27 Aug 2014

Join the team at Cameron Balloons!

Are you Interested In Joining Us At Cameron Balloons...?
At Cameron Balloons in Bristol, we pride ourselves on choosing and keeping great members of staff who not only bring skills and experience but are willing to work flexibility and with cheerfulness within our existing brilliant and rather unique ‘family’ environment.

Now and again, we do need to make a few changes to our workforce at Cameron Balloons and,
if and when we do, we advertise them here.

If you know someone who might be a perfect fit for any of the positions advertised here, please do share this information with them.

We would welcome anyone who is interested in the vacant position(s) who has the skills required, to get in contact by email or post
with their full contact details and CV... Or if preferred, to simply fill out one of our application forms and send it in
<<< Cameron Balloons Application Form >>>
Please send all job correspondence to HR at enquiries@cameronballoons.co.uk
Or by post to HR Director, Cameron Balloons Ltd. St John Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4NH

Cameron Balloons Ltd. is also proud to say, we are a Living Wage employer - which means everyone in our Team is paid above the UK Living Wage which at April 2020 is £8.72/hour.
Note: The UK legal minimum wage for over 25year olds at April 2020 is £8.20 / hour.

Job  Vacancies : at 10th February 2020.


37.5hours per week (full time), permanent, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm.

Role & Responsibilities:
Working under our Export Director and alongside other department colleagues, we are looking for an enthusiastic and reliable warehouse colleague to assist in day-to-day packing, loading, unloading and other freight and warehouse tasks.
This is a physically active job and although we have lots of lifting-equipment on site, there is also a need to be able to lift and move a range of stock and boxes. 
Applicants must have good numeracy and literacy skills. (English / Maths – GCSE grade C and above or Grade 5 and above.) as well as safe and competent handling of a Hyster 4.5T, 4-wheel forklift and other motorized pallet-trucks.

Day-to-day tasks include, but are not limited to:
Unloading and loading delivery vehicles with various parcels and freight.
Packing and preparing goods ready for international, national air and sea freight.
Labelling goods as they are shipped in and out of our 42,000ft factory (goods are most usually moved with a forklift-truck on pallets or with sack-barrows.)
Assisting procurement colleagues with unloading, checking and counting stock.
An important part of the role will also be assisting Customers as they unload or load-up alongside Sales colleagues, so very good customer service skills are essential too.

As a person, you will also need the following qualities and experience:
We are looking for someone who enjoys being busy and who works well as part of a team, is able to demonstrate good attention to detail, is self-motivated and disciplined with cheerful communication skills. 
Forklift driving and previous warehouse experience (and a full driver’s licence) are essential.
Precise picking skills and good level of literacy
Great customer service skills and a "can-do" attitude 
A willingness to take on board new information and training is also essential.

Pay: If offered the role, the pay level for this job is £9.05/hour for the first three to five months of probationary trial.
After that time if it all went well for both sides, we would then offer a full-time, permanent contract.
Hours: Core hours; Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm (37.5hrs per week)
The majority of the work will be within the hours above but approximately three or four times per month, some work days will require an early, approx. 5am start.
(Standard days also include two 15minute paid tea-breaks & an unpaid lunch-hour, 28days holiday p.a.).
Overtime: is often available at the payrate of time-and-a-half once over 37.5hours per week but is not guaranteed.
Holidays*: See notes at the base of this page.

All applicants should write before the closing date of 2nd March 2020, enclosing their CV detailing their experience, with full contact details and any questions to:
enquiries@cameronballoons.co.uk HR Director, Cameron Balloons Ltd, St John Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4NH

“In the factory there’s a lot of products and soft items too, so you need to be careful. You can’t just fling it on the pallet, you need to actually work it out and carefully check and pack it. It’s like a huge, complicated game of Tetris, most of which is going to be sent half-way across the world...it has to be right!”

Cameron Balloons based in Bedminster, Bristol is a vibrant, friendly, busy environment, is the world’s most popular manufacturer of hot-air balloons and has been trading for over 49years.


