Gerda Hinckley, Team Leader, Health And Bodycare

What year did you start working at Planet Organic?

What made you apply for the role?
I wanted to work in the health food industry, because I am passionate about a healthy lifestyle, organic products and supplements.
What role did you start in at Planet Organic/what other roles have you done over the years?
Team Member, Health and Bodycare.
What is your background?
I’m from South Africa. I studied food science and nutrition and worked as a Food Technician in the food industry (ice cream manufacturing)
What would you do on a typical day?
Placing orders, receiving deliveries and serving and advising customers.
What are the team like and what is it like working with your colleagues?
There’s a lovely team at the Westbourne Grove store. Very supportive, helpful and friendly.
How would you describe the culture at Planet?
Healthy living and healthy food.
What type of development, training or supplier visits have you taken part in and which ones have you most enjoyed?
In-store training from various suppliers.
How have you grown personally during your time at Planet Organic?
I was promoted to Team Leader, Health and Bodycare
What do you most enjoy about your job?
The interaction with customers. No day is the same, there’s always something new.

What do you like most about working at Planet Organic?
My colleagues and customers, and the large variety of organic food and products available.

How is Planet Organic different from other companies that you have worked for?
It’s more laid back and friendly.
If you were to recruit someone into your team, what qualities would you look for?
Obviously knowledge, passion for health/health supplements and above all, friendly and helpful.
If you could describe in one word what it is like to work at Planet Organic, what would it be?