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Yard Operative/Van Driver - job post

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies Limited
Unit E10- E11, Countess Avenue, Cheadle
£12.00 - £12.50 an hour - Permanent, Full-time

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  • £12.00 - £12.50 an hour

Job type

  • Permanent
  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • Weekend availability
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday


Unit E10- E11, Countess Avenue, Cheadle

Pulled from the full job description

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

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 and building materials, kitchens 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 Yard Operative/Van Driver?

We are looking for a flexible person for a dual role of Yard Operative and Van Driver, within our busy timber and builder’s merchant branch at Oldham.

Van Driver/Yard Operative role responsibilities

  • Delivering goods on the Company van – 3.5 tonne pickup
  • Loading and unloading delivery vehicles by hand or with a sideloader/forklift truck
  • Serving and checking customer collections
  • Moving stock to storage areas and sorting and grading stock
  • Picking and packing orders
  • Keeping work areas clean and tidy and ensure all duties are carried out as part of a safe working environment in strict compliance with all health and safety policies and procedures (including manual handling)
  • Responsibility for minimising stock losses by checking customer vehicles before they leave the site
  • Answering queries from commercial customers or members of the public
  • Any other duties deemed as reasonable within the scope of the job role

What are the requirements to become part of our team?

  • Experience of multi-drop van driving
  • 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
  • Health & Safety awareness
  • Sideloader and/or FLT licence (desirable)
  • Aged 21+ (insurance requirement)
  • Availability to work 3 full days per week

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:

  • 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 maternity and paternity pay
  • Employee Assistance Programme, (24/7 helpline, counselling sessions, legal, debt and life management advice line)
  • Generous 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 opportunities

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: £12.00-£12.50 per hour

Expected hours: 43.5 per week


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


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus scheme

Application question(s):

  • Please confirm that you are aged 21 or over - insurance requirement for any driving vacancies within our company
  • Please confirm that you are available to work full time, Monday to Friday inclusive, plus alternate Saturday mornings (0800-1200).


  • manual driving: 2 years (required)
  • multi-drop van driving: 1 year (required)
  • warehouse & customer service: 1 year (required)
  • working in timber/building material environment: 1 year (preferred)


  • Manual Driving Licence (required)

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 10/05/2024

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