*** Hot-Air Balloon Hardware ENGINEER - 37.5hours per week (full time) ***

This Cameron Balloons engineering role would suit a Level 3 or HNC qualified engineer looking for a permanent position in a busy, high profile department.
The applicant will have a keen eye for detail and meticulous working practices.
The ‘hands-on’ engineering work; includes inspecting and compiling parts into finished products (hot-air balloon “hardware” burners and cylinders) ready for airworthiness inspections before being exported around the world. Familiarity with hydraulic hose manufacture would also be an advantage.
The role involves working alongside mechanical and design engineers on a range of hot-air balloon hardware equipment and bespoke metal-work for a huge range of art or festival installation projects.
The successful individual would also need to enjoy and work efficiently to deadlines, in our hot-air balloon factory.
Reading, interpreting and implementing specific technical-drawing information, is also an essential part of the role.
Cameron Balloons will provide any specific balloon-related training and resources to ensure familiarity and understanding of our unique aviation work.
Pay: according to relevant experience, skills and qualifications.
Hours: Monday to Fridays 8.30am to 5pm (37.5hrs per week)
(This includes two 15minute paid tea-breaks & unpaid lunch-hours).
Holiday*; see notes below.
Overtime: is often available but not guaranteed. 
All applicants should initially write or email enclosing their CV & full contact details to:
enquiries@cameronballoons.co.uk HR Director, Cameron Balloons Ltd, St John Street, Bedminster, BS3 4NH


We are very busy here in Bristol, so we are delighted to also now be recruiting for, two full-time (37.5hr /week)
***SEWING MACHINISTS*** to join our expert team from October.

The Cameron Balloons machinist’s role, involves working on all aspects of hot-air balloon manufacture using both twin & single needle techniques. 
Meticulous work involves being part of an existing team, working on a wide range of aeronautical and fabric-engineered projects. 
Cameron Balloons will provide additional on-site training to ensure familiarity with the specialist aviation sewing-work and unique fabrics. 
Cameron Balloons' vibrant, friendly, busy environment is also the World’s most popular manufacturer of hot-air balloons and special-shape balloons, was founded over 49 years ago. 
Previous industrial sewing experience is a distinct advantage but good domestic or college sewing experience will be considered too.
Pay: according to relevant experience, skills and qualifications.
Hours: Monday to Fridays 08.00am to 4.30pm (37.5hrs per week)
(This includes two 15minute paid tea-breaks & unpaid lunch-hour.)
Holiday*; see notes below.
Overtime: is often available but not guaranteed.
All applicants should initially write or email enclosing their CV & full contact details to:
enquiries@cameronballoons.co.uk HR Director, Cameron Balloons Ltd, St John Street, Bedminster, BS3 4NH

Shortlisted applicants then will be invited for an interview day which will include standard job interviews and practical sewing assessment work.
A payment towards expenses, will be paid for attending this half day or day too *note applicants would be responsible for any Tax etc on this payment.

 If you have the experience and want to be part of our award-winning team or have a question about any job(s) advertised here.  
Please simply send your CV with details of your experience with full contact details to our HR Director via enquiries@cameronballoons.co.uk (with any questions)

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview morning or day – which will include a formal job interview with a Director and one or two colleagues including an opportunity for a small amount of trial time spent on some ‘hands on’ work.

Extra notes: 
These work times also include a paid 15minute morning-break & a paid 15minute afternoon-break and an hour lunch-break unpaid. 

*Holidays – more detail is available in the Cameron Balloons Staff Handbook*
2.0 days per month for those full-time staff (37.5hr per week).
Based on a 37.5 hour week ‘full-time’ this will give full time staff 24days normal holiday, this does not include bank holidays. Bank holidays add an extra 8 days leave to your allocation over the year (if you are ‘full time’) making your total 32days per annual leave year. There are an additional 3 non-contractual days annual leave that are in lieu of a sick scheme, these may be reduced in number to help meet the new pension requirements.
It should also be noted that Cameron Balloons chooses to give Bank Holidays to full time staff and pro-rata to part time staff if they normally work on the day that is a bank holiday (this is an extra entitlement and not, as often assumed an automatic right).
*Copy of the Cameron Balloons Staff Handbook is provided at induction

Other spoken languages would also be helpful but are non-essential.

We welcome applications by e-mail enquiries@cameronballoons.co.uk or by post using our application form (download link above), 
detailing additional experience, qualifications & your full contact details for a particular job, once it is advertised.
HR Director
Cameron Balloons Ltd.,
St. John’s Street,
Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4NH.

