Yard Operative - Exeter

Our mission at Pickerings is to provide the most modern temporary turnkey workspace solutions to give people an inspiring, comfortable and safe working environment. Our products range from site welfare units to offices, classrooms and healthcare facilities.

From our network of depots, we are able to supply high quality temporary buildings to meet customer specifications and the most urgent of deadlines. Our knowledge of temporary buildings and our approach to customer service are built on 50 years’ experience.

You can find out more about our history, what we do and our vision and values on our about us page. 

Job Type: Full time

Reporting to:​​ Operations Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen at our depot in Exeter-Willand for a Yard Operative to clean, repair and prepare site accommodation ready for hire, while maintaining the yard to company standards as per the quality standards manual and in accordance with the current Risk Assessment Method Statements (R.A.M.S).

Health & Safety

  • Ensuring you comply with and adhere to all R.A.M.S and Health & safety policies including the correct use and wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Ensuring you comply with the 4 C’s policy


This role could suit candidates from a range of backgrounds including Multi Trader, Property Maintenance, Handy person, Manufacturing Operative, Fitter / Fabricator and Modular Operatives as no 2 days are the same.

The company's Yard Operatives are multi-skilled and carry out a variety of tasks every day whilst refurbishing and cleaning the fleet of cabins (wood, plastic and steel) for hire. Once fully trained, you may be involved in:

  • Fitting and removal of partitions, floors, ceilings & other fittings
  • Cleaning units or preparing furniture for the units
  • Preparation, and painting both interior and exterior paintwork
  • Completing basic plumbing; installing sinks, taps, worktops, etc
  • Completing basic electrical work and PAT Testing; installing water heaters, hand dryers etc.
  • Prepping, painting and spraying of units
  • Use of a Forklift to move units and items.
  • Fitting door locks and cutting keys and performing basic uncoded welding
  • Lay vinyl floor coverings
  • All other general maintenance, repair, assembly and fitting work as required

​Candidate requirements

The environment is a busy one, with lots of variety and plenty of opportunity to develop your skills.

  • You would need to have a willingness to learn, the ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team, a flexible approach to work and working hours
  • Preferably have a good mix of general repair / maintenance / multi trader / handyman work experience or experience in a Manufacturing Operative / Fitter role with experience of using power tools
  • A good understanding of H&S and quality control
  • A good work ethic and positive attitude with the ability to work in a manual role in all weathers
  • Coming from a Modular and existing supplier of cabins would be an advantage  

Benefits include

  • Up to 33 days holiday per year, including public holidays and a shut-down period between Christmas and New Year, with the ability to purchase 3 additional days of holiday after a qualifying period
  • Pension scheme
  • Confidential Employee Assistance Programme
  • On-line lifestyle benefits such as fitness and food plans and retail discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme

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