Careers at AJW

Where service comes first

At AJW, we pride ourselves on the service we offer to our customers and also celebrate the high quality of staff who work for us. We have the best staff in the business in East Anglia, they have such exceptional knowledge on all roofing areas and are all key to the development of AJW.

To adhere to our company moto ‘Where Service Comes First’ it is paramount that we employ staff who will work with us to ensure that our customers receive the best service at all times. We aim to recruit and retain the very best employees with the right knowledge, attitude and passion for their work.

As a family run business we aspire for all of our staff to enjoy coming to work. We are a flexible company and allow our staff to develop their skills, giving them the training and support when required.

We have a very loyal and dedicated team who are so committed to their work which is why our reputation precedes us and why it is paramount that we employ staff who want to work for and commit to a fun family run business.

Health & Safety

We take our duty of care to provide a safe environment for all of our employees, customers and visitors seriously. To ensure our business provides a high level of Health & Safety we provide all new employees with training and we ensure that our Health & Safety rules are adhered to at all times. With an external company to advising us constantly with improvement we can do and also changes in the law this ensures that we meet all legislation requirements.

Pensions and Employment Benefits

In addition to your salary, other benefits which we offer include a bonus scheme where relevant, uniform (where appropriate) and increasing holidays with length of service. We also provide a pension which employees can contribute.

Customers

We offer our customers a transparent service and aim to provide them with expert advice wherever possible. By working closely with our suppliers, we offer the most competitive prices and the best quality products on the market.

Equal Opportunities

AJW Distribution is an equal opportunity employer and is fully committed to a policy of treating all its employees and job applicants equally.

The Company will avoid unlawful discrimination in all aspects of employment including recruitment and selection, promotion, transfer, opportunities for training, pay and benefits, other terms of employment, discipline, and selection for redundancy and dismissal.

AJW will take all reasonable steps to employ, train and promote employees on the basis of their experience, abilities and qualifications without regard to race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, national origin, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity or disability. In this Policy these are known as the “protected characteristics”.

AJW Distribution will appoint, train develop and promote on the basis of merit and ability alone. The Company will also take all reasonable steps to provide a work environment in which all employees are treated with respect and dignity and that is free of harassment based upon an employee’s race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, national origin, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, or disability. We do not condone any form of harassment, whether engaged in by employees or by outside third parties who do business with us, such as clients, customers, contractors and suppliers.

“I started working for AJW in August 2011

My first role was to help set up a Domestic Roofing Division within the existing cladding and sheeting business.

It was a tough job but with Alan, Gareth and Andrew’s support, we made it work and over the last few years, we have grown immeasurably.

We started with one truck, one warehouse and a small patch of land. Now we have three warehouses, a large yard, 3 trucks and our staff level has tripled to enable us to cope with the new sales.

It has been hard work but very worth it!

In 2015, I became the Branch Manager. I have been given the opportunity to set up a new department/business and in order to establish AJW as a tile/slate distributor, I have been involved in all aspects of the business from stock profiling to accounts to transport.

I have had numerous on-site product training days, whenever we introduce new products. We get days out with customers & staff (which are great fun!) and have become part of a much larger team over the years as the business has expanded into new areas.

I thoroughly enjoy working for AJW. I have been more than looked after personally, and in my job, and my opinion is valued and listened too, even though sometimes it is a rubbish one and I am told as much!

We all have a tough job in this business, but it is very rewarding and, for the most part, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and the people I work with, including all the customers.”

Clair BondBranch Manage, AJW Chatteris

“I started working for AJW and joined the accounts team in May 2016. I joined as a purchase ledger clerk to continue in a role which I had 5 years’ experience in.

Since joining the team, I have progressed to Accounts Payable/Accounting Assistant which has allowed me to begin working on management accounts, learn new skills and take on more responsibilities.

Last October, AJW gave me the chance to start studying towards my AAT Level 2 – an opportunity which I have been very grateful for, as this was something I’d always thought I would never do.

I work at the Chatteris depot and am super lucky to work with a great team of people, we’re like one big family and have some brilliant nights out together!

I enjoy working for AJW for many reasons. I am able to help others across the business and get in involved in different areas, each year the company have held a summer party for everyone which is always good fun and gives you a chance to meet the other depots and also this September they are holding a charity fundraising event “Alan’s Challenge” which I am very excited to be taking part in.”

Tiffany TibblesAccounting Assistant, AJW Chatteris

“I started work at AJW Essex on the 2nd Feb 2014 as a class two HGV driver.

In 2015, I had the opportunity to become the company Transport Manager for all the depots in East Anglia.

It was a large challenge – one that I was ready to accept and have enjoyed since I started.

I was also given the opportunity to be involved in the company H&S. As I have had previous experience in a similar role, I took this on board as a new challenge and am committed to ensuring that the companies H&S is always of a high standard.

I really do enjoy working for AJW. The company has expanded, so my roll and commitment to the company has expanded too.

The backing and support from all staff members from the Managing Director all the way down is always there 100%.

I’m a person who likes to work and I look forward to getting up and going to work.”

Donald Goldsworthy-EllsonTransport Manager, AJW