FareShare now operates 21 Regional Centres around the UK. We support 9,653 local charities and groups – our Community Food Members and Associates. Over the past year 16,992 tonnes of food were redistributed by FareShare Regional Centres nationwide, feeding 772,000 people every week. We operate across 1,500 towns, cities and villages and we save UK charities and community groups more than £28 million each year.
Hunger is a growing issue in the UK and while there is surplus food that is otherwise going to waste, we believe that this food should be used to feed people first. Demand far outstrips supply.
Purpose of the role
This role is about so much more than just coordinating the day-to-day operations of a busy FareShare warehouse: it’s about sharing the FareShare mission that “no good food should go to waste”. Your work will make sure that quality surplus food is helping feed people in need.
As a Warehouse Coordinator you will be the face of FareShare, involved in the supervision of a large team of volunteers to ensure our charity members receive their food orders each week. Each shift you will be responsible for ensuring health and safety of the team supporting FareShare, whether they are regular volunteers, supporters from our corporate partners, visitors to the warehouse, or your colleagues. You will also be ensuring your team follows the food safety standards set out in the FareShare operating manual to ensure the safe receipt of food by all our charity members.
In the FareShare Regional Centre warehouse you’ll:
- Get to know your team and respond to questions about FareShare’s mission, the food partners who support us, charities who receive food and the planned activities for the day
- Work as a team with the Warehouse Manager, warehouse colleagues and volunteers to ensure all shifts are well planned, supervised and meet daily operational needs
- Be responsible for the health & safety and security of FareShare East Anglia buildings, vehicles, staff and volunteers, including the delivery of appropriate health & safety briefings
- Carry out & update risk assessments as defined by the FareShare operating manual and complete risk assessments for all new activity as required
- Ensure compliance with all FareShare policies and procedures and industry standards as required by food partners and regulators and that all staff, volunteers, food suppliers, charities and visitors adhere to them
- Ensure that the vans used by FareShare are roadworthy and legal
In the FareShare Regional Centre office you’ll:
- Support the Warehouse Manager in managing the office, responding to emails and taking phone calls
- Support the Warehouse Manager in organising food distribution using the FareShare food management systems and training volunteers as required
- Take responsibility for petty cash
- Maintain excellent relations and communications with volunteers, staff, food suppliers and charities
If required to drive a FareShare van, you’ll:
- Drive safely, responsibly and within the law
- Be courteous to all road users
FareShare is an equal opportunities employer and so at all times you’ll:
- Be courteous and demonstrate FareShare’s equality and diversity policy
- Take responsibility for the safety of volunteers who join you
- Support the Volunteer Manager in ensuring all volunteers have a valuable and rewarding experience whilst supporting FareShare
Like the supply of surplus food to FareShare no two shifts are the same. Every day new food arrives and your team will include new people who want to get involved in the FareShare mission. You will be part of a small staff team responsible for ensuring the safe and effective distribution of food each day.
- Commitment to gain Level 2 Food Safety Qualification
- Commitment to gain Forklift Truck licence
- Commitment to gain Emergency First Aid at Work
- Have held a full UK / EU / EEA driving licence for one year minimum with no more than 3 penalty points
- Eligibility to work in UK
- Level 2 Food Safety Qualification
- Forklift truck licence
- Have held a full UK / EU / EEA driving licence for three years minimum with no more than 3 penalty points
- Emergency First Aid at Work
Essential Experience & Knowledge
- At least two years’ experience of one or more of the following:
- supervising/managing staff and/or volunteers
- warehousing operation
- food distribution
- Experience of working in a team with evidence of demonstrating a flexible approach to team working
- Experience of working on own initiative, able to manage own workload and prioritise tasks to meet objectives
- Experienced driver, with full, clean driving licence
- Computer literate with experience of working with MS Office and other bespoke software packages
- Experience of taking responsibility for health and safety issues within a food distribution and/or warehousing operation
- Experience of working in a highly regulated environment and demonstrable risk assessment capabilities
- Experience of delivering training to staff or volunteers
- Experience of working with people who may have additional support needs
- Experience of driving vans / medium sized vehicles
Essential Skills, Abilities and Attributes
- Personable with a good sense of humour and excellent communication skills
- Able to take initiative and use common sense
- Can stay clam under pressure
- Team player willing to adopt a flexible approach to daily tasks and activities
- Commitment to FareShare’s Equality & Diversity ethos
- Safe and courteous driver
If this sounds like you we can’t wait to hear from you.
Please send in your CV and equal opportunities form send along with a personal statement explaining why you are a suitable candidate for the role via our website.