A career with Breedon

We're always keen to hear from experienced or ambitious people who are interested in joining the UK's largest independent construction materials group and one of the fastest-growing companies in our industry.


Life at Breedon

Our culture is rooted in sound business ethics and strong leadership.  We have a tradition of commitment to excellence and hard work, constantly challenging ourselves to do better.  And we recognise the importance of every colleague’s contribution to the success of our business. 

We want everyone in our company to succeed and be the best they can be.  We want you to feel empowered to perform to the best of your ability.  We’ll encourage you to use your initiative, challenge the status quo, draw on your personal skills, helping us continually to change and adapt our business to keep up to date with best practice.  In return, we’ll work hard to make sure you feel valued, supported, motivated and rewarded for the difference you make.  We’ll give you first-class training, development support and mentoring to ensure that you get the best out of your career with us. 

Where possible, our policy is to promote our existing colleagues to new or vacated positions, so that as our business grows, so do our people.  Breedon is an exciting and stimulating place to work, where new ideas are welcomed and personal and team successes are celebrated.  From operatives, skilled trades, geologists, quarry managers and engineers, to finance, HR and business development, we all work together as a team to deliver what we’re best known for in the market – outstanding customer service.


For further information about careers with Breedon, contact:

Southern
01332 694010
Northern
01382 537627

HOPE CEMENT

For further information about careers with Hope Cement’s concrete, aggregates and cement operations, click here.

CURRENT VACANCIES

Location: Derbyshire
Job description:

JOB TITLE:                     Accounting Assistant Cash Sales Allocation

REPORTS TO:                 Regional Management Accountant

BASED AT:                     Breedon Quarry

HOURS:                          37.5/week

 

JOB PURPOSE: To ensure all cash sales accounts are reconciled on a monthly basis

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITY:

 

  • To reconcile cash sales accounts on Infor 10
  • Prepare and post journals
  • Liaising with sites regarding cash sales
  • Ensure the company cash sales procedures are being adhered to
  • Ensure refunds are legitimate
  • Site visits to train other employees may be required
  • Ad-hoc queries responded to satisfactory level
  • All other duties or tasks as requested by your line manager

 

Qualifications & Experience:

Must be able to demonstrate a high level of written and numerical literacy

An understanding of reconciliations would be advantageous


Location: Derbyshire
Job description:

JOB TITLE:                    Accounts Payable - Reconciliations Administrator

REPORTS TO:                AP Manager

BASED AT:                    Breedon Quarry

HOURS:                          37.5/week

JOB PURPOSE: Ensure all key accounts are reconciled on a monthly basis

 KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITY:

 

  • Reconcile supplier accounts on a monthly basis
  • Liaise with suppliers to resolve invoice queries
  • Liaise with sites to resolve invoice queries
  • Ensure that the ledgers are maintained and effectively cleared down to prevent potential for errors in payments
  • Ad-hoc queries responded to satisfactory level
  • All other duties or tasks as requested by your line manager

  

Qualifications & Experience:

Must be able to demonstrate a high level of written and numerical literacy

Experience of working in a AP environment is desirable


Location: Derbyshire
Job description:

JOB PURPOSE:

Reporting to the Credit Manager, this role will support the Credit Control team in the setting up of accounts and logging of queries as well as taking control over the invoicing and crediting processes.

The ideal candidate will have a can-do attitude, and be able to work under pressure to tight deadlines as well as being able to work well in a fast moving team environment.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITY:

  • Invoice run
  • Credit run
  • Checking accuracy of credits and invoices
  • Internal liaison with sales teams to ensure all goods delivered are invoiced
  • Cash allocation
  • Processing of Dunning letter cycle
  • Month end ledger housekeeping
  • Processing of statements
  • Liaison with Cash Sale team to raise ad-hoc credits/invoices where necessary
  • Manual input of Tradex invoices
  • Logging of queries received electronically or by post
  • Opening of accounts, and maintenance of data
  • Setting of credit limits and liaison with Credit Manager
  • Provide holiday cover for team members
  • Ad-Hoc manual invoices
  • Banking
  • Other duties as requested by line manager

 

Qualifications & Experience:

Must be able to demonstrate a high level of written and numerical literacy

Experience of the AR process essential

 

Skills:

Attention to detail

Excellent Communication

Good Time management


Location: Scotland
Job description:

 

Breedon Group plc is the largest independent construction materials group in the UK. We operate nearly 60 quarries, 27 asphalt plants, just under 200 ready-mixed concrete & mortar plants and three concrete block plants throughout England, Wales and Scotland, employing more than 2,100 people.

 

Following a significant recent acquisition and continued expansion of the Group the Company is seeking a qualified and experienced professional Bid Team Leader/Senior Estimator in our Northern Division.

 

As part of the senior management team this role will involve examining and evaluating incoming enquiries for major contracts and reporting these to the Contracting Director together with leading a bid team to pre-qualify, prepare and price tender submissions for major contracting projects related to road surfacing. You will be required to source project cost information including producing and evaluating material prices and sub-contractor enquiries.

 

As part of the role you will manage a team responsible for the preparation of tenders which cover the scope of works, plans, specification and programmes.

 

The successful candidate will have qualifications related to the Civil Engineering industry, i.e. CEng together with excellent interpersonal, organisational and time management skills. You will have the skill to maintain good working relationships with colleagues, clients & suppliers and have a personable character. 

 

The Group places the highest importance on sustained standards of excellence in all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental management and you will be expected to contribute to the Company’s zero harm culture.

 

For the above role we are looking for candidates who have the experience and/or personal qualities to provide a positive and proactive contribution to our team.

 

In return, we offer a competitive salary and other benefits associated with a progressive employer.

 

You must be able to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK.

 

 

To apply, please send your CV with covering letter to: HR Recruitment, Breedon Northern Limited, Ethiebeaton Quarry, Monifieth, Angus, DD5 3RB

or email: hr.north@breedongroup.com            


Location: Cheltenham
Job description:

An opportunity has arisen at Huntsman Quarry (Naunton, Nr Cheltenham) for a Supervisor on the block making plant, Reporting directly to the Quarry Manager this is an ideal opportunity for an ambitious, dynamic individual ideally with a mechanical background with a “Dynamic approach” to join a very personal and progressive company. The successful candidate must be comfortable with a hands-on-role to drive forward our health and safety culture as well as being focussed on the needs of our customers.

