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.


Careers with Breedon

For more information and to apply online, please see our current vacancies list below.

CURRENT VACANCIES

Location: Naunton, The Cotswolds
Job description:

We are currently seeking a Fixed Plant Fitter Apprentice and a Mechanic Apprentice, based at our Naunton Quarry near Cheltenham. This hands on approach will provide practical work based experience combined with an academic programme (you will attend a suitable college course leading to a qualification) and a personal growth plan.

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 the business
  • 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.

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: Clearwell, Gloucestershire
Job description:

We are currently seeking a Fixed Plant Fitter Apprentice, based at our Clearwell Quarry in Gloucestershire. This hands on approach will provide practical work based experience combined with an academic programme (you will attend a suitable college course leading to a qualification) and a personal growth plan.

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 the business
  • 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.

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: Clatchard Quarry, Newburgh
Job description:

We are seeking an Area Commercial Manager to lead Business activity in the Fife & Tayside regions.  Based at Regional Office, Clatchard Quarry, this is an opportunity to join an expanding business with a strong track record.  

Reporting into the Area General Manager for Fife & Tayside regions, the role has responsibility across the area incorporating quarries, concrete and asphalt plants. Key deliverables include:

  • Responsibility for sales and commercial activity within the Area
  • Work with Area team to ensure commercial strategy / activity is in line with operational capability and business strategy
  • Responsibility for ensuring maximum value is achieved in the market place from existing and new products and services including achievement of Area annual budgets.
  • Lead and engage area teams to maximise the commercial performance of the Area / Company / Group.
  • Maximise opportunities  for sales growth  and  adding value for  all product and service groups
  • Creation and development of relationships with Clients ,Contractors and Local Authorities
  • Providing the highest level of customer service across the business
  • Motivation of employees at all levels to ensure the team and individuals maximise their potential
  • Support and drive H&S and Environmental performance and culture with internal and external stakeholders as appropriate.

We believe our people make the difference and offer terms and benefits associated with a being an employer of choice including share options.


Location: Near Elgin
Job description:

We are seeking an Area General Manager to lead Business activity in the Highlands Area. Based at Netherglen, this is an opportunity to join an expanding business with a strong track record.  

Reporting into the Chief Executive for Breedon Northern, the role has responsibility across the area incorporating quarries, concrete and asphalt plants. Key deliverables include;

•           Optimisation of Business performance in the Highlands.

•           Leading commercial and operational initiatives assuring customer satisfaction and business growth.

•           Continual development of our Safety Health and Environmental performance.

•           Promoting collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

•           Enabling career development, progression and succession within your teams.

We believe our people make the difference and offer terms and benefits associated with a being an employer of choice including, share options, bonus schemes, and competitive remuneration packages. Support is available to those looking to relocate.


Location: Clatchard Quarry, Newburgh
Job description:

ASPHALT TECHNOLOGIST – EAST

We are seeking to expand our asphalt design processes and facilities. Located at our East Region Central laboratory (Newburgh), you will be involved with the development of new asphalt products. You will maintain and test our current products to their full specified requirements. 

The grade of this position will be dependent on qualifications and experience.  We are looking to employ a qualified and experienced laboratory technician / supervisor, or a graduate wishing to develop their career within the asphalt industry. Further asphalt educational development is on offer with this post.

We offer a competitive salary, pension scheme and benefits associated with a progressive employer.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK.

To apply, please forward your current CV to recruit.northern@breedongroup.com


Location: Central Belt, Scotland
Job description:

Within our Scottish contracting division we are recruiting for a qualified and experienced professional Bid Team Leader/Senior Estimator. As part of the Senior Management Team reporting into the Contracting Director this role has a number of key responsibilities which include;

  • Prospecting and evaluating enquiries for major road surfacing contracts across Scotland
  • Leading a bid team to pre-qualify, prepare and price tender submissions which cover the scope of works, plans, specification and programmes
  • Ensuring the projects financial elements are correctly forecast and applied.  
  • Promoting collaborative working relationships with  internal and external stakeholders.
  • Enabling career development, progression and succession within your team.

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.

Successful applicants will hold qualifications related to the Civil Engineering industry i.e. CEng and have experience in  Road Surfacing/ Civil Engineering industries.

We do believe our people make the difference and offer terms and benefits associated with a being an employer of choice including, share options, bonus schemes, and competitive remuneration packages. Support is available to those looking to relocate.

