We are pleased to announce that we are recruiting new members in 2015 to strengthen teams and bring new ideas and skills to our growing workers’ cooperative.
We’re particularly keen to hear from people with a passion for cooperative working. We require a wide range of job skills at Suma – all those that you’d find in a successful distribution business, but the qualities we look for in members are more than job skills – people who can develop the business and contribute to our management while taking on multiple roles. We believe we can teach the right person most things that we do, so previous experience isn’t necessary.
As a trainee member you would be expected to demonstrate your commitment to Suma while working in a variety of roles, starting with the basics of warehouse distribution – moving boxes. We move lots of boxes every day – around our warehouse, onto trucks, around the UK and increasingly overseas. It’s a skill essential to distribution and one that we all learn to do efficiently in the first 3-months.
Diverse and challenging roles
Suma makes use of peoples existing skills but also helps to develop people in new and challenging roles. You could become an 18t multi-drop delivery driver and accountant like Rachel, a forklift truck operator and an IT developer like Kris, a catalogue designer and canteen cook like Sheena…running a distribution centre with over 6500 products and £3.2 million pounds of stock requires lots of different skills.
We value diversity, our workforce is made up of people from all walks of life with a commitment to ethical values and collective working. Membership of Suma doesn’t require financial investment – apart from £1 for a share certificate – what it does require is hard work and dedication to working collectively.
Do you share our values and would you rise to the challenge of joining our cooperative? If so, Suma may be for you. It’s hard work and not all a bed of roses, but, we believe that 38 years of hard work and dedication has built a strong workers’ cooperative with enviable pay and conditions.
Equal pay and equality are core principles at Suma, whether you’re a student helping out for the summer or have been here from the start like JimC we all earn the same. A full time 40-hour member will currently earn circa £31,700 plus benefits – healthy pension contributions, 37 days holiday, discounted staff shopping, free vegetarian works canteen, flexible working, access to Suma’s free pallet….
How to Apply
Closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 30th of October.
All applications must be on our application form – you can hand write it, type it, post it, submit it by email, whatever is best for you – as long as it’s on our own application form downloadable from our jobs page. CVs will unfortunately not be accepted.
Our motto is ‘All together better’ – What would you bring to Suma?
Post applications to:
Lowfields Business Park
Email applications to: email@example.com