Across Connect Group we offer a number of different opportunities working in business support roles. You can find out more about the departments that operate from our UK offices.
We are responsible for positioning and promoting our brands to new, existing and future customers. We're a growing team based in Swindon and Sheffield that is creative and full of ideas. We use social media, promotions and external communications to tell our story.
Based in Swindon, Sheffield and Bradford our Finance and Legal team play an important role in every project across the company. The team manage accounts, tax and treasury, internal audit and company secretariat functions. It means that we are right at the heart of the business, ensuring quality advice and governance is followed.
With 6,000 colleagues, we play a vital role in supporting colleagues. Whether that be shaping and developing careers, hiring new recruits and providing training options. The People team also includes reward and internal communication expertise.
Technology is core to all we do. We're a large team that provides expert services 24 hours a day - whether that be web, digital, SAP or support. We have one of the biggest SAP installations in Europe, but are always looking for innovative, creative and technology-driven solutions that will help us better support our internal and external customers.
We work on making our operations leaner, cleaner and more efficient. Our own team work with logistics exerts to find new systems and processes to implement. We strive to be better at what we do and how we do it.
We ensure that our vehicles, distribution centres and offices offer our colleagues a fully operational, clean, safe and healthy place to work. This is no easy feat. Which is why even though we are only a small team, we have a big responsibility. We're innovative and creative, but also pragmatic, in the solutions that we provide the business. We know that by providing our colleagues with a high-quality fleet of vehicles and a great working environment we will get the very best out of them.
Returning to law after taking a break to volunteer with 40 charities in one year, I wanted to work for a company where I could be an integral part of its growth and have the freedom to shape my own path, rather than being placed into a silo. It was also important that the business I worked for was ethical and offered me a work life balance where I could continue to volunteer in my free time. I've joined at a really exciting time. The company is evolving and there's a real feeling that good ideas can come from anyone, no matter what role you have or how new you are to the business.
SAP, HR and Health and Safety Administrator
I started through an agency at the Newport Distribution Centre in 2014 and became a permanent Operations Administrator nine months later. Now I'm responsible for controlling and monitoring the payroll and health and safety for 11 locations. For me, it's the people who make it a great place to work. We have a strong working relationship and the management teams are very approachable and supportive. I can honestly say I enjoy my job and the business is ever evolving, so there will always be something to move on to.
I joined as a graduate wanting to get involved in a wide range of people-related tasks in a role offering the chance to progress in the future. It was my first full time job, but I was made to feel welcome from the moment I started and quickly established great working relationships with my colleagues. Everyone was really supportive which made me feel part of the team. I have been exposed to tasks that have broadened my knowledge and helped me gain a wide range of experience in a very short time. I fee that I am appreciated and whatever task I perform, I'm contributing to the company's goals.
I'd worked as a Resourcing Advisor prior to having children. After taking a break, I saw a role advertised that was just what I was looking for. I wanted to join a company that was a large, multi-site organisation as it was something I hadn't experienced before. I hadn't heard of Smiths News, but the company clearly had a real desire to grow and be an energising place to work. Everyone's approachable and happy to help and we all have unique strengths that we can draw on. The management team are open and willing to listen to ideas and different ways of working to drive the business forward too.
I joined the company a long time ago! I work with people from lots of different departments, based in different locations. They come to me with their communication problems and I love the chance to design solutions that help them; it's fantastic to see the difference that good communication makes. It's a really busy, fast-paced and interesting environment and I enjoy working with such great talent. My colleagues appreciate the help and guidance you can give - I learn from them every day and this in turn helps improve my performance and skills.
Learning and Development Specialist
What first attracted me to the business was the range of services the business offered, its core values and its sheer ambition. And the job of course - I love my job. I have extremely good working relationships both with my direct colleagues and with people right across the company. I like the fact that the work is challenging and fast paced. There's a lot of variety involved in working with different areas of the business. It's the variety of work, the opportunities to develop and my colleagues that really make this different from other places I have worked.
My time at Connect Group has seen me not only move between brands but also between cities. I started my journey in 1996 with Bertrams in Leeds, and I am now based at the Swindon office, championing great design across the business. Working with the right people is really important to me and the design team here are a talented and tight-knit team. We have a great working relationship, which is helpful as there is rarely a slow day. The company is continuously changing - and at a fast pace. Which means that the projects that I am involved with are varied, challenging and call upon all my design skills.
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