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


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:

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

We are looking for a HGV Class 2 Concrete Mixer driver at our Huntsmans quarry in Naunton, Cheltenham. Preferably experienced but not essential as training will be given to the right candidate.

The successful candidate must have a good attitude toward health and safety as well as being focussed on the needs of our customers.

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


Location: Lancaster
Closing date: 21 July 2017
Job description:

 

An opportunity has arisen at Dunald Mill Concrete Plant for a Plant Supervisor. Reporting directly to the Production Manager, this is an ideal opportunity for an ambitious, dynamic individual ideally with industry experience 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 communicate at all levels

 

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


Location: Great Yarmouth
Job description:

An opportunity has arisen at Great Yarmouth for a Concrete Plant Supervisor, reporting directly to the Production Manager, this is an ideal opportunity for an ambitious, dynamic individual ideally with industry experience 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 communicate at all levels

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


Location: Cloud Hill
Job description:

We are seeking a driven and ambitious individual to co-ordinate ready-mixed concrete deliveries in a busy market. 

You will be based in our office at Cloud Hill, Derby and your responsibilities will include:  

  • Timely & accurate input of all customer concrete orders
  • Cost effective despatch planning (shipping) of all customer orders through active liaison with commercial, operations and transport teams
  • Timely response to all customer enquiries and complaints
  • Specific support to the pre planning of major contracts or schemes in terms of production and transport capacity planning 

We are looking for a professional, experienced Shipper who can demonstrate knowledge of road haulage.  You will be an excellent communicator and proactive self starter who can build effective relationships both with colleagues and customers.

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: Garstang
Job description:

We are currently looking for a Concrete Shipper to work within our distribution team at our office in Garstang, Lancashire. 

You will be responsible for the receipt, accurate inputting, scheduling and monitoring of customers’ orders. You must be able to meet customer’ requirements whilst keeping them informed and maximising our commercial opportunities. Effective communication between both internal and external stake holders is paramount. Experience of working within the building materials industry, particularly concrete, would be an advantage. 

The key activities you will be responsible for are as follows: 

  • An adept and timely response to customers’ enquires, queries and complaints
  • Proactively planning and tracking orders to completion
  • Scheduling and rescheduling orders whilst utilising haulage fleet effectively
  • Communicating effective between commercial, production and haulage partners

The successful candidate must be able to work as part of a team in a fast paced and pressured environment.

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: Central Belt, Scotland
Job description:

Within our Scottish contracting division we are recruiting for an experienced Contracts manager. As part of the Senior Management Team this role has a number of key responsibilities which include;

  • Ensuring customer satisfaction by adherence to project deadlines and quality standards
  • Managing operational costs in line with budgeted costs.
  • Ensuring maximum utilisation and capability of company resource.
  • Promoting collaborative working relationships with  internal and external stakeholders.
  • Enabling career development, progression and succession within your team.

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.

The candidate should be experienced in road surfacing operations, have good working knowledge within the Highway Maintenance, Surfacing and Civil Engineering industries

We do believe our people make the difference and offer terms and benefits associated with a being an employer of choice including, share options, bonus schemes, and competitive remuneration packages. Support is available to those looking to relocate.

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


Location: West Yorkshire (Leeds base)
Closing date: 21 July 2017
Job description:

An opportunity has arisen in West Yorkshire for a Customer Services Advisor.

Responsible for the receipt of customer concrete orders, accurate input of orders into the ERP system, undertaking effective despatch planning (shipping) through active liaison with commercial, operations and transport, and subsequent monitoring the progress of orders after production and despatch, rescheduling orders in the event of customer changes or problems with production or delivery, and keeping customers informed throughput.  Also, to assist with the delivery of sales volumes, wallet shares and prices across all products in the area through the supporting of telephone and direct sales. 

Ensure a balanced approach is taken to delivering high levels of customer service at appropriate targeted levels of production and transport cost.  Assist with the resolution of customer queries and complaints, where applicable.

Accountable for:

 

  • Timely & accurate input of all customer concrete orders;
  • Cost effective (shipping) of all customer orders through active liaison with commercial, operations and transport teams;
  • Timely response to all customer enquiries and complaints;
  • Specific support to the pre-planning of major contracts or schemes in terms of production and transport capacity planning;
  • Provide support to wider commercial team, including Sales Managers and Regional Commercial Managers;
  • Input and maintain quotations in the system;
  • Plan and track own sales activity, e.g. calls, as directed by line manager;
  • Adhere to Area Sales and pricing policy and processes;
  • Respond promptly and efficiently to enquiries, queries and complaints for customers and follow through to a satisfactory conclusion;
  • Participate in appropriate sales meetings;
  • Maintain competitor and market awareness, delivering reports accurately as required;
  • Full compliance with the Competition Act 1998.

