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WARD are looking for an experienced 360 Material Handler Operator to join our team in Ilkeston. You will be part of a hardworking team of Ward employees who support in the recycling of over half a million tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals each year. Reporting to your Line Manager, you will carry out a range of duties across the department.

Key Responsibilities:

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Operating crane and other equipment in a safe, competent manner
  • Monitor materials and report and non-acceptable material items
  • Maintain clean and safe work environment
  • Carry out general yard duties when required

Skills and Knowledge Required:

The successful candidate will have experience working as a 360 Material Handler Operator. Previous experience within demolition and a general knowledge of scrap would be beneficial. They will be self-motivated, hardworking, a team-player and be willing to work the occasional weekend when required. An NPORS Accreditation is preferred however not essential.

Your hourly rate will be determined by your skill and experience.

  • Experience operating Crane / Material Re-Handler and other equipment in a safe, competent manner
  • Monitor materials and report any non-acceptable material items
  • Reform material pile to ensure most effective grab volume
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment
  • Experience operating various other plant and machinery (Beneficial)

What is in it for you?

We offer a diverse role with the opportunity to develop your skills and experience, the ability to work on your own initiative and be part of a busy team.


  • Continuous training and development opportunities
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Company Pension and life assurance

About us:

Today Ward Recycling has an annual turnover in excess of £250m, employs over 350 people and operates a fleet of over 120 vehicles. The company is now managed by third and fourth generation family members who continue their commitment to developing waste management and recycling techniques, saving their customers money and helping them to meet and exceed their recycling targets. As a modern business, Ward are aiming to be a positive force in the world. We believe that if we treat our customers, partners, staff and neighbours with respect and dignity, we will succeed in both our business and sustainability goals. As a waste management and resource recycling specialist, the environment is close to our hearts.

We are committed to delivering market-leading performance on key environmental issues in our business, with our customers, our supply chain, and our end consumers.

Do you want to be part of a fast-growing company with a sense of purpose, committed to developing waste management and recycling techniques with an environmental conscience?

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