We are now accepting application forms for Trial Members to join our cooperative based at our Elland site in West Yorkshire. If you have applied before, please note that our recruitment processes have now changed slightly, for more information use the links below.
We are recruiting for new members to join our co-operative. We need people with a genuine passion for co-operative working and the potential to fill a variety of roles at our Greenford-based distribution centre. A class C licence and driver’s CPC are essential as the main role will be LGV driving.
Suma regularly recruit for temporary workers in warehousing and LGV driving
We regularly require short-term Order Pickers and general warehouse workers as well as LGV drivers at peak sales and holiday periods. We require all these at our main site in Elland, West Yorkshire and LGV divers at our distribution site in Greenford, London. Contracts are generally between 3 and 18 months dependent on our need and your availability.
Our temporary workers play a vital role at Suma, helping us to cover our operational needs over peak sales and high holiday periods. Like our members we expect them to be self managing, willing to learn new skills, adaptable and responsible and to take an active interest in providing a great service for our customers.
Suma operates over 24 hours a day and as such we need people who can work a variety of shift times. Contracts are for a minimum of three shifts – usually eight-hour shifts but we also have vacancies for part time evening work.
Everyone at Suma is paid the same NET rate per hour (over £11 per hour) with a generous holiday allowance as well as benefits such as free canteen and profit related bonus. Full training will be given so experience is not necessary. Pickers who successfully pass a three month probationary period have opportunities to learn further skills such as fork lift truck driving and team coordination. While temporary work at Suma will not lead to a permanent Member position directly, many of our members are previous temporary workers and temporary work leads to opportunities to learn skills which are valuable to take to other jobs including Suma Membership.
If you would like to be considered for temporary vacancies at Suma please submit the speculative application form below.
Speculative applications will be kept on file for a 6-month period.
To download the application form and accompanying documents right click the links below and choose ‘Save Link As’
Please read the job descriptions below before applying and when applying please make sure you complete the section about availability.
There’s no doubt about it, Suma is a great place to work. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not that it’s an easy ride or a cushy number (after all, it takes a lot of hard work to remain the UK’s largest independent ethical wholesaler and distributor), but on the whole, Suma people enjoy their jobs and tend to stick around.
So just what is it that makes Suma such a unique and rewarding place to work? Everyone knows that different things make different people tick. Cheap organic chocolate and the chance to drive a forklift are one thing, but we like to think there’s a little more to it than that. It could be the fact that Suma is an ethically-driven workers’ cooperative with a radical and progressive democratic structure, a unique equal pay policy, fantastic benefits and conditions for every member, and a culture of tolerance, support and development. Or perhaps it’s the sheer variety that appeals to our staff – variety in the range of different job roles that each member holds during their time with us, and variety in a workforce chosen from all walks of life and linked by nothing more than their commitment to ethical values and collective working. Or perhaps it’s just the sense of purpose and satisfaction that comes with ‘doing your bit’ in a business with a track record to be proud of.
These are some pretty big claims, we know. But one thing’s for sure – chat to someone who already works here and you’ll soon discover that at Suma, claims like this are more than just a load of hot air.
The Suma Experience – with Elaine
How long have you worked at Suma & why did you join?
I initially joined Suma in Sept 2013. I was in a completely different type of work environment and decided I wanted to make a change to my life. I knew a couple of people who had worked for Suma and decided to look into the co-op more. Having researched about how it began, its ethos and ways of working I decided to apply and haven’t looked back!!
What do you love about working at Suma?
This is going to sound really sad, but everything! I can honestly say that I have not had one day, which I didn’t enjoy, I am doing such a range of different roles and tasks and working with so many different people and meeting customers that I love every day! I know, I know but its true….
What is your typical Suma week?
Although it can always change at the last minute, my typical week is:
Mon – cooking delicious lunch for all Suma members
Tues & Weds – reaching in the warehouse
Thurs – driving the East Lancs run
Fri –New Business Team or driving Penrith run
Hobbies & Interests
I have been involved in scouting and the uniformed branches for 30+ years. I also am currently looking at taking my Assessors qualifications for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. I love walking, climbing and camping.
Interesting Fact about yourself
When I was in my 20’s on holiday with my mum, I saved a man’s life and we kept in touch for over 20 years.
I’ve always wanted to …
Drive a wagon and now I do – how good is that!!!
You are stranded on a desert island; what’s in your store cupboard?
Pasta, chopped tomatoes, salt pepper and garlic – you can make all sorts by just adding foods that are available, I’ve learnt to be very creative with cooking…
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
It would have to be the suffragette movement and the demonstrations, I would have loved to been around at that time, but would probably been arrested (or worse!).
If you could choose 1 meal to eat for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Starter -Garlic mushrooms with melted mozzarella
Main – a very spicy curry, rice and chapattis
Finished off with cheese and biscuits with grapes
All washed down with a nice bottle of red wine, of course!
What question would you like to find out about next edition’s Suma Member?
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
The Suma Experience – with Andy Reynolds
Andrew Reynolds, who joined the business in 2011, shares his experience of working at Suma.
“I originally wanted to work at Suma as I am the kind of person that wants my hard work to really show. I was keen to make a difference, and wanted my colleagues and I to reap the benefits of my hard work. My previous job as a Supermarket Manager didn’t allow me to fulfill these needs; I was a very small fish in a very big pond!
I enjoyed the initial trial period as it allowed me to learn new skills, which I now enjoy using in my varied work roles. I’ve learned about different areas of Suma, how they all link together and I can really see how my work helps the business.
My perception of Suma at first was that everyone focused on one task to help get the job done. After getting to know everyone, I can see how people work in many different roles and have a flexible approach. This really shows the cooperative nature of our business and although we do have specialists in some areas, they don’t necessarily do that role five days a week.
I love working at Suma thanks to the variety of job roles that I do. I like feeling part of a team and really look forward to coming to work every day. With the possibility of working on new projects, an internal interview coming up for an interesting new role and some promising new business developments in the pipeline, I am very excited about my future here at Suma.”