What you’ll get out of joining us
Make a visible difference to our customer offering – you’ll directly impact our product ranges and customer experience, and you’ll be able to see this every time you step into a Co-op store
Be part of a creative and innovative team – you’ll help to drive innovation and value, working collaboratively with our supply partners for the benefit of customers and communities
Opportunities to learn and grow – you’ll work cross-functionally across our food business, with great exposure to expert mentors who can help you build your skillset and progress your career
Who we are
Our Commercial colleagues are experts who are passionate about food, and focused on sourcing and developing products that our customers love and need. The commercial function includes the trading, range and space, farming and fisheries, and delicious food teams.
The trading or buying team makes sure we provide Co-op stores with the great products our customers love. The range and space team works closely with buyers and suppliers to make sure our stores are stocked with products that are tailored to suit the diverse communities we serve.
The delicious food team develops and delivers market leading products for our customers that are legally compliant and environmentally friendly. Included in this team are product development, delivery, policy and food tech teams.
The farming and fisheries team protects our most important ingredients and cares for the environments they’re sourced from by working closely with farmers and fishermen, both here in the UK and overseas.
What we do
The Commercial team makes our food business tick – 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.
Working with suppliers is a big part of what we do. We’re committed to supporting British producers – enabling them to continually invest in their businesses, and keep on supplying us with amazing food that’s grown with care for the environment, animal welfare and our oceans.
A big part of the value we create lies in the sustainability of our products, and our dedicated food policy team drives Co-op’s commitment to sustainable, ethical sourcing. We want to achieve our goals without negatively impacting the environment. We’re committed to Fairtrade, and to changing lives through the products we source and create.
When you join our Commercial team, you can help to deliver our ‘co-operating for a fairer world’ vision by making sure we source and create food with respect for people and the planet.
Who we look for
In all our Commercial teams we look for customer focused people who have a genuine passion for food. The ability to work well with others is also important to us, as we need colleagues who can build productive relationships with internal and external partners.
We regularly recruit across a wide range of jobs – from buyers and category managers, to new product developers, food technicians and ethical trading experts.
As well as the many skillsets needed to fulfil these roles, we also need to bring in people from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives in order to achieve our goals. We’re committed to building an inclusive Commercial team, and we recognise the need for our teams to reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.
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