 

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


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: Crime Rigg Quarry, Durham
Job description:

We are seeking a mechanical maintenance fitter to join our production team in the North East England area.

You will be responsible for developing a preventative maintenance system and carrying out planned maintenance activities to ensure that our concrete plants in areas such as Crime Rigg Quarry operate safely and reliably.  You will also play a key 'hands on' role in the planning and implementation of plant improvements.  You will need to have the ability to quickly fault find and respond to any unplanned plant shutdowns.  Some of your work will involve working with production colleagues on the telephone to understand issues and to provide advice, so your ability to communicate effectively is vital.  This is a mobile role and so you will be required to be highly self-motivated and flexible in your approach.

Experience in an industrial maintenance role would be a distinct advantage, as would a positive record and attitude towards health and safety. It would also be an advantage if you have experience of fault finding, cutting, grinding and welding in addition to general maintenance activities.  You should also have strong IT skills.

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: North West England coverage (Widnes base)
Closing date: 21 July 2017
Job description:

An opportunity has arisen at our Widnes site for a Mobile Plant Fitter; your main duties would be fixed plant maintenance of our concrete plant and repair and service of all types & sizes of mobile plant such as Caterpillar, Volvo and Komatsu. Although this is based at our Widnes plant you will you need to attend our sites in the North West district as required.

The qualities required to carry out these duties include:

 

  • Self-motivation and flexible work patterns
  • Ability to work on your own or as part of a team
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Ability to work in the open air

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


Location: Central Belt, Scotland
Job description:

Within our Scottish contracting division we are recruiting for a General Manager - Contracting Division.  As part of the Senior Management Team, reporting into the Contracting Director, this role has accountability for our contracting squads across Scotland with a number of key responsibilities as follows;

  • Ensuring project delivery within planned timescales and budgets.
  • Optimising business performance to ensure we maximise our capability.
  • Leading commercial and operational initiatives  which assure customer satisfaction and business growth.
  • Ensuring safe operations with continual development of our Safety Health and Environmental performance.
  • Promoting collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Enabling career development, progression and succession within your teams.

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.

Successful applicants may have experience in Road Surfacing/ Civil Engineering industries and must be able to demonstrate strong leadership skills.

We do believe our people make the difference and offer terms and benefits associated with a being an employer of choice including, share options, bonus schemes, and competitive remuneration packages. Support is available to those looking to relocate.

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


Location: Buxton, Derbyshire
Closing date: 21 July 2017
Job description:

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Quarry Operative at Dowlow Quarry, Buxton.

You will be responsible for the day to day operation of both the fixed and mobile plant, as well as general housekeeping. This will also include the occasional cleaning and maintenance duties. These are key roles to ensure our quarry operates smoothly and efficiently, as well as safely and reliably. You will have a strong team-working attitude and the ability to work using your own initiative. It would be an advantage if you have mobile plant and fixed plant experience.

It is essential that you are able to be flexible in the hours you are able to work.

A competitive remuneration package will be offered including pension and share save.


Location: North East Scotland
Job description:

Due to our continuing growth we have vacancies for three Drivers delivering our product from our quarries in the North East Scotland region. 

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.

 


Location: Flexible (in the North East of England)
Closing date: 31 July 2017
Job description:

Based in the North East of England, we are looking for a HGV Drivers to deliver, concrete and drystone products. 

You will display a proactive attitude to Health & Safety, making suggestions to reduce or remove any identified risks; attend and understand the content of the daily briefing, toolbox talks and any site specific induction prior to commencing work on site. The ability to communicate effectively, work as part of a team and be polite and courteous to clients and the general public is essential.

We are looking for a candidate who has the experience to fulfil this role and who has the personal qualities to provide a positive and proactive contribution to our team.   In return, 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: South Lincolnshire
Job description:

Breedon Southern are looking for a fully qualified and experienced fitter to carry out routine maintenance and repairs on heavy commercial vehicles / Trucks / HGV’s to Vosa standard, some mobile plant fitting may also be required. The position is based at our workshop in West Deeping.

