Careers at Laker

Any careers vacancies we have will appear below, however please do not hesitate to contact us on or call in see us at any of our branches.

We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic and passionate staff who are willing to go that extra mile for our customers, whether that is working on one of our sales counters, dealing with an accounts query over the telephone, working in the yard, or driving a Van vehicle.

If you have previous experience working in a builders’ merchants, that’s great! But don’t worry if you haven’t; we have a great team of knowledgeable, long-standing staff ready to train you up. In return we can offer you a competitive salary, paid holiday to include bank holidays, and the potential to progress within the company.

If you are interested in building a career with Laker, please call us on 01293 334412 or come and see us at the address relevant to the job posted below, or simply send your CV to recruit@lakerbfs.co.uk.

 

 

Experienced Merchant Delivery Driver – Gatwick HQ – RH10 9RD

An experienced Builders Merchant Delivery Driver to drive a 3.5 tonne tipper or drop-side. You will be required to safely deliver building materials to our customers whilst representing the company based from our Gatwick headquarters.  A mandatory clean licence is required, along with the ability to demonstrate a professional approach towards your vehicle the high standards of safety and duty of care will be necessary. In addition, your job role will include supporting your colleagues within the branch, yard and warehouse with general loading duties.

We are looking for someone with:

  • A valid clean licence.
  • Previous Builders Merchant delivery experience completing multi-drop deliveries for a merchant or similar.
  • 3 years + experience delivering mainly West Sussex.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Needs to be able to work with the team and to have a conscientious attitude towards stock and equipment.
  • Experienced in delivering building materials and a friendly “can do” attitude.
  • Previous training in IOSH Working safely would be desirable.
  • Forklift licence also desirable
  • Flexible and willing to support the needs of the business.
  • Highly motivated with the ability and desire to make a difference.
  • Take ownership for improving safety standards and creating a safety-first environment.
  • Be passionate about providing exceptional customer service.
  • Forklift certification required.
  • We are looking for someone who is self-motivated, has a flexible approach, excellent communication skills and a customer-focused attitude.

Based from our Crawley HQ, Hours: Monday to Friday 7.00am to 5pm and every other Saturday 8am to midday

Salary: Competitive
28 days annual leave
Workplace Pension
Industry based perks

 

 

Credit Controller – Accounts Department (Part-time/Homeworker)

Overall Purpose of the Job:

The main focus of this role will be to work closely with Laker Account customers, establishing a relationship and to primarily reduce debtor days and ensure our payments are made on time.  Interacting with the sales staff to ensure we are still providing the coveted high levels of service and support, while improving our collection efficiencies and processes. You will have a range of duties revolving around implementing financial business efficiencies to improve collections and supporting the expansion of Laker Builders Merchant.

  • To manage and reduce aged debt by raising customer awareness primarily via telephone but also letters/emails.
  • Pursue all debts over 30 days if applicable and ensure effective follow up and resolution.
  • Produce for circulation to all managers and sales weekly collection reports on payments and queries.
  • Escalate problem accounts /bad debts to the manager.
  • Liaising with the Sales team to ensure customer queries are resolved in a timely manner.
  • Review weekly meeting with the line manager and communication with sales personnel collating updates on all customer queries.
  • Send out all copy invoices as and when required.
  • Allocations of payments/credits
  • Taking credit card payments over the phone for all brands
  • Build strong relationships with customers

To be successful in the role, you must:

  • Proven ability to work with minimal supervision; a trouble-shooter with good interpersonal skills, also being very commercially aware, professional and confident
  • Demonstrable experience in a Credit Controller role, with demonstrated performance in optimising collections and processes, preferably within an international business.
  • A proven team player, with ability to build successful relationships at all levels.
  • Demonstrates a high sense of personal responsibility with proven ability to manage challenging priorities whilst meeting deadlines and remain flexible and adaptable
  • Be able to work to strict monthly deadlines, able to act on own initiative.
  • Have excellent Communication skills, good telephone manner, proficient in telephone cash collection techniques. 
  • Ability to prioritise and handle more than one task at a time.
  • Competence with a Cloud based ERP accounting system.
  • MS365, OneDrive plus SharePoint proficiency.
  • Ability to command respect from peers.

Based from Gatwick, Hours: TBA

Salary: Competitive
28 days annual leave 
Workplace Pension
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time
Salary: TBA

To apply please email your CV and covering letter to: recruit@lakerbfs.co.uk

 

 

Experienced HGV Class 2 Driver required – Gatwick, Cranleigh, Pulborough.

An experienced Builders merchant customer delivery driver with full HGV licence, you will be required to safely deliver building materials to our customers whilst representing the company based from our Crawley headquarters covering an approximate 20 mile radius. A mandatory clean licence with a professional approach towards your vehicle the high standards of safety and duty of care will be mandatory. In addition, your job role will include supporting your colleagues within the branch, yard and warehouse. We are looking for someone with:

     Experience and Qualifications:

  • A valid full HGV Class 2 licence, must have HIAB ticket with remote and rear wheel steer experience.
  • Full CPC card.
  • 2 years + experience
  • Needs to be able to work with the team and has a conscientious attitude towards stock and equipment.
  • Should have experience in delivering building materials and a friendly “can do” positive attitude.
  • Previous training in IOSH Working safely would be desirable.
  • Flexible and willing to support the needs of the business.
  • Highly motivated with the ability and desire to make a difference.
  • Take ownership for improving safety standards and creating a safety-first environment.
  • A passionate individual, with an good understanding of providing exceptional customer service.

