Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 106,000 people and 4,000 businesses.
The Borough of Gravesham, situated in the north west corner of Kent, covers 25,000 acres of the most varied countryside in south east England.
Bordered by the River Thames to the north, it is at the heart of Thames Gateway and has a significant role to play in the regeneration of a major government growth area.
Gravesham Borough Council is committed to delivering to the community and working with us means you are part of delivering the level of growth and improvement our community needs and deserves.
The postholder will ensure the collection of household waste/recycling within an allocated round by driving the freighter and transporting, organising and being responsible for a team of loaders.
A high degree of concentration is required to ensure safe driving and manoeuvring of refuse freighter. The postholder will be expected to ensure that health and safety working practices are complied with when working on the highway and to ensure the safety of the crew and members of the public.
To undertake refuse/recycling collection from all properties listed on route schedule.
To maintain a good service to the public at all times including:
- Cleaning up any spillages from refuse/recycling sacks, leaving the street clear of rubbish. This includes the collection of bulky furniture.
- Avoid damage to property and injury to persons.
- To behave appropriately and represent the council at all times.
- To deal courteously with the public.
- Avoid any acceptance of liability, personally or on behalf of the council.
To ensure daily checks on freighters are carried out in accordance with council procedures.
To ensure the interior and exterior of the cab is kept in a safe clean condition.
To report any fault defect on the freighter to the Refuse / Recycling Manager or Fleet Manager. Under no circumstances should the freighter be driven in an un road-worthy condition.
To ensure the freighter does not exceed the gross freighter weight and loads must be secured in a safe and secure method with the blade in the down position, preventing any waste in the well escaping.
To ensure the freighter weighs off and on at the tip, retaining all weighbridge tickets which will be handed over to the Refuse / Recycling Manager at the end of each working day.
To report any incidents of non collection to the Refuse / Recycling Manager.
To report any incidents of damage whilst carrying out waste collection service to the Refuse / Recycling manager.
To always seek assistance from other operatives when reversing the vehicle.
To assist the loaders to lift any sacks which are too heavy for one person to lift.
To ensure that when travelling all loaders are carried in cab and not any other part of the vehicle.
To ensure good operational relationships are kept by dealing with any immediate problems arising with members of the public, crew and agency workers. Reporting any issues to the Refuse / Recycling Manager.
To work as a team to ensure completion of each day’s scheduled work. This may mean going back out to help other crews.
To ensure the freighter is only used for the transportation of waste involved in the waste collection service and does not breach the Code of Conduct Policy in any way.
To execute workmanship to a high standard and ensure it is carried out in strict compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act, and any other relevant legislation covering safety in the workplace for self and others.
Plan and organise the work, materials and equipment according to priorities, the size and complexity of the job, the need to minimise travel and other non-productive time, and the need to keep scheduled appointments.
Provide supervision and guidance to work experience/ apprentices as and when required.
To keep supervisory staff aware of progress and problems in a timely manner.
To carry out gritting, salt spreading and snow clearing, as necessary, during bad weather.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all employees must be flexible in their approach and undertake other duties that are commensurate with the postholders grade to achieve the objectives of the department and Directorate. This is particularly important if the refuse service is suspended due to bad weather or any other reason.
Experience of collecting refuse/recycling
Experience of manual outdoor work.
In return we offer you:
A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays.
In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training.
Employee Assistance Programme
The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate.
Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help,
whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face.
A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website.
An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Ian Williams on 01474 337548
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Gravesham Borough Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.