Whether it’s sourcing products from around the world, delivering goods around the corner, or providing industry-leading levels of service, we believe it’s our people who make the difference. Our people make Wolseley UK a fantastic organisation to do business with.

Hayley Steabler

Branch Manager, Plumb and Parts Center

What attracted you to Wolseley UK?

My degree was in politics but I'd been looking into applying for graduate schemes in business. I hadn't fixed on a particular company but knew I wanted to join an interesting and successful organisation – somewhere that could offer a role that was both challenging and a little bit different.

How did you become a Manager?

I first joined Wolseley UK via the graduate trainee programme eight years ago. Initially this involved working in the warehouse, followed by learning all the branch functions. This, in turn, enabled me to assist branch managers or stand in for them when they were off sick or on holiday. I now successfully manage my own branch, which I have been doing since 2008.

What kind of training have you had?

I've had lots of training. It was monthly whilst I was on the graduate programme, and I've achieved a Diploma in Management Studies. Now I'm Branch Manager it gets more advanced. Already, I've had the opportunity to work my way up with Wolseley UK and over the next five years I hope to move on to even bigger and better things.

What's the best thing about your job?

The best thing is definitely the customers…talking to them, establishing and building relationships with them. Some of them I see every day. It feels good when we hit our targets too. This year we've really smashed it… it's the best year we've ever had. It's great to see all the hard work paying off.

What's the atmosphere like in your branch?

I've worked in banking and other areas of retail and much prefer the atmosphere here. I never liked working in an office, and as long as you put in the work in here, it's a far less structured and more relaxed place to be. I'm surrounded by a strong team of experienced people who take things in their stride. And even when they're under pressure, find time to have laugh.

Christian Darby

Local Network Manager, Plumb and Parts Center

How did you come to join Wolseley UK?

I studied Sports Science at University but I knew that wasn't the career for me. Soon after I graduated, I was playing in a football team with a Wolseley UK Area Manager. He raved about the company and told me they were hiring so I went for the job and was taken on as a Trainee Manager at Telford.

How has your career progressed since?

At Telford, I learnt about everything from the warehouse, trade counter and sales. And after 11 months, I got the job of Branch Supervisor in Walsall. A year on, I got the Deputy Branch Manager's job at Birmingham Parts Center and the year after that I was promoted to Branch Manager. Next, I was a Cell Manager (responsible for a group of branches), then Network Manager in a number of locations, most recently Wolverhampton where I've been for the last 18 months.

How has Wolseley UK supported your development?

Consistent on-the-job training and in-house training courses have helped to hone my management skills. I've also had lots of support from line managers who've always encouraged me to think about what I want from my career, and helped me plan ahead to make it happen.

What's the biggest challenge you've faced?

As a Network Manager, my most challenging project involved introducing a new product range. We had to have the right stock in the right place at the right time for our customers. It involved getting the correct stock ordered and a mass cleanse of existing stock. This was all during the winter – our busiest time of year – with limited resource and while continuing with our business as usual so that customers didn't experience any problems or delays.

What's the most rewarding aspect of your job?

For me, seeing people develop who report into me is the main reward. I've brought a lot of employees into the business and it's great to see them do well. For example, I employed a guy straight from school who now manages one of the biggest branches in the country.

Laura Begbie

Operational Management Graduate Trainee

Why did you choose Wolseley UK?

I graduated from St Andrews in Geography and having decided on a career in manufacturing and operations, I wanted a career in a top 100 FTSE company that would be fulfilling, full of challenges and with variety and versatility. I was thrilled when I learned I'd been accepted from over 2,000 applications to be a Wolseley UK graduate trainee.

What are the best things about your role?

I've had plenty of exposure to the business from day one, seeing how it's run from the grassroots. I've been given a lot of responsibility and I've been able to work across functions. It's been 100% rewarding and fulfilling. I also like the respect and appreciation the managers give the staff – no matter what their role. It's great to be appreciated for what you're doing and getting daily thanks from your manager lets you know you're valued.

What are your colleagues like?

The team at the branch are fantastic. They're very friendly and made me feel welcome and valued. It's how they treat each other too, not just me because I'm new. They work to the highest standards and I've been out and about and seen this attitude across other branches too. It's the Wolseley UK culture.

What kind of training have you had?

The training has been fantastic from induction onwards and I've made full use of the Online Training Academy. It's great to just sit and browse, but when you do the course for real, you get a certificate at the end of it – provided you pass of course. And because the pass marks are quite high you definitely feel you've achieved.

How would you describe Wolseley UK to other graduates?

Honest is a good word. There's a lot of honesty in the business which is made up of people who want to make it work. It also offers clear paths to career success. I genuinely want to come into work every day. It's fun, exciting, varied and worthwhile. And for me that marks it out as something special.