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The Very Group Overview

Liverpool, England
1001 to 5000 employees
1890
Company - Private
Other Retail Shops
£2 to £5 billion (GBP) per year
We’re The Very Group. Home of Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.com, and a team of 4,500 super-talented people.
We’ve been reinventing shopping experiences for over a century. Technology has played a huge part in that, helping us transition from ... Read more

Mission: Our purpose, to make good things easily accessible to more people, says it all.
It means being there when our customers need us most, for those big moments in their life. Whether that's birthdays, christmas shopping and washing machine breakdowns, or ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Here at Very, we like to turn great ideas into action! Take our WAVE (Women at Very) network for instance. Something that started as a chat over coffee but grew to 75 members in just 3 months! Lucie, our customer operations strategy manager brought together a network of females across the business to connect, support and share. "I’m so proud of what we’ve done in such a short time and very excited about all the plans we have for the future. Here’s to making waves!"
    #veryinnovative #lifeattheverygroup #jointhereinvention

  • Three industries combined, unlimited opportunities ✨
    In a place where retail, financial services, tech and data all come together, there’s always something new to discover. Our unique position brings exciting challenges and lots of opportunities to develop new skills.
    Sound good? #jointhereinvention

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The Very Group – Why Work With Us?


Let's recode retail

We've been reinventing the role of technology in shopping experiences for over a century, something we’re super proud of. Technology has played a huge part in helping us transition from a catalogue retailer to a pureplay etailer, but our transformation is far from over.

We want to build the number one shopping destination for shoppers who value credit anywhere online. Innovation is key, we're focussed on using technology to significantly improve customers’ experiences. That means having the right tech, talent and ways of working to deliver what matters most to our customers quickly and effectively.

It’s the perfect time to join us as we continue to shape the way we do things around here; experiencing true agility, loads of support to develop, opportunities to play with the latest tech, and the chance to redefine our apps and make a huge impact on our industry.

We’re building completely new systems where we know we make a difference to our customer – so we need software engineers who have experience of building systems that can support millions of customers.

Our people are not your average people. They’re very important people, and we wouldn't be anywhere without them. That's why we want The Very Group to be the best possible place to work.

And we've been working hard at it. We even won Retail Week’s Employer of the year award. The judges praised us for empowering colleagues, supporting new talent and offering opportunities to young people. 

The award meant a lot to us, recognising the hard work that goes into making this a great place to be.

 

 

We’re the UK’s largest integrated online retailer and financial services provider, and we’ve been helping customers say yes for over 100 years.

How we serve our customers has transformed over the years, from catalogues to bricks to clicks to mobile. One thing has always remained the same – our customers value flexible ways to pay – and we’re proud to continue to offer them that service to this day through Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com.

Our unique position within three industries makes for engaging work and complex challenges.

In a place where retail, financial services, tech and data all come together, there's always lots going on.

Whilst we have a lot of experience and history behind us, at our heart is a passion for change, to evolve how our four million customers shop and pay for the things they love. 

We’re not the finished article, but we do believe we’re ideally placed to achieve our ambitions with your help.

 

We're a diverse bunch - from tech genius' to creative heroes, but we've got a couple of things that link us all. Our values.

Our values are the way we go about things. They outline the high standards of behaviour and attitude we set ourselves, and expect of each other. They’re the benchmarks by which we hire, promote and reward, and the anchors of our culture. 

We're ambitious, driven and innovative. 

And that goes for our future operational ambitions too, which is why we’re creating an incredible new distribution and returns centre in the East Midlands. 

It's called Skygate.

Skygate is set to be a brilliant place to work, a centrally located world-class fulfilment site with best in class automation technology, and a modern, multi-skilled workforce to go with it.

Our operations team are responsible for turning around 48 million customer orders every year (wow!), ensuring they are distributed at pace, quality and scale. In this team, you'll find operations managers, shift managers, technicians and more, all dedicated to making sure this essential part of our customer journey is world class.

To ensure our operations are delivering even more for the customer, we’re building a new state-of-the-art, 850,000 square foot distribution and returns centre at the East Midlands Gateway, opening in 2020. The site, named Skygate will feature best in class tech, helping us serve our four million Very and Littlewoods customers to shop across the UK, giving them the delivery options they need.

The site will be home to over 500 bright and talented people, so we’ve designed the site with colleague experience at its heart, with everything the teams do underpinned by our purpose, values, fantastic leadership and a diverse and inclusive place to work.

Skygate offers the perfect space to work and play, with wellbeing facilities including an all-weather multi-use games area and break out spaces to connect with brilliant team mates. But that's not all on offer at the site:

  • Flexible shift patterns
  • Multi-faith room
  • Colleague recognition scheme
  • Development that's right for you

The Very Group Reviews

  • Featured Review

    "Family Friendly, Good work/life balance."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Speke, England
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Speke, England

    I have been working at The Very Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, amazing dedicated people.

    Cons

    Very fast paced environment if you can keep up!

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The Very Group Photos

The Very Group photo of: We're in the September Issue of Vogue
The Very Group photo of: The opening of our customer closeness centre
The Very Group photo of: Behind the scenes at our dog photo shoot!
The Very Group photo of: Our 'Shop Direction' Choir singing over the Christmas period
The Very Group photo of: Pancake day
The Very Group photo of: Our 'Year of the Dog' competition celebrating Chinese New Year
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The Very Group Interviews

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    Talent and Culture Partner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at The Very Group (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)) in August 2019.

    Interview

    The interview process was really clear and consisted of three stages, the first two stages included my hiring manager and the third stage was a meeting with the MD of the business

    Interview Questions

    • It was all about my competence and experience. It was as much about finding out if I was right for the role as was the role and the company right for me.   Answer Question
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The Very Group Awards & Accolades

  • Best Employer, Retail Week, 2018
  • Tech Team of the Year, Retail Week Tech Awards, 2017
  • The OC&C Strategy Consultants Pure Play Etailer of the Year – Shop Direct, Retail Week Awards with Oracle, 2017
  • Best Use of Social Media, Drapers Digital Awards, 2019
  • Technology Team of the Year, Retail System Awards, 2014
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