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Company Profile - The Co-operative Group


A unique opportunity from a unique business

Unique. It’s an over-used word. But there’s no other word to describe you, our business or the programme we are looking to recruit for.

Where else could you pursue a serious (and seriously challenging) career in business or finance while sticking to the ethical values you hold dear? Where else could you explore a whole range of different commercial operations - from food retail to funerals and from travel to pharmacy – at such an early stage in your career?

Who are we?

Why join one business when you can join a whole mix of them?
We’re not just a food retailer; we’re also the UK’s largest independent travel agent, a funeral director, a pharmacist and more. We employ over 75,000 people, reaching our customers through more than 3,000 high-street outlets as well as online and business-to-business services. We’ve won a plethora of industry awards spanning every one of our chosen markets, with recent accolades including the prestigious Multiple Retailer of the Year, UK Travel Agent of the Year and a recent win at this years Target awards for the most outstanding contribution to diversity in graduate recruitment.

Career Opportunities

Our co-operative values and unique business model give us a positive advantage, and we intend to develop that potential to the full. We’re embarking on ambitious change programmes in all areas of the Group, driving the business in the interests of our members and the communities we share.

To deliver this we need commercially minded graduates who share our values and are equally passionate about what we can achieve. For you it’s the opportunity to get straight into high-profile projects that will directly influence the future of the Group – to pursue an ambitious and rewarding career without having to compromise your values.

Right now we’re looking for ambitious, commercial graduates to join us as the business leaders of the future as well as a small number to join our CIMA accredited Finance programme.You could come to us straight from University, or you could have some commercial experience under your belt. Either way, show us you’ve got a good business brain, and the chance to take on early responsibility and make a real impact is there for the taking. So ask yourself: have you got what it takes?

Training and Development

As you would expect, our commitment to our people is as strong as it is to our customers and members. We'll provide you with a structured management development programme; we'll support you to achieve a professional qualification that's relevant to your chosen discipline – and if you haven't decided which function you'd like to specialise in, we'll work with you to do that too. We also think it’s especially important to support your personal development - from classes in creative writing to guitar lessons, we are there to help.

The long and short of it is, we'll expect a great deal from you – and in return you can expect a great deal from us.

What we look for

Of course we’re looking for the brightest and best graduates, like all recruiters, but we are also looking for something different. As a graduate on our graduate development programme you will need to have an unusual mix of skills and behaviours. We are not just interested in your academic achievements, but in all the experiences that make you who you are. Most importantly you will share our values and principles and be passionate about a career in business.

What we offer

We understand that rewards play an important part. And we've tailored ours to give you a great all-round package that ranks with the best in any industry. To name but a few - you'll enjoy:

• A starting salary of £20,500
• 26 days' annual holiday 
• A salary increase for meeting objectives 
• An award-winning pension scheme

This is your chance to join a business with integrity - and play a pivotal role in shaping our future.

How to apply

Please see the panel to the right for our current vacancies.

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