The qualities required to carry out these duties include:

Self-motivation and flexible work patterns

  • Excellent health safety and environmental standards
  • Ability to work on your own or as part of a team
  • Willingness to learn other roles
  • Ability to work both inside and in the open air
  • Ability to communicate at all levels

We offer competitive terms and other benefits associated with a progressive employer.


Location: Argyll
Job description:

Breedon Group plc is the largest independent construction materials group in the UK. We operate nearly 60 quarries, 27 asphalt plants, just under 200 ready-mixed concrete & mortar plants and three concrete block plants throughout England, Wales and Scotland, employing more than 2,100 people.

Due to our continuing growth we have vacancies for two Drivers delivering our product from our quarries in the Argyll and Bute area.  

Ideally, you will have a strong knowledge of the local area and/or be willing to drive a sleeper cab (not essential) and work away in differing locations.  You will have a clean driving licence and preferably be experienced in delivering concrete, coated asphalt and aggregates, although this is not essential as training will be provided.

You will have a proactive approach to health and safety and be fully conversant with EU rules on drivers’ hours, digital cards and tachograph records. You must hold a current valid CPC card demonstrating your training.  

Naturally you will be focussed upon fulfilling our customer requirements and therefore will be able to communicate in an effective and professional manner.

If you have the personal qualities to provide a genuinely positive contribution to our team, we offer a competitive salary and other benefits associated with a progressive employer.  You must provide evidence of your right to work in the UK.

 

To apply, please send your CV with covering letter to: HR Recruitment, Breedon Northern Limited, Ethiebeaton Quarry, Monifieth, Angus, DD5 3RB or email: hr.north@breedongroup.com            


Location: Cheltenham
Job description:

Concrete Plant Supervisor

Huntsman Quarry, Naunton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL54

An opportunity has arisen at Huntsman Quarry for a Supervisor on the concrete plant, Reporting directly to the Quarry Manager this is an ideal opportunity for an ambitious, dynamic individual ideally with a mechanical background with a “Dynamic approach” to join a very personal and progressive company. The successful candidate must be comfortable with a hands-on-role to drive forward our health and safety culture as well as being focussed on the needs of our customers.

The qualities required to carry out these duties include:

 Self-motivation and flexible work patterns

  • Excellent health safety and environmental standards
  • Ability to work on your own or as part of a team
  • Willingness to learn other roles
  • Ability to work both inside and in the open air
  • Ability to communicate at all levels

We offer competitive terms and other benefits associated with a progressive employer.


Location: Coventry
Closing date: 27 February 2017
Job description:

We are seeking a Plant Supervisor to run our ready-mixed concrete plant in Coventry. Your key responsibility will be to batch concrete and ensure this is done in accordance with our safety, environmental and quality procedures. 

You will ensure that concrete orders are dispatched to meet customer requirements and conduct administration tasks, including using IT systems in order to efficiently operate the site. You will also be responsible for assisting our maintenance fitters and business partners in maintaining site housekeeping to a high standard and actively identifying and implementing site improvements. With a focus on environmental standards the role will involve supporting community relations in a constructive and proactive manner. 

You will be required to be flexible in duties undertaken, carrying out other tasks on this site or at other sites in the local area.

We would like to hear from you if you are keen to make a really positive difference to our business and the service received by customers.  A commitment to achieving world class safety standards, strong communication skills and the ability to work well with our drivers and other colleagues are all really important.  It would be an advantage if you have worked in a similar role before and have a good understanding of general plant maintenance, along with a Loading Shovel qualification and a First Aid certificate. 

The Group places the highest importance on sustained standards of excellence in all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental management and you will be expected to contribute to the Company’s zero harm culture. 

A competitive remuneration package will be offered including pension and life assurance.


Location: West London
Job description:

We are seeking a Plant Supervisor to run our ready-mixed concrete plant in Shepperton, West London. Your key responsibility will be to batch concrete and ensure this is done in accordance with our safety, environmental and quality procedures. 

You will ensure that concrete orders are dispatched to meet customer requirements and conduct administration tasks, including using IT systems in order to efficiently operate the site. You will also be responsible for assisting our maintenance fitters and business partners in maintaining site housekeeping to a high standard and actively identifying and implementing site improvements. With a focus on environmental standards the role will involve supporting community relations in a constructive and proactive manner. 

You will be required to be flexible in duties undertaken, carrying out other tasks on this site or at other sites in the local area.

We would like to hear from you if you are keen to make a really positive difference to our business and the service received by customers.  A commitment to achieving world class safety standards, strong communication skills and the ability to work well with our drivers and other colleagues are all really important.  It would be an advantage if you have worked in a similar role before and have a good understanding of general plant maintenance, along with a Loading Shovel qualification and a First Aid certificate. 

The Group places the highest importance on sustained standards of excellence in all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental management and you will be expected to contribute to the Company’s zero harm culture. 

A competitive remuneration package will be offered including pension and life assurance.


Location: Leicestershire
Job description:

Breedon Southern Contracting are seeking to recruit two additional contract surfacing gangs to join our expanding contracting division. Ideally located in Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire covering the Midlands and East Anglia the gangs should be experienced in aspects of contract resurfacing. Complete gangs of 7-8 people will be given preferential consideration.


Location: Cambridgeshire / East Anglia
Job description:

Breedon Southern Contracting are seeking to recruit two additional contract surfacing gangs to join our expanding contracting division. Ideally located in Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire covering the Midlands and East Anglia the gangs should be experienced in aspects of contract resurfacing. Complete gangs of 7-8 people will be given preferential consideration.


