Yard Operative & Valeter

Farol Ltd
Thame, UK

Yard Operative & Valeter

About the Company

Farol Ltd is an extremely successful and growing multisite agricultural and groundcare business and the largest John Deere dealership in the UK.​​

Established as a family business in 1976, Farol today is made up of over 330 Service, Parts, Sales, Transport and Business Support Team Members, whilst still remaining 100% family owned. Holding the renowned John Deere franchise along with many other brands, we are the market leaders in agriculture, groundcare and homeowner products.​

Our vision is to deliver a preeminent service by being at the forefront of technology, whilst developing a rich and rewarding environment for our employees.​

About The Role

We are currently looking for an experienced Yard Operative/Valeter to join the team at our friendly Pre-delivery Inspection (PDI) centre in Towersey, which is where all of Farol’s new Groundcare machinery is assembled prior to being delivered to our customers.


This role has 2 key functions – on the Yard Operative side, you will be responsible for Goods In and Goods Out (loading and unloading lorries, logging received goods via our computer system) as well as ensuring the workshop and outdoor areas are kept organised, clean and tidy at all times. You will also be required to maintain an understanding of the upcoming work schedule of the PDI technicians to ensure the correct machines are identified, located and made accessible for when the technicians need to start work on them.

On the Valeting side, you will be responsible for ensuring all new machinery assembled and prepared by our Technicians is cleaned to a high standard, ready for delivery to our customers.

This role is an integral part of our business, where the key duties include:

  • The preparation of (cleaning and other general preparation) all newly assembled machinery to a high standard and ensuring it is presented in a condition to exceed customer satisfaction
  • Using Material Handling Equipment (MHE) to unload incoming deliveries
  • Verifying and receiving goods into stock
  • Loading and unloading
  • Working proactively to ensure the correct machines are located and organised in a way that gives Technicians access to them when they are due to start work on that machine
  • Ensuring the PDI centre premises (workshop and outdoor areas) is kept organised, clean and tidy
  • Working outside in the yard in any weather conditions
  • Ensure good housekeeping is maintained
  • Compliance with all Health and Safety regulations
  • Any other ad duties as required by the business

About You:

We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate great attention to detail along with drive, commitment, and enthusiasm. Skills/experience required:​

  • Previous experience in a Yard Operative/Valeter position is required
  • Forklift Licence (ideally)​
  • Familiarity with Agricultural/Groundcare machinery would be an advantage
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to plan ahead
  • Thrive under pressure in a fast-paced environment

About The Benefits:

We can offer a highly competitive hourly rate dependent on experience, up to 25 days holiday, company uniform/safety equipment, onsite parking, free tea and coffee, company pension.

​Hours of work are 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday plus optional overtime.​

Why come to Farol?

Farol is the leading John Deere dealership in the UK with people at the heart of its strategy. We know that our people are the key to our success and we make sure we appreciate and reward everyone's contribution. Not only do we recognise expertise, skills and professionalism, we value highly the very things that make our team members unique: their passion, their dedication, their approachability and the fact that going the all-important extra mile is second nature.​

We can offer an environment where Teamwork is key and where you can truly develop new skills and flourish. Working closely with the John Deere team, we can provide all the product and systems training you need to transfer your mechanical/technical skills from other industries.​

What do our Team Members say about us?​

  • Great company attitude with friendly and approachable managers/directors
  • Lovely place to work. Good group of people to support new employees during day to day operations
  • I was impressed with the level and quality of JD training
  • A good Company to work for and the whole team are friendly. The Management are very approachable and have an open door policy. As the Company are continually growing there are lots of opportunities for employees to progress. I feel valued as an employee and enjoy my job
  • I love working for a family business as I've come from a more corporate environment. Owners are hands on and very approachable. It is a fast paced and busy environment but no such thing as a typical day for me. There are great learning opportunities here and ability to progress in the business.

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