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About The Co-op

More than just a business
Co-op stands for something different. We’re owned by 4.5 million members, and we give our profits back to them and their communities. A career with Co-op gives you the opportunity to do work that matters.
We’re a business that genuinely does things differently, and we’ve been providing high quality products and services since 1844. Our goal is to provide the best possible services and to invest in the communities where our customers live. This gives the Co-op a unique character and influences what we stand for. With over 2,500 stores across the UK, as well as a big digital presence, we're involved in everything from food to funerals, and legal services to insurance.

Why Co-op

As a Co-op undergraduate placement colleague, you’ll do work that matters in an organisation where principles are just as important as profits.
Here at Co-op, UK’s largest convenience retailer, we’re known for our fantastic food, our support of British Farmers and local food producers and our commitment to Fairtrade and ethical trading.

Co-op Food Undergraduate Placements

Every year we recruit driven and ambitious undergrads to join our Food business on a 12-month placement. If you’re passionate about food and developing your career, we can offer you an amazing opportunity to do just that with a business that always puts people at the heart of its strategy.

We offer placements across different areas – from trading through to food development, agriculture, food technology or policy and labelling.

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.

When you join us, you can help to deliver our vision of ‘co-operating for a fairer world’ by making sure we source and create food with respect for people and the planet.


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"This placement is very unique as no two days were ever the same with the Co-op. From being out on farm, to in the office, the working environments changed and had the flexibility to suit what worked for me. From writing blogs, creating videos, updating so..." Read full review


"The core part of this role involves reviewing/ signing off co-op own brands labels and communications to ensure their compliance with both legal and policy requirements. Other activities include responding to customer queries relating to Labelling as well..." Read full review

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Opportunities offered:

  • Placement Year (10 Months+)

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