We're always looking for great people to join our team. Why not take a look at the vacancies below to see if you could be the next? You can also find out a little more about the range of benefits we offer and what our employees say it’s really like to work for us.

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About James Latham

James Latham first imported timber into the UK in 1757 and are one of the UK’s largest independent trade distributors of timber, panels, and decorative surfaces. We are a successful, profitable, and well-structured business that remains majority family-owned and holds strong environmental credentials. You can find out more about our business here and our core values here. You can also view our Annual Report and Accounts here.

We regularly win awards for our work. From organisations such as the Timber Trades Journal to the British Woodworking Federation and beyond, our people, products and operations have won multiple awards in categories such as Product Design, Process Innovation and Career Development.

Our recent employee survey engagement score was 75% with 86% of respondents agreeing that James Latham is a great place to work. One employee wrote: “For me there has been great opportunity for growth and progression throughout the years, along with a strong family ethic. James Latham has been a great place to work."

We offer competitive salaries and a range of other great benefits for successful candidates. See ‘A Great Place to Work’ below. With depots and offices around the UK and Ireland we are always on the lookout for talented people. In the employee testimonials below, you can read about the personal experiences of some of our team.

Diversity is important to us, and we encourage applications from all sectors of society. We believe that to continually innovate we need to consider challenges from different viewpoints – which is only truly possible if our team has a varied history.


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A great place toWork

James Latham aims to offer every member of the team a competitive salary, a range of benefits and a great future.

We value our employees and provide excellent benefits to reward them. In addition, we offer modern workspaces and well maintained, up-to-date equipment. We have a strong company ethos based around our key values of empowerment, sustainability and integrity, along with customer focus and shareholder value. We have a long-term strategy, financial stability, strong environmental credentials, an excellent health and safety record and an exceptional reputation in our industry. We also run surveys to give all employees an opportunity to provide feedback on various topics and thereby further contribute to our success.

Annual leave

Our employees benefit from a generous annual leave allocation, with the possibility of purchasing additional days.

Pay and bonuses

We review salaries each year and all employees receive at least the Living Wage.

We have a number of bonus schemes in operation rewarding both service and performance.

Other financial aspects

As well as competitive pay and a good working environment, we have an enhanced pensions offering and employees have opportunities to purchase shares in our business.

Career progression & development opportunities

We promote internally wherever possible.

Annual appraisal is a key aspect of employee development as it is an opportunity to discuss what’s gone well and what could be even better.

The Latham’s Academy is currently under development but will add structure to our existing learning activities and ensure everyone is encouraged to meet their potential.

Health and wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of our employees is a key concern to us and we offer all employees access to an Employee Assistance Plan which includes a 24/7 helpline.

There is also an option to join our Health Cash Plan, funded by the business, to reclaim costs for everyday healthcare needs as well as access to 24/7 GP advice, video physiotherapy assessments and access to a range of discounts including family days out and gym memberships.

Ethics, team spirit and community

One of our key values is Integrity and this leads us to support a number of charities, some of which are voted for by our employees.

With employees around the country, it’s important for us to communicate well and build our team spirit. To this end we have an intranet and our internal newsletter, ‘1757’. The newsletter was named in an employee competition, with 1757 being our founding year it teamed well with our value of sustainability.


We aim to keep our recruitment process as simple as possible, whilst ensuring we recruit highly talented people to join our team. After your application is submitted, it will be viewed by the recruiting manager, and possibly another manager, to confirm whether you meet the key requirements of the role. If you do, you will be invited to a first interview which could be either in person or by video. We feel it is important for candidates to visit their potential workplace, so all second interviews will take place on site.

In some cases, you may be asked to complete a video screening. This would mean you are asked to record yourself answering a small number of questions. If you’re asked to do this you’ll just need to click on a link in an email and follow the instructions – no need for any special equipment.

We value the contribution of everyone in our team and we recognise that creative solutions are often found by people sharing different perspectives. We therefore welcome applicants from all walks of life and all our people decisions – whether related to recruitment, promotion or pay – are based on merit.

Should you require any adjustments to our usual recruitment process, please discuss this with the recruiting manager and they’ll certainly accommodate where possible.