300 new jobs are coming to Sunderland with Ocado and here's how you can apply

Hundreds of new jobs are coming to Sunderland as a household name moves to a new premises in the city centre.

Thursday, 19th September 2019, 2:05 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th September 2019, 3:08 pm
Sunderland City Council leader, Graeme Miller; Ian Pattle, general manager of Ocado Group; and Patrick Melia, chief executive of Sunderland City Council.

And now, Ocado is looking to fill the first 30 positions for contact centre advisors and managers, with a series of events due to be held in the city.

The company has signed a deal to let the top two floors of the building for 15 years.

The BEAM at the Vaux site.

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The Sunderland centre is an additional hub for the company, which has a similar set-up in Hatfield, and will support Ocado’s continued growth.

A series of “Get to know Ocado” days will be held in Sunderland on Friday, September 27 and and Saturday, September 28 as well as ton October 17, 18, 19 and 20.

The events, which are aimed at those who have applied for the new roles, will include interviews with candidates, details of employee benefits and an overview of the company’s vision and values.

Successful candidates will be informed the week following the final event, with Ocado planning to have most people in place between November 4 and 18.

Mark Jenkins, Ocado Group recruitment and attraction manager, said: “The amazing welcome Ocado Group has been afforded by the people of Sunderland reaffirms our absolute confidence that the city will provide us with a friendly, professional and motivated workforce.

“The adverts for new roles, which will be based at THE BEAM, are already out there and we’re hopeful of attracting a wealth of talent.”

Sunderland City Council has supported Ocado Group since it visited the city last summer and has worked hand-in-hand with the company to ensure the required infrastructure is in place ahead of its move.

Their new home, THE BEAM, is part of a £500million city-centre vision, with the wider city investment total standing at more than £1.5billion leading to 2030.

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, welcomed the company to Wearside, and added: “We were absolutely delighted by Ocado Group’s decision to invest in THE BEAM and I am certain that we can repay the company’s commitment to the city by providing it with a motivated, enthusiastic workforce.”

Successful candidates for the roles will be informed the week following the final “Get to know” event, with Ocado planning to have most people in place between November 4 and 18.