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Jay's Story

Helping the business to support communities  

I joined the Co-op two years ago as an Assistant Category Manager because I wanted to be part of a business dedicated to the community as well as it’s colleagues. Since joining, I have been proud to see and be part of the extensive work to help support communities across the UK.  

Day to day I have also had access to a wealth of experience from leaders and colleagues and lots of opportunities to develop myself. I'm proud to say that eighteen months into my role I was promoted to my current role of Category Manager.

A central role in the business 

 My role has enabled me to work on a variety of projects in logistics, facilities management, store operations and our supply chain. Being part of a large organisation means there are always opportunities to work on far-reaching and strategic projects. And the central role procurement has within the business means working with different areas and learning from various senior leaders.   

Reinvesting savings into our communities 

Procurement plays a key role in making sure we’re getting the best value for money and reinvesting savings into local communities across the UKThe Procurement team covers many areas such as sourcing, negotiationproject planning, and supplier management. I really enjoy the analytical aspects of the role and developing my contract drafting skills. It’s great that we can always share our ideas for change and it makes us all feel valued as a team.  

A great workplace with lots going on 

It’s great to be based at Co-op's support centre in Manchester. It’s a lively atmosphere, with an onsite shop, gym, cafes and daily visits from external companies. In Procurement, there are usually opportunities to visit Co-op’s estate of depots and stores too. There’s a great work-life balance as the working hours are very flexible, with the opportunity to work from home too.

Jay Anderton,

Category Manager