Daniel Evans – Yard Controller
Name: Daniel Evans
Role: Van Monster Yard Controller
"Van Monster is a great place to work; it’s a fantastic employer and you get treated equally and fairly. I can see myself being here for a long time, definitely."
Introduce yourself: My name is Daniel Evans, I’m the Yard Controller at Van Monster in Cannock. It’s my job to look after the yard. I’ve been at Van Monster for 7 months now. I used to buy cars. I prefer being more hand-on, it’s certainly a more active role which is what I was after.
Describe a typical day There is no such thing as an average day, as all our activities change from day to day. The general sort of jobs that we have done is checking in the vehicles, so we have to do appraisals, making sure the yard is clean, make sure the vans are started, tyres blown up and then just general yard maintenance.
What do you like about the job? The style of van that we have is all light commercial vehicles. The biggest van that we have is a Mercedes Sprinter, Luton, a Box Van – something like that. Our range is small to medium sized, nothing bigger than 3.5 tonnes. When I joined the company I had no van sales experience but that’s not something you need to have; so long as you are good with customers and quick with learning your product knowledge.
What do you enjoy most about the role? What I like about my job is being hands-on, the company I work for and the guys I work with. I’ve just finished my First Aid course, so I’m the qualified First-Aider here. You are actively encouraged to do personal development and things like that.
Your advice to someone considering joining Northgate? As long as you are active, and have a level mind, those attributes, I think, would be beneficial for Yard Controllers, certainly in this role. The recruitment process is quite simple, you have your on-line questionnaire and as long as you think about it logically it’s really not that difficult at all.
I can see myself being here for a long time, definitely. Van Monster is a great place to work; it’s a fantastic employer and you get treated equally and fairly.