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We currently have vacancies for: 
Butcher Manager

Shop Assistant

About us

Tablehurst is a 500-acre mixed biodynamic/organic farm in Forest Row, East Sussex, with mob grazing Sussex horned cattle, Jersey dairy herd, arable, pasture, ponds, woodland, and footpaths on Wealden AONB. It includes a vegetable/fruit garden, polytunnels, farm buildings, bakery, pie kitchen, farm shop, café, and farmer accommodation. The farm produce, beef, lamb, pork, poultry, local wild venison, raw dairy, pastries, fruit and vegetables, is mainly sold through the on-site farm shop.


We have consistently won prestigious awards, the latest ones being BBC Food and Farming Award for Food Producer of the Year 2022, and Sussex Food and Drinks Awards 2021 Sussex Butcher of the Year. Our Pie Kitchen won a Soil Association food award for our delicious Steak and Kidney Pie, made with our own produce.


Our farm is committed to biodynamics as its core farming philosophy, and to community engagement as a central pillar of our work.

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Butcher Manager
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Butcher Manager

 

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an Award-winning business with ambitious plans for the future. You will be leading a team cutting, preparing and selling very high-quality organic meat, all of which is either biodynamic or organic. A large proportion is reared on the farm and sold to customers fresh from a traditional butcher’s counter. 

 

We are looking for an experienced Butchery Manager to join our butchery team on a full-time permanent contract working 42.5 hours per week over 5 days (exact days to be discussed with the successful candidate). The ideal candidate will lead our butchery operation while continuing to undertake hands-on cutting work. 

Our butchery counter is located inside our farm shop, where we showcase and sell our produce (as well as other high quality organic goods) to our customers. The Butcher Manager’s responsibilities include: 

  • Liaising with our farmers to ensure that meat and poultry supply from the farm is in balance with our processing capacity and our customer needs.  

  • Managing meat intake to the Butchery from our own poultry processing unit and from our local abattoir. 

  • Planning each week’s work and allocating tasks to team members to ensure all required work is completed in a timely fashion.  

  • Managing the care and storage of meat including correct ageing of carcasses, avoidance of waste and general meat storage.  

  • Primary and secondary butchering of all categories of meat and poultry.  

  • Ensuring meat is in excellent condition when sold, with an adequate shelf life.  

  • At times responsible for training the trainee and apprentice butchers to develop their cutting skills. 

  • Working in other areas of the butchery, such as mince and sausage production, preparing orders etc as required. 

  • Serving customers and providing them with information about the farm and the meat we sell. 

  • Ensuring required standards of food hygiene and food safety throughout the butchery are met and are fully compliant with regulations. 

  • Helping to develop new ways to present our meat to customers.  

  • Participating in events such as workshops and tastings.  

  • Working collaboratively with all other Tablehurst staff and volunteers.  

 

Desired Experience:  

  • High level butchery skills honed over several years. 

  • Experience of managing a butchery operation, including managing other staff.  

  • Ability to plan and organise multiple work streams and maintain an efficient operation. 

  • A genuine interest in Tablehurst Farm’s ethos and how our animals are reared. 

  • Excellent customer service skills. 

 

Please send your application to office@tablehurstfarm.org.uk including a CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in this position and what you think you could bring to it.  

 

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent (42.5 hours per week over 5 days) 

Competitive Salary - Salary band will be given upon application and will be dependent on skills and experience 

 

Benefits:  

  • Company pension  

  • Free lunch provided by our kitchen whilst at work 

  • Employee discount  

  • On-site parking  

  • Sick pay  

 

Schedule:  

  • 8.5-hour day shift over a 5-day week 

 

Ability to commute  

  • Must be able to reliably commute to Forest Row, East Sussex

Shop Assistant

We are looking for dynamic, friendly people to join our team - a passion for top quality food and products is essential, and knowledge of organic and biodynamic principles is an advantage. 

 

Reporting to the Farm Shop Manager, the responsibilities of this role will include: 

  • Setting up and closing down the shop daily, including vegetables stand displays

  • Serving shop customers in a friendly and welcoming manner

  • Ensuring the shop and the vegetables stand are well stocked and kept presentable at all times

  • Assisting occasionally with events

To apply please send CV to: office@tablehurstfarm.org.uk

Shop Staff
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Vacancies at Tablehurst

 

We advertise here for vacancies from time to time, so make sure you subscribe to our news and also check back regularly.

 

You can always drop a line to: office@tablehurstfarm.org.uk with your details and an up-to-date CV.

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