Midlands Co-operative, The co-operative good for everyone
Midlands Co-operative Society is proud to be an ethical retailer and equally proud to belong to The Co-operative family as a trusted ethical brand. Use our store finder to see what your local Co-operative can do for you.
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Supermarket or convenience store, we have everything you need right on your doorstep, and all at great value prices.
On the 4 October 2011, Midlands Co-operative Travel merged with Thomas Cook and The Co-operative Travel to form the UK’s largest and most successful high street travel retailer.
Dedicated travel advisers are just a telephone call away. For help choosing and booking your next holiday, contact the advisers on 0844 553 3509.
If you prefer to let your fingers do the searching, you can book your holiday at any time of day. Co-operative Travel is your passport to beach holidays and fun in the sun.
Expert, professional advice from approachable and sympathetic staff. We take care of the deceased and those left behind.
We help you through the process, explaining what to do.
A peaceful haven for quiet contemplation and remembrance.
Whether you drive a car, a van or a lorry, Midlands Co-operative can help you keep your vehicle on the road.
True to universal co-operative values and principles, Midlands Co-operative is committed to the welfare of our local community
As a member of Midlands Co-operative you have a say in how the Society is run, earn points on your shopping and take advantage of a number of exclusive benefits.
Make your voice heard at member meetings and Society elections
Members of Midlands Co-operative belong to the communities in which we serve
Working at Midlands Co-operative
Are you someone who can deliver the values and principles of one of the largest independent retail co-operatives in the UK?
At Midlands Co-operative we put lots of effort into finding the right people. Brilliant people who can deliver the service our customers have come to
expect whilst working effectively as a team. People with a passion for going that extra mile, making a real difference, who consistently aim to
achieve our brand standards and deliver results.
On the right you will find information on what happens at each stage of our recruitment process.
A key part of being happy here at Midlands Co-operative is making sure you get great benefits. On top of our comprehensive package of benefits including holiday and sickness schemes you also get:
Applying for a job
At Midlands Co-operative we put lots of effort into recruiting the right people who can deliver the service our customers have come to expect.
We are looking for applicants with a passion for going the extra mile and have the skills and experience that are required. In return, we’ll support you with all the learning and development needs to support your career at Midlands Co-operative.
Below is a list of all jobs open to external applicants. All you have to do is click on the job you are interested in and this will take you to the full ‘job profile’. This will display:
Mandatory field so you must complete the question
This button will only activate when all the application form is complete
If you press delete, this will permanently delete your application form
This allows you to print or save your application form (recommended to do so)
The recruitment process
So you've been searching high and low for that perfect job, that new career, that fresh start and finally you found it on Midlands Co-operative’s website.
After fully completing the application process, pressing the final submit button to send it to us and checking your emails with everything crossed, and if successful you finally receive your invitation (either a phone call or letter) to attend a recruitment event which could be either an assessment centre or one-to-one interview.
This is around the time you'll probably start stressing about the big day. Well don't. We'll try and make it as relaxing as possible, as we've all been there.
All jobs are different and all interviews are different, but they mostly follow a common theme. Once we have found out a bit more about you, we may ask you to do some tests that are designed to assess the abilities that you will need in the role that you have applied for. These can include numerical tests, verbal tests, IT skills testing, role plays, group exercises, presentations and individual exercises.
There will also be a competency-based interview, which is your opportunity to shine and to tell us why you should be working for Midlands Co-operative. You'll be doing most of the talking at this point, so make the most if it!
And once that's all over, that's it. As mentioned above, we'll try and make the day as relaxed as possible for you so you can give yourself the best chance of success!
Once this part of the process is complete, we will let you know how long you will have to wait until you hear from us with the outcome.
Preparing for an interview
If you've been invited to attend an interview it means you've been shortlisted by the recruiting manager and your application will have made a good impression.
Now you need to plan for your interview to make sure you're successful at this stage. Remember no matter how the interview turns out, you don’t want to look back and wish you had been more prepared.
Preparation for an interview is an absolutely key process and this not only gives you an insight into the organisation, it can also give you some all important confidence.
Knowing what you need to prepare can be difficult so try to write a checklist of things to consider.
Below are some points that may help you successfully overcome the hurdles of attending an interview. Some things you may think obvious, but these are often the things we forget.
Interviewers will expect you to have knowledge of what Midlands Co-operative does, who our customers are and what businesses we have.
With these facts under your belt, you'll be able to hold a meaningful conversation and put any details you've learned ahead of the interview into context. Showing you’ve done some independent research demonstrates you are really interested in the vacancy.
Make sure you understand the job description fully and know how it fits into the overall structure of the Society. Ask yourself what the key skills for the job are and think of examples which enable you to demonstrate those skills you have.
First interviews will be competency based and depending on the job, may include:
Questions you may have
How is my application progressing?
We will be in contact with you via an automated email as soon as your application has been submitted successfully. If you don’t hear from us within four weeks, take it you haven’t made it on this occasion, however, if your application does gets through the next stage, one of our managers will be in contact to invite you to come and meet us at an interview or assessment centre at one of our sites.
Can you please post me an application form?
All our recruitment is completed online and as such we are unable to post any application forms.
If the location or position I am looking for isn't currently being advertised can I apply anyway?
Keep checking on the web site as we publish new job vacancies every day.
If I was unsuccessful will my application be kept on file for other positions?
We receive so many applications for each role that if you are unsuccessful we ask that you apply again if another job becomes available. Keep hold of information or answers you have used previously to save having to think about them again.
Where are you based?
Our trading area is concentrated in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and the West Midlands, but also extends north up to South Yorkshire, west as far as Staffordshire, and east across Nottinghamshire into Lincolnshire and south into Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Our Business Support Centre is located in Lichfield, Staffordshire.
Do you recruit for part-time positions?
Yes, we recruit full and part-time positions in the same way. If a position is available for part-time hours it will be advertised as such.
Do you provide work experience or university placements?
Make contact with the particular site that you are interested in getting experience at. Managers will know if they can accommodate your request.
Do you currently run an apprentice or graduate scheme?
We are currently offering a range of Apprenticeship programmes. More information can be found here
Watch the website for more information about our next Graduate scheme which we will be recruiting for soon.
How long is the training process?
Our colleagues will receive development throughout their career with us; however initial training will normally span 13 weeks depending on the position, with reviews at 6 and 12 weeks. Development can be done in your place of work or at one of our dedicated learning venues across the Society’s trading area.
Do I have to wear a uniform?
All colleagues within our retail, funeral and transport businesses wear uniforms which we provide. Support teams working behind the scenes are required to adhere to set standards of appearance.
What type of roles do you have?
Everything from customer services assistants in our retail stores, funeral directors, HGV drivers and florists to finance and HR jobs. All our vacancies are published on this website - keep an eye out for what we have to offer.
Protecting your data
All application details that you supply to us, including notes that are made at the interview, are stored in a secure database and if you are successful in your application, we will transfer this information into your electronic personal file. If you are unsuccessful, we will securely delete any data that we hold on you once it is more than 12-months old.
All current job vacancies available at Midlands Co-operative Society are listed on this site.
If you have any other query or feedback on the process then our HR Services – Recruitment & Development team can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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