Urgent Heavy Driver

Position Summary: We are seeking a highly skilled and responsible Heavy Driver to join our team in the United Kingdom. As a Heavy Driver, you will be responsible for the safe and timely transportation of goods and materials using heavy-duty vehicles. 

Your primary role will be to ensure the efficient delivery of goods to designated locations, adhering to traffic laws and company policies. This physically demanding role requires excellent driving skills, attention to detail, and a strong commitment to safety.

Job Position: Heavy Driver
Job Location: Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 9QQ
Company: Quality Service Recruitment Limited
Job Type: Full time
Salary: £12.90 to 12 hourly
Working Hours: 40 hours a week

Responsibilities:

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  1. Safely operate heavy-duty vehicles, such as trucks, trailers, and lorries, to transport goods and materials to assigned destinations within the United Kingdom.
  2. Load and unload cargo using appropriate equipment, ensuring proper handling and securing of items to prevent damage during transit.
  3. Plan delivery routes and schedules effectively, considering traffic conditions, delivery deadlines, and customer requirements.
  4. Conduct pre- and post-trip vehicle inspections, including checking tires, brakes, lights, and other mechanical components to ensure roadworthiness.
  5. Adhere to all traffic laws, regulations, and company policies, maintaining a clean driving record and always upholding safety standards.
  6. Communicate effectively with dispatchers, supervisors, and customers to provide updates on delivery status and address any issues or concerns that may arise during transit.
  7. Maintain accurate records of deliveries, including mileage, fuel consumption, and any incidents or delays encountered during transportation.
  8. Follow proper procedures for safely and responsibly handling hazardous materials, if applicable, following relevant regulations.
  9. Collaborate with warehouse staff to facilitate the loading and unloading process, ensuring the accurate count and verification of items.
  10. Report any vehicle malfunctions, accidents, or violations to the appropriate authorities and take necessary actions as per company protocols.
  11. Uphold a professional and courteous demeanor while interacting with customers and members of the public, positively representing the company.

Qualifications:

  1. Valid and clean UK driver’s license with appropriate category (C, C+E, or similar) for operating heavy vehicles.
  2. Proven experience as a Heavy Driver, preferably in a commercial or industrial setting.
  3. Excellent driving skills with a strong emphasis on safety, following traffic laws, and defensive driving techniques.
  4. Physical fitness and stamina to handle loading and unloading heavy cargo demands.
  5. Familiarity with UK roads, routes, regulations, and good navigational skills.
  6. Ability to read and interpret maps, GPS systems, and other navigational tools effectively.
  7. Strong communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with colleagues, customers, and the public.
  8. Good organizational and Time management skills to prioritize deliveries and meet deadlines.
  9. Attention to detail and accuracy in recording information and maintaining documentation.
  10. Flexibility to work varying shifts, including weekends and evenings, as per operational requirements.
  11. Knowledge of vehicle maintenance and troubleshooting is an advantage.

What Do Heavy Drivers Do?

A Heavy Driver, also known as a truck driver or heavy-duty vehicle operator, is responsible for operating large commercial vehicles to transport goods and materials over long distances. Their primary role is to ensure cargo’s safe and timely delivery to designated locations. Here are some specific tasks and responsibilities typically performed by Heavy Drivers:

