Embalmer – Dignity Funerals – Kingston upon Hull

Dignity Funerals


A Shephard & Sons Funeral Directors, Kingston-Upon-Hull.
Permanent, full-time + on-call

Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00
up to £30,600 per annum depending on experience and qualifications + on-call ancillary payments

At Dignity, we are proud to work in a unique industry. We succeed by helping people through difficult times with compassion, respect, openness and care.

We offer a range of challenging and rewarding roles for caring individuals across the funeral profession and we continually invest in our staff, premises and vehicles so that we can ensure clients and their loved ones receive the highest standard of care. Every day, we want to exceed our customers’ expectations, we aim to do this by persistently delivering excellent client service through the continued dedication of our people.

We are A Shepherd & Sons Funeral Directors, serving families from our funerals homes in East Yorkshire. We understand that life with those you love is deeply personal, so it is a privilege to honour the final wishes of families as they say farewell to their loved ones. Our community is very special to us, and we are proud to have such close ties with many places of worship, ministers and local businesses in East Yorkshire.

We cater for funerals of all faiths and cultures, burial and cremation services, and non-religious funerals. If an alternative funeral is most fitting, then we can arrange for bespoke services, such as woodland burials, green funerals and burials at sea.

A Shepherd & Sons Funeral Directors are looking for a professional and compassionate individual to join our collaborative and dedicated team as an Embalmer, to ensure that all deceased are given proper and appropriate treatment in a dignified manner and ensure the best possible standards of preparation and presentation.

Our values: Professional, Compassion, Respect & Knowledge form the basis of all our interactions and recognising this, you will be giving back to families in a critical time, whilst ensuring that their loved ones are treated with the utmost respect and dignity.

Alongside a highly collaborative, dedicated and supportive management team, we will give you the room to stretch and develop within the industry. With both training and learning opportunities, our dedicated Learning and Development team and management team will ensure that you are delivered full training to confidently perform this role and will also aim to promote your progression. Alongside this, Dignity Plc really believes in our people, so you will also have access to a wide range of Mental and Financial Well-being tools, access to financial support and a broad range of benefits.

What Will I Be Doing as a Embalmer?

You will ensure that all deceased are given proper and appropriate treatment in a dignified manner by following the best possible standards of preparation and presentation. In addition, you will carry out the instructions by ensuring consistent delivery of the highest levels of client service as set out in ‘Helping our Clients Every Step of the Way’.

Other duties will include:

Fully comply with the quality standards manual and Dignity’s internal procedures
Responsible for preparing the deceased to be placed in the coffin, with an eye to the final presentation (including the condition of the coffin), taking into account any instruction made by those responsible for the arrangement
Be prepared to offer advice to community staff on the presentation of the deceased
Ensure identification procedures are strictly adhered to
Work closely and develop positive relationships with the Business Leader and recommend operational initiatives that ensure cooperation between support and client services (e.g. embalmer productivity, liaison with staff responsible for dealing with clients who will be spending time with the deceased)
Identify unnecessary costs and recommend controls to Business Leader / Service Delivery Lead
Ensure that the reception of the deceased into the mortuary is consistent with company policy and procedures
Complete all company and statutory documentation
Fully comply with all Dignity’s Internal Procedures and NAFD Code of Practice. You will be responsible for and ensure that approved materials and chemicals are used in appropriate quantities complying with COSHH regulations
Ensure compliance with all health and safety and immunisation requirements
Adhere to the reporting procedures of all accidents in the body preparation area
Ensure that the working practices, facility, and it’s equipment are maintained to the highest standards according to Health and Safety and company procedures.

What Do I Need?

Be resolute about handling the deceased with care, tenderness, and complete respect for their dignity.
Have gained or are working towards the British Institute of Embalmer’s Diploma or previous experience in embalming.
Be physically fit and able to lift and carry heavy weights in accordance with manual handling procedures
Commitment to funeral service
Hold a full UK Driving Licence

What are the next steps

If you are interested in learning more about Dignity Plc, please visit our website at https://www.dignityfunerals.co.uk. Alternatively, to be considered for this role, please submit your application via the ‘apply’ button, where a member of our resourcing team will review your application.

Please note that this role is subject to meeting regulatory requirements. As an FCA-regulated organisation, we are committed to adopting the highest standards and we do this by employing individuals with the appropriate skills, experience and integrity to protect both the company and our clients. If you are considered for a role, you will be providing your permission for us to conduct the relevant checks and assessments that will be carried out during the recruitment and onboarding process. The nature of the checks will depend on whether the role is subject to the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR).

Please note in accordance with our pre-employment checks, all roles will require a criminal record check and further enhanced checks may apply. Certain roles will be subject to ongoing checks in line with the Group SMCR Framework (Fit & Proper Policy). Further details will be explained to you throughout the recruitment process.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Our Vision is to connect with our clients, colleagues, company and communities based on our principles whilst celebrating our differences.
We aim to empower leaders and colleagues to seek out and understand new voices and perspectives; to be vocal about inequity and exclusion, and take decisive, informed and bold action to promote inclusion and belonging.

Any unsolicited submissions from agencies will be accepted as a direct application from the candidate and no fees will be payable.

We reserve the right depending on application numbers to close or extend the closing dates for positions; we would therefore recommend an early application.

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