If you have the ambition and determination to succeed we can provide you with a career path that can take you from yard work or counter sales up to senior management, supported by a training programme that is second to none.
We welcome applicants at any level and can provide you with the training and career path to suit. From basic skills training through to apprenticeship schemes and the BMF Diploma and Foundation Degree in Merchanting you can be sure you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Below are some of the possible areas in which you could pursue a career in while working within the Builders Merchant industry.
Human Resource is focused on activities relating to employees. These activities normally include recruiting and hiring of new employees, orientation and training of current employees, employee benefits and retention. In smaller companies this role may be integrated into other roles. Larger merchants would generally have dedicated personnel.
The Sales and Marketing department of the company is hugely important. It’s their job to project the right image of the business to potential customers and present up and coming products in a way that will persuade customers to buy them. This role is more likely to be available in larger merchant and supplier members.
Customer service takes place whenever you interact with a customer, whether face to face, on the telephone, via letter or e-mail, or by any other means. For example, this could be transacting a sale or dealing with an enquiry or query, or even making a delivery.
Businesses need to make sure that their finances are in order. From paying suppliers and receiving payments from customers, to making sure staff are paid on time. The Finance department is responsible for making sure all this happens. In smaller companies this role maybe integrated into other roles. Larger merchants would generally have dedicated personnel.
Drivers, such as delivery drivers and forklift drivers, are responsible for loading, unloading, preparing, cleaning, and operating a vehicle. Delivery drivers can transport a wide variety of products to different various addresses. They need to have knowledge about mechanics in case a vehicle has technical issues. Please note these roles require the relevant driving licences and operator qualifications.
This role deals with the movement and storage of goods, which is a critical aspect of any builders merchant business. This role is accessible through a full time apprenticeship (NVQ LVL 2) and progression can be achieved through in-job training. In smaller companies this role may be integrated into other roles. Larger merchants would have dedicated personnel.
If you have a passion for interior design but don’t have a subject degree you could always work as a bathroom and/or kitchen consultant.
These specialist roles are available at some of our merchant members.
If you join a merchant in another role there are opportunities with in-job training to progress into a design consultant role.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of hours would I be expected to work?
Typically you would be likely to work between 35 and 40 hours a week.
Some larger companies may have extended opening hours over evenings and weekends and you could have the opportunity to work shifts. Part-time hours are often available.
Your time could be divided between trade counter, warehouse, yard or office. Some roles require most of your time to be spent on your feet and the job could involve lifting and carrying heavy materials. You would be trained how to do this correctly and safely.
Your employer would usually provide you with a uniform and safety footwear if required.
What can I expect to earn?
On completion of apprenticeship you could earn between £16,000 and £20,000 a year. Management positions will often carry salaries of £32,000 to £44,000 or more*.
Some employers pay overtime rates for working shifts and weekends, or reward staff with bonus payments based on sales.
Figures are intended as a guideline only as each position will have its own slary band or range.
*Salaries based on BMF Remuneration Survey
What qualifications do I need?
You do not need any formal qualifications to work at a builders merchant, but employers will look for a good general standard of education, often including GCSEs (A-C) in maths and English.
You may be able to get into this career through an Apprenticeship scheme with a builders merchant. The range of Apprenticeships available in your area will depend on the local jobs market and the types of skills employers need from their workers. To find out more about Apprenticeships, visit the Apprenticeships website.