Location: UK-wide: Hybrid working with access to Liverpool

Opportunity: Supported hiring into permanent roles

Start Date:  November 2022

Application Deadline: 12 September 2022

*Applications are now closed*


Restart your career with Very

Are you looking to return to work after an extended career break? Would you like to join a company that is reinventing retail, all whilst developing your technical skills in a flexible and supportive environment?

If so, The Very Group’s Career Returner Programme could be right for you!

The Very Group is launching its second Career Returner Programme, working in partnership with Women Returners to support people who have taken an extended career break of two or more years back into the workplace.

What to expect from The Very Group’s Career Returner Programme?

The Career Returner Programme offers successful candidates a paid permanent role. The opportunities available embrace hybrid working, with the Head Office in Speke, Liverpool as your office location when onsite. They’re also happy to discuss flexible working arrangements including part time. Check out more on making hybrid happen here!

They’ll provide you with any additional training you need in your role to help get you back up to speed. You will also receive coaching support from Women Returners to help you transition successfully back into the workplace.

You will be working on amazing projects whilst honing your skills, all whilst being surrounded by a collaborative environment of professionals from whom you can learn and grow.

What do the current cohort say about being on the Career Returner programme?

“Extremely supportive, inclusive and comfortable environment”

“I would like to thank each and everybody involved in this program and if I achieve anything in my career that will be only because of the returner programme team”

“Look forward to the opportunities of career progression. A heartfelt Thank You to The Very Group for giving us a chance to get back to our career and this opportunity to give my best to Very”

“The idea of giving us the opportunity, assigning buddies, mentors and coordinating with the line managers was excellent”

“It’s been 5 months since I joined The Very Group and I am thoroughly enjoying working here. Everyone in both teams are very supportive and helpful. They do understand our state of mind as we are returning to work after a career break and give us enough time to settle in and pick up things. I really like the work culture here”

Are you the right candidate?

The programme is aimed at people who’ve taken a career break for 2 or more years as at November 2022, whether this be for childcare, eldercare, or other reasons. You may have been working on a small-scale basis to fit around your other commitments or have not carried out any paid work for a number of years.

Successful candidates will be passionate about learning new skills and technologies and will possess prior experience operating at the mid-senior level in any of the following roles:

QA Engineers, Software Engineers, Data Engineers and Data Scientists.

They are looking for people with experience in the following;

  • Object-oriented Programming
  • Scripting Programming
  • Database Design / Admin
  • Test Automation

Who are interested in developing skills in one or more of these fields;

  • Software Engineering: Java, Go, JavaScript (Node.js / React)
  • Data Engineering: Java, Scala, Python, Data Lake / Warehouse
  • Data Science: R, Python, SAS
  • Platform Engineering: Amazon Web Services
  • QA Engineering: JUnit, K6, Elastic
  • Agile practices and process

What you’ll get in return:

  • Flexibility from their hybrid working model
  • Fantastic holiday allowance: 27-30 days + bank holidays
  • Matched pension up to 6%
  • Learning and development opportunities; free access to Udemy learning platform, mentors and buddies to support you as you get back to work.
  • A team of truly lovely people; check out their Glassdoor reviews!
  • Brand discount up to 25%

About the technology team at The Very Group

Technology has played a huge part in helping The Very Group transition from a catalogue retailer to the UK’s largest integrated online retailer and financial services provider over the last century, but their transformation is far from over.

Their talented teams are early on with some exciting plans to completely reinvent their tech estate; modernising their existing systems and platforms, bringing in modern, cloud-based technologies to design world class digital customer experiences. This means that this is your chance to be part of their plans, to have a real say in how they go about it, and take advantage of genuine opportunities to learn and further your career. They’re committed to making Very the best possible place to work in tech, so there’s never been a better time to join them!

How to Apply

The end date for applications is 12 September. Please apply using the link here

Applicants selected for interview will be advised after the closing date and interviews will take place in September and October, with a view to starting at the beginning of November.

If you have any queries, please contact Harriet Tsoi – harriet.tsoi@theverygroup.com

The Very Group is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. They do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. They’ll ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact The Very Group to request accommodation.