This position offers a challenging opportunity for an ambitious, dynamic individual who wants to join a very personal and progressive company. You will poses the following skills:

  • Able to diagnose and rectify all types of faults.
  • Maintain a thorough and current knowledge of products and attend training courses
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to actively seek solutions to problems
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Flexibility to undertake a wide range of tasks
  • HGV license preferred

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


Location: Dunbeg, near Oban
Job description:

We are seeking a HGV Mechanic based in Dunbeg, near Oban.  This is an exciting opportunity to join an ambitious business with a strong desire to serve its customers.

We operate a fleet of around 200 vehicles in Scotland and now have a vacancy for an HGV Mechanic at our vehicle maintenance workshop in Dunbeg near Oban. 

The successful candidate will ideally have completed an apprenticeship and have achieved a City and Guilds (or equivalent) qualification in Motor Vehicle Engineering.  

Your duties will include.

  • Carrying out periodic maintenance and safety inspections to manufactures and DVSA standards, and completion of relevant paperwork whilst complying with HSEQ requirements.
  • Preparation and presentation of the company’s vehicles and trailers for annual test.
  • Attending breakdowns on site or at the roadside.

We are looking for an individual who has the ability to work on our varied fleet of vehicles and trailers.

A Class C driving licence, basic welding and fabrication skills would be desirable but are not essential.

We offer competitive terms and benefits associated with a being an employer of choice, including pension, share save options.


Location: Crime Rigg Quarry, Durham
Job description:

We are looking for a proactive Labourer to join our internal Civils Team.

The successful candidate will report directly to the civils Supervisor who will be working alongside a team of two labourer’s. The work involves working outside on a variety of sites around the north East of England.

Ideally the suitable candidate will have experience working within the Construction Industry and have experience in operating plant and machinery. A cscs card would be a distinct advantage but not essential as training may be available to the right candidate. The suitable candidate must have a clean UK driving license, be prepared to travel to different locations, be prepared to work overtime and work as part of a small team.

Job Discription:

Perform tasks involving physical labour at building, highway, and heavy construction projects, tunnel and shaft excavations, and demolition sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, lay concrete, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, clean up rubble and debris,  operate mobile plant and assist other craft workers.

We offer a competitive salary, pension scheme and benefits associated with a progressive employer.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK.


Location: Tamworth
Job description:

Due to the continuing growth of our 1st Mix, Mini Mix operation, we currently have an opportunity at our Tamworth Concrete Plant for a Mini Mix LGV Class 2 Driver.

Ideally, you will have a strong knowledge of the local area. You will have a clean driving license and preferably be experienced in delivering concrete, although this is not essential as training will be provided.

You will have a proactive approach to health & safety and be fully conversant with EU rules on driver’s 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 rate and other benefits associated with a progressive employer.


Location: Northenden, Manchester
Closing date: 28 July 2017
Job description:

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Loading Shovel operator at our Northenden site near Manchester.

The role will involve operating heavy mobile machinery; enabling the processing of products. You must have an exceptional attitude toward Health & Safety as you will be expected to contribute towards the companies zero harm culture. Some working at heights will be involved and ability to assist with basic plant maintenance.

The qualities required to carry out these duties include:

  • Self-motivation and flexible work patterns
  • Ability to work on your own or as part of a team
  • Willingness to learn other roles

 LICENCES REQUIRED: Wheeled Loading Shovel / NPORS or a CPCS ticket

 A competitive remuneration package will be offered including pension and share save


Location: Hope Cement Works, Derbyshire
Job description:

We are currently seeking a Logistics & Supply Chain Manager for our Cement business. The role will primarily be based at our Cement Works in Hope Valley, Derbyshire, but will also require UK-wide travel.  

Reporting in to the Commercial Director, you will coordinate the logistics of all aspects of the supply chain in order to optimise our assets and the rail network, and deliver the targets for production and distribution of Cement. 