  We look forward to hearing from you !

About us at Cameron Balloons
We are the most experienced manufacturer of hot-air balloons, founded in 1971 & we build almost every conceivable type
of lighter-than-air craft. 
We at Cameron Balloons are also Fabric Engineers, building all types of fabric & inflatable structures. 
We have created over 9,000 hot-air balloons and have been in our 42,000sq.ft manufacturing facility
(based in Bedminster, Bristol, UK) since 1983.
We pride ourselves on the production of high quality, bespoke pieces. Working with both traditional & modern techniques.
We design everything from enormous flying hot-air Minions (49.6 times the height of a ‘real’ Stuart Minion)
to the world's biggest hot-air balloon; a 68metre tall, world-record attempt altitude hot-air balloon for 2020
 complete with its own survival gondola.


Some other great reasons to work at Cameron Balloons
It is a busy, vibrant, friendly workplace, often filled with balloonist visitors, artists and press from around the globe.
Large, bright and airy environment - 42,000sq.ft, three-story historic building with 67 other colleagues
Competitive pay rates with overtime pay rates also offered and workplace performance discretionary bonus often available (but not guaranteed) . 
Team environment & all required PPE is provided free
Childcare Voucher Scheme (salary sacrifice scheme) offered to all applicable staff 
Cycle to Work Scheme offered to all staff
NEST Pension Scheme offered to staff as they qualify
Staff / visitor rest area – with free tea, coffee & milk are available at morning / afternoon break & lunchtimes
Cold drink, snack machine on site & microwaves provided so staff can heat up their own meals
Fridges are available for staff to keep their lunch / small amounts of food shopping cool
Gated car parking for staff cars - when at work or shopping locally
Key code entrance to the building – for staff security
Inside bicycle racks – keeping bicycles dry and safe
Staff club hot-air balloon 'Cameron Staff Syndicate' available for any member of staff to join; to learn to fly or to crew and have a flight
Staff discounts often available to any member of staff when buying goods from Cameron Balloons
Entrance to Bristol Fiesta and some other balloon events - usually free entry for staff and a guest 
Workplace Human Resource assistance as required
Local busy High Street – 2minutes walk – with food, groceries, banks, post-office, supermarket etc.

How to apply
If you have the experience and want to be part of our award-winning team or have a question about any job(s) advertised here. We welcome your applications with your CV / letter with full contact details by e-mail enquiries@cameronballoons.co.uk or if preferred by post, using our application form (download link above), detailing relevant additional experience, qualifications & full contact details for a particular job, (with any questions) once it is advertised.

Cameron Balloons Ltd.,
St. John’s Street,
Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4NH.

  We look forward to hearing from you !

***  2020 -> 2021 - WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS - 2020 -> 2021 ***
The new work experience placement application period for Cameron Balloons will open again in March 2021.

‘Most students, if they are up for a challenge get a lot out of our work environment, each student takes up a great deal of our work time and here, we are lucky to have a mix of academic and skilled practical work. Student days aren’t just filled with ‘shadowing’ the staff who are actually working - but instead the students get some proper ‘hands on’ work.’
Explains, Ian Lewis, Artwork & Cutting Department Manager.

In the meantime, we have designed some amazing resources for younger children who are interested in ballooning too.
These free resources are perfect for Beavers, Cubs, Rainbows, Brownies, Scouts and any Children’s Groups who are fascinated by Aviation - specifically lighter-than-air hot-air ballooning, supporting the study of flight, which is part of many school curriculums and club badge programmes.

Click here for the Cameron Balloons FREE downloads -  in the NEW Cameron Balloons Kids Club

We hope to be able to provide some great opportunities for a few work experience placements in 2021 but until then, we are working on the
‘The Cameron Balloons Virtual Factory' which will be another helpful, fun and educational resource from Cameron Balloons ideal for students, teachers and lecturers.

& lots more company information can be found on our website www.cameronballoons.co.uk
Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/cameronballoonsltd
You Tube https://www.youtube.com/user/CameronBalloonsLtd
Twitter https://twitter.com/cameronballoons
Pinterest https://uk.pinterest.com/cameronballoons

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