View Vacancy - Driver and Logistics Officer (NLD22.386)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Operations and Corporate Services)
Driver / Messenger

The British Embassy in The Hague is part of a world-wide diplomatic network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. The Embassy is looking to employ a professional driver dedicated to driving the British Defence Attaché. On occasions the employee will also drive British dignitaries, senior Defence officials and other members of the Defence Team.

In addition the role provides logistic support to the Defence Attaché’s outer office, while working in coordination with the Ambassador’s driver and the Embassy Security Section. This includes courier and delivery tasks.  

This is an exciting opportunity for a person seeking a challenging and varied role driving senior officials and providing logistic support within a professional and inclusive team environment.

Roles and responsibilities:

Drive the Defence Attaché (DA), members of the Defence Section and UK MOD visitors on official journeys according to the weekly programme. The Defence Section’s dedicated vehicle is a premium Sports Utility Vehicle.

Drive other members of the Embassy staff and official visitors on an occasional basis, as detailed by DA, or Office Manager.

Coordinate with Dutch Government security and police services in order to ensure effective risk management and security at public events involving British Defence officials.

Carry out mail runs and other courier, collection and delivery missions, arrange taxis and co-ordinate other travel arrangements, as detailed by DA, or Office Manager.

Prepare route plans and timings, consult traffic bulletins and police sources to ensure journeys are completed to time.

Attend to fuelling, maintenance, servicing, repairs and cleaning of the dedicated vehicle in accordance with the manufacturer’s handbook. This includes managing a forecast of likely servicing and maintenance costs to ensure all expenditure is approved.

Miscellaneous tasks in support of Defence Section objectives as directed by DA or Office Manager

Miscellaneous tasks in support of The Embassy.

Valid and clean European driving licence – Must have held this for minimum 3 years.

Strong communications skills – written and oral, able to communicate effectively in English.

Prepared to work outside of normal office hours, including at weekends, on an overtime basis.  

Strong Organisational skills.

Experience working in an international environment.

Physically fit to drive safely and respond to challenging situations.

Able to help deliver official events, carry luggage and shift portable equipment.

Able to work flexibly including weekend work when needed and occasionally overnight.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Ability to work well with others.

Ability to understand mission requirements and deliver results accordingly.

Prior military service.

Experience of driving in adverse weather conditions and off tarmac roads.

Experience of driving executives/diplomats.

Dutch speaker.

Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Communicating and Influencing
21 August 2022
Full-time, Temporary, Flexible working
36h per week / The job requires flexible working patterns, regular evening work and occasional weekend work. Overtime work will be well compensated.
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
The Hague
British Government Office
€2, 598.33 (based on 36 hours per week), over time package
1 October 2022
30 September 2023

British Embassy The Hague provides numerous learning and development opportunities. The employee will have access to the FCDO’s wider L&D opportunities. This package entitles the employee to 5 working days per annum to undertake FCDO learning and development opportunities.

Payment of overtime for all hours above 36 per working week.

Candidates with proven specialist, professional or specific skills will be offered a higher starting salary.

Opportunities exist for the employee to undertake courses to progress driving skills.

Travel and subsistence allowances paid for longer missions and overnight stays.

Uniform/ clothing upkeep allowance provided.

The job requires flexible working patterns, regular evening work and occasional weekend work. Overtime work will be well compensated.

The Embassy encourages a culture of continuous learning.  All employees have access to the Civil Service Learning platform which gives access to training to improve job specific skills. Employees are entitled to a minimum number of annual training days.  

The British Embassy promotes and demonstrates the key values of Professionalism, Respect and Honesty.

The  job description is subject to changes and may evolve over time and in response to changing circumstances.  The role exists as part of a team and all staff are expected to be flexible in supporting colleagues, particularly at busy times. 

The British Embassy promotes and demonstrates the key values of Professionalism, Respect and Honesty. 

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in The Netherlands.  

The successful candidate will undergo a professional background check; Any job offer is also provisional to a successful security clearance check. 

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please be advised that the British Embassy will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a position.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.