See below some of our colleagues who have completed various training programmes and have progressed their careers through CTD:
Mark Birch - Sector Manager, Contracts
I joined Saint-Gobain in 2007 with Weber where I started as an Area Sales Manager in the tile fixing sector covering the Midlands and the North East.
I thoroughly enjoyed working for Weber and saw a huge opportunity in developing my career within Saint-Gobain. I was promoted in 2010 to Key Account Manager with Weber and was fortunate enough then to be given the opportunity to move brands to CTD in 2011 as Regional Operations Manager for the East region.
In 2016 I moved into the Sales Team as a Sector Head in the Contracts Team – this is now giving me more experience in the Sales arena
Working for CTD has helped me increase my range of skills and fully supported me in completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Multi-Unit Leadership and Strategy. Working for Saint-Gobain has helped me fulfil my career aspirations and supported me in my development as a Manager.
Saint-Gobain is a fantastic company to work for and the opportunities are endless where you really can grow your career and your own career path if you have the desire, ambition and attitude to do it. These three attributes are vital if you wish to succeed in your personal development and have helped me to where I am today.
I would recommend building a personal development plan and update the plan on a yearly basis as your goals and ambitions can change. This will help you focus on your development as a person with the support of the business. I've progressed as I'm ambitious and the business has supported me 100% since the day I joined. You need to have a “can do” attitude and don't be frightened to hold up your hand if help is needed as everyday is a learning day.
Make sure you know the SGBD competency's and look at ways how you can improve on them. They are all key to your development and to the business. If you do all of the above you will have an exciting and successful career with Saint-Gobain.
Gaynor McDonald - Business Controls Senior Analyst
I began my career with CTD in October 2005, from day one I was always the first to volunteer and was keen to learn new skills. I quickly established myself in the sales office and in November 2007, an opportunity arose within the branch for a purchasing role. This new challenge presented me with a fresh career path and helped me understand the operational side of the business. I got involved more in the budgets and understanding the day to day finances of the business.
In October 2009, I applied and successfully become Sales Office Supervisor looking after a team of five staff, during my time in this role I carried on learning about the business and became more heavily involved in the branch reports.
In 2016 I moved into my current role which again is giving me an opportunity to gain experience in a different role.
I believe I still have much more to offer and I am hopeful that in the future the possibility to progress to Branch Manager or even Regional Manager will arise.
I have found the Learning Gateway to have been a fantastic tool, especially being able to log on at home, away from the busy work environment. In February of 2014 Denton was put forward as a contender for the prestigious SGBD Diamonds Award. This offered me an opportunity to work on team building and boosting morale within Denton, and proved that we could, and would, be worthy contenders. I believe my ability to think outside of the box and my enjoyment of problem solving has been a strong aid at my branch, along with other branches that approach me for support.
Adrian Hoggard - Contract Sales
I started with the company in 2000 as a HGV lorry driver, progressing later into the showroom as the showroom supervisor. Four years ago, I became the branch manager for CTD Hull, and this year, I have been promoted to Contract Sales Manager.
In 2015 I successfully completed a Foundation Degree at Birmingham City University.
Being given this opportunity is amazing. Not only do you have better understanding of how and why your branch works, it actually highlights how to make changes and improvements which will have a positive and lasting effect, once you can identify an area for improvement. It also raises your awareness of what your staff and customers should expect from you and the business.
Sean McCreadie - Branch Manager, CTD London Road
When I joined CTD in 2006 as an external merchandiser one of the things that were highlighted to me was that CTD (Saint-Gobain) was a company full of opportunities that could lead to all different career paths depending on your goal and your determination to reach your goals. I worked as an external merchandiser for five years but I always wanted to move into sales and was determined to progress within the company.
At the end of 2011 I was given the opportunity to take part in a yearlong sales training executive programme being one of four candidates chosen in the UK giving me a great foundation to progress within the company. The programme developed my business and account management skills giving me the confidence to present myself and the company to our customers in a professional manner. After graduating and successfully completing the program I was offered the role as retail sales manager for CTD in the west & north of Scotland taking my career to the next level and on the way I gaining some great experience in sales.
As there is always new opportunities arising within Saint-Gobain just recently the position of branch manager became available at CTD London Road, Glasgow in which I was fortunate to get so I look forward to my new challenge as branch manager. I am very grateful for the belief and the support that CTD has given me in my 8 years working for the company and in that time feel that I have come a long way.
Working for a company like CTD (Saint-Gobain) presents so many great opportunities if you work hard and are determined to keep improving yourself.