         Who we are looking for:

  • The ideal Class 2 HGV Hiab Driver will have a friendly and outgoing nature and can work independently and within a team.
  • An HGV Licence at Class 2 or above required and previous experience of HGV Driving essential.

         Because it’s all about making sure our customers get the best experience

  • your role includes: • driving the branch lorries, making deliveries • working in the yard when required • ensuring that your vehicle is road worthy • ensuring orders are correctly loaded onto your vehicle • building effective working relationships with customers • supporting your team mates
  • The successful applicant will have strong logistical and geographical knowledge, excellent interpersonal skills and be self-motivated, flexible, and adaptable.
  • The successful applicant would ideally have experience with building materials and with remote controlled lorry mounted crane offloading, but full Health and Safety training will be given. A fork lift licence would also be preferable.

In summary Laker Builders Merchant require a self-motivated individual, with a flexible approach, excellent communication skills and a customer-focused attitude. Based from Crawley, Hours: Monday to Friday 7.00am to 5pm and every other Saturday 8am to midday

Based from Gatwick HQ: Driving brand new 26 Tonne Hi-ab

Job Type: Full Time
Salary: £24,500.00 – £27,500.00 / year

20 days annual leave + public holidays
Workplace Pension

 

 

Experienced Yard Foreman. 

You want to make a difference? You are already an experienced and enthusiastic person who has the desire work with a successful team. You are professional in your approach and have a desire to provide exceptional customer service. You have a desire to be part of a winning team seeking to grow the business.

Overall Purpose of the job;

  • Ensure company vehicles are loaded and unloaded correctly and
  • Unload and check goods inwards and sign off all delivery notes other than own
  • Maintain the yard in an efficient, orderly and clean
  • Plan day to day work to achieve maximum deliveries and efficiencies 
  • Supervise the operation and look after your team
  • Ensure that all legal requirements are met with particular regard to health and Safety
  • Notify Manager with regard to complaints from customers.
  • Report all accidents and enter in our accident book
  • Keep a close eye on the possibilities of pilfering, take steps to prevent and notify manager.
  • To assist the company generally and any other departments / branches as and when.
  • Ensure all staff, including self, are aware of Health and safety rules and the current standards are met

Essential Requirements

  • Able to demonstrate knowledge of general building, hardware, timber products and their uses.
  • Able to deal with customer queries and complaints in a polite and courteous manner.
  • Organised and punctual
  • Able to manually lift and carry loads.
  • Forklift qualification and or Combi too
  • Basic computer skills, will be need to occasional serve and use ERP as well as stocktake count
  • Ability and desire to work as part of a team.

The Package

  • Excellent basic salary.
  • Discretionary bonus scheme following probationary period.
  • 28 days annual leave including public holidays.
  • A contributory pension scheme.
  • A range of training and development programmes to help you progress your career.

Based from Pulborough

Job Type: Full Time 7am-5pm M-F & every other Saturday morning 8am-midday
Competitive Salary.

Workplace Pension.

 

 

 

Experienced Counter Sales positions –  (Cranleigh – GU6 8RZ).

Laker is expanding; If you are an Experienced Merchant Sales Person with a proven track record of selling building products, then this will be an excellent opportunity to work for a dynamic growing organisation!

Providing a point of contact for customers on the sales counter, dealing with enquiries over the phone and face to face, whilst maintaining high levels of customer service in order to maximise sales potential.

Because it’s all about making sure the customers get the best experience when they visit a Laker Builders Merchant, your role includes:

  • Build effective working relationships with customers, in order to understand their requirements thus ensuring that the correct products are supplied.
  • Use initiative to identify sales opportunities and offer advice and solutions to customers, thus maximising profitable sales and margin.
  • Maintain a clean and effectively merchandised counter area in line with company policy.
  • Ensure that company policies are followed at all times when producing paperwork associated with sales.
  • Liaise with suppliers where necessary.
  • Support the Branch Manager and colleagues in working as a team to ensure the branch operates efficiently and effectively within company policy. Helping yard staff when possible.
  • Ensure a tidy working environment at all times in line with health and safety guidelines.
  • Actively safeguard against theft of company goods or property by being security conscious at all times.
  • Perform any other duties as may be deemed necessary or as may be required by the company.

We are looking for someone with a proven track record of sales within the building merchanting / Builder Merchant industry who will also need:

  • A really positive attitude.
  • Someone who is reliable and enthusiastic.
  • Someone who is happy to muck-in and do whatever needs doing.
  • Enjoy talking to lots of different people.
  • Live a reasonable distance to the Crawley branch.
  • In return, we offer you to be part of a fun and growing builders merchant who aim to keep providing service levels that the national merchant cannot.

The Package

  • Excellent basic salary.
  • Discretionary bonus scheme following probationary period.
  • 20 days annual leave + public holidays.
  • A contributory pension scheme.
  • A range of training and development programmes to help you progress your career.

Essential Requirements:

  • Able to demonstrate knowledge of general building, hardware, timber products and their uses.
  • Able to deal with customer queries and complaints in a polite and courteous manner.
  • Organised and punctual
  • Able to manually lift and carry loads.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability and desire to work as part of a team.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Drivers license.
  • Forklift license.

Hours: Monday to Friday 7.00am to 5pm and every other Saturday 8am to midday
Salary: Competitive
Workplace Pension