

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the CV security clearance required for this trade. You must be free of any criminal convictions for the previous two years.

Find out if you’re eligible here. 

There may be a return of service period for this trade.

Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.


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