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Driver Class 1 Relief Driver

Erith, UK Req #896
13 May 2024

Package Description: 

- Attractive pay rates + Increased overtime rates
- Plus great benefits such as:              

  • Bonus scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme 
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, plus each year you will have the option to buy and sell leave
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • Employee Support to include Life Assurance and critical illness pay
  • 24/7 Colleague Assistance Programme and Financial Wellbeing Support – access to affordable loans, savings accounts, advanced earned pay, and financial education via salary finance
  • Online savings- major retailers, utilities, entertainment plus many more!

About Our Opportunity:

“I love working for EMR. The industry is fascinating and no two days are the same”

This role will give you the opportunity to say these exact words just like one of our very own drivers.

Our industry truly is fascinating and has the variety factor, giving you the opportunity as a Class 1 Relief Driver to meet new customers on a regular basis.


What you will be doing:

As the relief driver for European Metal Recycling, you will assume responsibility for operating a range of vehicles, including 18t and 26t Skip Lorries, 32t Roll on/Roll off Lorries, and Class 1 Bulk Tippers. Your duties will involve transporting materials between our sites and customer locations, offering coverage for drivers during periods of absence such as holidays or sick leave.


While primarily based at our Erith Depot, flexibility is required as occasional work at our Tilbury Dock, Ashford, and Mitcham Depots may be necessary. At European Metal Recycling, we prioritise Health and Safety, providing comprehensive training for each vehicle before deployment. Despite the relief driver designation, this is a Full-Time role demanding a 45-hour work week, ensuring consistent engagement and activity.


About you:

So what do we need from you? Well, if you have read and stuck with us this long, you are probably on our page. You will need to:

  • Hold a HGV Class 1 (CAT C +E) licence
  • Take a methodical approach to work
  • Be patient, able to work unsupervised, and stay calm under pressure
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively with customers and co-workers, and provide a high level of customer service
  • Be able to follow instructions, and know when to discuss changes to plans with your line manager
  • Be a good communicator, and be able to avoid conflict
  • Be able to recognise/anticipate hazardous situations and react accordingly

Who We Are: 

European Metal Recycling is a global leader in sustainable materials with physical operations in the UK, USA, Germany and the Netherlands. Our core business is the recycling of metal and plastics from a range of public, commercial and industrial waste streams. Our recycling activities generate around 10 million tonnes of sustainable materials every year, saving over 10 million tonnes of CO2.

Our mission is to have great people serving our customers with dependable recycling solutions. EMR is still privately owned, with family values at its core. It’s a place where we care about our people, our customers, our workplace and our communities. We offer diverse and exciting career opportunities where individuals can make a difference and are recognised and rewarded for their hard work.

Find out more about us at www.emrgroup.com  

It goes without saying that you will need the correct licences or certificates for a variety of our roles.

However, at EMR we value the way we do things as much as the delivery. We call our expectations our Behaviours. They align with our Values of We Care and We Do, and they apply across all levels and roles in the business.

​We Care

- Integrity – you are Respectful and Honest

- Trust – you are Collaborative and Genuine

We Do

- Accountable – you are Determined and Responsible

- Innovative – you have a Growth Mind-set and you are Progressive


The EMR Way - Our Behaviours will achieve success as One Team.

If you embody our Behaviours, we want to hear from you! 

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
Location on Google Maps
  • Erith, UK