Location: Derbyshire
Job description:

JOB TITLE:                    Credit Controller

REPORTS TO:                Credit Manager

BASED AT:                     Breedon Quarry

JOB PURPOSE:

Management of sales ledger, maximisation of cash flow.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITY:

        *  Cash collection

  • Management of sales ledger accounts
  • Recording of all communications using a bespoke collections system
  • Weekly collections forecasting
  • Risk analysis
  • Regular liaison with sales team
  • Problem solving
  • Complex reconciliations
  • Working towards and understanding given targets
  • Monitoring of overtrading
  • Management of credit limits
  • Provide holiday cover for team members
  • Query logging
  • Banking
  • Other duties as requested by line manager

 

Qualifications & Experience:

Must be able to demonstrate a high level of written and numerical literacy

Must have good negotiation skills, and have the ability to work under pressure to strict deadlines

Must be able to clearly communicate financial matters

CICM qualifications preferred, but not essential for the right applicant.


Location: Leeds
Job description:

We are looking for a Customer Services Agent in Leeds to manage the distribution and sales of concrete within a network of plants.

You will be responsible for:

  • The receipt, accurate inputting, scheduling and monitoring of customers’ orders
  • An adept and timely response to customers’ enquires, queries and complaints
  • Proactive planning and tracking orders to completion
  • Scheduling and rescheduling orders whilst utilising haulage fleet effectively
  • Communicating effectively between commercial, production and haulage partners
  • Meeting customer’ requirements whilst keeping them informed and maximising our commercial opportunities
  • Quotation administration for Territory Sales Managers
  • Account Management for allocated customers

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience of delivering excellent customer service through sales and account management. You must be able to work as part of a team in a fast paced and pressured environment. Effective communication between both internal and external stakeholders is paramount, and you must also be IT literate. Experience of working within the building materials industry, particularly concrete, would be an advantage.

The Group places the highest importance on sustained standards of excellence in all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental management and you will be expected to contribute to the Company’s zero harm culture.

A competitive remuneration package will be offered including pension and life assurance.


Location: Hope Cement Works
Job description:

At our Cement Works in Hope, Derbyshire, we are seeking an Electrical Craft Apprentice and a Mechanical Craft Apprentice, to start with us in early September 2017.  You will attend a suitable 4 year course which will lead to an Advanced Apprenticeship. 

Year 1 of the craft apprenticeship is full time in college, learning the basic skills of the role. This covers core areas across electrical and mechanical engineering. Years 2-4 are day release at college, with the remaining time in the work place, where you will work alongside experienced colleagues putting your craft skills into practice, whilst gathering evidence for the NVQ3 log books. Year 3 will be the start of the HNC, which completes in Year 4. 

Hope Cement Works’ Apprenticeship scheme is accredited to ‘The Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ and ‘The Institute of Engineering & Technology’. Successful competition of this scheme will enable you to apply for the professional status of EngTech. 

You will be expected to demonstrate the following behaviours throughout the apprenticeship: 

  • Take responsibility for your own safety and that of colleagues and business partners
  • Maintain site house-keeping to a high standard
  • Actively engage in learning opportunities within the many departments which you will work within
  • Support all teams by participating fully in placements
  • Display effective communications and relationship building with all colleagues
  • Take ownership for your own development
  • Fully complete all college and work based learning assignments to the best of your ability
  • Look for and act on continuous development opportunities
  • Actively identify and implement improvements
  • Look for opportunities to positively promote Hope Cement Works
  • Look for ways to continually learn and develop

We are looking for:

  • Highly motivated individuals with a passion for learning
  • Flair for your chosen discipline
  • Enthusiastic and keen learners with an adaptable style and openness to new ideas
  • The potential to be our future team players, supervisors and managers.

You must also have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or level 5 or above on the new grading scheme) including Maths, English and Science. 

A competitive remuneration package will be offered including pension and life assurance.


Location: Derbyshire
Job description:

JOB TITLE:                     Employee Expenses Coordinator

REPORTS TO:                 AP Manager

BASED AT:                      Breedon Quarry

 

JOB PURPOSE:

Ensure all employee expense claims are processed accurately and paid in a timely manner. This includes but is not limited to out of pocket expenses and company credit card claims

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITY:

         * Ensure all employee expense claims are processed accurately and paid in a timely manner

  • Ensure that all expenses are signed off by appropriate personnel
  • Prepare the expenses payment run
  • Send out employee remittances
  • Ensure that the ledgers are maintained and effectively cleared down to prevent potential for errors in payments. 
  • Ensure that the VAT treatment of expenses processed is correctly handled
  • Ad-hoc queries responded to satisfactory level
  • All other duties or tasks as requested by your line manager

  

Qualifications & Experience:

Must be able to demonstrate a high level of written and numerical literacy

Experience of working in a AP environment is desirable


Location: Derbyshire
Job description:

JOB TITLE:                     Findocs Manager

REPORTS TO:                 AP Manager

BASED AT:                      Breedon Quarry

HOURS:                           37.5/week

 

JOB PURPOSE: To ensure all users are using the findocs purchasing system correctly

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITY:

 

  • Assisting in the day to day management of the AP department and all AP staff
  • Maintaining the integrity of the Findocs system
  • Liaise with sites regarding invoice queries
  • Training end users on Findocs, this may involve site visits
  • Carrying out periodic internal audits of how effectively sites are using Findocs
  • Provide assistance and support when users are not up-to-date with AP processing
  • Dealing with failed posting between Findocs and Infor10
  • Set up new users on Findocs
  • Maintain the Findocs authorisation matrix
  • Suggest system improvements to drive efficiency
  • Ad-hoc queries responded to satisfactory level
  • All other duties or tasks as requested by your line manager

 

Qualifications & Experience:

Must be able to demonstrate a high level of written and numerical literacy

Experience of the Findocs system is essential


Location: Derbyshire
Job description:

JOB TITLE:                         Haulier Administration Assistant

REPORTS TO:                     Regional Management Accountant

BASED AT:                          Breedon Quarry

HOURS:                               37.5/week

JOB PURPOSE: To cover all areas of haulage admin including owned trucks, owner drivers and 3 party hauliers

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITY:

  • Payroll:

    • Calculate driver basic hours and overtime and enter onto spread sheets for payroll
    • Manually checking hours on clock-in print out/timesheets.
    • Querying missing hours/timesheets etc.
    • Process holidays, sickness, Training days onto the payroll System (time systems)

     Contract Hauliers:

    • Contract Haulier Audit as required
    • Maintaining spreadsheet with O/D details / Updating accounts information onto spreadsheets
    • Collating information, raising invoices & preparing monthly accounts / Preparing monthly Summaries/Statements - posting to hauliers
    • Process Contract Haulier accounts onto Infor 10 accounts system
    • Photocopy and File all accounts

     External Hauliers:

             * Preview tickets for all hauliers checking for anomalies, correct mistakes.

