Careers

Are you looking for an exciting new challenge?

Please see below a selection of our current vacancies. We're a growing firm and a highly respected employer. If you're motivated with a passion for great customer service, please get in touch today.

Please note we do not use recruitment agencies and we welcome a personal approach.

You can also download an application form for us to keep on file and return it to: HR Manager, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR, or email a copy of your CV to personnel@jamesburrell.com today.

Just click HERE to download the form, fill it out, save it to your computer and email to the address above.

Why James Burrell?

At James Burrell Builders Merchants a large proportion of our team have been with us for many years. We believe this shows a high level of employee engagement which has been achieved by continual employee development, rewarding hard work and loyalty as well as providing a happy, friendly environment for people to work in.

If you're looking for a role with long-term prospects and good benefits, get in touch today.

Apprentices

While we see the benefit of retaining our highly experienced team we also see the necessity of looking to the future by investing in an apprenticeship programme. Our apprentices are given experience of working in various different areas before finding their preferred route where they can specialise and develop their skills.

Sales Ledger Apprentice, Gateshead

Job Description

Are you looking to start an apprenticeship within a company that has a proven track record of developing trainees into more senior roles? At James Burrell we’re currently looking for a Sales Ledger Apprentice to join our Accounts department, you will be joining an enthusiastic team of 6 employees currently working within the Sales Ledger team. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated candidate who is looking for a long-term career to join a family run company with a culture that is friendly and team orientated.

Starting:                             £10,500

After 3 months:               £12,000

After 6 months:               £13,500

After 9 months:               £15,000

After 12 months:             £16,500 +

THE ROLE: A Sales Ledger Apprentice would be expected to work alongside the existing Accounts team and learn all aspects of working within a busy accounts department, primarily working on sales ledger. 

DUTIES: Initial duties include but are not limited to:

  • Providing customers with proof of deliveries.
  • Scan and index all delivery notes, drivers logs and stock transfers.
  • Covering for the receptionist, including answering a busy switchboard when required.

Further duties may include:

  • Cash allocation.
  • Contact customers regarding outstanding account balances and payments required.
  • Liaising with customers and the sales departments regarding invoices queries.

CANDIDATE: We are looking for a well-presented candidate who is enthusiastic to learn and develop their knowledge and skills. This is the perfect opportunity for someone who is looking for a long-term career and shows aptitude and commitment to the role.  

In return we offer the right candidate full support and training, as well as 27 days holidays per year, an annual PRP Bonus, option to buy or sell holidays and life assurance among others. The normal working week will be Monday to Friday. Starting salary will be £10,500, which will be reviewed in line with the above as the successful candidate progresses.

THE COMPANY: James Burrell Ltd is an independent builders merchant which was established in 1877.  We currently have 10 branches servicing our trading area of Northumberland down to South Yorkshire, with our 11th branch opening in Billingham this summer.  We are a leading distributor of building materials, civils products, insulation and timber. 

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to HR Manager, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email personnel@jamesburrell.com.

Location

Gateshead

Salary

  increments based on the successful candidate’s performance

How to Apply

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to HR Manager, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email personnel@jamesburrell.com.

Purchase Ledger Clerk, Gateshead

Job Description

The successful candidate will become part of our well establish and knowledgeable accounts team.  We are a large family run business originally established in 1877, although the company has grown considerably with a turnover of over £90m we have maintained the culture of a family business where each person is recognised as important to the success of the company. 

Purchase ledger are looking forward to welcoming an additional member to their team.  They would ideally like to find someone who has experience and who can bring some additional knowledge to what is already a well-respected team, although this is not essential.  They are equally open to someone with the right attitude and commitment.

This is also an exciting opportunity for someone to join at a time that we are expanding by opening our 11th branch in Billingham.  Many of our people have been with us for a long time, with a number having over 20, and some over 30 years’ service.  We believe this says a lot about our company and our culture which is team orientated and based on the relationships between everyone at all levels.

Duties will include but is not limited to:

  • Process purchase ledger invoices.
  • Prepare and process all direct to site invoices.
  • Liaising with customers, suppliers as well as the sales departments regarding invoice queries.
  • Process supplier and customer credit notes.
  • Reconcile supplier statements.
  • Respond to supplier requests for payment.
  • Scan invoices, delivery notes and all relative paperwork.
  • Complete a daily sales report, via excel.
  • Preparing ad hoc reports for the Head of Finance.

