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Lawsons are the largest independent timber, building & fencing merchants in London and the South East of England. Established in 1921 Lawsons now have a number of branches offering the complete range of building materials.

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Yard Operative - Coulsdon Branch

The Coulsdon branch are looking to recruit a full time, permanent Yard Operative. Previous experience in a Timber or Builders Merchants is desirable, but not essential as training will be provided.


All applicants must have a Full Driving Licence.

As a Yard Operative, you will maintain high standards of customer service, stock handling, housekeeping and Yard safety and security.

Key Task Requirements

  • Continually projecting and promoting the company image of service and quality.
  • Unload, handle, transport and store materials safely and securely.
  • Assist customers to load their vehicles when required.
  • Assisting to prepare customers ordered as advised by the Yard Supervisor.
  • Answer customers questions and queries, or direct them to another member of staff.
  • Maintain high standards of stock handling and management.
  • Ensure the Yard is clean, tidy and free from hazards.
  • Use of Fork Lift Trucks / lifting and moving equipment and timber cutting equipment (where applicable and after full training has been completed)
  • Reporting of all defects of company plant and machinery immediately to the Yard Supervisor (where authorised and trained to use )
  • Participate in training to develop a knowledge of the company, its products and the elements necessary to be successful in the business.

The Job Package

  • Competitive Salary
  • 22 Days Annual leave (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Death In service Benefit
  • Employee Assisted Programme
  • Staff Discount Card (qualifying period - 3 Months)
  • Staff Uniform
  • Additional Staff Benefits and Training

Key Skill Requirements

  • Full Driving Licence
  • Previous experience within a Builders Merchants or similar desirable.
  • Forklift experience desirable, but not essential as full training will be given.
  • Excellent communication skills and customer service skills
  • Basic Building & Timber Product knowledge desirable.
  • Ensure that customer requests are carried out accurately and promptly.
  • Sufficiently competent in Maths to measure timber accurately and basic literacy required.
  • Relate to co-workers in a supportive manner.
  • The ability to work under pressure and to multi task.
  • Reasonable level of fitness.
  • Be vigilant at all times to prevent loss of products by theft etc.

Additional training will be provided


If you feel that you are suitably qualified and have the skills and attributes necessary to fulfil this role, then please apply in writing to  enclosing your C.V.

Please mark your application - Ref Coulsdon/ Yard July 18


Closing Date for applications Monday 30th July 2018