Career Opportunities at Axminster

Axminster Tools has not only established itself as a market leader in the mail order tools and machinery industry but it is also our mission to be a quality employer.

We believe the key to our success lies in our culture

Our aim is not only to run an exceptionally successful business, but also to be a first class employer that offers a competitive and attractive benefit package which retains and motivates our staff.

Having a modern and friendly environment for our workforce is at the heart of our company; we encourage all staff to be ambitious and we have a strong learning and development ethos together with a wellbeing programme to support our employee’s lifestyles.

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Living Wage and Heart of the South West Cornerstone Employer

We very much live by our Company Values

We continually look for motivated and committed people that can share the passion of our customers by offering trusted product knowledge (should the role require) and a service that they deserve.

We are keen advocates of growing our own people and promoting from within whether it is a move sideways or upwards; we want people who strive for excellence and are excited to be a part of what we are making!

Axminster Tools was recognised as a Top 100 Internet Retailers in the RetailX UK Top 500 (2023) and has a Trustpilot Trustscore based on customer feedback of 9.7 out of 10. For more information on our Company and it's Corporate Social Responsibility please click here.

We are accredited by the Good Business Charter and work hard to provide a fair, inclusive and positive environment through our culture and living by the GBC components. We are an accredited Living Wage employer. We are also proud to be a Heart of the South West Careers Hub Cornerstone Employer.

Our Values

Business Areas

Did you know we have many exciting business areas within the Company, each one playing a vital role in the Company’s success. Many of our roles don't require any knowledge of tools and machinery! Why not take a look at some of our departments and see where you fit in...

Perks & Benefits

Our ethos is that our employees are key to the Company's success; therefore, we believe that investing heavily in developing staff helps to achieve our Company Values. Explore the sections below to find out more...

Pension

Pension

The company operates an automatic enrolment pension scheme with Aviva that all employees are enrolled in after 3 months service.

Holiday

Holiday

Annual holiday entitlement is 31 days. After two years with us, this will increase to 33 days. This is inclusive of usual bank holidays and entitlements will be calculated on a pro rata basis for those employees who work part time.

Duvet Days

Duvet Days

The duvet day policy allows you to take a single paid day off work, up to a maximum of two a year, without advance written notice. Employees are not required to state any reason for wanting to take a day off work.

Hybrid Working

Hybrid Working

The hybrid working policy was created to support the relevant teams with working from home for a proportion of the working week.

Flexible Working

Flexible Working

Providing an employee qualifies and has caring responsibilities, they are entitled to request a flexible working arrangement, on a permanent basis, in terms of changes to hours, location and pattern to work, to enable them to care for a child or adult.

Wellbeing Programme

Maternity, Adoption & Paternity

Axminster Tools provides enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity benefits exceeding the statutory provision. After one year of service, maternity and adoption leave is 12 weeks of full pay followed by 27 weeks of statutory pay. Paternity leave is two weeks full pay.

Sick Scheme

Sick Scheme

After one year's service the Company may, at its absolute discretion, provide an additional benefit over and above any entitlement to Statutory Sick Pay for absence due to sickness. A maximum of 12 weeks' sickness pay is payable in any 12 month period.

Wellbeing Programme

Compassionate Leave

Up to 10 days Compassionate Leave in the event of the death of a Grandchild, Parent, Spouse, Civil Partner or Partner, Sibling or Offspring or pregnancy loss.

Wellbeing Programme

Wellbeing Programme

We are committed to improving employee's working lives and provides many initiatives to support them, such as free flu jabs, medical health check, an online portal with supporting guidance to health, a financial wellbeing scheme as well as a support to employees who wish to raise funds for charities.

Learning & Development

Learning & Development

Employees are encouraged to use 5% of the working week for their own learning and development.

Shouts!

Shouts!

Where a line manager feels that an employee has demonstrated any of our Company Values they can give a Shout! This could earn the employee a prize including 2 extra days holiday!

Free Eye Tests

Free Eye Tests

An employee who uses a display screen full time is entitled to a free eye test. Under some circumstances the company will contribute towards the cost of the lenses.

Gym

Gym Membership

Gym Discount is available for all staff.

Showers

Showers

The company have many showers for staff to use at any time. This is great for employees who wish to cycle or run to and from work or indulge some exercise during their lunch hour.

Cycle Scheme

Cycle Scheme

Government scheme – allows employees to purchase a bicycle through Axminster and save up to 50% on the recommended retail price.

Green Travel Scheme

Green Travel

In line with our environmental objective to reduce our carbon footprint, we offer employees a Green Travel payment of 50p per journey when they travel to work in a green way.

Staff Account

Staff Account

Employees of Axminster Tools can receive discount upon company goods. We have also teamed up with some other companies whereby employees of Axminster can receive discount on their products or services.

Free Fruit

Free Fruit

A benefit that entitles all staff to a selection of fruit, free of charge, every day.

Parking

Parking

Free on-site parking at our offices, warehouses and stores.

We are committed to treating all our job applicants fairly and with respect, irrespective of their actual or assumed background, disability or any other protected characteristic.

As an employer committed to accessibility and disability inclusion, we strive to develop a diverse workforce that provides us with a wider range of skills and experience. We are continuously improving our recruitment process to support individuals with physical or learning disabilities. The goal is to improve accessibility and hopefully encourage potential job applicants to join us.

If you have a disability, a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, a medical condition or individual need – which you believe may affect your performance in selection, we’ll be happy to make adjustments to our processes to enable you to perform at your best.

What do I do if I need support with my application?

  • Please let us know if you require extra support at any stage of the application
  • If you are invited to attend an interview, do you have any special requirements / adjustments?

We are proud to be Disability Confident employer, the campaign led by the Department of Work and Pensions. We will strive to provide disability support when applicable and ensure that your disability in the workplace is supported accordingly and protected from discrimination.

Vacancies

Product Design Apprentice

Location - Axminster, Devon

Learn More & Apply

How to apply

  1. Click the "Learn More & Apply" button against any relevant job listing above and then click the "Apply Now" button to take you to our application form. An application form must be completed in order to be processed.
  2. Alternatively, making clear of the vacancy applied for, you may email your CV directly to hr@axminstertools.com or post to:

    Human Resources Department
    Axminster Tools
    Axminster
    Devon
    EX13 5PH

  3. If you are not sure if you have the right skillset, we encourage you still to apply as we are very keen to develop people who live by our values, show a willingness to learn, develop and simply just want to work for us! We truly believe that our success relies on diversity and we embrace all differences creating an environment where all staff share our purpose.
  4. We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend you apply early.

Apprenticeships

Are you interested in an Apprenticeship? We are keen advocates of apprenticeships and take pride in delivering a range of apprenticeships across the business. With the support from your colleagues by working together to fundamentally support the success of the business, you will have the opportunity to experience hands on work practices as well as working towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Since I started my apprenticeship journey has been invaluable as it has helped me absorb many skills from different areas of the company, which also helps me in hand with my National Qualification and main role. I am happy where it has taken me today and look forward to what else could happen. George Cable, Specialist Sales Apprentice

Work Experience

As a company, we actively promote work experience. Our goal is to inspire and highlight the numerous opportunities available to students by offering real-life exposure. During work experience, we identify their skillsets and provide constructive feedback to support them on their career journey.

I entered this experience with minimal knowledge of marketing, but I am leaving with a deeper understanding and will be considering this for my future. The work I was given really helped increase my confidence and ability. I really enjoyed the work environment and the team. The staff at Axminster Tools provided such a warm welcome making me feel very at ease. Year 10 Student from a Secondary School
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