CANDIDATE: We are looking for a well-presented individual who is enthusiastic and a good team player. You must have strong numerical and communication skills, be able to work to tight deadlines and have an attention to detail. You should be self-motivated with the ability to solve problems. Experience within accounts is not essential.

THE PACKAGE: Salary is dependent on experience, other benefits include 27 days holiday plus bank holidays, annual PRP Bonus, option to buy or sell holidays and life assurance among others.

THE COMPANY: James Burrell Ltd is an independent builders merchant which was established in 1877.  We are a leading distributor of building materials, civils products, insulation and timber.  We have branches servicing our trading area of Northumberland down to South Yorkshire. 

As an independent builders merchants we are a family run company with a culture which is friendly and team orientated.  You would be joining a team where the majority of people have a number of years’ service, many of who have joined at more junior positions and have developed a long-term career with us.

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to HR Department, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email personnel@jamesburrell.com.

Location

Head Office, Gateshead

Salary

Subject to Experience

How to Apply

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to The HR Department, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email alysonhunter@jamesburrell.com.   

Warehouse Operative, Billingham

Job Description

THE ROLE:   The Warehouse Operative will be expected to pick orders for customers and company vehicles as well as load and unload company, customer and supplier vehicles. 

CANDIDATE:  Due to the extremely fast paced environment the successful candidate needs to be willing to work well under pressure and have recent experience of driving a forklift truck with a current license. They must also be reliable with good organisational skills and be comfortable assisting customers.  They also need to have the right attitude, being willing to help and go that extra mile.  The successful candidate would ideally have experience of working in a builders merchants.  However, having good product knowledge on a range of building materials and experience of working in a warehouse/yard environment would be an advantage. 

THE PACKAGE: We offer a competitive salary and benefits which include 27 days holiday plus bank holidays, annual PRP Bonus, option to buy or sell holidays and life insurance among others.  The normal working week will be Monday to Friday.

THE COMPANY: James Burrell Ltd is an independent builders merchant which was established in 1877.  We are a leading distributor of building materials, civils products, insulation and timber.  We currently have ten branches servicing our trading area of Northumberland down to South Yorkshire, with our 11th branch opening in Billingham in Summer 2022.

As an independent builders merchants we are a family run company with a culture which is friendly and team orientated.  You would be joining a team where the majority of people have a number of years’ service, many of who have joined at more junior positions and have developed a long-term career with us.

Location

Billingham

Salary

Competitive

How to Apply

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to HR Department, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email personnel@jamesburrell.com.

Purchase Ledger Apprentice, Gateshead

Job Description

Are you looking to start an apprenticeship within a company that has a proven track record of developing trainees into more senior roles? At James Burrell we’re currently looking for a Purchase Ledger Apprentice to join our Accounts department, you will be joining an enthusiastic team of 8 employees currently working within the Purchase Ledger team. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated candidate who is looking for a long-term career to join a family run company with a culture that is friendly and team orientated.

Starting:                             £10,500

After 3 months:               £12,000

After 6 months:               £13,500

After 9 months:               £15,000

After 12 months:             £16,500 +

 

THE ROLE: A Purchase Ledger Apprentice would be expected to work alongside the existing Accounts team and learn all aspects of working within a busy accounts department, primarily working on purchase ledger.

DUTIES: Initial duties include but are not limited to:

  • Scan invoices, delivery notes and all relative paperwork.
  • Process purchase ledger invoices.
  • Prepare and process all direct to site invoices.
  • Covering for the receptionist, including answering a busy switchboard when required.

 

Further duties may include:

  • Liaising with customers, suppliers as well as the sales and purchasing departments regarding invoice queries.
  • Reconcile supplier statements.
  • Respond to supplier requests for payment.
  • Completing daily sales reports, via excel.
  • Preparing ad hoc reports for the Head of Finance.

CANDIDATE: We are looking for a well-presented candidate who is enthusiastic to learn and develop their knowledge and skills. This is the perfect opportunity for someone who is looking for a long-term career and shows aptitude and commitment to the role.  

In return we offer the right candidate full support and training, as well as 27 days holidays per year, an annual PRP Bonus, option to buy or sell holidays and life assurance among others. The working week will be Monday to Friday. Starting salary will be £10,500, which will be reviewed in line with the above as the successful candidate progresses.

THE COMPANY: James Burrell Ltd is an independent builders merchant which was established in 1877.  We currently have 10 branches servicing our trading area of Northumberland down to South Yorkshire, with our 11th branch opening in Billingham this summer.  We are a leading distributor of building materials, civils products, insulation and timber. 

