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.

Temporary Food Processing Worker
Location Job Type Hours Closing Date Job Spec
Warehouse (Fishponds Bristol) Temporary 40 hours/w 19/08/2019 Acrobat Reader download

This is a fixed term contract, providing maternity cover September 2019 - July 2020.

Manufacturing Worker interested in organic and ethical food and looking to work in a democratically-structured organisation - Essential awaits you!

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.

In this role you will work at our warehouse in Fishponds, across all aspects of food processing and packaging, producing our own-brand foods for wholesale, retail, and catering. 

The role ideally requires some experience of food processing or other manufacturing work, a sound grasp of hygiene and health and safety practices, as well as working with computers. The successful candidate will be well-organised, a good team player, and able to show great attention to detail. For more details please see Job Description above.

This vacancy is 40 hours per week, although part time may be considered. Work is Mon - Fri, generally between 9am - 6pm.

Pay is £9.10 per hour plus benefits and staff discount. For more information see Wages and Benefits document below.

To apply, please fill out an application form (link below).

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

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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.
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:
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:
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:
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