The key responsibilities of the role are as follows: 

  • Ensuring that supply and demand of cement are aligned.  Working in partnership with the Operational management team to ensure an in depth understanding of the plant capabilities, maintenance programmes and associated risks, anticipate supply issues and lead the way in putting in place robust preventative plans.
  • Ensure that communication is maintained across the group in order that supply plans are executed efficiently where critical events occur.
  • Manage the scheduling of road and rail haulage and network availability to ensure that Cement stocks are moved and maintained to allow sales orders to be successfully met. 
  • Based on an in depth understanding of external supply sources, their capabilities and a strong stakeholder network, ensure that a consistent supply of Cement is available as required.
  • Based on sound understanding of internal budgets, targets and forecasts, ensure that a consistent level of supply to our RMX business division is maintained.  Continually seek to improve supply efficiencies for the benefit of the wider business.
  • Lead the team in providing exceptional customer service, managing against a robust set of KPIs.
  • Contribute to the achievement of budgeted targets for sales to the external market.  Understand our external customers their locations, product requirements and challenges.
  • Build strong partnerships with rail and road providers to ensure that innovative and strategic supply opportunities are identified and capitalised upon.
  • Provide leadership and support the safe and effective management of all railheads within the business.  Lead the business in best practice rail management and network optimisation. 

You will possess the following key skills and attributes: 

  • Experience of managing logistics, ideally by road and rail.
  • Extensive knowledge of rail operations and management.
  • Associated expertise within the construction materials industry including technical, environmental management and health and safety would be advantageous but not essential.
  • Leadership and people management skills are essential within this role. 
  • Ability to perform adequately under pressure and/or opposition. Ability to make controlled responses in difficult situations.
  • Problem Analysis - Ability in identifying problems, seeking pertinent data, recognising important information, and identifying possible causes of problems.
  • Judgment - Ability to evaluate data and course of action and to reach logical decisions. Unbiased, rational approach.
  • Initiative - Actively influencing events rather than passively accepting; sees opportunities and acts on them. Originates action or ideas. 

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, pension and life assurance.

 


Location: Buxton, Derbyshire
Closing date: 21 July 2017
Job description:

As part of the continuous Improvement Drive at Dowlow Quarry we have created an exciting new position to join the team in driving the plant reliability to the next level. 

Working as part of the Quarry Operations and Maintenance Team you will play a key role in understanding the plant condition using the necessary skills and technology with a view to reducing down time and costs by driving an effective proactive maintenance schedule. 

The objectives of the role are as follows: 

  • Leading Incident review with a view to determining root cause and maintaining action tracker.
  • Identify Reliability Improvements & solutions
  • Develop & Implement a proactive inspection strategy to determine plant condition and maintenance schedule priority / requirements.
  • Maintain Equipment history, manuals & Drawing Records
  • Identify Plant Risk and make recommendations for OPEX Budget /CAPEX investment & Critical spares.

You will possess an engineering qualification at ONC/HNC level or equivalent. You will also have previous experience in a similar role - it would be desirable if you had experience in proactive maintenance technology. You will be hard working, conscientious and have the ability to work on your own initiative or as part of a team.

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


Location: AWPR
Job description:

MATERIALS LABORATORY/SITE TECHNICIAN – AWPR PROJECT (TEMPORARY 6 MONTHS)

We are currently seeking to recruit Materials Laboratory/Site Technician based at the AWPR.

Materials Laboratory/Site Technicians ideally will be candidates who have an interest in the Construction industry and laboratory testing.

You will be trained to carry out site quality record keeping and also the testing of asphalt/aggregate products onsite and in the laboratory.

Experience in the Construction industry would be an advantage but not essential as training will be given.  

The successful candidates will ideally have as a minimum Highers, and/or National Certificate level qualifications. A valid UK driving license is essential. 

We offer a competitive salary, pension scheme and benefits associated with a progressive employer.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK.


Location: Flexible
Job description:

PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS TECHNICIAN – SCOTLAND

This role will be well suited to a concrete technician with experience in contracting involving major concrete projects. This position will involve regular travel throughout Scotland but generally based central and Livingston areas. You will have a wide knowledge of cementitious products and mortar screeds and SCC installation.

As well as being involved with design and development of products you will be able to demonstrate best practice for material handling and installation. Some training and concrete educational development is also on offer with this post.

We offer a competitive salary, pension scheme and benefits associated with a progressive employer.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK.

To apply, please forward your current CV to recruit.northern@breedongroup.com


Location: Flexible (within Scotland)
Job description:

We are seeking a Quantity Surveyor based in the Central Scotland and Tayside and Fife area.  This is an exciting opportunity to join an ambitious business with a strong desire to serve its customers.

