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From small beginnings in 1860 we are now a team of 500 people working at over 37 branches of JT Atkinson from Ulverston to Sunderland, Cockermouth to Scarborough and across key support roles in our Middlesbrough head office.

Our 160 year success is down to our exceptional service from our passionate team members and we support our people throughout their career. 1 in 10 of our staff have been working with us for over 20 years and many of our leadership team started on the shop floor, working in the yard or on an apprenticeship scheme.

Family-owned and family-run since 1860 we strive for family values in our work too. We support each other and we put the customer first. That’s how we earn our 5 star reviews and make lifelong customers as well as making the list of 1000 UK companies that inspire in 2018 and 2020. 

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We are always looking for talented, hardworking, team orientated people to fill a variety of exciting roles as we continue to grow. We take care of our customers and our employees and we value honesty, integrity and a passion for helping customers.

We foster a culture of learning, inclusiveness, working hard and building strong relationships with our colleagues. Whilst there’s no limit to the training to help you succeed in your role, we currently offer 175 different training modules available to employees. We also like to retain our talented people and promote from within the business. 13% of employees received a promotion in the last 12 months alone.

Other employee benefits include:

  1. Great Job Security
  2. Pension Scheme
  3. Training Opportunities
  4. Cycle To Work Scheme
  5. Employee Assistance Programme
  6. Profit Share Scheme
  7. Company Social Events
  8. Staff Discount
  9. Death in Service Scheme
  10. Enhanced Holiday Pay
  11. Free Parking
  12. Long Service Awards

We offer a variety of roles in our branches from yard and warehouse operatives to sales and admin staff, and we regularly have new opportunities to join our central team at Head Office in Human Resources, Commercial, Finance, Operations, I.T. and Marketing.

So, if you think this sounds like the place for you and want to join our hard-working family business, then download an application form below or see a list of our current vacancies.



North East & Yorkshire







Middlesbrough (Support Centre)







Cumbria & South Lakes







West Cumbria



Application Documents

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View our disability confident certificate here: JT Atkinson disability confident Certificate.

For more information on how we promote Equality and Diversity in our workforce, please read our Equality and Diversity Policy.

For further information on our roles or for a Word version of our application form, please visit your local branch or email Emma Winter, Human Resources Manager at

 Here is what some of our colleagues have said about their experiences working with us:

"On leaving school as a 16-year-old, I was never interested in university or further education, but I did want to improve and build a career. So, the apprenticeship was the perfect route as it allowed me to work whilst learning skills required to further my career. I joined JT Atkinson as an apprentice at the Bishop Auckland branch where I completed three level 2 NVQs and eventually worked my way up to be a Branch Manager. Since then I have completed a Level 5 (Foundation Degree) in Leadership and Management with the Chartered Management Institute, which helped to ensure I was equipped for my current role as a Regional Manager. I truly believe in the statement “ attitude trumps ability” and a modern apprenticeship gives the opportunity to gain hands on experience with the added bonus of being able to further your education. One of the main reasons that I've achieved a managerial position is due to the support I have received from JT Atkinson throughout my career and the fact that they recognised my potential and gave me the opportunity to develop."

Neil Gulliver, Regional Sales Manager at JT Atkinson & Sons Ltd.

"Completing my apprenticeship with JT Atkinsons was an exciting learning experience and has been a great way to kick-start my full-time career. It helped me understand the industry in detail as well as business in general, including the many factors that can have an impact on us and how we manage them. With the skills and knowledge gained, I was fully prepared for my role post-apprenticeship. Even after my apprenticeship, I am still met with endless support from my peers to help me progress my role further to be the best I can, which is why I am glad I chose to complete my apprenticeship and start my career with JT Atkinsons."

Jordan Robinson, Commercial Assistant at JT Atkinson & Sons Ltd.