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 help build stronger and more resilient communities by offering fairer access to food, mental wellbeing services and opportunities for young people. You’ll 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.
Member Pioneer - East Peckham & Tunbridge
£9.97 per hour plus excellent benefits
Home based in East Peckham & Tunbridge. You’ll need to live in or very close to this community to be eligible to apply
4 hours per week. Flexible hours that meet the needs of your community
At Co-op, we stand for something different, and we put our communities at the heart of everything we do. As a member pioneer, you'll play a key part in helping us to build stronger and fairer communities. We'll look to you to bring people together, connecting with Co-op members, colleagues, and representatives of the many local groups we support. By building these relationships, you’ll be the catalyst for new ideas, initiatives and projects that will make our communities better places to live. So, if you're passionate about making a difference, join our team and be part of our plan for a better future.
What you’ll do:
• build a strong group of contacts locally, alongside using social media to help with listening to and getting involved in community conversation
• develop an action plan to improve community wellbeing, aligned to key themes
• establish and run a local community forum, or become part of one that already exists
• prioritise your time, making your hours count and focusing on opportunities to make the biggest difference
• get activities off the ground and encourage participation from members in your community
This role would suit someone who:
• is committed, enthusiastic and has a passion for improving their community
• can inspire and motivate people through their communication style
• loves working with and connecting to people
• can prioritise their time and remain focussed on a long-term goal
• has good basic IT skills and is confident using social media
• lives within or very close to the community you’ll support, detailed above
Here you’ll do work that matters. We’re a commercial organisation with a purpose beyond profit, and in this role, you’ll have an opportunity to make a difference. You’ll also get a package that includes:
• competitive salary
• 31 days holiday including bank holidays (rising to 38 in line with service)
• discounts on Co-op products and services
• a pension with up to 10% employer contributions
• free support for your physical, mental, and financial wellbeing
Building an inclusive work environment
We’re actively building diverse teams and we aim to build working environments where everyone feels welcome. Our Co-op colleague networks and inclusive development programmes help provide equal opportunities for all colleagues to reach their full potential. We celebrate our differences and recognise the importance of our teams reflecting the communities they serve.
If you have a disability, we can make reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process according to your needs. We're also part of the Disability Confident scheme, meaning we'll always offer an interview to disabled candidates who apply through the scheme if they meet the minimum criteria for a job.
You can find out more about all our commitments to diversity and inclusion at colleagues.coop.co.uk/diversity-inclusion-and-wellbeing.
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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.
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