Can you bring people together in your community?
As a member pioneer you’ll bring people together to make a difference where you live. By connecting with members, colleagues and neighbours, you’ll help us achieve our goal of increasing co-operation in our communities. You’ll get people excited about developing spaces where they can learn and express themselves creatively. Encourage them to care about mental health awareness. And most importantly, give them the contacts and advice they need to pull off these achievements together. Every community has things which will make a difference – it’s your goal to uncover what they are and support them. It’s not rocket science. It’s what we do.
£8.75 per hour plus benefits
Home based in Cockfield, Evenwood, Ramshaw, Butterknowle. You’ll need to live in or very close to this community to be eligible to apply
4 hours per week (16 hours per month). You’ll need to be flexible to work times that meet the needs of your community
We’re looking for member pioneers to join Co-op, in communities across the country. In this unique role you’ll be focused on bringing people together to make a difference in your community. That means talking to Co-op members, colleagues and community groups we support. By building relationships with and connecting these people you’ll be the catalyst for new ideas, initiatives and projects.
We plan to have a member pioneer dedicated to each of our communities and you’ll be a part of this ambitious plan for a better future. Everything you do will contribute to our community plan, making sure we make the biggest impact possible across the UK by increasing community co-operation. It’s an opportunity to make a visible difference where you live, supported by an organisation with nearly 70,000 colleagues and over 4.5 million members.
What you’ll do:
• develop an action plan to improve your community, which is focussed around the 3 pillars of Co-op’s community plan; health and wellbeing, endangered spaces and education and skills
• establish and run a local community forum, or make connections with one that already exists
• build a strong network locally using social media effectively, to help
• understand your community needs, keeping your ear to the ground
• be aware of events in your community which you could partner with to support your ambitious plans
• prioritise your time, making your hours count and focusing on opportunities to make the biggest difference
This role would suit someone who:
• has lots of enthusiasm with the ability to get things moving
• can inspire and motivate people through their communication style
• loves working with and connecting people
• can prioritise their time and remain focussed on a long term goal
• is confident using social media
• has good basic IT skills (ideally with experience using collaborative tools like the Google suite or Skype)
• is both committed and dedicated
• lives within or very close to the community you’ll support, detailed above
As a member pioneer you’ll have the chance to support local communities, making a visible difference by encouraging people to work together. As a Co-op colleague you’ll also receive a competitive salary and a wide range of benefits including:
• 24 days holiday (rising to 30 with service)
• discounts on all kinds of Co-op products and services
• a pension with up to 10% employer contributions
Building an inclusive work environment
We’re actively building diverse teams and welcome applications from everyone. But simply having a diverse workforce is not enough. We want to build an inclusive environment, where everyone can develop to their full potential. We celebrate our differences, and recognise the importance of teams reflecting the communities they serve.
We can make adjustments to the interview process according to your needs. And we offer a flexible working environment so you can adjust your hours to suit your personal circumstances. You can find out more about Co-op people policies at coop.co.uk/peoplepolicies.
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What makes a successful Member Pioneer? Check out the top traits we're looking for and see if you have the right mix.
How well you engage with others and establish trust.
How you help others understand Co-op’s future plans and what makes us different.
How you inspire yourself and colleagues to live Co-op’s unique ways of working, while doing what’s right for our members and communities.
How you create a culture of co-operation, which rewards individuals for trusting and supporting others.
How you communicate concisely and engage others in discussions.
How committed you are to being as inclusive as possible in everything you do at Co-op.
From financial discounts to unique opportunities, there are lots of reasons to join Co-op.
At Co-op, we’re passionate about doing great work for the communities we trade in. That means having the right people, from all walks of life and backgrounds, in our team to serve them. Take a look below how to become one of us.
Online assessment As part of your application you’ll need to complete an online assessment which will measure how well your behaviours, values and motivations match up to this role and our overall Co-op culture. It will take around 20 minutes to complete this assessment.
Phone call Once you’ve completed the assessment, if you’re successful and shortlisted for the next stage, you’ll get a phone call from one of our colleagues. We know how important it is for candidates to speak to a real person – to ask questions and be reassured of their application.
If you pass your online assessment and short phone call, you’ll be asked to come to one of our stores for an interview.
We’ll send you an email for you to choose a date and time for your interview online – but if you can’t make it, don’t worry, you can provide the Hiring Manager times of when’s best for you. Before your interview, we’ll send you a really helpful guide on how best to prepare, so nothing on the day should surprise you, and most importantly what proof you need to bring to prove your right to work in the UK.
Your decision If you’re successful at your interview, you’ll receive a phone call from the hiring manager you met to talk about your job offer. If you accept, we’ll then send your offer online via an email. Before anything can be processed, we'll need you to accept this offer online. This will start your journey into our Co-op.