Paid Staff Member Vacancy

We're hiring a new paid staff member!



Applications are now open for a part-time paid staff member role at our non-profit plastic-free shop. The purpose of this role is to lead the daily operations and management of The Package Free Larder (PFL). Please see below the role brief and details on how to apply.

Deadline to apply: March 25th at Midnight



Terms of appointment:

Job title: Shop Manager / Paid Staff Member

Reporting to: The Package Free Larder (PFL) Committee 

Location: 76 Elm Grove, Portsmouth, PO5 1LN. 

Hours: Part-time, 2 days/17 hours per week in the shop plus 2-4 hours working from home every other week. Opportunity for additional hours when covering other staff member's holiday, sickness or absence. 

Contract: Permanent

Wages: £11.00 per hour plus 10% staff discount on all PFL shopping. 


How to apply: Send your CV and cover letter to Connie & Len at 

Closing date: Saturday 25th March at midnight. You will be contacted within 7 days of the closing date with a decision.



  • Opening and closing the shop with keyholder responsibilities.

  • Supplier and stock management. Placing orders, processing deliveries, paying invoices, monitoring stock levels and maintaining accurate records.

  • Organising and prioritising daily and monthly activities for yourself and a team of volunteers, being a welcoming and safe person to speak to.

  • Food handling and packing, manual handling of heavy loads

  • Following all health and safety guidelines and PFL policies and procedures

  • Updating PFL shop procedures as needed with support from the PFL committee

  • Assisting the PFL committee with the achievement of strategy and the co-ordination of volunteers, conducting induction training to new volunteers as needed 

  • To support other staff member’s workloads and absence when needed. 

  • Providing excellent customer service to our community

  • Maintain a knowledge of our products and recognise customer needs to be able to suggest recommendations as needed. Working with the team to raise awareness and understanding of more sustainable choices


Person Specification:

Preferred but not essential:

  • Experience managing a team or working in food retail (full training given)

  • Knowledge of manual handling and food hygiene regulations (full training given)



  • Experience in customer-facing roles 

  • Passion for sustainable living, reducing and reusing

  • Passion for non-profit organisations, fostering community support and building relationships with volunteers - Essential

  • Honest, reliable and approachable nature

  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and manage tasks simultaneously 

  • Able to use initiative and work independently, as well as organising tasks for a team of supportive volunteers

  • Good attention to detail 

  • Effective communication skills

  • Basic IT skills, proficient in Excel


About The Package Free Larder (PFL)

The PFL is Portsmouth's 1st plastic-free supermarket and operates as a non-profit CIC. We are predominantly run by volunteers in the shop and on the PFL volunteer committee, with 3 part-time paid staff members to support the smooth daily operations and management of shop volunteers. Sales from the shop are reinvested back into the daily running of organisation, such as purchasing, staff wages and general maintenance and development.

We opened in July 2020 after a successful crowdfunding campaign where our volunteer committee members raised £43,765 from 905 donations in 56 days. From the very beginning and still today, the community of Portsmouth gives us the support we need to exist and grow.

The direction and upper management of the PFL is steered by a committee of voluntary members, of whom the paid managers report to. Each committee member is responsible for their own workstream, such as finance, HR, products & suppliers, marketing, education and outreach and general developmental projects. 

Our goal is to reduce plastic waste at the source, build a strong and resilient community of like-minded environmentally-conscious people and to be an inclusive and ethical place to work and volunteer. Joining the PFL team as a shop manager means taking part in this goal and working together to grow the PFL. 



We wish you all the best in applying!