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Due to continuous growth, we often have a wide range of careers available. We pride ourselves with an equal opportunity policy, with a vision to install pride and enthusiasm into all our workforce, rewarding excellent performance and helping build careers. Effective training leads to positive and enthusiastic members of staff and we believe happy customers.

We pride ourselves with our forward thinking approach to recruitment which results in a number of younger staff members coming through the business, retaining the knowledge of our more experienced employees, to continue the progression of the business whilst retaining the high standards that our customers expect.

Training Initiative of the Year 2018 – Awarded by the Builders Merchants Awards for Excellence.

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Fast Track Development Scheme - Various Branches

Main Purpose of the Job

This is a sought-after role for people who want a career, not a job. For this reason, you are required to submit a cover letter for this role, highlighting your life and working experiences as well as what strengths you feel you have to succeed in the position.

This is a One Year Scheme aimed at introduction to the World of Merchanting

Open to green applicants who are new to the merchanting world, which is different from other retail positions where you scan a barcode and off the customer goes; we have regular customers who our staff build a relationship with (rather than simply referring to everyone as Sir or Madam), our large stock holdings provide a great variety of products for our staff to engage with and our pricing structure allows staff to negotiate with customers what a purchasing our products. This creates a busy but enjoyable environment to carry out your working day in.

Although no previous merchanting experience is required, as a company we provide excellent levels of service to our customers that sets us apart from our competitors. This is why we require candidates to have not only the hunger and drive to succeed, but also the ability and relevant experience to be able to engage with our customers and provide the high standards of service that are expected.

The scheme is broken down into three main modules: Yard, Shop/Counter, and Sales.

Yard Module

  • Intro to Yard/Warehouse operations
  • Forklift truck training
  • Safety standards and expectations in branch
  • Housekeeping and Stock merchandising
  • Picking loads & serving customers
  • Loading/Unloading Suppliers
  • Picking loads for deliveries
  • Role of the delivery driver

Shop/Counter Module

  • Intro to POS computer system
  • Serving & selling to customers on the counter
  • Replenishing stock in the shop
  • Ordering stock and goods inwards
  • Answering telephone enquiries
  • Quoting customers
  • Intro to office admin duties – banking, invoicing, accounts
  • Intro to transport planning/scheduling

Sales Module

  • Sales negotiation
  • Proactive sales calling
  • Quote management
  • Role of the external rep

We would not hold someone back from progressing through the scheme, therefore there are no timescales on each module as it is down to each individual. The more you put in, the faster you progress.

However, there is an expectation that in 12 months you will have completed all the areas listed, gaining the relevant knowledge and experience to then be placed in a role within the company, to continue your development and have a long and successful career with us.

Job Type: Full-time, permanent

Salary: From £25,000.00 per year

Benefits: Bonus scheme, company pension, employee discount, additional leave accrual 

Schedule: Monday to Friday, and alternative Saturdays

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