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to HR Manager, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email personnel@jamesburrell.com.

Location

Gateshead

Salary

(increments based on the successful candidate’s performance) 

How to Apply

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to HR Department, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email personnel@jamesburrell.com.

Logistics Administrator, Ossett

Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Logistics Administrator.

James Burrell are a large family run business originally established in 1877, although the company has grown considerably with a turnover of over £90m we have maintained the culture of a family business where each person is recognised as important to the success of the company.

The Ossett branch are looking forward to welcoming an additional member to their logistics team.  They would ideally like to find someone who has experience with manually planning transport loads and booking goods into stock.

This is also an exciting opportunity for someone to join at a time that we are expanding by opening our 11th branch in Billingham.  Many of our people have been with us for a long time, with a number having over 20, and some over 30 years’ service.  We believe this says a lot about our company and our culture which is team orientated and based on the relationships between everyone at all levels.

THE ROLE:  As the role of a Logistics Administrator, you will:

  • Book goods received onto the computer.
  • Liaise with suppliers and the purchasing department regarding shortages, damages or returned goods.
  • Create customers invoices from the delivery notes and amend shortages.
  • Work alongside the Stock Controller regarding adjustments, stock control and Chain of Custody.
  • Work alongside the Transport Supervisor planning the next day deliveries of customer orders to a designated delivery area.
  • Create driver log sheets.
  • Clarify delivery addresses and timed drops with the sales teams.
  • Liaise with the Company Transport Department to arrange the servicing and repair of vehicles.
  • Provide cover for the Transport Supervisor during holidays.

CANDIDATE: The successful candidate must have the ability to plan, organise and problem solve as well as having a can-do attitude. Previous experience of goods in and transport planning is desirable.

THE PACKAGE: We offer a competitive salary and benefits which include 27 days holiday + bank holidays, annual PRP Bonus, option to buy or sell holidays and life insurance among others.  The normal working week will be Monday to Friday.

THE COMPANY: James Burrell Ltd is an independent builders merchant which was established in 1877.  We currently have ten branches servicing our trading area of Northumberland down to South Yorkshire with our 11th branch opening in Billingham this summer. We are a leading distributor of building materials, civils products, insulation and timber. 

As an independent builders merchants we are a family run company with a culture which is friendly and team orientated.  You would be joining a team where the majority of people have long term service many of who have joined at more junior positions and have developed a long-term career with us. Any applications will be treated with confidence.

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to HR Department, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email personnel@jamesburrell.com.

Location

Ossett

Salary

Competitive

How to Apply

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to HR Department, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email personnel@jamesburrell.com.

Branch Sales Personnel, Teesside

Job Description

THE ROLE: We have various Sales positions available where you will be working as part of a successful team managing a portfolio of customer accounts, including regional contractors and general builders. You will be developing relationships with existing customers assisting with their orders and making suggestions based on current offers and their requirements as well as targeting new business and customers in the Teesside area.

CANDIDATE: We are seeking salespeople with good product knowledge on a range of building materials. The candidate must be professional, self-motivated, customer orientated, have the ability to make commercial decisions and a desire to succeed.     Candidates with recent builder’s merchant experience, and who have existing relationships with local and regional builders would be desirable but this is not essential.

THE PACKAGE: Salary depends on experience, other benefits include 27 days holiday plus bank holidays, annual PRP Bonus, option to buy or sell holidays and life assurance among others. 

The normal working week will be Monday to Friday.

THE COMPANY: James Burrell Ltd is a leading independent builders merchant with over 140 years history in serving the North East & Yorkshire’s trade and contractors, we are well-known for our high quality service and expert knowledge.

We offer customers excellent service and a wide range of building materials and associated products through an established network of 10 branches across the North East and Yorkshire with our 11th branch opening in Billingham in summer 2022.

We are a family run company with a culture which is friendly and team orientated.  You would be joining a team where the majority of people have long term service, many of who have joined at more junior positions and have developed their career with us.

Location

Teesside

Salary

Based on experience

How to Apply

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to HR Department, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email personnel@jamesburrell.com.

Roofing Sales, Gateshead

Job Description

THE ROLE:  To support and further develop the roofing specialist team by servicing our existing customers, as well as promoting roofing sales business to new customers.

DUTIES: The successful candidate will join our established sales team, be responsible for building relationships with customers, providing quotes on projects, providing admin support and negotiating prices and terms.

