Co-op Angel Square office

Source: Co-op

Last week Co-op said it would be cutting 400 jobs, primarily at its HQ in Angel Square, Manchester

Supermarkets, convenience retailers, and manufacturers are reaching out to Co-op staff affected by job cuts about new career opportunities.

Asda, Iceland and Morrisons have all taken to LinkedIn to highlight their vacancies.

Asda talent acquisition manager Clare Tempest posted: “Just heard about the job losses at The Co-op. If you are one of those individuals and now looking for work, then I still have hundreds of roles working on the future transformation programme.”

On the supermarket giant’s corporate LinkedIn profile, it said: “Incredibly sad news from one of our fellow retailers the Co-op.

“If we can support anybody impacted by the changes, please do take a look on our careers page or alternatively contact one of the talent acquisition team.

“For tech related roles – Clare Tempest or Ed Simpson. For home office roles – Gurjit Saggu or alternatively Sarah Jones. For retail and logistics roles – Gemma Hudson or alternatively Zachary Oldfield.

“We would love to help anybody impacted if possible, please do share this post with anybody who may need to see it.”

Iceland head office recruiter Sophie Marshall posted: “If any of my connections know of anyone from The Co-operative Food who have been impacted by the recent job cuts, then please feel free to reach out to us.

“We have opportunities across majority of our head office functions including: IT, eCom, digital, buying, supply chain, finance etc.”

Morrisons also advised those affected to email its “friendly” resourcing team who would be in touch with “suitable opportunities here at Morrisons”.

Convenience retailers Heart of England Co-op and Greens Retail also took to the platform to flag up possible vacancies.

“If anyone is looking for a store management role across the Midlands we are are actively recruiting Heart of England Co-operative Society,” wrote its GM of the food division, Steve Browne. “Get in touch with the HR team,” he added.

Greens Retail MD Harris Aslam posted: “We are certainly deeply saddened to learn of the redundancies facing many colleagues at our friends at the Co-op and Nisa Retail. These certainly are difficult times, though such circumstances are never easy.

”We are keen to chat with colleagues across all specialisms – ideally based in Scotland (or potential to relocate to Sunny Alba!) though we’d also open to discuss remote-working for relevant roles.”


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EG Group-owned bakery chain Cooplands was also among the callouts. Its people director Lynne Fawcus wrote on the networking platform: “Lots of posts from former friends and colleagues at the Co-op who have been affected by the recent announcement.

“We have lots of opportunities within EG Group and Cooplands across both retail and support functions. Happy to co-ordinate any introductions or give any further information.

“Good luck to all colleagues impacted.”

Manufacturer All About Food also said on LinkedIn that it had “several open positions across multiple functions”. Its operations and supply chain director Christopher Polding said: “Difficult times and my sympathy and support to all those affected.

”I have several across supply chain and planning. We’re located in the Northern Quarter in our brand new offices. Check out our LinkedIn page or reach out to me directly for any questions you may have about our business or roles.”

Last week the Co-op said it would be cutting 400 jobs amid rising cost pressures, primarily across its Manchester HQ where 4,000 colleagues are based. It will also be closing open vacancies, redeploying colleagues within the business, and creating new roles as part of the restructure.

There will be “no changes” to customer-facing roles in its food stores and funeral homes. Meanwhile the Co-op-owned buying group Nisa also kicked-off a 45-day consulation at its Scunthorpe head office that could result in cutting around 50 roles.