For me, the best thing about working here is the people

Laura Seward, Business Sector Manager

Working here

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Working in Professional Services

Our professional services departments support our retail, distribution, contact centre and sales teams from our head office in Bristol. They cover a variety of different roles, from Artworkers to Accountants, IT Developers to Buyers.

So, whether you’re an experienced professional looking for your next role or you’re looking for your first step on the career ladder, we can offer you a variety of opportunities to choose from.

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Our Professional Services teams

Commercial

Our market leading products are right at the heart of our business, meaning our customers come back time and again. That’s why our five Commercial teams – Tableware and Furniture, Appliances, Cleaning and Consumables, Clothing and Kitchenware and Refrigeration –  are so crucial to our business. 

Our Category Managers, Buyers and Product Managers work closely with Nisbets teams and a variety of UK and global suppliers to offer customers quality products at the best prices. By managing the supply chain, we also make sure our products are always available. 

Commercial

Finance

As the business continues to evolve, the role of our finance team is changing, too. We’re focusing on being more consultative to help drive the business forward, by challenging decisions, identifying risks and developing ways to improve performance. 

To support the wider business, we recruit into a number of teams, including quality advice, governance and performance monitoring. With roles ranging from Finance Business Partners and Management Accountants to Credit Controllers and Financial Accountants, we support our people in studying towards professional qualification.

Finance

Human Resources

In HR, we support the business by shaping and developing careers, hiring great people and providing training options to our colleagues. We’re also here for every one of our people, managing rewards, payroll and internal communication.

Human Resources

Information Technology

Sitting at the heart of a 24/7 business, our IT teams develop ambitious strategies and provide high quality support to keep Nisbets running smoothly. So we’re always on the lookout for talented Developers, experienced support staff, Project Managers, Business Analysts and Network Administrators.

It’s high profile, varied and challenging work. Whether we’re providing a seamless digital experience for an external customer or developing a hassle-free order-entry experience for our sales teams, the customer’s at the centre of it all. This means we have to be innovative but professional, detail-focused but continuously improving.

Information Technology

Legal

We cover a wide variety of legal tasks to support every area of the Nisbets business, which means we offer a uniquely broad range of career opportunities for legal professionals.

If you’re an aspiring or experienced in-house Lawyer, you could be involved in anything from reviewing contracts and advising on disputes, to giving legal updates, supporting projects and building the corporate legal and compliance framework.

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Training and development

Whichever professional services team you join, we’ll make sure you have all the skills you need to make the most of your potential. From learning on the job alongside experienced colleagues, to classroom-based training and support for studying relevant professional qualifications, we’ll give you every opportunity to develop a rewarding career.

My career story

Conrad Hunneman, Managing Director, Nisbets Continental Europe (Eindhoven)

At Nisbets we’re on an exciting journey, with lots of growth opportunities. I really enjoy being able to play my part. People will always need to eat and drink, so being able to work with lots of exceptional people across different countries to supply businesses in this sector is exciting. During my job interview, I met a few of the leadership team and they made me feel part of the Nisbets family even before I officially started. That’s when I realised that this was a great company to join and I was right. We have great people working here, people that want to make a difference and to make Nisbets become customers’ first choice by helping them to do great things. We have a clear vision and a very clear strategy, this in turn provides great opportunities for our people. Here, you can influence change, there is a really positive collaborative vibe across both Europe and the UK as we work towards an ambitious goal. Working here is fast paced, and everyone plays an important role.

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My career story

Nicola Ransome, Category Manager

After moving out of London and leaving the fashion industry, I was looking for something to match my skills. Nisbets were looking for a Clothing and Footwear Buyer, which seemed fairly suitable. Since I joined, the commercial team’s changed a lot, but there’s always been a real sense of teamwork. In buying it’s really important to have a strong and supportive team to get the job done. Nisbets is an ambitious company that’s constantly changing, so there are always challenges. You never know what will happen next and you learn something new every day.

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My career story

Ed Ryan, Customer Insight Manager

What attracted me to Nisbets was the passion and ambition in the business, together with the opportunity for growth. The fact that it’s family-owned was attractive, too. What I enjoy most about working here is the fantastic people I work with and their passion for what we do. One of our company values is innovation and you’re given the flexibility and freedom to bring fresh ideas and contribute to the business. There’s also a lot of scope to grow your personal and professional skills. This creates a really good atmosphere.

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2019

Managing Director, Nisbets Continental Europe

Oversee the Nisbets European business, with a focus on sales and margins.

2016

Vice President, Head of Global Accounts, Staples Solutions (Europe) & Business Development (Amsterdam)

Responsible for all global accounts’ P&L in Europe and restructured global organisation.

2013

Managing Director, Staples Business Advantage

Led Staples Business Advantage business in six European countries.

2010

General Manager Belgium & Luxembourg, Douwe Egberts

Led Benelux management team and member of European leadership team.

2006

Commercial Director, Douwe Egberts Coffee Care

Led Coffee Care management team and member of Benelux management team.

2004

Sales Manager, Douwe Egberts Coffee Care

Led sales team and had P&L responsibility for Coffee Care business.

2001

National Account Manager, Douwe Egberts Coffee Systems

Introduced and sold coffee concepts to catering clients.

1998

Marketing roles, Douwe Egberts

Various marketing roles in Douwe Egberts, Netherlands.

2018

Category Manager - Cleaning and Consumables, Nisbets

Lead an end to end category team of product manager, buyer and junior.

2015

Senior Buyer - Back of House, Nisbets

Managed a team of five buyers and junior buyers.

2013

Clothing, Footwear and Linen Buyer, Nisbets

Developed the Chef’s Clothing, Footwear and Linen ranges.

2011

Womenswear Product Developer, Karen Millen

Managed the design, development and delivery of occasion wear range.

2009

Womenswear Product Developer, LK Bennett

Managed the sourcing, development and production of the womenswear collection.

2006

Product Developer, Ben Sherman

Developed the global menswear collection.

2004

Collections Assistant, Marchpole Ltd

Worked with designers on menswear brands, including YSL Pour Homme.

2013

Customer Insight Manager, Nisbets

Work closely with business teams to develop customer insights.

2011

Marketing Analyst, Direct Wines

Analysed and selected data for marketing campaigns.

2011

Outbound Sales Advisor, Direct Wines

Made outbound sales calls.

2010

Customer Service Advisor, Direct Wines

Took sales calls and enquiries in a contact centre.

2009

Various Agency Roles

Worked in bars, as a bin man, at a boating lake…

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