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Our People

We firmly believe that providing quality training and development builds a better business. We offer a number of programmes and opportunities to existing, and potential, employees and encourage career development.

We have an established and very successful Graduate Sales Programme that aims to encourage young people leaving university to join us. This programme has grown from strength to strength and in 2017/18 we were voted one of the top 100 companies for graduates to work for coming first in our sector, consumer goods, by The Job Crowd. We offer continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities to our staff and consider courses colleagues may wish to study. We also encourage staff to volunteer their time and allow paid time off to volunteer for not-for-profits and charitable causes.

I joined the business in 2001 straight out of university. I saw the business as a great small entrepreneurial business with massive ambitions for growth. I wanted to be part of that, and to be instrumental in the growth. Looking back, we’ve doubled the size of the business and I’ve developed countless skills in both running and growing a business.  I feel that the opportunities that we are able to offer young, ambitious grads through our dedicated training and development is truly unique and delivers to young people the opportunity to not only earn, but more importantly, to learn.’

Paul, Executive Director

 

‘Having studied an arts degree I was keen to join a company where the Grad scheme would give me a thorough grounding in sales and marketing and allow me to flourish. Express attracted me as it seemed to offer immense exposure to many industries through my role and the chance to take on real responsibility soon after recruitment. As soon as I started it become very obvious that if you grasp the opportunities and deliver results, you can really accelerate your career development. I have become extremely passionate about working for a growing company that work with market leaders to help them attract, retain and engage the best workforce and I am incredibly proud to be a part of this philosophy. Two years after joining I’m a Sales Manager responsible for the recruitment, training, development and ultimately performance of a team of 6 Account Managers, it’s certainly demanding but really fulfilling. I look back on my time here and I’m astonished at how quickly everything has happened.’

Georgia, Sales Manager

 

‘Keep on knocking!’ In 2017 I made a change in my career and I was unsure where this was going to take me. I didn’t know much about vending, I’d never seen the inside of a coffee machine, but I was very curious. This, together with my fast learning skills matched the high level of training and support offered by Express. Everything just clicked. After just 2 months of being in the Retail Merchandiser role I was promoted to a Senior Retail Merchandiser. I wanted more, I wanted the Area Manager role, so I kept pushing my limits. I came up with many ideas, I pushed the hardest, and eventually after 14 more months I reached my goal. Several months later I’m still learning how to improve my communication and leadership skills, but I’m getting constant support which builds my confidence. In times where I thought of giving up on my journey the thing that kept me going were the words from my Regional Manager ‘Keep on knocking!’

Alexandru, Retail Area Manager

 

If you are interested in finding out about how to join our team, click here.

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Our Environment

Express Vending promotes and encourages healthier lifestyles.  We think is it important to provide machines with a range of products and healthy options along with information on ingredients and nutritional value.  Express Vending offers clients healthy alternatives to their snack and confectionary vending machines.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

As a company that supplies, transports and services machinery, we manage waste and are required to do so securely and safely. We are compliant with recent legislation, directives, regulations and requirements.

Across all our offices and depots we have recycling facilities and encourage staff to use these. All cardboard rubbish from the warehouse and depots are compacted and collected for recycling and other packaging is returned to suppliers and manufacturers to be re-used.

Paper cups are recycled by specialist collection services and are used for incineration to generate heating and electricity. Aluminium cans and plastic bottles are crushed and disposed of by Express Vending through recycle systems by expert companies.

We were awarded an EU funded grant to have handheld PDA data readers to control stock instead of using paper, this saves approximately 4000 pieces of paper a week and has also generated five new jobs.

Our machines have ‘sleep mode’ facilities that can be set easily to turn on and off at required times, thus conserving energy. Where returned machines are still operational they are refurbished for continued use.  When machines are no longer operational, they are professionally disposed of and records kept. We provide training on waste management and work closely with clients on how waste generated from the vending machines should be managed.

We have cut down on travel by using satnavs to ensure that transport time is minimal and reducing the amount of energy used. Wherever possible we use technology and conference call facilities for meetings. To reduce the number of miles to ship goods, we buy from local suppliers where possible and buy in bulk.

Efficient energy management is important to us.  Most of our offices are smart offices with lights that automatically turn off at a set time; our goal is to make all our offices smart. We encourage staff to turn off computers and other equipment when not in use or away for a long period of time.

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