Trainee Depot Operations Assistant Cyrenians

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Organisation information


Charity registered in Scotland SC011052

Good HQ

Aims & objectives

Edinburgh Cyrenians Trust was formed in 1968 by local people out of concern for the evident problem of homelessness in Scotland’s capital city. Key areas of work include: - Family & people - Home & housing - Work & skills - Community & food Projects include the Cyrenian Farm and Fareshare Edinburgh & Lothians.
Job number
Time of attendance
Shift Work
No of references
Hours (per week)
Not supplied
Salary (£/hr)
£9 per hour

Job description

The Depot Operations Assistant will be based in our warehouse in Jane Street, Leith. You will work alongside the other staff members and will have ‘hands on’ responsibility for running daily shifts. Early shifts are 07:00 to 13:30 and late shifts are 11:30-18:00.

You will be responsible for shift management which includes input into logistics, the collection and redistribution of food, sorting, quality checking and storage of food in compliance with current Food Hygiene Regulations, and the requirements of the donors. In addition you will provide support for the volunteer team.

Main responsibilities:

 Contribute to the on-going programme of food redistribution (FareShare).

 Have some alternating responsibility with other staff members for daily operations: logistics; collections and delivery of food; quality checking; daily inventory; safe storage of food; cleaning of the depot, in accordance with food hygiene legislation and donor requirements.

 Organise and supervise our volunteer team according to daily requirements.

 Assist in ensuring that health and safety requirements, policies and procedures are adhered to.

 Maintain appropriate records of deliveries and collections, fridge and freezer temperatures and cleaning records; assist with production of reports as required.

 Contribute to the supportive environment for our volunteers through attitude and actions.

 Contribute flexibility and with professionalism to the general well being of the charity and assist in promoting the work of Cyrenians.

 Make a contribution to the overall work of Cyrenians in conveying a caring, professional image to all service users and stakeholders

 Participate in staff meetings, training and supervision.

 Be willing to be flexible to fulfil the requirements of the role. Being a charity, resources are always limited and all staff are asked to be flexible in covering for colleagues and to be resourceful in engaging the help of others.

 Undertake other duties as requested by management.

Person specification

Strong organisational skills, attention to details and ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment


Ability to cope well under pressure, make decisions, show initiative and find creative solutions to problems


Good customer service skills


Experience of relating to people who have a background in homelessness and/or have issues with addiction, mental health, repeat offending etc.


Computer literate


Ability to work as part of a small team


Experience of a warehouse environment


Full driving licence and willingness to drive FareShare refrigerated van if required


Forklift licence or willingness to attend accredited training if required


Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate (training will be provided if not currently held)


PVG/disclosure requirements

Required - Cannot start until successful Disclosure/PVG scheme membership is received