Salary: £15,144 - £20,000 pa. (plus benefits)
Closing Date: Closing date: 14 Apr 2019
Location: BFPO, RAF Northolt, West End Rd, Ruislip, HA4 6DQ
DE&S Courier Escort Driver
For centuries, our Armed Forces have managed an in-house postal service, delivering mail across our military history including both World Wars. The British Forces Post Office is dedicated to providing postal and courier services to the UK Armed Forces and is a renowned brand across Defence. Our 280 dedicated, hard-working civilian and military staff work collaboratively to deliver both personal and official mail to over 650 locations across the globe; keeping our armed forces connected through free letter and parcel services that play a vital role in sustaining the morale of our Armed Forces.
BFPO is split into three main departments; Defence Postal Service, Defence Mail Service and Defence Courier Service. The Defence Postal Service delivers mail to UK service personnel deployed overseas and Foreign & Commonwealth Offices across the globe, and also manages deliveries from business and retailers in contract with BFPO to BFPO addresses. The Defence Mail Service distributes official UK Armed Forces mail between BFPO HQ and ten UK Defence Mail Centres, while the Defence Courier Service provides secure national and international courier delivery of Protectively Marked (security-sensitive) Material for the UK Armed Forces and other organisations.
The majority of our mixed civilian and military staff are based at our purpose-built headquarters at RAF Northolt in Ruislip, North West London, although we have a number of sites. We form an integral part of Defence Equipment and Support as part of the Land Domain. Our BFPO headquarters is conveniently accessible from the M40 motorway, the A40 and London Underground tube stations.
The Courier Escort driver manages and ensures the safe and timely escort of Defence Courier Protectively Marked Material (PMM) and DPS mails to and from a range of UK locations. This is a busy role where your role helps us deliver in a timely, secure and safe manner.
As an essential member of the BFPO team, operating in a broad and highly varied role you will have many duties including that of PMM Courier Escort Driver and/or Mail Courier Driver depending on operational requirements and staff rosters. The role requires daily driving and travel around the UK and occasionally to main land Europe. These tasks can vary in duration from single day tasks to the weekly Road Service Schedules lasting 4-5 days which cover all of the UK as well as Germany. CEDs will also be expected to provide broader support to the organisation by undertaking bespoke CED tasks in support of short notice tasks as well as assisting with the fleet management by collecting/dropping off vehicles at local garages for scheduled maintenance.
You will also be assisting with the loading and unloading of PMM and be responsible for the correct, safe and compliant management and handling of all loads carried (within the weight and size constraints of the vehicle), as well as maintain appropriate vehicle security and safety if/when the Defence Courier is absent or otherwise engaged (for example; reporting faults with it or the handling equipment).
The role involves significant travel and driving, often to geographically isolated sites so applicants must be experienced drivers. A full UK driving licence with a minimum Cat C with less than six penalty points is required. You will also need the ability to successfully complete the Commercial Airport Airside training and Department of Transport Security awareness training to an appropriate level, as well as learn, understand and carry out your role in line with our British Forces Post Office-specific procedures and guidance.