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SG Building Distribution

SG Building Distribution

You'll be joining us in Saint-Gobain Building Distribution (or SGBD for short). As the largest building distributor in Europe, our annual sales in the UK & Ireland currently stand at over £2.1 billion.

We’re part of Saint-Gobain. Founded in 1665 to make the glass for the mirrors of the Palace of Versailles, we’re now one of the largest industrial groups in the world. We employ over 200,000 people in 54 countries across the globe. Together, we design, produce and distribute a whole host of materials from 30 billion bottles and jars a year, to the ductile iron pipes that distribute water around 80 capital cities across the globe.

Case Studies

  • Name: Caroline Austin
  • Role: Management Trainee
  • Joined: March 2006

"Within the courses there is the sit-down, classroom side but you actually get to see things working that you've put into place and they're making a difference within the branch.”

"I’m really excited about my future. I'm looking forward to getting into a branch and putting into place what I've learnt. And the skills I’ve learnt are transferable to companies in the SGBD group.”

Training & Profiles

On our Management Trainee Scheme, we look for people that are practical, hands-on and very ambitious. If you think you have what it takes to manage one of our branches, in just two years you could reach management level and join our team of over 14,000 people across more than 900 sites throughout the UK & Ireland.

The programme

It's a practical, branch-based scheme that will give you all the skills you need to work in the fast-paced merchanting industry. We'll help you make the most of your business acumen, entrepreneurial flair and talent for customer service. The programme will put you on the fast-track in a company and sector that are both thriving. In 2007, we opened over 35 new branches.

It’s a two-year programme. Your time will be spent in several branches learning the nuts and bolts of how the business is run. After all, you’re working to be part of the management team yourself in two years or under, so you need to know exactly what's what.

Over the next five years, we have enormous plans for growth in the UK, Ireland and beyond. Which means that for the ambitious and motivated there are outstanding opportunities to be promoted swiftly into positions of responsibility.

What you need

  • Degree or
  • 2 A-levels, grade D or above (equivalent qualifications considered) with some customer facing work experience
  • Right to work permanently in the UK without a student visa or temporary work permit
  • Full driving licence

Application Procedure

The initial application process should take less than ten minutes. Apply online .

What we offer

Over the next five years, we have enormous plans for growth in the UK, Ireland and beyond. Which means that for the ambitious and motivated there are outstanding opportunities to be promoted swiftly into positions of responsibility.

We also offer you:

  • A lively, stimulating environment
  • In-depth training and freedom to innovate
  • Sociable hours
  • In the longer term, working overseas is a distinct possibility.

Last, but by no means least, we offer a generous benefits package that includes:

  • 21 days’ holiday a year
  • Discounts across all SGBD brands
  • Retail vouchers and reductions when buying cars from some manufacturers
  • Stakeholder Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Other flexible benefits: For example, low-cost annual travel insurance, breakdown cover, dental, optical & hospital plans, personal travel service, short breaks, theme parks & attractions and health & fitness gym membership.