    • Raising Manual Self Bills for Haulier queries
    • Input of manual Self bills onto accounting system in time for each payment run
    • Send out Self bills and other relating paperwork to Hauliers
    • Change or add details for hauliers/registrations/tickets etc onto Excalibur
    • Processing of mixer hire invoices onto Excalibur

     Fuel:

    • Merridale System - downloading data from pumps to system, input deliveries as required / system maintenance, adding and deleting vehicles and keys as required / downloading data to Excel file for Accounts Dept. / printing reports for Contract Hauliers for invoicing

    Admin:

    • Daily check lists (complete on a weekly basis)
    • Drivers Working hours
    • Photocopy Tacos for Drivers
    • Filing
    • All other duties or tasks as requested by your line manager

    Qualifications & Experience:

    • Experience in a similar role is desirable

Location: Hope Valley, Derbyshire
Job description:

To support the Group’s continued expansion, we are seeking two professional Human Resource Business Partners, one based in Derbyshire and one in Dundee to work with our Cementitious and Northern business divisions. 

The focus for these roles will be to provide operational HR support to the Division as we develop our people strategy and drive performance.  The successful applicants must be able to collaborate confidently with stakeholders, understand their requirements and deliver appropriate support. 

These roles provide a great opportunity for experienced HR professionals to develop their career in a fast paced environment implementing innovative HR practice with the Divisional HR Managers and Business Teams within the Breedon Group network.

 Key objectives 

  • Proactively support the HR Manager in delivering the Divisional People Strategy
  • Design and facilitate HR practices that support organisational development
  • Enable consistent employee relations practice
  • Enable compliance and efficiency with HR systems and processes

 Essential requirements 

  • CIPD qualified or working toward
  • Practical knowledge of Employment Law
  • Generalist HR experience within a commercially focussed business

The Group places the highest importance on sustained standards of excellence in all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental management and you will be expected to contribute to the Company’s zero harm culture. 

A competitive remuneration package will be offered including pension and life assurance.


Location: Monifieth
Job description:

To support the Group’s continued expansion, we are seeking two professional Human Resource Business Partners, one based in Derbyshire and one in Monifieth to work with our Cementitious and Northern business divisions. 

The focus for these roles will be to provide operational HR support to the Division as we develop our people strategy and drive performance.  The successful applicants must be able to collaborate confidently with stakeholders, understand their requirements and deliver appropriate support. 

These roles provide a great opportunity for experienced HR professionals to develop their career in a fast paced environment implementing innovative HR practice with the Divisional HR Managers and Business Teams within the Breedon Group network.

 Key objectives 

  • Proactively support the HR Manager in delivering the Divisional People Strategy
  • Design and facilitate HR practices that support organisational development
  • Enable consistent employee relations practice
  • Enable compliance and efficiency with HR systems and processes 

Essential requirements 

  • CIPD qualified or working toward
  • Practical knowledge of Employment Law
  • Generalist HR experience within a commercially focussed business

The Group places the highest importance on sustained standards of excellence in all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental management and you will be expected to contribute to the Company’s zero harm culture. 

A competitive remuneration package will be offered including pension and life assurance.


Location: Astley Moss
Job description:

We have an exciting opportunity to join our team operating out of our newly formed area office at Astley Moss, Manchester. We are looking for 3 Internal Sales Representatives to work within our commercial team. 

You will be responsible for:

  • Responding proactively and in a timely manner to all customer enquiries
  • Expanding Breedon’s commercial profile within allocated territory
  • Developing our customer base and ensure sufficient sales pipeline working with the Territory Sales Managers
  • Account Management for allocated customers
  • Quotation administration for Territory Sales Managers

The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate experience of delivering excellent customer service through sales and account management. You will also be IT literate and an excellent communicator.  Experience of working within the building materials industry, particularly concrete, would be an advantage.

The Group places the highest importance on sustained standards of excellence in all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental management and you will be expected to contribute to the Company’s zero harm culture. 

A competitive remuneration package will be offered including pension and life assurance.


Location: Derbyshire
Job description:

JOB TITLE:                    Invoice Processing & Reconciliations Administrator

REPORTS TO:                AP Manager

BASED AT:                     Breedon Quarry

HOURS:                          37.5/week

 

JOB PURPOSE: Ensure all purchase invoices received are scanned and initially registered on Findocs

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITY:

        *   Scan and register all purchases invoices received

  • Liaise with suppliers where order numbers are missing or incomplete
  • Liaise with sites where order numbers are missing or incomplete
  • Liaise with sites regarding invoice queries
  • Ensure that the VAT treatment of invoices processed is correctly handled
  • Assist with reconciling supplier accounts on a monthly basis
  • Ad-hoc queries responded to satisfactory level
  • All other duties or tasks as requested by your line manager

 

Qualifications & Experience:

Must be able to demonstrate a high level of written and numerical literacy

Experience of working in a AP environment is desirable


Location: Inverness
Job description:


We are now looking to recruit a Modern Apprentice based equally between our busy Asphalt Plant at Daviot and Concrete Plant in Inverness. This is a great opportunity to gain experience with our asphalt and ready-mix concrete production teams and to embark on a career with stability and tangible progression.

