Vending Machine Operator

Job Description:

Vending machine operators fill, maintain and collect money from machines that dispense products like drinks and snacks.

Job Category:
Retail & Consumer

What you will do:

As a vending machine operator you could:

  • Collect money that’s been deposited
  • Fill and refill machines with products
  • Clean vending machines
  • Make sure all machines are in good working order
  • Fix minor faults
  • Call out service engineers to carry out more complicated repairs
  • Complete paperwork


You’ll need:

  • The ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • Knowledge of maths
  • The ability to operate and control equipment
  • To be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • To be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • The ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • The ability to work well with your hands
  • Practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment

Restrictions and Requirements
You’ll need to:

  • have a full driving licence
  • have a good level of fitness
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Entry Requirements:

Becoming a Vending Machine Operator typically doesn’t require specific subjects. However, a strong general education can be beneficial for running a successful vending machine business. While there are no specific subjects you need, you should focus on skills related to business, customer service, and entrepreneurship. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Business Studies: Although not a specific requirement, studying business-related subjects can provide valuable knowledge about business operations, marketing, finance, and management.
  2. Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for managing finances, tracking inventory, and setting prices for vending machine products.

Post School

If you’re interested in pursuing a career as a vending machine operator, gaining experience in customer service, inventory management, and basic mechanical skills can be valuable. Additionally, some vending machine operators may choose to take specialised training or courses related to vending machine maintenance and repair to enhance their qualifications in the field.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 38-40 hours of work. You could also be required to be on call while on shift

You could work in a stock room, at a client’s business or visit sites.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience you could:

  • Become a supervisor or area manager, or set up your own vending business.