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Project Coordinator (Veg Box delivery service), Barra Organics - Sheffield

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Employer: RISE SCR

RISE Sheffield City Region is a major city region-wide initiative to increase graduate employment in small and medium sized enterprises. The city region covers: Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield. RISE SCR is a collaboration between city region partners, Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield and the private sector.

Find out more at the RISE SCR microsite.

Job details:
How would we sum it up?

This is a fantastic part-time role for a graduate with a passion for sustainability, organic produce and business to develop the “veg box” delivery service for a fantastic ethical retailer. The business has been running its Veg Box service for 4 years on a micro scale but needs someone to come in and take the project to the next level.

You will be responsible for all aspects of up-scaling the project whilst still ensuring that the integrity of organically grown produce is central to the service. Activities will range from identifying new untapped markets to business planning, project financing and project delivery; as well as assisting with day-to-day retail activities. This will need to be a self-funding position, so you must have business acumen and tonnes of drive
to make the project a success.

What’s the business all about?

The business is Barra Organics, an award-winning, family-run business that sources and sells the finest fully organic and bio-dynamically grown produce. The business is based on the vibrant Sharrowvale Road but wants to increase its customer base by growing its delivery service for customers – something that you will steer. Barra Organics is more than just a shop – the business delivers workshops, engages with community groups and supports other local businesses. As well as developing a veg box service, there are lots of opportunities to better utilise the shop’s space and do some exciting things with a community impact – something that profits from this project will go towards. The business recently won the Soil Association’s Best Organic Market Winner 2016, “Rising Star” award. Find out more at or follow them on Instagram @barraorganics

What are all the practical details?
Starting salary: £15,500pa pro rata – this is a part-time position
Location: 356 Sharrowvale Road, Hunter Bar, S11 8ZP
Start date: August/September 2018
Length of role: Six months, with a view to securing a permanent role depending on project success and business finances

What else do you get as a RISE graduate?

If you are lucky enough to secure one of the RISE internships you won’t just be getting a job. You will be getting access to some of the best training and professional networking with senior leaders in the region, giving you a fantastic opportunity to develop quickly and accelerate your career, including:
- Feedback from your interview and assessment centre
- A launch event and an ongoing training programme with other graduates across the region
- Six months free membership of the JCI (Junior Chamber International)
- Access to self-development materials

Sound good to you?

Then it’s time to RISE

If you love the sound of this role, then this is your opportunity to RISE to the challenge. Just fill in an on-line application form for this role, choosing reference RISE16-21. But if it’s not for you – can you think of someone this job could be perfect for? If so, please do forward the details on to them!
Role responsibilities
What would you be doing?

You will primarily be responsible for making the Veg Box project a success but will also get stuck into day-to-day duties in the shop. By spending time serving customers in the shop, you will learn about your customer base, the types of products typically bought together, the product range and product seasonality – informing the decisions you make regarding the Veg Box service.

Typical activities might include:
- Day-to-day retail activities:
- Greeting and serving customers in the shop
- Stock taking
- Pricing up
- Carrying produce and stocking shelves (will include heavy lifting)
- Assisting the business owners with any other tasks that need doing
- Learning about the product range, product seasonality, nutrition and about
organic/biodynamic growing methods
- Building relationships with all customers but particularly those with shared interests in organic/biodynamic produce – chefs, local business owners etc
- All aspects of project coordination:
- Market research and competitor analysis to understand other similar schemes
- Sourcing new funding opportunities and writing grants and bids
- Putting together finance plans, project aims and a project strategy
- Delivering the project aims
- Overseeing all day-to-day running of the project (including making and delivering boxes!) and ensuring that you meet the long-term goals
- Updating the website, using social media and thinking creatively to find other forms of marketing to advertise the scheme
- Engaging with local interest groups, like vegan/vegetarian groups
Person specification
What type of person are they looking for?

The ideal candidate will:
- Be a graduate of any degree discipline
- Be passionate about sustainability, organic produce and reducing food waste
- Have business savvy. This could be demonstrated by previous work experience or projects
- Have experience working in an ethical organisation (e.g. charity or third sector organisation) or on an
ethical project
- Be organised and possess excellent project management skills
- Be driven and independent – this is your project and you are responsible for its success
- Be personable, enthusiastic and an excellent communicator with customers and colleagues (verbal and written communication skills)
- Have a high level of analytical skills and be comfortable doing large pieces of research independently
- Be creative and collaborative
- Be able to stock shelves and lift heavy items
- Have a driving license and access to a car

It would be great if you had the following, but don’t be put off if not!

- Understanding of local events and local groups with similar ideologies
- Understanding of how to source funding and write finding bids
- Interest in nutrition, organic/biodynamic growing and the wider ethics and provenance of food
Degree: A graduate of any degree discipline
Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Salary: £15,500pa pro rata – this is a part-time position
Advertised until: Closed Wed 18-Jul-2018
Job ref: GY/52420/RISE16-21
Eligibility: Candidates must, by the start of their employment, have permission to work in the UK

Strictly no agencies

This vacancy has now closed.