Here at Burton’s Biscuit Company we pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. Our goal is to support our team in achieving their career goals. We do this by providing a working environment that offers opportunity, support, scope and pace of change.
At Burton’s Biscuits we are always happy to consider flexible working for all of our open vacancies, please apply online or get in touch to find out what flexible working options could be available for you.
The Burton’s story is a simple one, it’s about Great British Brands and Great British Biscuits that have been lovingly baked in the UK since 1935. Fast forward to present day and the Burton’s Biscuits Company is the home of Jammie Dodgers, Maryland Cookies and Wagon Wheels to name just a few! We are incredibly lucky to work in the world of making delicious biscuits! Our Vision is to have a shared Pride and Passion for baking sensational biscuits & snacks that delight our consumers, shoppers and our customers. We’re the only major biscuit manufacturer in the UK to focus solely on biscuits making us one of the key players in the market. We employ circa 1,800 people around the UK, with the majority of our workforce being based at our three main manufacturing facilities in Llantarnam, Edinburgh and Blackpool. Our head office is based in St. Albans and a subsidiary office is located in Blackpool.
Our culture is what connects us all at Burton’s, and is the foundation of everything we do here. We believe that our people-focused culture creates an environment of respect, trust and empowerment so that our people feel able to make the right decisions and do the right thing.
We believe in working happy, at Burton’s, things are fast paced and fun
We are committed to being a flexible employer and providing employees with more opportunities for a healthy work life blend. We look to offer 3 key areas around this.
– Flexible working requests
– Ad hoc working from home
– Smarter working
Everyone comes with 25 days holiday as standard, but we understand that everyone works hard and we understand it’s important that everyone has time out from the business to relax. The purpose of this policy is to provide you with more flexibility to request planned time off work.
Tell us about your family, hobbies & interest outside of work.
I am a mum of 2 toddlers, a boy – 2.5 years old and a girl almost 1.5, who we raise together with my husband. Life with 2 toddlers is extremely busy at the moment as they are still very young and need a lot of attention, but I do enjoy running and I go for a run whenever I get a chance. I am also a bit of a foodie, so am always up for any culinary adventures.
Tell us a little about your Burton’s career to date!
When did you join us?
What was your first role with us?
How has your role changed?
I have started my career at Burton’s in Feb 2014 as a Group Specification Technologist, working full time. The Specifications Team went through some changes at the end of 2015, resulting in a new position offered to me as a Regulatory Affairs Technologist, which I have happily accepted as it was my career aspiration to develop my skills in that area of expertise. After my second maternity leave my department went through changes again and my role was changed slightly to adapt to the new requirements, and I am now supporting the Technical Services Department as well as continuing the Regulatory part of my role.
How has Burton’s or your manager supported you with your work life balance and what benefits has this provided you with?
As I just started my Regulatory Affairs role within Burton’s I found out I was pregnant, I was still new to the role but that did not bother my manager at the time, she allowed me to learn the job even though I was going on maternity leave soon. I came back for a very short period between kids (3 months), during which my manager had given me one project to focus on, it was a great solution as I was able to focus on completing this project in such a short timescale. After having my second child I thought I would like to be able to focus more on my family, especially with such small kids and have requested flexible working hours. My manager agreed, without any hesitation and I am now working 4.5 hours a day, which gives me a lot of time with my little ones at home. I am also at work every day, which is important in my role as it allows me to be available for any urgent matters every day.
What do you most enjoy about working at Burton’s Biscuits?
I really appreciate the reduced working hours I currently do.
What’s yours and your family’s favourite biscuits?
I looooove shortbread! My husband loves Jaffa cakes, he can eat a whole pack at one sitting… My kids are still quite small but they have tried Cadbury animal and Huggy Bears and liked both.
What advice if any would you give to a colleague at Burton’s, who is thinking about starting a family and would like to maintain a career, but have a flexible approach to their work life balance?
I think it’s important to decide what’s best for your family financially and personally, the costs of childcare, the amount of time you can afford to spend with your family. I have been considering different scenarios for returning to work post maternity leave and this was the best option for me, but it may not work for everyone.
I started with Burton’s in 2007 as Senior Business Account Manager. Over the past 10 years I’ve held a number of different roles within the Sales function, and in March 2017, I became Sales Director for the UK and Ireland. I am extremely passionate about building strong partnerships with our customers.
As a working Mum, Burton’s Biscuits have been great in creating a flexible working culture. This has allowed me to be a parent first, as well as providing development opportunities to help me continue my successful sales career.