The Role: You will learn the Operating computer batching systems to produce Asphalt/ Concrete and meet compliance within set tolerances. This will involve training and learning how to be involved in:

  • Identifying and reporting defective materials;
  • Managing all constituent material stocks, and re-ordering as required from the various suppliers. Identify and report materials out with specification;
  • Operate loading shovels or telehandlers/forklifts to re-stock storage bins and stock pile aggregate deliveries;
  • Carrying out daily checks of all safety critical equipment in line with company standards;
  • Daily checks carried out and recorded as required by the environmental permits;
  • Managing and controlling truck mixer/tipper/cement tanker drivers operating within the plant;
  • Understanding Risk Assessments, be able to carry out Risk Assessments and compile a Safe System of Work;
  • Ensuring focused, proactive communication of any potential near miss/hazards within the work area to the Company’s Health, Safety Department and Line Management
  • Completing duties, tasks and projects as requested by management following training

You will be responsible for adhering to and ensuring self and others follow health & safety and environmental compliance with Company rules and expectations, as well as understanding and following any legal obligations.

The Candidate: Although we would like candidates to have a good standard of general education, we are primarily seeking individuals who have a flexible, proactive, practical and ‘hands-on’ approach to work with strong communication, problem solving and IT skills. Naturally, you will be involved with customers and colleagues in various areas of the business and you should be able to work confidently and courteously within the team and on your own initiative.

Continuous training for this vocational role will be provided both in-house and also through an education provider - offering a personal growth path and development leading to SVQ Certification. Due to health and safety regulations for young people on quarry sites; age restrictions may apply to those under 18.

We are looking for candidates who have the interest in fulfilling this role and who have the personal qualities to provide a positive and proactive contribution to our team.

We offer competitive terms and other benefits associated with a progressive employer.

You must be able to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK.


Location: Cheltenham
Job description:

Job Title

Fixed Plant Fitter

Location

Huntsman Quarry, Naunton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL54 3BA

Maximum commutable distance (other locations)

Evesham / Tewkesbury (satellite concrete plants)

Salary Range / Benefits

£negotiable depending on experience

Working Hours 

7am – 5pm Mon – Fri + overtime as required (which may include Saturdays)

Important Information about the role:

 * Ability to follow a scheduled maintenance scheme as well as be able to react quickly and work safely in breakdown situations

Key Responsibilities

 * Maintenance of all fixed plant.

Essential criteria / Essential qualifications

  • Qualifications in mechanical fitting / fabrication
  • Good attitude towards health & safety
  • Excellent organisational and housekeeping standards
  • Ability to work on your own initiative to solve problems and deal with breakdowns or as part of a team

Desirable criteria

  • Experience in quarrying or other heavy industry

 Previous experience

  • Maintenance Fitter

 


Location: Furnace
Job description:

We are looking to recruit an experienced and self-motivated individual to manage Furnace Quarry, on the west shore of Loch Fyne, south of Inveraray. located in Argyll & Bute on the West coast of Scotland.

You will be responsible for the safe and efficient management and operation of the quarry covering the production of aggregates, asphalt and ready mix concrete. You will demonstrate a sound knowledge of blasting operations, crushing and screening, maintenance activities and have the ability to effectively plan and organise multiple operations.

Ideally you will hold an SVQ level 4/5 in Health, Safety & Environmental management within the extractives industry; possess good leadership skills to promote a positive team working; communicate effectively with other functions within the business, and to be successful, you must be comfortable with a hands-on-role to drive forward our health and safety culture as well as being focussed on the needs of our customers.

This position offers a great opportunity to join an expanding vibrant company offering plenty of prospects for career progression and terms and other benefits associated with a progressive employer.

 


Location: Herefordshire
Job description:

We are seeking 2 Quarry Operatives to join our team at Leinthall Quarry in Herefordshire.

Your responsibilities will include the operation of mobile plant, fixed plant and general plant maintenance.  

The successful candidate must hold a current driving licence and will ideally hold a licence for heavy plant, however training may be given to a suitable candidate. 

You will be self-motivated and have the ability to work on your own or as part of a team and be available to work flexible working patterns. You will also have a willingness to learn and be a good communicator. 

The Group places the highest importance on sustained standards of excellence in all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental management and you will be expected to contribute to the Company’s zero harm culture. 

40+hours per week.

 


Location: Hope Cement Works
Closing date: 06 March 2017
Job description:

We are currently seeking a Quarry Process Operator based at our limestone quarry at Hope Cement Works, Derbyshire. You will be part of a multi-skilled operational shift team working at the quarry.

Your duties will include primarily operating a 360 excavator at the quarry face, however large wheeled loader and 60 tonne payload rigid dump truck operations will also form part of your duties. Further training and development will also need to be undertaken for operating the limestone processing plant, and assisting with first line maintenance activities.

The successful candidate will have experience in mobile plant operations in hard rock quarry applications. A proactive approach to health and safety is required, along with good environmental awareness and a sound understanding of hazards associated with quarrying operations. A degree of flexibility is required for occasionally changing working patterns or covering other shift teams to meet the needs of the business.

The Group places the highest importance on sustained standards of excellence in all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental management and you will be expected to contribute to the Company’s zero harm culture. 

 A competitive remuneration package will be offered including pension and life assurance.

 


Location: Yorkshire
Job description:

We are seeking a Relief Concrete Plant Supervisor to work at a number of different concrete plants across the West Yorkshire area. Your key responsibility will be to batch concrete and ensure this is done in accordance with our safety, environmental and quality procedures. 

You will ensure that concrete orders are dispatched to meet customer requirements and conduct administration tasks, including using IT systems in order to efficiently operate the site. You will also be responsible for assisting our maintenance fitters and business partners in maintaining site housekeeping to a high standard and actively identifying and implementing site improvements. With a focus on environmental standards the role will involve supporting community relations in a constructive and proactive manner. You will also support the Production Manager with day-to-day plant management.

We would like to hear from you if you are keen to make a really positive difference to our business and the service received by customers.  A commitment to achieving world class safety standards, strong communication skills and the ability to work well with our drivers and other colleagues are all really important.  It would be an advantage if you have worked in a similar role before and have a good understanding of general plant maintenance, and relevant qualifications such as a First Aid certificate. 

You will be provided with a van to travel between sites, so a full driving licence is essential.

