Come and Work with us - We're looking for a food hubs administrator!

    Following the growth of Tamar Valley Food Hubs our online farmer's market, we are looking for a Food Hubs Administrator to join our small team.

    Do you have a passion for fresh, seasonal and local produce?  

    Do you have an eye for detail and a capacity to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in when necessary?  

    Are you great at working as part of a team but have the gumption to manage yourself too? 

    About Us

    Award winning Tamar Grow Local CIC, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2017 has been creating a unique and resilient food system combining community projects and small commercial enterprises including a honey and apple co-op, online farmer’s market, farmstart, orchard and development of a local produce frozen ready-meal range. All the projects are based around selling and promoting local Tamar Valley produce and supporting a local, fair-trade system for growers and farmers as well as making produce from small-scale growers more readily available for consumers.

    Our model is based on a systems-theory approach and works with community food projects, small food growers and farmers to increase their resilience to external factors such as price fluctuations and climate change by building opportunities for economies of scale and novel markets for more fresh local produce. In turn, we have created a mutually supportive network where groups of projects such as farmers markets, allotments, orchards, food hubs, farms starts and other food enterprises can support each other to make their organisations more resilient. We’re delighted after 10 years to now be able to share our model with other groups around the country and help them provide similar services.

    Our Tamar Valley Food Hubs have really taken off and we need a new team member who is as efficient and orderly as it is possible to be to take on the administration of orders from customers and the liaison with our lovely local suppliers.

    The Role

    We anticipate that in the first instance this will be a 18 hour per week role but that it will grow in line with the increase in orders for the Food Hubs.  We’ll initially pay £18,525 pro rata for a 37.5 hour week rising to £20,470 after completion of a satisfactory probationary period.

    You’ll be managing all the administration of the Tamar Valley Food Hubs which means:

    ·       Sending weekly newsletters

    ·       Taking customer orders, ensuring payments are correct and customer accounts maintained

    ·       Vetting and liaising with suppliers and training them on the use of the software

    ·       Ensure that the shopfront is up to date and accurate

    ·       Collating orders when the produce arrives in the office 

    ·       Organising staff and volunteer drivers 

    ·       Organising pick-up and delivery routes 

    ·       Keeping track of stock in our shop and ordering where necessary 

    ·       Developing relationships with our partners and customers.

    ·       Liaising with the TGL management team to enhance and improve our operations where necessary.

    Managing the health and safety of those you are supervising.


    The Person

    In an ideal world you’ll be passionate about local, fresh and seasonal produce.  You’ll be enthused by a project that combines good economic sense with humanitarian benefits and you will relish applying systematic order but be able to cope with uncertainty (like when the Beast from the East decimates planned crops).  

    The absolutely key attributes you will possess are:

    ·       A passion for local, seasonal food.

    ·       A desire to support the TGL team to succeed in the various linked projects

    ·       An organised and systematic approach to your work but with the capacity to be flexible.

    ·       Ability to deal with a crisis in a calm and creative way, a lateral thinker.

    ·       An entrepreneurial approach to growing your own role.

    ·       Experience of spreadsheets and databases.

    ·       A scrupulous approach to record keeping.

    ·       An ability to build relationships with customers and suppliers.

    ·       A willingness to “muck in” with other TGL priorities should the need arise.

    ·       Able to drive and have use of your own vehicle for occasional business use.

    How to Apply

    Please forward a CV and covering letter to simon@tamargrowlocal.organd tell us why you think you’d be our perfect fit.