Britain's Most Admired Companies: Retailers (food and personal) Careers Guide 2011

Fancy a job in health and beauty? Try these Boots on for size.

by MT Staff
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Company name: Alliance Boots

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Address: Sedley Place, 3rd Floor, 361 Oxford St, London W1C 2JL

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Number of employees: Over 115,000, as at 31 March 2011 and including associates and joint-ventures

Company summary: Alliance Boots is a privately owned, leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group offering a wide range of products and services, working closely with manufacturers and pharmacists. Our two core business activities are pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution. Our wholesale and distribution network serves over 160,000 pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370 pharmaceutical wholesale distribution centres in 21 countries. We operate more than 3,280 health and beauty retail stores in 11 countries, of which just under 3,180 have a pharmacy. All figures stated are as at 31 March 2011, are approximate and include associates and joint-ventures.

Pay and benefits: We recognise that the success of our group is a result of the loyalty, passion and drive of our people and we greatly appreciate their efforts. That's why we offer a benefits package that truly recognises and rewards their contribution.

Promotion and development: We offer considerable scope for personal and professional development through training and international mobility. We also provide opportunities for continuous learning undertaken in the working environment. There is a significant amount of 'on-the-job' training within the business environment, as well as regular career development and performance reviews.

Company culture: Our culture is based on our values of partnership, entrepreneurship, service, trust and simplicity. Partnership: includes respect, understanding and working together - we create and build value through partnerships. Entrepreneurship: we are innovators, seeking new challenges and having a winning spirit. Trust: the essence of how we do business - we are trusted because we deliver on our promises. Service: we hold ourselves to high standards of care and service. Simplicity: we are proud of being lean and efficient, uncomplicated and easy to do business with.

Diversity, social responsibility: We are committed to excellence in corporate social responsibility. Our approach is to ensure that our business practices are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable across the group and we monitor our activities and progress through a csr scorecard.

Environment and sustainability: At Alliance Boots, we are determined to be a leader and an example to others in addressing the threat of climate change. We pursue many practical activities, both mandatory and voluntary, which contribute to the overall reduction of our carbon footprint.

Innovation: We believe that innovation is crucial to our customers and our business and we continue to differentiate our offering. For decades, we have been discovering, developing and testing to create a huge range of new products and services for our customers.

Opportunities: We believe working for Alliance Boots offers an exciting and stimulating environment where employees can develop their careers.

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