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Why Co-op

As a Co-op undergraduate placement colleague, you’ll do work that matters in an organisation where principles are just as important as profits.

Here at Co-op, UK’s largest convenience retailer, we’re known for our fantastic food, our support of British Farmers and local food producers and our commitment to Fairtrade and ethical trading.

Co-op Food Undergraduate Placements

We’re looking for driven and ambitious undergrads to join our Food business on a 12-month placement. If you’re passionate about food and developing your career, we can offer you an amazing opportunity to do just that with a business that always puts people at the heart of its strategy.

We offer placements across different areas within our Commercial team – from trading through to food development, agriculture, food technology or policy and labelling.

The Commercial team sits at the heart of our business – we make sure our colleagues in-store can offer high quality, ethical products at great prices to our millions of customers every day.

We’re constantly innovating to make sure our products ranges delight and excite our customers, and keep up with market trends and changing customer needs. We’re also focused on driving commercial performance – making sure Co-op is profitable so we can give value back to customers and communities.

When you join us, you can help to deliver our vision of ‘co-operating for a fairer world’ by making sure we source and create food with respect for people and the planet.

What We Offer

  • a competitive salary of £18,800
  • 28 days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays
  • discounts across all our businesses
  • opportunities to network with key partners and industry leaders
  • flexible working that supports your work-life balance. We’re working in a hybrid way, with colleagues dividing their time between working from home and in the office
  • on-site gym at our 1 Angel Square office
  • occasional travel may be required

 Our Placements 

  • Technologist - Manage the supply chain from supplier to store whilst measuring product compliance in terms of quality, safety, legal and ethical targets
  • Labelling Assistant – Make sure that all our own brand product labels and communications not only look great, but they meet all necessary legal standards and policy compliance
  • Product Developer - Develop and launch new and exciting own-brand products that are market leading in terms of their quality, value for money and innovation 
  • Food Policy Coordinator - Works with all kinds of people across the business supporting key sustainability projects designed to reduce the environmental impacts and improve the healthiness of our Co-op own brand food and drink products
  • Junior Buyer - Help develop category strategies using customer and market insight; supporting commercial negotiations to bring to life in stores
  • Agricultural Coordinator - Works with partners across the farming community, helping develop agricultural plans and create powerful relationships which demonstrate and deliver Co-op’s commitment to supporting British agriculture.

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