Job Opportunities at Essential Trading and Harvest's Retail Outlets

Are you …
… passionate about vegetarian/vegan and organic products?
… committed to human and animal rights?
… fed up with traditional employment structures?
… 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:

Self-help: we work together for mutual benefit, in order to help each other, whilst also helping ourselves;
Self-responsibility: we all act responsibly and play a full part in the organisation;
Democracy: based on a one member, one vote principle;
Equality: we have equal rights and benefits;
Equity: we are treated justly and fairly;
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) 30/11/2017 Acrobat Reader download

Driver required to deliver goods, driving Sprinters through to Class II (C) for multi-drop deliveries, involving some fork lifting (training provided), unloading by hand and using sack trucks. Working 3-5 days per week - days negotiable/TBC (between Monday to Friday) based at our Fishponds Warehouse. 

We deliver to restaurants, shops, houses and festivals mostly to the South West and Southern England, Wales, London and Midlands.

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 your licence is)

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

Upon completing your probationary period, you will become a Member of Essential Trading Worker Co-operative and receive various member benefits as well as the opportunity to actively co-manage the business, along with a member vote in decision making.

28 days holiday (inc. bank holidays) + additional days in line with length of service + staff discount

Hourly rate starts at £9.00 ph, rising to £9.25 upon successful probationary period and further increases in line with length of service. 

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

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

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

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (free to download) to open these files, click on the image on the right to download it.
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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.
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.
Please fill in the Equality and Diversity form. This form will not be used in the selection process and will be seen only by personnel workers. It will be used only for equality and diversity monitoring purposes.
Please ensure that you save both of these forms onto your computer before sending them to us.
Casual and seasonal work
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 then please complete the registration form and email it to:
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If you are interested in casual work at one of the Harvest shops please call them directly or pop into the shop. Harvest Bristol: 0117 9425997 Harvest Bath: 01225 465519
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