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Application and selection process

How to apply for a vacancy

Current vacancies across the Group can be searched and applied for at any point up until the closing date. All internal vacancies will be advertised for a minimum of two weeks.

There are two ways in which you can search for roles:

  • Advanced search – this allows you to search firstly by business and then by individual function, department or region within that business. The number of vacancies available at each level of search appears in brackets and details of the vacancies found appear below in “Your search results”
  • Location search – here you can zoom in on the map to your chosen geographical area. Your search results can be narrowed down by selecting one or more of the businesses listed and/or by entering a keyword in relation to the type of role you are looking for, e.g. Administration, Finance, Pharmacy. Again your search results will appear below.
  • The application process differs according to the type of role. Applications for role banded positions, including all Head Office vacancies, should be made online through this internal careers portal. Some store/branch/depot roles can be applied for online - for others, applicants should contact the Line Manager for the vacancy directly (the phone number of the Manager will be provided). The vacancy listing will tell you how to apply for each role.

    To apply online, click "Apply now” and you will be taken to the online application process. The first time you apply online you will be asked to register and create a password. For any subsequent applications, you will simply need to login using this password and your email address.

    If you experience any problems with your online application, please contact a member of the Resourcing Team (contact details below).

    What happens next?

    After submitting your online application, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. Once your application has been reviewed, a member of the Resourcing Team will contact you to advise you as to whether your application will be progressed to the next stage.

The selection process

The first stage of the selection process may involve a short telephone interview (usually no more than 20-30 minutes long) with a member of the Resourcing Team. The purpose of this is to obtain some additional information about your skills and experience and to establish your suitability for the role. From here, you may then be invited to progress to the face-to-face selection process, which varies across the Group according to the nature of the role. It always involves some form of interview with the recruiting manager and may also include other forms of assessment (e.g. psychometric tests, case study, presentation, assessment centre).

The Resourcing Team will advise you of the selection process for the role you have applied for should you be successful in getting to that stage. They will ensure you are given plenty of time to prepare for your interview/assessment (a minimum of 5 days) and provide you with all the information you need in advance of the interview/assessment.

Face-to-face interviews usually last between 1-2 hours, depending on the level of the role, and are often based around a behavioural/competency framework, a copy of which will be provided to you in advance to help you prepare for the interview.

Some useful interview hints and tips can be found on this site.

Useful contacts

If you have any queries throughout the application and selection process, please contact a member of the appropriate Resourcing team, details below:


Tel: 0844 600 2020
Corporate: corporaterecruitment@co-operative.coop
Food: foodrecruitment@co-operative.coop
Funeralcare: funeralcarerecruitment@co-operative.coop
Pharmacy: pharmacyrecruitment@co-operative.coop
SCB specialistcommercialbusinessrecruitment@co-operative.coop
Travel: travelrecruitment@co-operative.coop
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