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.

HR Support Worker
Location Job Type Hours Closing Date Job Spec
Warehouse (Fishponds Bristol) Permanent Full Time (Part Time considered) 28/10/2019 Acrobat Reader download

This is an exciting opportunity to join our pioneering worker co-operative, Essential: a wholesaler, manufacturer and retailer proud of specialising in ethically-produced, organic, fair trade, and GMO-free food. You’ll be joining a diverse, dedicated and positive bunch of people aiming to change the world for the better.

The HR role includes a wide range of tasks and responsibilities across all aspects of human resources, supporting workers and teams throughout the co-op. As a worker co-operative, Essential provides unique opportunities and challenges: you can be sure of a meaningful job, with the chance to become involved in a variety of projects beyond your core responsibilities.
This is a permanent position subject to a 6 month probationary period. After a successful probation, you may become a member and contribute to the collective management and governance of the co-operative.

The role requires a can-do attitude, the willingness and ability to learn, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. The successful candidate will be well-organised, a good team player, show great attention to detail, and be able to work flexibly and adaptably.

You will need to fill in one of our application forms, which you will find on the vacancies page here, along with other information about our co-op and the role. We welcome applications from candidates seeking full time or part time work.

The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 28th October

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:

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.
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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