Cultivate Are Recruiting!

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We have an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team to support the agro-ecological movement in Oxfordshire and beyond as a Food Distribution Lead.  Leading on the distribution of our local produce this varied role underpins the delivery of Cultivate’s sales strategy – you will work directly with customers at our markets, local producers at their farms, and students at the many university colleges we partner with. You will work with the wider team to bring more local food to the people of Oxfordshire.

Cultivate Oxford team


Market resourcing – coordination of the weekly Sunday market and ensuring it is adequately staffed, working 2 markets per month yourself.  Handing cash and digital sales responsibly, maintaining market presence, and maintaining ongoing customer relations. Promote the online sales element of Cultivate to market customers where appropriate.  Working with the Operations Lead to ensure adequate stocks and supplies for running the market. This includes that market stall presentation meets a standard that Cultivate customers and members expect.

Grocer and volunteer management – on site support and co-ordination of paid Sunday Grocers and volunteers to ensure effective running of the market stall.

Oxford Colleges – to be lead contact liaising with Cultivate representatives and helping to promote local food and healthy eating at 7 Oxford Colleges.  Identifying opportunities to work with similar organisations.

Produce sourcing – helping Operations Lead to expand our range of produce and collecting each week from our local producers in Oxfordshire.

Order management – leading on putting together our weekly online orders and delivering to pick-up points, Oxford Colleges and our bike courier partners ‘Pedal & Post’.  Creating links with other volunteers and organisations to create and manage a new packing team.

Team support – to support the existing team to meet Cultivate’s core objectives.  This includes effective communication with Cultivate’s Operations Lead to ensure the market stall is well resourced each week.

Community van – taking bookings and ensuring the vehicle is in good condition.

Health and Safety – responsibility first for one’s own health and safety and then the health and safety of the market team including considerations on driving, weather, fatigue and physical market set up.

Reporting to Board – to feed into financial records and sales records and book-keeping records up to date, to contribute to monthly board reports.


Undertake training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post.

The post holder will be required to comply with Cultivate’s policies and procedures

The post holder will be expected to fulfil all duties in adherence with Cultivate’s values.

You will need a full clean drivers licence, experience of driving vans is desirable.

Carry out any other duties as deemed appropriate by the Cultivate Board or Development and Planning Manager.

Working Hours:               22.5 hours week 

Core working days are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday morning and every other Sunday, with fortnightly full team meetings (1 hour) and attending monthly board meetings if necessary (1 hour)

Salary:                                     £20-22k pro rata, depending on experience.

Contract:                                  1 year, with possible extension subject to performance

Entitlements:                          20 days (pro rated) holiday per calendar year, plus bank holidays.  Time-off-in-lieu may be taken for additional hours.

Responsible to:                      Operations Lead

Responsible for:                    Grocers, Volunteers


As an employer we are committed to equal opportunities.  To register your interest in this role, please submit your CV and covering letter clearly outlining how you fulfill the person specification to Closing Date Tues 4th June, 9 am.  Interviews will be held week beginning the 10th June.  If you would like more information about the role then please contact us to arrange a call.


Cultivate is an Oxford-based members cooperative set up in 2011 to provide healthy food and education, and to grow the local food economy.   We buy organic produce, mostly from farms within 22 miles of the city, giving them a fair price – 50-70% of selling price goes back to the growers.  We sell at the Summertown Farmers’ Market and also offer an online delivery service in Oxford by bicycle courier, thus reducing carbon. Any of our own unsold produce is provided to local ‘food poverty’ projects plus we use 25% of any profits we make to fund local projects increasing access to food across the county.  We think of it as good food doing good! Find out more about our work on the Cultivate About Page.