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What does a Vending Machine Operative do?

Vending machine operatives fill, clean and maintain vending machines. Operatives usually visit between 10 and 20 sites a day in their local area. Operatives may have a set route for the day or may plan their own route. Employers usually supply a van.

Operatives refill machines and collect money that has been used in machines. Operatives carry a cleaning kit and are responsible for keeping all their vending machines in good working order. If a machine develops a minor fault operatives will fix it or call out service engineers to make the repairs.

What's the working environment like working as a Vending Machine Operative?

Vending machine operatives usually work between 35 and 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Early starts are common, typically 6-6.30am, finishing around 3-3.30pm. Overtime and part-time work may be available.

Operatives may be required to work, or be on-call, at weekends. Operatives spend most of their time indoors on customers’ premises, with some time travelling between sites.

The work involves a lot of lifting and carrying.

What does it take to become a Vending Machine Operative?

As a vending machine operative, you should:

  • be able to work on your own initiative
  • be reliable and trustworthy
  • be able to maintain records
  • be aware of security issues.

Vending Machine Operative Career Opportunities

Vending machine operatives are employed throughout the UK. Most vending machine operatives work for companies that are members of the Automatic Vending Association (AVA).

Experienced operatives may be promoted to supervisory posts and then to management. It may be possible to become self-employed.

Further information

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Automatic Vending Association
1 Villiers Court
Upper Mullgrave Road
Tel: 020 8661 1112