The Group places the highest importance on sustained standards of excellence in all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental management and you will be expected to contribute to the Company’s zero harm culture. 

A competitive remuneration package will be offered including business-use van, pension and life assurance.


Location: East Anglia
Job description:

Breedon Contracting Southern are seeking experienced roller drivers and rack hands within the Contracting division, located in East Anglia.

We are looking for operators who are fully experienced in all aspects of the laying of bituminous materials. With an understanding and basic knowledge of working within a construction environment, you will have previous experience working within a hand lay or machine lay gang,  With this the ability to work effectively as part of a team and on your own initiative, you will be capable of working to tight deadlines.


To be considered for this post you need to have previous road surfacing experience and be prepared to work unsociable hours.

We offer competitive terms and other benefits associated with a progressive employer.


Location: Astley Moss
Job description:

We have an exciting opportunity to join our team operating out of our newly formed Area Office at Astley Moss, Manchester. We are looking for 3 Shippers to work within our distribution team. 

You will be responsible for: 

  • The receipt, accurate inputting, scheduling and monitoring of customers’ orders
  • An adept and timely response to customers’ enquires, queries and complaints
  • Proactive planning and tracking orders to completion
  • Scheduling and rescheduling orders whilst utilising haulage fleet effectively
  • Communicating effectively between commercial, production and haulage partners
  • Meeting customer’ requirements whilst keeping them informed and maximising our commercial opportunities 

Effective communication between both internal and external stake holders is paramount, and you must be able to work as part of a team in a fast paced and pressured environment. Experience of working within the building materials industry, particularly concrete, would be an advantage. 

The Group places the highest importance on sustained standards of excellence in all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental management and you will be expected to contribute to the Company’s zero harm culture. 

A competitive remuneration package will be offered including pension and life assurance.


Location: Holme Hall Quarry
Job description:

We are currently seeking a Territory Sales Manager to take responsibility for all sales activity for aggregates at our Holme Hall Quarry. The role is temporary and is expected to last for approximately 12 months.

The key elements of the role are as follows:

Market Management

  • Agree targets for territory/assets in alignment with Area/Regional Commercial strategy and support the execution and delivery of the Regional Commercial Strategy
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with customer contacts across the sales territory.
  • Collaboratively manage nominated key customer accounts to deliver maximum value to the business.
  • Timely and quality reporting of Won/Lost orders, Market Opportunities, Competitor Activity and Asset Sales Forecasts.
  • Adhere to regional sales policy and processes;
  • Plan and track own sales activity (calls, visits etc.) to maximise effective use of time
  • Respond promptly and efficiently to enquiries, queries and complaints from own designated customer accounts and territory customers and proactively manage tender enquiries and contracts through to a won/lost reportable conclusion
  • Promotion and sale of performance products against agreed pricing and volume targets
  • Constant assessment of competitor activity, performance and workload so that capability can be assessed in the competitive environment.

Service Delivery and Internal Relationships

  • Coordinate with distribution team to support them in delivering requires service levels
  • Support to Commercial Manager and building Area/Regional Strategy and identifying growth opportunities
  • Liaise with Credit Control to ensure credit limits are appropriate and that cash collection is maximised.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with operations and technical within own territory, accurately forecasting and communicating customer requirements to prevent service and technical problems arising;
  • Membership of industry bodies as appropriate;

It is essential that you possess good written and mathematical skills for this role and can demonstrate a sound track record in building customer relationships and winning business. Excellent communication skills are also essential as you will be liaising with a variety of stakeholders, including Holme Hall production and management colleagues, haulier merchants and directly to customer sites. It would be advantageous if you have previous commercial experience within the UK ready-mix concrete or aggregate products market.

The Group places the highest importance on sustained standards of excellence in all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental management and you will be expected to contribute to the Company’s zero harm culture. 

A competitive remuneration package will be offered including company car and pension.



Breedon is an ambitious and fast-growing company.  We’re already the largest independent building materials group in the UK – and we have plans to be even bigger and more successful in the future.  We have a reputation in the market as a fleet-footed operator, with the highest standards of customer service and a commitment to excellence in everything we do.

This is what sets us apart:

We really understand our customers

Although we’re a big business, we’re small enough to care about and support our customers.  We’ve developed close relationships with them by being approachable, reliable and able to make quick decisions.  We’re always available – and always willing to go the extra mile for the companies who rely on us.

We’re focused

We have a simple aim: to be the most profitable company in our industry.  We’re achieving this, not by cutting costs, but by investing wisely in our business and our people, by concentrating hard on getting the maximum value out of every tonne of rock we quarry.

We’re growing

Our strategy is to grow both organically and by acquisition.  We’ve already successfully integrated a number of companies into the group and have many more in our sights.  When you join Breedon, you’ll be embarking on an exciting and ambitious journey with us.

We care about our people

We adopt values and standards designed to help guide our staff in their conduct and business relationships to ensure that everyone goes home safely every day.  We are extremely proud that our safety performance continues to improve year-on-year and we continue to work as a team to aim for zero harm. 

We have a dream team

We’re proud to be able to say that our experienced, professional, honest and reliable team are the best in the business.  We don’t believe you’ll find a better group of colleagues anywhere else in our industry.

We offer great training and development

We want every one of our colleagues to succeed and become the best they can be,  We offer full training, development and mentoring support and strongly encourage progression.

We care about our communities

We believe we have a duty of care towards the communities in which we operate.  We work closely with them to ensure that our businesses have minimal impact on their environment and well-being – and that we help and support them wherever possible, as responsible corporate citizens.

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.

Normally you can expect two-stage interviews, sometimes followed by time spent within the department to meet the team.  We believe it’s important for you to be as well-informed as possible about what the job involves before we make a decision.

In your interviews we’ll focus on your skills, experience and behaviour, so you’ll be asked for examples of how you’ve approached different situations and challenges in the past, drawing on your experience from study, home or work.

