We have lots of different roles at Breedon, from Operations to Logistics and Sales to Finance. Take a look below at some of the roles that we have, and find out what our people think.
Ian is the Quarry Production Manager of our busy sand and gravel quarry, Norton Bottoms in Lincolnshire. Prior to joining the quarry industry he had 25 years of experience of working heavy industry and he became the Quarry Production Manager in 2006 and has never looked back.
On a day to day basis my job, like all our Quarry Production Managers, is full of variety with health and safety of all the people on site being the main priority. I spend much of my day out and about with my team, looking at ways to make the site better in every way. I actively make sure the site works efficiently, hitting all of our quality targets to ensure our customers love the product that we send to them.
Balancing all the hands on work and getting out and about, I also make sure that the accounts are spot on as well as ordering all of the equipment and supplies needed to keep the quarry running smoothly. I love the work I get involved with on restoration and local liaison, making sure that we are working alongside all of our neighbours.
I've had bags of training with Breedon and I know it is a good company to work for as they are committed to seeing people do well. Personally I have received lots of quarry specific training and I have also completed the highly coveted SHE Level 6. Furthermore, I am also qualified to operate most of the mobile plant machinery within the quarry, which allows me to chip in when needed to support the team.
I love my job and so many things about it. The absolute highlight of my week is inspecting the field and I'm fairly sure I have the best job in the world when I get to see buzzards, foxes and deer roaming around. I am especially proud of the superb work done over the last 10 years & progress made by the team making Norton Bottoms a great place to work.
Max worked in the industry for 9 years before he joined us in October 2014 as the driver of a Concrete Mixer Truck and has since been promoted to the role of Lead Driver, supporting the Transport Manager with the running of our fleet of delivery trucks.
I started as a ready mixed concrete delivery driver in October 2014 at our Livingston concrete plant. On my first day it felt like I had worked there for years, because of the incredible team spirit and 'can do' attitude and due to the fact that I already knew most of the lads. It was a refreshing change compared to some of the other companies within the industry that I had worked for previously. Fast forward 1½ years and I have been assigned the role of Lead Driver for Scotland which involves assisting our Regional Transport Manager with the day-to-day running of the mixer fleet and drivers in Scotland. I also work closely with our regional distribution office with regards to drivers' hours, truck limitations, truck repairs and maintenance schedules.
When I first passed my HGV test 13 years ago, I wanted to gain as much experience on as many different vehicles and within as many industries as I could. I was told at the time by a few people that if I was keen to increase my skills and confidence, I should try concrete mixers as it's a more challenging job than driving a delivery vehicle on the roads. Boy were they bang on the money! New drivers have to learn that driving a mixer truck is unlike driving any other lorry due to the rotating motion of the drum which causes the vehicle to be unstable. The high rotating centre of gravity will pretty quickly have you dropping the load if you don't give it the care and attention needed.
I start my day with a vehicle walk around check to ensure the vehicle is safe and roadworthy before I check the day's workload with the Plant Supervisor to confirm loading times and any special instructions. The truck is then loaded with concrete and I deliver it to our customer. Due to the fast-paced nature of the construction industry and the quick hardening properties of concrete, time is a precious commodity and it's something you have very little of during a normal shift. A typical day driving a mixer truck would more often than not involve tight work schedules and long hours. The Scottish weather and the need to wash the truck after each delivery means that it can be quite cold and wet.
The thing I like best about my job is working for a company that actually notices the potential in people and offers training opportunities for those who would like to develop themselves within the industry. We have an excellent team of drivers who pull together to complete the task in hand (however long that may take!). The biggest challenge for a mixer driver is trying to maintain a healthy work/life balance, keeping hours to legal limits and maintaining Breedon's high standard of customer service.
My most enjoyable day so far was pouring the final turbine base for the Dunbar community wind farm project. There were 19,620m3 turbine bases and almost every day on that particular job we were all maxing our driving hours and were physically and mentally drained due to the adverse weather, road conditions and hours. Finishing the pour on that last day was a feeling of total euphoria for everyone involved on that contract and most of that day was spent high-fiving each other with permanent grins on our faces!
Olly has worked for Breedon since 2011 and now works as a Quarry Supervisor based at Cloud Hill Quarry.
Cloud Hill is a very busy, multi product site which means that I have a varied day job, sometimes working on the asphalt plant, sometimes in the quarry and other days batching concrete. I get to operate several different pieces of equipment and drive a variety of mobile plant in our quarries.
My day to day role is very varied and incudes working hard to keep everyone on site safe and ensuring the most timely and cost-effective production of aggregates, and efficient utilisation of all crusher and support equipment.
I would like to progress with Breedon to become a Quarry Manager and I have therefore just started to study for a foundation degree in Mineral Products Technology at Derby University. I am looking forward to this new challenge, which will allow me to expand my knowledge of quarry engineering, operational practices and management techniques. Breedon funds all my qualifications, provides me with the time to attend university and enables me to have the range of work-based opportunities that I need to apply my learning.
My highlight whilst working for Breedon has been passing my Shotfiring qualifications, these are tough qualifications with strict pass marks – it makes me feel really proud of what I can achieve.
Anthony is the Plant Supervisor of our busy Llandybie site in West Wales. He joined Breedon in January 2013 and has 7 years of experience of working in our industry.
I'm the plant supervisor of our busy ready mixed concrete and screed operation in Llandybie, West Wales. I've been involved in the concrete business for seven years starting out as a company truck driver before becoming a plant supervisor about five and a half years ago. I relocated to Llandybie four years ago.
As a plant supervisor, my first responsibility is to work with the team at Llandybie and make sure every task performed on our site is carried out as safely as possible. At the start of each day I go through my site check list to ensure that the concrete plant and the loading shovel are both safe to operate.
At Llandybie, I deal directly with customers, providing prices and taking their orders and am responsible for arranging deliveries, in addition to producing the materials which have been ordered. I enjoy dealing directly with our customers, because I’ve found that I can provide a personal touch which they seem to like, judging by the amount of repeat business that we have at Llandybie.
When I get a quiet moment, I spend my time ensuring that we have the right amount of materials, such as aggregates and cement, ordered for the next day’s work, carry out any routine maintenance tasks and also ensure that the site is clean and tidy.
Safety is so important in our industry, so I ensure that the correct safety procedures are followed and that I speak to anyone that is doing anything unsafe. I’m the trained first aider for the site and maintaining the first aid kit and other safety equipment is an important responsibility for me.
I like working for Breedon and enjoy working with a cracking team at Llandybie. I’ve received plenty of training to help me with my job, including completing QCFs (NVQs) in plant and mobile plant, first aid training and I have recently passed an IOSH course. I've been offered some good support and help to people who wish to develop, so you shouldn't be afraid to ask for any opportunities to climb the careers ladder.
In my opinion, if you want to be a plant supervisor then good people skills are essential as we need to promote positive customer relations and a good team ethic with fellow colleagues and contractors at the site. It is important that you are flexible and calm under pressure, because it can be a very busy job and things don’t always go to plan! It helps if you are fit because some tasks can be quite physical.