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This link for our main Kent jobs page. In common with much of North Kent corridor, many of the local traditional industries (papermaking, cement, and pharmaceuticals) have closed down or are moving out of the area. However the flagship retail development at Bluewater (and the 28 million visits it attracts each year) has added much to the local economy. Other initiatives such as the redevelopment of the former GlaxoSmithKline site on Mill Pond Road are underwriting a lot of local jobs.
Historically the area had a thriving brewing industry, it was also known as an area with lime burning and chalk quarrying. It was also one of the oldest paper milling areas in England, hundreds of people being employed on one site alone around 1600. Iron slitting became the starting point for local metallurgy, heavy engineering and manufacturing businesses which remained in the area in one form or another well into the 20th century. The growth of the Vickers factory during the great war strengthened the area's chemical industry which in due course became the foundation for GlaxoSmithKline facilities. The development of the Crossways Business Park is seen as an important long term economic catalyst for the whole region, it is already boosting employment prospects with organisations including Mazda UK moving head office to the area. The park is purpose built but it is seen as being one of the most important strategic business locations in the UK.
These links for recruitment opportunities in: the London Boroughs of Bexley and Bromley, Canterbury including Whitstable and Herne Bay, Gravesend, Maidstone, Medway Towns (Gillingham, Rochester and Chatham), Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne (Faversham and Sheerness), Thanet (Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs), Tonbridge and Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Dartford is something of a communication hub. It has an international railway station at Ebbsfleet; one of six railway stations in the borough. The Borough boats brilliant road links: the M25, M20, A2, A20, A225 and the A226 are all in easy reach.
Accounting Freedom - http://www.accountingfreedom.co.uk/
Offices in Dartford at 2nd Floor, Banks Place in the Market Place, DA1 1EX as well as Chislehurst and London. Most vacancies are for candidates with accountancy related experience and qualifications. The business has a published pro-active approach to accountancy services and strict commitments to responding to customer enquiries. To make a telephone enquiry call on 01322 290450. As with most accountancy firms, if you have a particularly strong CV you might wish to submit your details for consideration even if there are no published current vacancies.
The Learning Shop is a joint partnership between Lend Lease and North West Kent College. This excellent career and recruitment facility is based in the shopping centre and has adopted an innovative approach to employment, training and learning. Retail jobs at Bluewater can be reached from our own Bluewater retail jobs page.
Couriers - http://www.bexleycouriers.com/job-opportunities/
Experts in Express Same day Delivery have been offering our unique service since 1988. They advertise dispatch rider vacancies on the website. Bexley Couriers, 17 Highfield Road, DA1 2JS - 01322 286000.
Beadles - http://www.beadles.co.uk
Established Motor Dealer with branches across parts of Kent and South East London including; Gillingham, Maidstone, Sidcup and Sevenoaks. There are usually a wide selection of vacancies which can be accessed through the website, at the time of writing these were: Accounts Clerks, Sales Managers Parts Managers, Service Receptionists, Building Maintenance, Customer Relations and Sales Executives. Beadles Group Ltd, 370 Princes Road, DA1 1LN.
Hatch - http://www.brandshatch.co.uk/
World famous motorsport venue near Longfield. The circuit is part of the Motor Sport Vision group who also manage: Oulton Park, Snetterton, Cadwell Park and Bedford Autodrome. Brands Hatch Circuit, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NG - 01474 872331.
Hill - http://www.cleehill.co.uk/latest.htm
An independent compaction and surface dressing hire company, one of the biggest in the region. Multiple depots in the UK. Vacancies advertised on the website. Philpott's Yard, Gravel Road, Main Road, Sutton at Hone, Kent, DA4 9HQ - 01322 866866.
& Gravesham NHS Trust
The Trust employs around two thousand staff and offers a wide range of job opportunities for nurses, scientists, therapists, doctors, administrators and support staff including porters and drivers. Their website has more information and contact numbers. Darenth Valley Hospital, Darenth Wood Road, DA2 8DA - 01322 428100.
The Council are one of the largest employers in the area. For current vacancies you'll have to access the Jobs Go Public website. More information about working for the council and recruitment in the borough as from the relevant Yourcounty recruitment page. Civic Centre, Home Gardens, DA1 1DR - 01322 343434.
Jobcentre is at Lowfield Street, click on the link for full contact details. Jobcentre Plus, 61 Lowfield Street, DA1 1JY - 0845 6043719.
