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Howarth Timber & Building Supplies Limited
Bury St. Edmunds
Up to £30,000 a year - Permanent, Full-time

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  • Up to £30,000 a year

Job type

  • Full-time
  • Permanent

Shift and schedule

  • Weekend availability
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday


Bury St. Edmunds

Pulled from the full job description

  • Additional leave
  • Bereavement leave
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee discount
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Enhanced paternity leave

Full job description

Putting people at the heart of what we do

With more than 180 years’ trading experience, the Howarth Timber Group has grown to provide not only the widest range of products, but expertise, service and knowledge you can rely on.

With a nationwide network of branches supplying timber, building and plumbing and heating materials, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms and a dedicated manufacturing division supplying timber engineering services, the Howarth Timber Group is focused on providing market leading choice, quality, service and value.

Built on a passion for service and people, we strive to set the highest standards in the quality of our products, in the continuity of supply and in every aspect of customer service and support. Quality products and processes are what drive our passion, but people are central to everything we do and it’s thanks to our loyal workforce that we’ve built a strong and successful business.

What does it mean to be a Howarth Timber & Building Supplies Limited Yard Operative?

Reporting to the Yard Supervisor, you will assist in the day-to-day operations of a busy timber and builders merchant yard, ensuring the branch yard department operates to a high standard of customer service, whilst operating as a part of a safe working environment.

Yard Operative role responsibilities

  • Loading and unloading delivery vehicles
  • Serving customers and checking customer collections
  • Moving stock to storage areas
  • Picking and packing orders
  • Keeping work areas clean and tidy – complying with health and safety policy and procedure at all times
  • Responsibility for minimising stock losses by checking customer vehicles before they leave the site
  • Answering queries from commercial customers or members of the public in an engaging and helpful manner
  • Any other duties deemed as reasonable within the scope of the job role

What are the requirements to be a part of our team?

  • Experience of working within a Timber/Builder’s Merchant is an advantage, although full training can be provided for the right applicant
  • Warehouse and customer service experience
  • FLT licence (desirable)
  • Full manual driving licence (desirable)
  • You’ll be an enthusiastic, approachable and motivated person with a proactive and ‘can do’ attitude.
  • You’ll also be team oriented with a strong sense of responsibility.
  • You’ll need to be available to work full-time: Monday to Friday, plus alternate Saturday mornings (0800-1200).

Why choose Howarth Timber & Building Supplies for your next role?

Howarth Timber is a family-owned company valuing all colleagues, with a desire to provide colleague benefits that are truly valuable. Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Competitive salary, dependent on experience
  • 31 days’ holiday, inclusive of Statutory Bank Holidays
  • Option to buy up to an additional 5 days’ annual leave per annum or sell up to 3 days’ annual leave per annum
  • Length of service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Company sick pay
  • Enhanced paternity and maternity pay
  • Employee Assistance Programme, (24/7 helpline, counselling sessions, legal, debt and life management advice line)
  • Benefits Hub (inc discounts on gift cards, travel, cinema tickets, to name a few)
  • Colleague Merchant Branch discount
  • Opportunity to participate in a volunteering role for one working day per year – fully paid by the Company
  • Excellent training and development and scope for career progression

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: Up to £30,000.00 per year


  • Additional leave
  • Bereavement leave
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee discount
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Enhanced paternity leave
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking
  • Paid volunteer time
  • Sick pay
  • Store discount


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus scheme

Application question(s):

  • Are you available to work full time, Monday to Friday inclusive, plus alternate Saturday mornings (0800-1200)?


  • warehouse and customer service: 1 year (required)


  • manual driving licence (desirable) (preferred)
  • sideloader/combi/FLT licence (desirable) (preferred)

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 05/07/2024

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