The role includes:-

  • Providing support to our operational teams on all matters relating to Contract and Commercial issues whilst maintaining the flow of information between the site and office.
  • Undertaking the measurement and valuation of works completed with submission to our client within the agreed timescales on a monthly basis.
  • Maintain accurate financial control systems and report monthly on Cost/Value Reconciliation.
  • Monitoring and interrogation of costs in accordance with business budgets.
  • Experience of Conditions of Contract including ICE and NEC3.
  • Support, manage and challenge Health and Safety in the workplace and record in accordance with the businesses procedures.
  • Ad hoc duties assigned by your line manager in connection with operational requirements ensuring works are completed within required time frames.

 We offer competitive terms and benefits associated with a being an employer of choice, including pension and share save options.


Location: Elgin/Inverness Area
Job description:

Road Surfacing/Contracting Operatives

THE ROLE:  We are now keen to employ skilled Road Surfacing/Contracting Operatives in the Elgin/Inverness Area to carry out a variety of roles, from operating mobile plant & equipment, i.e. machine paver, roller, to general surfacing operations.  You will ideally be able be to operate more than one piece of machinery, hold a driving licence and CSCS card.

Previous experience of working in machine resurfacing teams on highway works is preferred but not essential as training will be given to ensure individuals can carry out a variety of tasks within the team.

THE CANDIDATE: You will display a proactive attitude to Health & Safety, making suggestions to reduce or remove any identified risks; attend and understand the content of the daily briefing, toolbox talks and any site specific induction prior to commencing work on site.

The ability to communicate effectively, work as part of a team and be polite and courteous to clients and the general public is essential.

We offer a competitive salary, pension scheme and benefits associated with a progressive employer.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK.

To apply, please forward your current CV to recruit.northern@breedongroup.com


Location: Derbyshire
Job description:

An opportunity has arisen for a target driven Allocations Administrator to work in our busy Credit Control office.

You must have exceptional cash allocation skills and knowledge

Ability to process a high work rate with accuracy and a high level of attention to detail

Minimum of 3 years experience in a cash allocations role.

 

Working 37.5hours per week

Base: Breedon on the Hill, Derby, DE73 8AP

 


Location: Charleston Asphalt, Bonnybrig, Aberdeen
Job description:

We are seeking a SHEQ Advisor on a fixed term basis, based at Charleston Office, Breedon Whitemountain Joint Venture; this is an exciting opportunity to join an ambitious JV business with a strong desire to serve its customers.

Your role will be to provide competent SHEQ advice to the project team. Carrying out audits to monitor progress against SHEQ objectives and monitor compliance with Breedon Whitemountain JV SHEQ systems, procedures and to OHSAS 18001:2007, ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015.

Carrying out and preparing incident investigation reports with associated corrective actions/recommendations.

Reporting on actions required to the Project Manager and to the Parent Companies Heads of SHEQ.

Working in this busy environment, the successful candidate must be highly organised, have a good eye for detail, and a strong personality with the ability to communicate with customers at all levels. You will need a good level of computer knowledge & Experience

For the above role, the successful applicant will be able to communicate effectively and courteously with customers, the general public; and work as part of a team.   


Location: Exeter
Job description:

An opportunity has arisen at our Exeter Plant for a Plant Supervisor. Reporting directly to the Production Manager, this is an ideal opportunity for an ambitious, dynamic individual ideally with industry experience 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 communicate at all levels

 

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


Location: North of Scotland
Job description:

TECHNICAL MANAGER – NORTH

An experienced Materials Technical Manager is required for the North of Scotland Region, which covers Aberdeenshire and Inverness areas (Highlands). You can be based in either our Inverness or our Aberdeen office.

You will be responsible for ensuring asphalt, aggregate, and concrete products conformity from our two area laboratories. Essentially you will have extensive technical experience in testing and production of both asphalt and concrete. You will be familiar with material mix design techniques and testing procedures in accordance with UKAS requirements, as well as BSI or QSRMC schemes.

Reporting to the Technical Director, the key responsibilities are:

  • Management of area operational technical staff;
  • Ensuring that Quality Control testing of aggregates, asphalt and concrete are carried out in accordance with specified requirements and to a high level of compliance;
  • Supervising the adherence to all company Health and Safety procedures to maintain a safe working environment for all laboratory personnel;
  • Identification of product and contractual risk;
  • Proactive liaison with customers.

We offer a competitive salary, pension scheme and benefits associated with a progressive employer.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK.

To apply, please forward your current CV torecruit.northern@breedongroup.com



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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