Ltd - http://www.electrosonic.co.uk
International company working in the Audio Visual Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Lighting Control fields. Most opportunities require electronic qualifications and/or experience, some general vacancies. CV's invited. Electrosonic Limited, Hawley Mill, Hawley Road, DA2 7SY - 01322.222211.
Enevis - http://www.enevis.co.uk/
Enevis employ more than 150 people including; site surveyors, fully qualified electricians and plumbers, office staff, engineers and a solar installation team, all MCS and NICEIC accredited. Enevis Ltd, Priory House, Twistleton Court, DA1 2EN - 01322 284555.
Greencell - http://www.greencell.co.uk/jobs.php
Major UK based fresh produce importer and service provider welcomes applications from suitable candidates with skills/experience in :Sales, Procurement, Fruit Technology, Quality Control, Rubicon, Fluency in a European language. St. John's House, 37/41 Spital Street, DA1 2DR.
Groundwork - http://www.groundwork.org.uk/jobs--volunteering/current-vacancies.aspx
Groundwork is the UK's leading social and environmental partnership organisation. In essence they aim to help communities to transform spaces thus improving the qualities of life of the people in those communities. Based in Birmingham they employ more than 700 staff, offices in Dartford and Gillingham. Job enquiries through the website or Groundwork Kent & Medway, 48 Canterbury Street, Gillingham, ME7 5UN. - 01634 855166
Community Care NHS Trust
Provides community-based healthcare services to rural and urban communities. Including; Mental Health Services, Learning Disabilities, Eating Disorders and Forensic Services. Located in South-West Kent, stretching from Maidstone to Tunbridge Wells, and Sevenoaks to Tonbridge and surrounding areas.
E Hall - http://www.jehall.co.uk/careers/
Company working in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning industry, invites applications from qualified and experienced Service Engineers and Technicians. Questor House, 191 Hawley Road, DA1 1PU - 01322 394420.
Tasca - http://www.latascakitchen.co.uk/
Spanish restaurant in Bluewater with branches across the UK. Vacancies for all branches (including Bluewater) published on the website along with company and career details. Follow the 'recruitment' link.
West Kent College - http://www.nwkcollege.ac.uk/
Based in sites at Gravesend and Dartford, vacancies published on the website, include teaching and general vacancies.
Fireworks - http://www.phoenixfireworks.co.uk/about-us/staff-recruitment/
Dartford company occasionally advertises vacancies and invites potential candidates to submit CVs. Hill Park Farm, Wrotham Hill Road, Wrotham, TN15 7PX.
Primark - http://www.primark.co.uk
Primark continue to grow from strength to strength, they are growing i popularity with shoppers in several age groups. In Kent their outlet in Westwood Cross is something of a flagship store, although outlets can be found across the county including the Dartford store at 58 High Street, DA1 1DE. If you're looking for a local customer assistant job you can use the recruitment portal or call Dartford contact number 01322 289302.
Elizabeth's Foundation - http://www.qefd.org/
The foundation works with disabled people and advertises vacancies for their eight centres on their website. Follow the 'work with us' link. Resource Centre, Brent Way, DA2 6DA - 01322 394100.
Thomas Mansfield - http://www.thomasmansfield.com
Award winning employment law solicitors specialising in employment law, HR support, workplace mediation, employment law training and health & safety. Offices nationwide including; Bromley, Tunbridge Wells and West Malling. Victory Way, Admirals Park, Crossways, DA2 6QD - 0845 6017756.
Snell & Passmore - http://www.ts-p.co.uk/
One of the oldest legal firm in the country with offices in Greenhithe and Tunbridge Wells, they advertise legal and non legal vacancies on their website. Thomson Snell & Passmore, The Old Rectory, St Mary's Road, Greenhithe, Kent, DA9 9AS - 01322 623700.
National high street rehttp://corporate.wilkinsonplus.com/careers/tailer that describes itself as the fastest growing independent. Advertises new store vacancies on their websites and solicits applications for managerial positions. Unit 7, Priory Centre, DA1 2HS - 01322 280084.
The aim of this page is to pool useful and relevant job resources in one place, this is not an exhaustive list, rather a magazine style feature highlighting employers with current job vacancies or businesses that use the internet as one of their recruitment channels. We undertake regular maintenance but things will change, if you spot any errors we would welcome feedback. We would also like to hear from users that have recent of any of the employers featured on this page. Please take a look at our disclaimer.
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