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The Open University
Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes
Up to £12.03 per hour
Closing date
22 Apr 2024

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Discover the unique opportunity to work with our client at the Open University, a distinguished public Distance Learning and Research University. As one of the largest universities in the UK for undergraduate education, they are at the forefront of innovation and education excellence.

They are looking to recruit a temporary Porter/Driver to start 07/05/2024; the end date will be 20/12/2024. This position will be working full time, 37hrs a week (08:30 - 16:30 Monday - Thursday & 08:30 - 16:00 on a Friday) and is paying £12.03ph. You will be required to be flexible including working overtime - mornings / events and weekends, sometimes at short notice in order to meet the needs of the business.

About the Role

Porter / drivers are part of the central team who work across the university campus, carrying out portering and manual handling tasks, including setting up meeting rooms and event spaces, moving heavy furniture / goods and driving duties.

Key Responsibilities

  • Set up and clean meeting rooms, lecture theatres and other venues as required as part of the setting up process - including setting up marquees and gazebos
  • Deliver goods / print / stationery / equipment on campus and to regional centres / off-site venues
  • Collect and dispose of refuse including, confidential wastepaper and, on occasions, hazardous waste
  • Deliver and set up office furniture around campus and to regional centres / off-site locations
  • Load and unload vehicles, either manually or using a forklift truck (where trained)
  • Drive university cars, vans and lorries (up to 3.5 tonne) as required
  • Carry out routine vehicle checks and reports faults to the Transport and Portering Manager
  • Drive vehicles to and from vehicle dealerships for maintenance / repairs
  • Participate in the porter / driver shift rota to allow duties to be carried out during university core ours
  • Any similar or related duties required by management

Skills and Experience


  • Full UK driving licence (category B)


  • Trained in lifting and manual handling
  • Driver CPC qualification
  • Knowledge and understanding of Health & Safety policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of a variety of IT software and devices

The client promotes diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

If you feel this role is of interest, please apply online.


Manpower are working with The Open University as their strategic partner for all temporary, contingent and permanent requirements across their various locations.

How would you like to help someone change their life?

The Open University is the UK's largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. Our research underpins the teaching we deliver to some 200,000 students as the UK's largest university. Nearly three quarters (72%) of Open University research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Uniquely we operate within the four nations of the UK, with nation offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as regional offices in England and our head office in Milton Keynes.

All of our roles play a key part in our students' journey. The Open University helps anyone in the UK better themselves, whatever their age, background or circumstances. Dip into our series of Open Diaries and discover what it's like for our students to take that life-changing step that you could be a part of.



Jo Priddey
I started working with the OU as temporary staff through Manpower during the pandemic. I thought the initial training was fantastic and felt well prepared to start working. When I was offered a permanent position it was great that the OU took my personal needs into consideration so that I am able to complete my degree and work 4 days a week.

Charles White
The recruitment process was smooth from start to finish. As an applicant, it was useful to have the selection process made clear to you from the outset. Communication from Manpower was, and remains, good. Excellent candidate care continues to be provided, they are both responsive and proactive.

So far the Open University has been the best job I have ever had, a very relaxed environment, everyone open to helping one another, no pressure and all trainers prioritise the quality of calls rather than the quantity.

Sarah George
Whilst working at the Open University, the support I have received has been outstanding; from colleagues at advisor level, to the senior management team, there is not a question or query that has not been resolved without a swift and appropriate response.

Thecla Chakunte
Working with the Open University has opened me to a lot. There are a lot of trainings to improve your skills and open you to other possibilities. There is room for growth. A lot of it. And did you know you can study for FREE as permanent staff? Wow! There are other juicy perks too.

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