Vacancies

Job Opportunities at Essential Trading and Harvest's Retail Outlets

Are you …
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… passionate about vegetarian/vegan and organic products?
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… committed to human and animal rights?
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… fed up with traditional employment structures?
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… keen to get more involved in decision making?

Then you might be interested in joining Essential Trading. We are a worker co-operative, committed to ethical trading.

By applying to work at Essential, you will be applying to take on responsibility for the business's smooth running and success.

At Essential, we are guided by the basic co-operative principles of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and care for others, and are organised with reference to the values of:

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Self-help: we work together for mutual benefit, in order to help each other, whilst also helping ourselves;
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Self-responsibility: we all act responsibly and play a full part in the organisation;
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Democracy: based on a one member, one vote principle;
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Equality: we have equal rights and benefits;
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Equity: we are treated justly and fairly;
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Solidarity: we support each other and other co-operatives.

We're trying to make the world a better place, in which we can all live comfortably together without the exploitation of the Earth and everything that lives in it. All workers at Essential are deeply committed to our ethical values, which include ending the exploitation of humans, other animals and the Earth's resources, and encouraging co-operation within society. You can learn more about our values base and work by exploring this website.

Delivery Driver
Location Job Type Hours Closing Date Job Spec
Warehouse (Fishponds Bristol) Permanent 40 hours/w (Part-time considered) 18/12/2018 Acrobat Reader download

Summary
Driver required to deliver goods on multi-drop deliveries to our customers: restaurants, shops, houses, and festivals - mostly around South West and Southern England, Wales, London and Midlands.

We operate a variety of vehicles, fom Sprinters to 7.5 tonne trucks, up to Class II (C) lorries. The work involves some fork lifting (training provided), unloading by hand, and using sack trucks. 

Your hours would be worked between Monday and Friday, based at our Fishponds Warehouse. 

Class II licenses are preferred; however, if you are a 7.5 tonne driver please apply and after a successful probationary period you may receive paid Class II (C) training (please specify what licence you have in your application).

Drivers must be comfortable lifting up to 25kgs on a regular basis. CPC and digital tachograph card essential.  Drivers must be able to start early on a regular basis – average start time is 6am, but can be earlier. 

You’ll be joining a diverse, dynamic, and positive bunch of people aiming to change the world for the better. Essential is a pioneering worker co-operative, a wholesaler, manufacturer and retailer proud of specialising in ethically-produced, organic, fair trade and GMO-free food, sourced from all corners of the globe.

Upon completing your probationary period, there is the chance to become a Member of our Worker Co-operative. Members receive various benefits as well as the opportunity to actively co-manage the business.
Van Driver
Location Job Type Hours Closing Date Job Spec
Warehouse (Fishponds Bristol) Permanent 40 hours/w (Part-time considered) 18/12/2018 Acrobat Reader download

Summary
Van driver required to deliver goods on multi-drop deliveries to our customers: restaurants, shops, houses, and festivals - mostly around South West and Southern England, Wales, London and Midlands.

You will be driving a van, but we operate a variety of vehicles, fom Sprinters to 7.5 tonne trucks, up to Class II (C) lorries, and category C licence training may be available to successful van drivers (please specify what licence you have in your application).

The work involves some fork lifting (training provided), unloading by hand, and using sack trucks. Drivers must be comfortable lifting up to 25kgs on a regular basis. CPC and digital tachograph card essential.  

Your hours would be worked between Monday and Friday, based at our Fishponds Warehouse. Drivers must be able to start early on a regular basis – average start time is 6am, but can be earlier. 

You’ll be joining a diverse, dynamic, and positive bunch of people aiming to change the world for the better. Essential is a pioneering worker co-operative, a wholesaler, manufacturer and retailer proud of specialising in ethically-produced, organic, fair trade and GMO-free food, sourced from all corners of the globe.

Upon completing your probationary period, there is the chance to become a Member of our Worker Co-operative. Members receive various benefits as well as the opportunity to actively co-manage the business.

If you are interested in applying for any of the vacancies listed above, please download and complete:

Please save the above form onto your computer before you email them to us. Alternatively, print it out and post it to the address stated on the application form..

If you want further information about Essential Trading Co-operative please read the info below:

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CHECKLIST
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Please read the Job description, Essential's Mission Statement and Background, Wages and Benefits and Information about co-operatives documents carefully.
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Please fill in the Application form as completely as possible, ensuring that you state the position that you are appliying for on the Application form.
Casual and seasonal work at Essential Trading
Occasionally we have short-term, temporary positions at our Fishponds Warehouse in the Sales, Manufacturing, Distribution and Transport teams. If you are interested in casual work at Essential, then please complete this registration form, and email it to: hr@essential-trading.coop.
Casual and seasonal work at Harvest Natural Foods - Bath
If you are interested in casual work at our Harvest Bath shop then please complete this registration form, and email it to: info@harvest-bath.coop
Casual and seasonal work at Harvest Natural Foods - Bristol
If you are interested in casual work at our Harvest Bristol shop then please complete this registration form, and email it to: info@harvest-bristol.coop
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