Taylors of Harrogate on the hunt for sustainability champion

Taylors of Harrogate head of sustainable development Simon Hotchkin (left) with coffee farmer Gilbert and Rainforest Alliance representative Jean-Marie at Karengera coffee washing station in Rwanda.
PHOTO: Mike Goldwater
Taylors of Harrogate head of sustainable development Simon Hotchkin (left) with coffee farmer Gilbert and Rainforest Alliance representative Jean-Marie at Karengera coffee washing station in Rwanda. PHOTO: Mike Goldwater

Taylors of Harrogate is looking for a new recruit for a brand-new dream job.

The company, a major employer in the town, is advertising the full-time position of sustainable development coordinator.

The lucky candidate will assist head of sustainable development Simon Hotchkin and gain experience of assessing and improving sustainable practices at all stages of the supply chain, from bush to brew.

That means that as well as working at Taylors’ production facilities in Harrogate, the successful applicant will also need to visit suppliers’ farms and plantations in Africa, Asia and South America.

They will have a varied selection of responsibilities, including the introduction of projects to reduce waste, utilities and emissions, communicating the company’s sustainability efforts overseas and managing its traceability systems for certifications such as the Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade.

Mr Hotchkin said: “We are incredibly proud to be a responsible business, working hard to trade fairly and improve the environmental impact we and our suppliers have on the planet.

“The next step in our pledge to becoming carbon neutral by 2020 is to steadily expand our sustainability team. Our new sustainable development coordinator will play an integral role in this whilst gaining invaluable experience in all areas of sustainable development. If you’re considering a career in sustainability, I urge you to apply.”

Applications are being accepted until Wednesday, January 4. To apply, visit www.bettysandtaylors.co.uk/