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Head of Risk & Assurance

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Vacancy Introduction

This is an exciting time for Our Co-op. Following a full strategic review, a new Senior Leadership team has been appointed and we’re planning to invest significantly in our future growth.

Role Responsibility

The Head of Risk & Assurance is responsible for overseeing both our co-op’s Health and Safety framework, as well as Risk Management in relation to our colleagues, members, and customers. Your role will consist of diagnosing associated risk, supporting the co-ordination, development, and control of its related parameters, to both minimise risk and maximise the potential of our business.

The Ideal Candidate

Experience of Health and Safety Management in a medium/large, complex, and regulated organisation(s) (preferably including retail)

Relevant technical qualifications (health & safety management), acumen & senior level experience – with the ability to engage and inspire at all levels.

Proven experience in implementing and managing effective risk programmes that are efficient, effective, and positively adopted by the end users.

A full list of the principal accountabilities for this role can be found in the job description, which can be downloaded at the bottom of this web page.

Package Description

What’s in it for you

At the East of England Co-op, we strive to be the best place to work. We invest in our colleagues to help them to progress in their careers and achieve their full potential. How do we do this?   

  • Car Benefit
  • Health Insurance
  • Generous colleague discount in our food stores, along with other discounts across our family of businesses
  • 30 days holiday (plus bank holiday entitlement) which increases with service
  • 5% employer pension contribution
  • Death in service benefit
  • Access to our colleague communications app, The Loop
  • Enhanced* family leave and pay arrangements
  • Opportunities to grow, with award-winning training and apprenticeship programmes
  • Great deals and discounts across 100’s of high street and online retailers
  • Financial wellbeing support, including Wagestream®

Check out the detail of all our colleague benefits here.

* Enhanced on statutory terms, subject to service criteria.

We recognise the challenges people face trying to balance commitments both in and out of the workplace -  perhaps studying, caring commitments, or other employment. We therefore aim to be as flexible as possible, to create shift patterns that work for both our co-op and our colleagues.


About the Company

The East of England Co-op is the largest independent retailer in East Anglia, with over 230 stores and branches across Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex.

Owned by over 260,000 members – including our colleagues – our vision is to be the most valued organisation in our region, by being a better kind of business and using our profit to make a positive impact on our communities.

Our Community Cares Fund provides hundreds of thousands of pounds to support groups and good causes, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing, food justice for all and creating community spaces. 

With a focus on environmental sustainability, we’re proud to have led the way on reducing food waste, being the first major retailer to sell food past its Best Before date for just 10p. 

At the East of England Co-op, we strive to be the best place to work. We invest in our colleagues to help them to progress in their careers and achieve their full potential, whether in food retail, funeral services, property investment, travel, security, stonemasonry, events, or our support functions. 

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Our Recruitment Process

If this is the job for you, simply click ‘apply’. You will be required to register a profile on our careers page. To do this simply click apply. The good news is you’ll only have to register once – after this, it’ll be easier and quicker to apply for any roles in the future too.

Please note that our working patterns are non-contractual. The advertised working pattern represents the normal working pattern for the role at time of advertisement and is subject to change.

East of England Co-op

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