Weighbridge Operator - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £24,118 per annum
Closing date: 31 May 2023
Location: Harlow
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 12257
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Weighbridge Operator

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £24,118 per annum

Location: Harlow

Working Style: Fixed-base worker


The Role

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

The Opportunity

As a Weighbridge Operator you will be

  • The first point of contact on site and responsible for managing all site traffic and visitors.
  • Lead on all Weighbridge duties within the Essex County Council waste service.
  • Directly responsible for organising collections with 3rd parties and keeping accurate records of waste levels to always ensure capacity for site users against contractual KPI’s.
  • Liaison with 3rd Parties, Contractors, and internal staff to ensure a cost effective and efficient service is provided to site users and drivers.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all legal obligations and regulations are met.
  • Lead on arranging maintenance for the Weighbridge system and reporting of defects to eliminate down time and negative impact on the service.
  • Manage all visitors and site users to ensure they comply with strict Health and Safety regulations as well as Environmental. Liaising with statutory inspectors such as the Environment Agency or HSE.


  • Responsible for the operation of the weighbridge system in accordance with the Duty of Care regulations, site rules, safe systems of work and risk assessments.
  • Manage traffic coming onto site and check incoming loads, ensuring compliance with site licence and permitted waste types.
  • Accountable for ensuring all drivers are inducted and aware of site rules and health and safety requirements.
  • Accurately record weights and waste types by vehicle, completing appropriate documentation and collect driver signatures etc.
  • Immediately report any contamination or non-conforming wastes delivered to site to your Line Manager.
  • Report any anomalies/errors to the weighbridge system to the Line Manger
  • To ensure that essential records are required relating to the post (e.g. waste movement, duty of care, consignment notes) are completed fully, promptly and accurately. This may be written or electronic.
  • Complete quarterly audits of waste data in accordance with Environmental permitting regulations and for financial budgeting purposes.
  • Assist with accident and incident investigations and issue out Tool Box Talks to staff and drivers.
  • Assist the Site Supervisor with compliance paperwork and site inspections to ensure statutory compliance with environment and Health and Safety.
  • To carry out any other duties commensurate with the post as required to meet the needs of the service.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Qualifications/Training – Desirable minimum GCSE (or equivalent by experience) in English and Maths.
  • Knowledge – Working knowledge of waste duty of care requirements.
  • Experience – Experience with weighbridge software. Previous experience working within waste sector.
  • Skills - Ability to learn and use computer systems and packages. Good communication skills both written and verbal. Good numeric skills. Competent in the use of databases, spreadsheets, word processing including Microsoft Word.
  • Character – Self-confident with the ability to organise and direct incoming and outgoing vehicles. Honest and reliability
  • Availability/Locality/Mobility – You will be largely based at a council Waste Transfer Station but may be required to work at any other location as required.

To read more about us please visit: Climate, Environment and Customer Services

Why Essex?

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email Laura.O’Connor@essex.gov.uk

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