CANDIDATE: We are seeking a sales professional with experience in roofing related sales/admin. The candidate must be professional, customer orientated and proactive, as well as having good organisation skills.

We offer a generous remuneration package for the right candidates including 27 days holiday, a Monday to Friday working week, annual PRP bonus and buying and selling holidays policy amongst others.

THE COMPANY: James Burrell Ltd is an independent builders merchant which was established in 1877.  We currently have 10 branches servicing our trading area of Northumberland down to South Yorkshire, with our 11th branch due to open in Billingham this summer.  We are a leading distributor of building materials, civils products, insulation and timber. 

As an independent builders merchants we are a family run company with a culture which is friendly and team orientated.  You would be joining a team where the majority of people have long term service many of who have joined at more junior positions and have developed a longstanding career with us.

Location

Gateshead

Salary

Depending on experience

How to Apply

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to HR Manager, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email personnel@jamesburrell.com.

Sales Ledger Clerk, Gateshead

Job Description

Due to continued growth an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Sales Ledger Clerk

The successful candidate will become part of our well established and knowledgeable accounts team.  We are a large family run business originally established in 1877, although the company has grown considerably with a turnover of over £90m we have maintained the culture of a family business where each person is recognised as important to the success of the company. 

Sales ledger are looking forward to welcoming an additional member to their team.  They would ideally like to find someone who has experience and who can bring some additional knowledge to what is already a well-respected team, although this is not essential.  They are equally open to someone with the right attitude and commitment.

This is also an exciting opportunity for someone to join at a time that we are expanding by opening our 11th branch in Billingham.  Many of our people have been with us for a long time, with a number having over 20, and some over 30 years’ service.  We believe this says a lot about our company and our culture which is team orientated and based on the relationships between everyone at all levels.

The duties will include but not limited to:

  • Cash allocation
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Processing credit notes
  • Providing customers with proof of deliveries
  • Liaising with customers, suppliers as well as the sales and purchasing departments regarding invoices queries.
  • Contact customers regarding outstanding account balances and payments required.
  • Scan and index all depot PODs, drivers logs and goods returns notes.

CANDIDATE: We are looking for a well-presented individual who is enthusiastic and a good team player. You must have strong numerical and communication skills, be able to work to tight deadlines and have an attention to detail. You should be self-motivated with the ability to solve problems. Experience within accounts is not essential.

THE PACKAGE: Salary is dependent on experience, other benefits include 27 days holiday plus bank holidays, annual PRP Bonus, option to buy or sell holidays and life assurance among others. 

THE COMPANY: James Burrell Ltd is an independent builders merchant which was established in 1877.  We currently have 10 branches servicing our trading area of Northumberland down to South Yorkshire, with our 11th branch opening in Billingham this summer.  We are a leading distributor of building materials, civils products, insulation and timber. 

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to HR Department, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email personnel@jamesburrell.com.

Location

Head Office, Gateshead

Salary

Depending on experience

How to Apply

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to HR Department, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email personnel@jamesburrell.com.

Warehouse Operative, Rotherham

Job Description

THE ROLE:   The Warehouse Operative will be expected to pick orders for customers and company vehicles as well as load and unload company, customer and supplier vehicles. 

CANDIDATE: Due to the fast-paced environment the successful candidate needs to be willing to work well under pressure, be reliable and well-presented with good organisational skills and be comfortable assisting customers.  They also need to have the right attitude, being willing to help and go that extra mile.  The successful candidate would ideally have experience of working in a builders merchants and have recent experience of driving a forklift truck.  However, having good product knowledge on a range of building materials and experience of working in a warehouse/yard environment would be an advantage. 

THE PACKAGE: We offer a competitive salary and benefits which include 27 days holiday plus bank holidays, annual PRP Bonus, option to buy or sell holidays and life insurance among others.  The normal working week will be Monday to Friday.

THE COMPANY: James Burrell Ltd is an independent builders merchant which was established in 1877.  We are a leading distributor of building materials, civils products, insulation and timber.  We currently have branches servicing our trading area of Northumberland down to South Yorkshire. 

As an independent builders merchants we are a family run company with a culture which is friendly and team orientated.  You would be joining a team where the majority of people have a number of years’ service, many of who have joined at more junior positions and have developed a long-term career with us.

Location

Rotherham

Salary

Salary: Competitive

How to Apply

Applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence; please forward your covering letter and CV to HR Manager, James Burrell Ltd, Deptford Road, Gateshead, NE8 2BR or email personnel@jamesburrell.com.

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