MVP co-op are recruiting!

Tue, 04/21/2015
MVP members

Kindling is a founding member and long-time partner of Manchester Veg People, a unique co-operative of local organic growers and food businesses. They are recruiting for two new co-op workers to work with them at this exciting stage of their development. Read on for the job details.....

Manchester Veg People are recruiting!

Our aim is to bring growers and buyers together to get as much fresh, seasonal food of the highest possible quality from our local fields onto plates across Greater Manchester.

The two roles we are recruiting for are:

Co-op worker (Deliveries): This position mainly involves the distribution of our amazing produce (both collection from the farms and delivery to restaurants, pubs, public sector etc.). We are looking for someone with good experience of driving a long wheel base van and doing multi drops and heavy lifting (of crates of veg into and out of the van). We need someone who is efficient, organised, good at planning routes and who doesn’t feel stressed driving around town or parking up in tight spaces (in a big van!). We are looking for someone who cares about the veg as much as we do, and is happy to talk to both the growers and the chefs. The job will involve working on Sundays and early starts.

Co-op Worker (Warehouse and orders): This position mainly involves sourcing and ordering supplies, managing the fresh produce at the warehouse (storing, packing down etc.), and taking customers orders. We are looking for someone with excellent knowledge of fruit and veg and good experience of working with and handling fresh produce (including storing, transporting and quality issues around different crops). We need someone with good communication skills who feels confident taking orders over the phone (ideally with previous experience in sales), and experience in using business software tools/Excel etc. for taking orders.

Both roles will also involve working as a team with the other co-op workers, both in the planning of the day-to-day operations (and crucially to be able to provide cover for the other roles in the co-op), and to work together to enable the growth and development of our pioneering co-operative at this exciting and challenging time.

The role is 37.5 hours per week, starting in July 2015, and is a 12 month contract that will be extended dependent on the co-op reaching the necessary sales targets to enable it to continue trading when our current funding runs out at the end of June 2016.   

Working days are currently:

Warehouse & orders: Monday to Friday (with a 4 am start on a Monday)

Delivery: Sunday to Thursday (with a 6 am start for delivery days)

The salary is £15,600 pro rata per annum.

For more information about Manchester Veg People please visit our

For a job description, person specification and application process please email:

To apply:

Please send us a completed application form along with a covering letter to: and mark it ‘MVP Recruitment’. Please make sure you state which role you are applying for.


·         Closing date is Sunday 31st May (at midnight).

·         Interviews will take place on Tues 9th June (for Warehouse and orders position) or Weds 10th of June (Deliveries position).

·         We will notify interviewees of the outcome on Thursday 11th June.

·         Start date: 15th July



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