We do receive a lot of applications, so it’s important that yours stands out.  Make sure your CV really works for you.  Here are a few tips on putting your application together:

Be concise – that’s the best way to make an impact
Keep it simple and clear – you can elaborate at your interview
Summarise your key achievements at the top of your CV
Academic and professional qualifications should flow in a logical order
Analyse the job description carefully – then match your skills, experience and competencies to the requirements of the job
Don’t leave unexplained gaps – if you’ve had a career break or you’ve been travelling, just tell us
Check your application before sending it to us.  Check your spelling and grammar – and get a friend or family member to read it through if that helps
Make sure your CV is up to date!

At Breedon, we embrace the fact that everyone is different and we recognise the contribution that each person can make to achieve our shared goal.  We strongly believe that the best way to engage great people is to create a working environment based on trust and respect, and we are therefore committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

We are dedicated to ensuring fairness of treatment, dignity, work-life balance and the elimination of all forms of discrimination in the workplace for all of our colleagues and job applicants. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.

It is our ambition that all colleagues are able to contribute fully to the success of Breedon. We strive to create an environment where every individual can flourish and colleagues feel empowered to use their strengths, talents and competency whilst understanding how they can get fully involved in all aspects of the business.

All colleagues are encouraged and supported to develop, using a range of methods including formal training using internal and external providers, coaching and mentoring and on the job experiences.  Development is identified through our One2One process.

At Breedon we want our people to be at the top of their game, giving world class performances every day and enjoying their time at work.  As a result, we firmly believe that learning and development will truly support our ambitions.

Kick start your career at Breedon - your best days are ahead of you!

An Apprenticeship with Breedon will give you real practical experiences, a good salary and formal qualifications. We are an experienced employer providing high quality Apprenticeships, helping you to really kick start your career.

The Breedon Apprenticeship Academy offers a flexible development path across the business, developing competent, motivated and talented people. In addition to your qualifications and on the job training, we offer you a range of personal development, ranging from communication skills and team working to safe driving. 

We offer a wide range of Apprenticeships:

Engineering Apprenticeships
Minimum entry 5 GCSEs 

We will give you an opportunity to train in a practical way accessing the trade which interests you the most. All practical training will be at one of our UK sites combined with a local college providing formal learning and qualifications. 

We offer a structured training plan, supported by our experienced mentors, helping you to master your chosen trade.  We offer a choice of Mechanical Apprenticeships and Electrical/Electronic Apprenticeships, both of which are a 4 year programme gaining higher qualifications HNC and NVQ 3 or a Vehicle Repair Apprenticeships which is a 3 year programme gaining higher qualifications HNC and NVQ 3.

We are now accepting applications for Electrical and Mechanical Craft Apprentices at our Cement Works in Derbyshire. If you would like more information or to apply, please visit our careers website at www.breedongroup.com/careers

Operations Higher Apprenticeship
Minimum entry 200 UCAS points

We give you the chance to learn about our industry whilst gaining a Foundation degree.  This is a 3 year programme whereby you will gain a Higher Apprenticeship in Mineral Products Technology and NVQ 4.

Your first year is spent understanding our business, covering aggregates, concrete, asphalt and cement which complements your first year of distance learning at the University of Derby.  Your second and third years are spent specialising to provide you in-depth learning opportunities and to deliver meaningful projects across our business.

Requirements for this programme are:

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths, Science and English
  • 200 UCAS points
  • A full clean driving licence
  • You must be willing and able to relocate at any stage before, during and after the three year programme. 

Business Apprenticeship
Minimum entry 5 GCSEs

As a complement to our Engineering and Operational Apprenticeships, we also offer Business Apprenticeships, which offers you an opportunity to work within our administrative functions where we are then able to offer secondments into various functions within our business including Finance, Commercial and Logistics, etc. 

It is a one year programme gaining you an Apprenticeship in Business Administration Technology and NVQ 2.

The great thing about our Apprenticeships is that your learning can continue after your Apprenticeship is completed. We offer ongoing education up to degree level and beyond for people who work hard, make the grade and contribute fully to our business.

Think our Apprenticeship Academy sounds like it might be up your street?  If you need convincing a bit further, why not have a look at what some of our current apprentices think.

 

Connor is one of our Mechanical Electrical Apprentices at Coxhoe Quarry in Durham and joined us in September 2015.

Now that I am into the second year of my apprenticeship, I can’t believe how far I’ve come and how much I have learnt over the past year or so.  I am learning more and more new things at work every day and constantly overcoming new challenges.  In addition, I am being tasked with more personal projects which I am finding increasingly more difficult the further I progress. But I do thrive off learning new things and I am always finding myself putting the new skills I have gained into practice.  I feel that being an apprentice really develops you as a person; I am able to work using my own initiative and perform more jobs independently, as well as working with new people.

Breedon is a fantastic company to work for!  They really look after and appreciate their apprentices.  So far, I have received several opportunities to work with different people such as the concrete fitter, where I was lucky to experience how the concrete plants work and the sort of maintenance that is performed.  Another example is the week I spent recently at the cement works which allowed me not only to work with a team of fitters at a different site, but also to work as part of a team with the other Fitter Apprentices.  I really like opportunities such as these because it allows you to work in teams with other people, share ideas and learn new ways of completing tasks you would normally do at work or experience putting new skills into practice together.  Breedon acknowledge hard work and commitment and really show their appreciation.

At Breedon, I am constantly meeting new people on site and getting to know them and so far everyone I’ve met has been very friendly and willing to offer a helping hand if needed which is absolutely great.  To me, this is a very important factor at work as it makes you appreciate where you work more and feel more at home during your working day. So far the fitters I work with on a day-to-day basis (quarry fitters and concrete plant fitter) are a pleasure to work with; they really appreciate any help I can give to them and are always happy and willing to teach me new skills and give me ‘on the job’ training.  Also, I always feel comfortable if I have to ask anyone for help at my place of work which I think is really important. 

My proudest moment so far is seeing how far I have progressed since starting my apprenticeship.  Within my first year I won the TWI Apprentice of the Year Award which was an amazing feeling and made me feel very proud.  It gave me a great sense of achievement and the bonus was when my company congratulated me personally and presented me with a ‘rising star’ award.  But further to this, it is also fantastic that I have had the opportunity to take part in yet another award.  These opportunities do not come along too often so I will always do the best that I can.


