Van Driver

Job brief

We are looking for a Van Driver to join our team at Daisy Chain Superstore at Portrack Lane who will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Daisy Chain van and its use for collecting and delivering items.  The post-holder will also be responsible for ensuring the safety of staff and volunteers travelling in the van, maintenance of the van and cost effective route planning as well as outstanding customer service.

This role is a temporary position for an initial period of three months which will be reviewed.
As part of the interview process candidates will complete a drivers assessment to ensure competency in the role.

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  • In conjunction with the Manager plan, organise and ensure the efficient movement of stock between the Superstore, Donors and Customers and that this is done is a safe and timely manner.
  • Ensure the highest levels of customer service, productivity and efficiency at all stages of collection and delivery of stock.
  • Ensure the Gift Aid procedure is followed at all times and that Gift Aid is actively promoted.
  • Ensure regular maintenance and upkeep of the company vehicle to include a minimum weekly check of oil, water, screen wash, tyre checks and lights as well as interior and exterior cleaning of the vehicle.
  • Actively promote and source stock donations from customers and the local community.
  • Ensure that all items being transported in the van are appropriately secured and protected to prevent damage in transit.
  • Assist Superstore staff and volunteers with arranging deliveries of donations in the warehouse in an orderly and safe manner.
  • Plan routes to ensure they are as cost effective as possible.
  • Ensure the security of donations, work equipment and personal belongings on the van and the personal safety of yourself and any passengers.
  • Act as an ambassador for Daisy Chain when moving about the local community and with customers and volunteers.
  • Comply with Daisy Chain Driving Policy.
  • Comply with Daisy Chain Health and Safety Policies and Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • Maintain daily records of mileage and provide all receipts for fuel to the Retail Manager
  • Actively participate in two way communication sharing and exchanging relevant and appropriate information with all staff and volunteers.
  • From time to time the driver may be required to take discarded items to the tip or other approved outlet.

Additional responsibilities

  • Comply with the Charities’ Health and Safety policies in all employment practices
  • Maintain the integrity of the Daisy Chain brand in all internal and external communication
  • Maintain a proactive approach to your role and responsibilities along with a commitment to contribute and maintain the positive working ethos within the Charity
  • Maintain working knowledge of the policies and regulations governing the Charity
  • Assure attendance at staff meetings.
  • Undertake any training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post
  • Work in a way that contributes to the continuous improvement of the Charity’s services and embraces the organisations quality initiatives
  • Any other duties from time to time, commensurate with the level of the post
  • An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities

Person Specification

Successful candidates will have a strong work ethic, and share our Company values of Passionate, Inclusive, Empowering, Ambitious, Open and Innovative. If you have worked in a similar setting before all the better, but most importantly we are looking for people who share our Ethos of improving the lives of families affected by Autism. The below details what we are looking for in an ideal candidate if it is Essential (E) Desirable (D) and how we will assess that skill, via your application (A) at Interview (I) or as part of a task during the interview process (T)  

  • Hold a current valid UK drivers licence that has been held by the driver for a minimum of 3 years without points or penalties- E&,A &I
  • Be a safe and competent driver-E&T 
  • Have at least two years  recent experience driving a van-E&A
  • Ability to work flexibly to cope with varying demands of the role and achieve desired results - E,A&I
  • Excellent time management with the ability to prioritise workload and respond well under pressure including a willingness to be flexible with hours and able to take on additional responsibilities commensurate with job role if required- E,A&I
  • Ability to work on own initiative or as part of a team-E,A&I
  • Smart appearance and manner-E,T&I
  • Reliable and punctual-E,A,T&I
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of people-E,A,T&I
  • Understanding of and commitment to the aims, ethos and philosophy of Daisy Chain-E,A&I
  • Positive attitude to disability, health and employment problems-E&I
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of Teesside road network-E,I&T
  • Demonstrate skills in route planning-E,I&T
  • Experience of working within the voluntary sector-D,A&I
  • Willingness to develop within the role and make positive improvements to existing procedures/systems-D&I
  • First-aid qualified-D&A                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Company Benefits:

Our staff do amazing jobs and as such we want to reward our staff that is why we offer

  • Enhanced holiday leave of 33 days annual leave (pro rata for part time employees) rising to 35 after 5 years service.
  • A bespoke induction plan specific to you and your role which starts as soon as a job offer is accepted.
  • Alongside your induction plan new members of staff have a 6 month induction programme  and planned meetings with their line manager to ensure the employee is settling in and offer any support needed to fulfil their role.
  • Ongoing training and development. 
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme offers a full range of confidential services designed to ensure you receive professional support that may affect work and home life.
  • Company Pension Scheme.
  • Staff discount.
  • Free on site car parking and refreshments.
  • Social and charitable events.
  • Company sick Pay after successful completion of probationary period.
  • Savings Club
  • Give as you earn scheme for staff to make donation to a charity of their choice if they wish.
  • If your role requires membership of a professional Body we will pay your membership fees. 

To be considered for the role click on the apply button above and submit your CV and details of how you meet the person specification for the role. If you have any questions or require further information please contact us on 01642 531248.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.

If you require any adjustments to the recruitment process, to enable you to perform to the best of your ability, please let us know when submitting your CV.