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Relief Van Driver - Job Description 

Position title: Relief van driver

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

We are an environmental food rescue & education charity based in Chichester, West Sussex who collect surplus food from businesses, supermarkets and suppliers, and deliver to 100+ different beneficiaries across Hampshire, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

Job purpose & overview:  

Our drivers support the logistics team with daily food rescue collections and deliveries. The role requires the driver to transport goods from UKHarvest’s donors (including retail outlets, wholesale centres, supermarkets and farms) and deliver to charities we support, ensuring excellent customer service and positive relationship development with key external stakeholders.

The role is ideally suited to a self-motivated, proactive and friendly individual, at ease with dealing with a wide range of customers daily. The position is for a relief driver to cover annual leave, planned or unplanned absences, often a short notice.

As well as collecting and delivering goods, our drivers are also expected to keep the vehicle in an excellent and clean condition; perform various administrative tasks, including collecting food rescue statistics for reporting purposes.

We have been in operation for 2 years and demand for our service is increasing! If you would be interested in driving for us as a relief driver and have the flexibility to cover at short notice or when needed, either during the day or in the evenings/weekends, please get in touch. We'd love to hear from you!

Reports to: Director of Operations & Programmes & Logistics Coordinator

Employment type: Zero hours contract  

Hours: Hours as required

Salary: £9 / Hour

UKHarvest Purpose & Expectation 

Our purpose is to Nourish our Nation.

  • UKHarvest is committed to rescuing surplus food to feed people in need and help the environment 
  • UKHarvest is committed to educating the general public and our clients about food waste, nutrition and living a healthier lifestyle (through public campaigns and our education programmes)
  • UKHarvest is committed to engage with the community to maximise our impact (with the help of volunteers and through our regional programme REAP as well as through campaigns to raise general awareness of the issues surrounding reduction of food waste) 

To achieve this purpose UKHarvest prides itself not only on being logistics experts but also having an exceptional ‘customer and community service’ focus. 

We expect from our team members a strong commitment and passion for food rescue and education with the organisation’s vision at the forefront of all decisions and actions.

The Role & Key Responsibilities

  • Food collections and deliveries according to daily rota provided by Logistics Coordinator
  • Daily operation and maintenance of the UKHarvest vehicle (including loading and unloading food into the store room and fridges, daily cleaning of the vehicle, vehicle safety inspections and refueling as required)
  • Integrate ad hoc collections and drop offs into daily rota as required
  • Safe sorting and storage of any leftover food in the storeroom at the end of a daily shift
  • Accurate tracking and recording of daily collections (items and weights) for reporting to Logistics Coordinator
  • Accurate recording of any notes and feedback from donors or charities and their requirements for reporting to Logistics Coordinator
  • Assist Logistics Coordinator to manage rota designs and ensure rota efficiencies, providing ongoing feedback and monitoring of the quality and quantities of food collected and delivered
  • Adhere to all safety regulations from a Work Health & Safety and Food Health & Safety perspective
  • Report any accidents or incidents in a timely and accurate manner to Logistics Coordinator

Other duties as reasonably required.

Personal Specifications

Training & Qualifications


  • Valid driver’s licence


  • Training in basic food safety and hygiene
  • Manual Handling Certificate
  • Relevant experience working previously in a driving role or logistics
  • Knowledge of the West Sussex, Hampshire, Brighton & Hove area and road system

Personal Abilities and Aptitudes

  • A strong commitment and enthusiasm toward the vision of UKHarvest
  • Energetic, positive, reliable, proactive and self-motivated individual, as the role requires spending long hours on the road
  • Strong communications skills (both verbal and written)
  • Customer service skills and approach, with the ability to build and nurture relationships with both internal and external stakeholders including food donors and charities
  • Ability to work in a team
  • High attention to detail, with the ability to accurately record and report on food rescue statistics
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite with the ability to complete paper work and reports
  • Solution-focused approach to work

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Understanding of the UKHarvest food rescue operation
  • Understanding and empathy with our mission and the charities we support
  • Excellent problem-solving and planning skills
  • Understanding of food health and safety legislation
  • Well-developed time management and organisational skills

Application process

If this role sounds like a good fit for you, please send your CV to , referencing the job title in the email subject. 

Application closing date: Wednesday, 3 July 2019 at 5:00pm

Interview date: Interviews will take place the w/c 8 July 2019