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Co-op Member: Operations & Sales and HR Team

Leeds Bread Co-op (Leeds Community Bakery Ltd)
Leeds, West Yorkshire

Posted: 13 May 2024

Deadline: 29 May 2024

Compensation: £24960.00 pro rata (based on 40 hours/week contract)

Paid Full-time Permanent


Job description

We’re an independent social enterprise and worker co-op, specialising in slowly fermented, hand crafted bread. Leeds Bread Co-op was established in the summer of 2012 by 3 founder members, who were motivated to make great quality, delicious bread made with healthy, well-sourced ingredients available to the people of Leeds, whilst creating an ethical and enjoyable workplace that provided good livelihoods to the workers.

Our aims as an enterprise are:

  • To be a socially conscious community bakery for the benefit of Leeds residents
  • To produce real bread in a socially and environmentally responsible way
  • To provide an enthical and enjoyable livelihood and workplace to our employees

We’re excited to be recruiting for a full time Co-op Member to join two of our teams – Operations & Sales and HR teams – within our well established workers’ co-op.

We are looking for someone who has the skills to fulfill the responsibilities described below, which outlines the main tasks of the of the job, but the list is not exhaustive – as a busy, small business enterprise we are looking for people who can adapt to changing demands and the tasks that may be required of them.

We’re looking for people who are interested in co-op, passionate about good bread and good food in general, and are looking to be part of a busy team who are supportive and excited about what they do.

The role requires managing multiple office tasks throughout the day, alongside staffing our Bakery shop on weekdays. The Operations & Sales team is responsible for all the day to day administration of the business including daily communications with customers by phone and email. The HR team is responsible for various tasks including rotas & scheduling, payroll, managing leave requests & supporting with cover arrangements, among other things. We are looking for an individual who is confident at managing their own workload, who can prioritise their tasks/workload while always keeping a friendly and calm attitude.

We are a small team and are looking for someone who is conscientious and well-organised, able to manage their time well and work to schedule, be flexible, responsive and positive, who is prepared to work hard, and have fun along the way!

You will join as a probationary member of Leeds Bread Co-op, working towards membership of the Co-op and participation in the overall management and directorship of the co-op. We are looking for an individual who is driven and enthusiastic to be an active member in our worker co-op, participating in collective decision making with fellow Co-op Members and getting involved in the bigger decisions of the business!

We are looking to fill a full-time position for 32 hours a week, with regular working between Monday – Friday and some weekend working, as a permanent contract. 24 hours/week will based within  Operations & Sales, with the remaining 8 hours/week made up of mostly HR and some Markets/Bakery shop work.

Job Summary:

Job Title: Co-op Member – Operations & Sales and HR Teams

Salary: £24960.00 pro rata (based on 40 hours/week contract)

Hours: 32 hours/week, approximately made up of:

  • 24 hours/week Operations & Sales
  • 6-8 hours/week HR
  • Plus 1 Market/Bakery shop shift every 4-8 weeks

Duration: Permanent contract

Holiday entitlement: 31 days (6.2 weeks) including bank holidays, pro rata

Pension: 3% employer contribution

Please see the Job Description attached for full details of responsibilities of both teams.

We offer:

  • competitive salary – Leeds Bread Co-op has a flat wage structure where everyone is paid the same rate of £24,960.00 pro rata / £12.00/hour, and this is not dependent on experience or negotiation.
  • opportunities to develop into other team roles (where available).
  • the space to share your passion of real bread and it’s benefits
  • the opportunity for input into the continued development of the co-op for the benefit of the members and our local community.

Employee Benefits

  • Enhanced holiday entitlement of 6.2 weeks per year / 31 days pro rata (3 days more than statutory minimum).
  • Access to independent and confidential advice line service through Mindful Employer Plus.
  • 40% discount on LBC products.
  • 20% discount on other retail products. 
  • Free loaf of bread per week.
  • Use of our van twice per year for personal purposes.
  • Access to wholesale / cost price pre-ordered personal goods from our suppliers (such as Suma and That Old Chestnut).
  • Refreshments provided on shift – including great coffee and endless toast/snacks

If this sounds like the job for you, please visit our website for details on how to apply

Application information

Please visit for more details of the role (including Job Description) and to download an application form. 

Please complete the Application Form below and submit before the closing date by email, with the subject line “Co-op Member Operations & Sales and HR Team Application” to 

Closing date - Wednesday 29th May 2024, 12.00pm 

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About Leeds Bread Co-op (Leeds Community Bakery Ltd)

Leeds Bread Co-op is an independent social enterprise and worker co-op, specialising in slowly fermented, hand-crafted bread. We, along with all our fellow co-operatives around the world, are based on the co-operative values of democracy, self-help, self-responsibility, equality, equity and solidarity. We aim for a non-hierarchical workplace where empowerment of staff, care of the community and collective self-reliance are at the core of how we function.

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