Jess is one of our newest Business Administration apprentices at Hope Cement Works in Derbyshire, and joined us in September 2016.

When I was offered the role of commercial apprentice I was ecstatic and really proud. I had worked hard to prepare for all the meetings as it is something that I really wanted to do. This also helped for me to have a further understanding about Hope Cement (part of Breedon Group plc), and learn about the place in which I would be working. 

Initially I was attracted to the role for the business development opportunities, that Emma (now my company mentor) told me about when she visited our school. After spending more time speaking to Emma and completing my own research into the company, I became enthused about working for the company as it seems to really value its employees and give them great advancement opportunities. This is done by ensuring that at all times we are happy and comfortable within the workplace, which makes you feel relaxed and confident to work hard at your job. There are so many activities that you can get involved in, which allows you to connect with other members of the team within the business and also allows you to spend personal time doing activities that can benefit yourself. Within the business, there are always opportunities to increase your knowledge and skills to allow you to have a better knowledge and understanding and to help you within your own job role. 

I chose an apprenticeship as I did not feel that university was the right choice for me. This particular apprenticeship allows me to develop my career in the direction I want to go whilst earning money. Even though I am not going to university, I am still able to gain further qualifications by attending college which, by the company and the college working closely together, has been tailored to suit what I need to get to help me progress within my own personal career.


Becca joined Breedon as a Business Administration apprentice in 2011.  Although she has now completed her apprenticeship, she is now a vital part of the team and has gone on to study further with our support.

My apprenticeship involved me going to college one day a week and my assessor coming out to visit me at Breedon. On the Level 2 Certificate in Business Administration, I learnt about the following topics:

  • Employer's Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Employment Law and Other Legislation
  • Contract of Employment
  • Sources of Information on Employment Issues
  • Industry Knowledge
  • Possible Further Career Paths
  • Representative Bodies
  • Codes of Practices
  • Public Concern
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Whilst at work and college I had to build a portfolio of evidence for each separate unit with support and feedback from my assessor. Action plans were also drawn up to help me collect the right type of evidence so that when my assessor came out, work assessments took place to show how my job role fitted within each topic.  My performance was observed and I also had to show them the evidence I had collected. During each of their visits, my assessor and I agreed and recorded an action plan and they also provided me with written feedback.  At college, I had to write personal statements for each unit to say how I met the learning outcomes and evidence requirements. I also had to carry out professional discussions.

Once I had left school, I knew straight the way it was an apprenticeship I wanted. I really enjoyed being an apprentice because it allowed me to have a full time job and to gain a qualification at the same time.

Since completing my apprenticeship with Breedon they have allowed me to take my education further. I have now completed my AAT Certificate in Accounting Level 2, AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 3 and I have just started AAT Diploma Level 4. I have had a lot of support from Breedon and I’m very grateful they have enabled me to progress further.

My proudest moment up to now is how far I have progressed since starting with Breedon in 2011 and starting my AAT Diploma Level 4.


James joined Breedon as an Electrical Apprentice in 2013.

I have worked for Breedon for 3 years now, at Cloud Hill Quarry in the East Midlands.  My Grandad, who also works here, found out about the apprenticeship programme and suggested it would be a good opportunity for me to start my career as an Electrical Apprentice.

I am currently in my fourth year of my apprenticeship and I am now halfway through my HNC studies. I am enjoying this opportunity and am interested in electrical engineering – so the course really complements my career ambitions.

I enjoy being busy, learning new things, being hands on and getting actively involved with everything that is happening, so the Breedon apprenticeship programme has been a really great opportunity for me.

We are delighted to be able to offer internships and work experience placements, where we can, to anyone who is interested in finding out more about working at Breedon.  Have a look below at what our most recent placements have offered.

Andrew spent two weeks with the Breedon Geology team in August 2016.

During my two weeks with Breedon, I shadowed the geology team where I was involved in verifying mineral volumes at new sites, exploring options for extending existing possessions and generally getting a feel for how an aggregates company operates.

I became familiar with QGIS software through creating maps with overlain borehole data, making it instantly and intuitively clear where mineral is and giving an idea of the quality of the deposit spatially.

I visited a variety of quarries as well as a concrete plant and the cement works in the Peak District during my fortnight with Breedon and gained an understanding of how each operates. The cement works in particular was a fascinating place; I was surprised to see the efficiency in the whole operation with the raw shale and limestone being quarried effectively on site and being converted into ready-to-use cement so locally.

The digital regulating of the various inputs to produce cement within certain tolerances was truly impressive, as was the level of analysis at all stages of production. I thoroughly enjoyed going into the limestone quarry at Castleton, watching a blast and then being able to go and pick up pieces from the debris pile that had not been exposed since they were deposited in the Carboniferous.


Sonia is currently studying for her GCSEs and spent her two weeks' work experience with us at Cloud Hill Quarry in the East Midlands.

I spent most of my time at Cloud Hill Quarry but also at the main office in Breedon on the Hill, where I got to spend time with many of the key departments and working with experienced staff who carry out the work on a day to day basis.

I mostly observed work being done however I was also able to see first-hand how things work and the issues which needed to be dealt with to ensure everything is done properly.  I was really keen to understand how all of the various jobs come together to make the whole Breedon business work. I was given the opportunity to spend time in each department, seeing what they did and how they worked alongside the other departments to ensure that customers got the products they ordered when they wanted it and that, most of all, everyone was kept safe.


Want to come and have a go?  Email us at careers@breedongroup.com telling us what you're looking for and where you're based, along with a copy of your CV.

From 2017 we will launch our Graduate Programme, offering 4 graduate opportunities each lasting 12 months, during which time we will show you our whole business. The first month will be a whirlwind of learning as you participate in an exceptional induction to view all aspects of our business. Then you will lead a range of projects designed to give you more knowledge about how our business operates. We hope that you will love your year working with us and will want to apply to work with us for longer.

Interested? Applications for all of our 2017 programmes will be open in the New Year, please register your interest by sending an email to careers@breedongroup.com.

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