  1. Transportation of Goods: Heavy Drivers are responsible for transporting a wide range of goods and materials, including raw materials, finished products, equipment, and supplies. They load the cargo onto their vehicles, ensuring proper securing and safe handling throughout the journey.
  2. Vehicle Operation: Heavy Drivers operate various heavy-duty vehicles, such as trucks, trailers, lorries, or specialized vehicles like tankers or flatbeds. They are skilled in handling these vehicles, including controlling acceleration, braking, and maneuvering safely in various traffic and road conditions.
  3. Route Planning: Heavy Drivers plan their delivery routes, considering factors like traffic conditions, distance, fuel efficiency, and delivery schedules. They use navigation tools, maps, and knowledge of road networks to select the most efficient and time-saving routes.
  4. Adhering to Regulations: Heavy Drivers must comply with traffic laws, regulations, and company policies while operating their vehicles. They ensure that all necessary permits, licenses, and certifications are up to date and following legal requirements.
  5. Vehicle Maintenance: Heavy Drivers are responsible for performing routine inspections of their vehicles before and after each trip. They check mechanical components, such as tires, brakes, lights, and fluid levels, to ensure their vehicles are in proper working condition. They may also perform basic maintenance tasks or report issues to the appropriate personnel.
  6. Communication and Documentation: Heavy Drivers communicate clearly with dispatchers, supervisors, and customers. They provide updates on delivery status, report any incidents or delays encountered during transit, and maintain accurate records of mileage, fuel consumption, and delivery documentation.
  7. Safety and Security: Heavy Drivers prioritize safety during their operations. They follow safe driving practices, including defensive driving techniques, to minimize the risk of accidents. They also ensure the cargo is loaded, secured, and unloaded safely, adhering to safety regulations and guidelines.
  8. Customer Service: Heavy Drivers often interact with customers during the delivery process. They maintain a professional and courteous demeanor, assist with unloading if required, and address any customer inquiries or concerns.
  9. Compliance with Special Requirements: In some cases, Heavy Drivers may need to comply with specific regulations or procedures based on the nature of the cargo they transport. For example, they might require additional training and certification to handle hazardous materials or specialized equipment.

Heavy Drivers play a crucial role in the transportation and logistics industry, ensuring the efficient movement of goods and materials while prioritizing safety, compliance, and customer satisfaction.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits for Heavy Drivers can vary based on factors such as location, company size, experience, and industry. In the United Kingdom, Heavy Drivers typically receive competitive salaries and a range of benefits. Here is an overview of the salary and common benefits associated with the position:

Salary: The average annual salary for Heavy Drivers in the UK ranges from £22,000 to £35,000, depending on factors such as experience, qualifications, and the type of heavy vehicles operated. Highly experienced drivers or those with specialized skills may earn higher salaries.

Benefits:

  1. Health Insurance: Many companies provide health insurance coverage, including medical, dental, and vision, to their Heavy Drivers. This coverage helps drivers manage their healthcare expenses and access necessary medical services.
  2. Retirement Plans: Some employers offer retirement plans, such as a pension scheme or a 401(k) plan, to help Heavy Drivers save for their future. These plans allow drivers to contribute some of their earnings with potential employer-matching contributions.
  3. Paid Time Off: Heavy Drivers typically receive paid Time off, which may include vacation days, holidays, and sick leave. The specific amount of paid Time off can vary depending on the company’s policies and the driver’s tenure.
  4. Overtime and Bonuses: Heavy Drivers often have the opportunity to earn overtime pay for working beyond their regular hours. Additionally, some companies provide performance-based bonuses or incentives to drivers who achieve specific targets or meet safety goals.
  5. Training and Development: Employers may offer training programs and professional development opportunities to Heavy Drivers. This could include defensive driving courses, technical training on specialized vehicles, or other relevant skills enhancement programs.
  6. Employee Assistance Programs: Many companies provide employee assistance programs (EAPs) that offer confidential counseling, financial guidance, and other support services to employees, including Heavy Drivers. EAPs can help drivers address personal and work-related challenges.
  7. Uniforms and Safety Gear: Employers often provide uniforms, safety gear, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the safety and professionalism of Heavy Drivers. This includes items such as high-visibility vests, safety boots, and gloves.
  8. Employee Discounts: Some companies offer employee discount programs, allowing Heavy Drivers to access discounted rates on various goods and services, including fuel, vehicle maintenance, and even retail products.

It’s important to note that the specific salary and benefits package for Heavy Drivers can vary significantly based on the employer and the industry. Prospective candidates should review the details provided by the hiring company to understand the exact compensation and benefits they offer.

We thank all the applicants for showing their interest and trust in us. However, only the most eligible candidates will be selected, and further procedures will be conducted directly with employers; no charges, fees, or original documents will be asked from any applicant. All the best!
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