Working at Hozelock
Hozelock has a long history of innovative product development and it is this approach of continuously striving to improve our products and ways of working that drives the business forward. We actively seek the best talent to make sure that we can continually challenge what we do and how we do it, to consistently stay one step ahead of the competition.
We also think it helps that we provide a modern, comfortable and well equipped working environment and encourage an open, honest and non-political culture so that our employees can concentrate on what they do best, their jobs!
There is more to gain from working at Hozelock than an innovative working environment and fantastic personal development. Here are just some of the things you can expect..
- Contributory group personal pension scheme
- Life assurance
- 25 days basic holiday entitlement per year increasing with service
- Occupational Health (for example eye tests and health promotion)
- Staff discount on product range
- Free onsite parking
- Subsidised on site canteen
- Discounted health club membership
- Childcare vouchers
What happens when you send your CV to us?
Your CV is assessed by the HR team and if it appears to be a good fit it is sent to the manager recruiting for the role. He or she will then shortlist for interview and we will contact you to arrange a meeting. This is usually done by phone or email to speed up the process.
The process depends on the role and the style of the recruiting manager, as well as your input. We firmly believe that recruitment is a two-way process. The steps below are some more common ones, but we will tell you about what will actually happen when we contact you.
1. The first interview is to find out more about your experience to see if you can practically do the job. There is also an element of ‘fit’ with the existing team and determining your development aspirations. It is usually an informal meeting in style so you are at ease and can really sell yourself as well as finding out as much as possible about us.
2. We sometimes use an online psychometric profile to provide focus for a second interview. Your profile is measured against the role to tell us about your natural style and how you might perform in certain situations. This enables us to ask the right questions at to make sure we find the perfect match.
3. A second interview is about getting the right ‘fit’ for the role, team and culture at Hozelock. We know you could do the job, but is the personality fit right, can we offer the development you are hoping to achieve, and will you thrive in the working environment we offer? The meeting will usually be with different people, sometimes a small panel but retaining the informal style of the process. We want to ‘see you’ in the role working alongside us and this gives you a great opportunity to find out as much about our business as possible, as you have direct access to people from other parts of the business who may be your colleagues.
4. We will usually include an opportunity to tour our site so you can see how we work. This will include our plastic processing areas, assembly plant and distribution centre, to give you a complete overview of our Birmingham site.
5. The final part of the recruitment process is where we may want to take verbal references from your previous employer, customers or contractors to help finalise our decision. However, you can rest assured we will never contact anyone without your permission.
6. When we reach the offer stage, we will contact you usually by phone to tell you the good news! We will outline key parts of the offer and put the details in writing. There is the time for you to ask any final questions, and we hope for verbal acceptance at this stage.
7. Finally, we keep in touch until you join us to plan a proper induction. Sometimes there are training days, customer visits, trade shows or social events happening where you can meet your new colleagues and feel more at home on your first day.
If for any reason we do not feel that there is a potential match and you are not invited to the next stage of the process, you will be offered feedback on the reasons why. This can be as detailed or as general as you like, so feel free to ask as many questions as you find helpful.
We are also always interested to hear from people who would like seasonal work as a factory operative. We recruit for these roles through our on-site recruitment partners, Staffline and you can send your CV through here or contact Staffline for an interview on 01858 412 767.
Julie H – Planning Manager
I initially joined Hozelock in March 1987 on a temporary 6 week contract. I was due to join a blue chip company in the City Centre, which is why I was interested in a temporary position.
I applied for the role of Receptionist, however when I came for the interview, I was asked to apply for the role of Purchasing Clerk as the Reception role had been filled internally.
About 5 weeks into the contract I was approached by the Planning Manager, asking if I would be interested in applying for the position on Manufacturing Planner – how could I refuse!
Fast forward 26 years and I am now the Planning Manager, responsible for the day to day running of the planning and procurement team.
During those 26 years I have worked for 7 Managers, had 7 desk locations and 7 different Job Titles, I am sure you can see the theme here… I met my husband at Hozelock 20 years ago (he still works here) and have 2 children.
During my time with Hozelock I have been fortunate to have visited suppliers in Slovenia, China, Malaysia and Taiwan.
One of the many things that I like about working for Hozelock is that no two seasons have ever been the same; Hozelock creates a challenging and enjoyable environment to work in, especially when the sun shines……
Phill C- Consumer Services Technical Support Supervisor
I joined Hozelock in December 1988 as a Quality Engineer; at the time the company was known as Hozelock ASL and was based in Plume Street in Aston, Birmingham.
My role at the time was to provide engineering solution to any quality issues that arose.
Shortly after I joined Hozelock, the company underwent a dramatic change of corporate identity establishing a company product colour, which many consumers still rely on today to help identify our brands.
I continued in this role for 20 years, until I transferred into the role of Technical Support Supervisor within our Consumer Services department. My previous experience of working direct with the products meant that I was extremely well suited to this role, as I am able to offer first hand advice and guidance on our product range.
During my time with Hozelock I have been instrumental in the development of several key products that have been launched, including the Oscillator range, the compact reels, auto reels and fast reels.
More recently, I have been heavily involved with creating ‘How To’ video guides which offer step by step guides on how to use some of our products, which are now on YouTube.
The things that have given me the most enjoyment whilst working for Hozelock have been the diversity and variety of the people I am lucky enough to work with. Also, the differing products, materials and engineering disciplines, ensure that no two days are ever the same. Hozelock is very aware of its employees needs and has a family feel, despite being an International Company.
Nick J – Studio Manager
Initially my role at Hozelock was a freelance one before being offered the position of Graphic Designer in 1995. Within 12 months I was promoted to Design Controller, managing a team of 2 designers. Over the last 13 years I have developed a confidence in dealing with people at all levels and the business has acknowledged my skills and allowed me to develop and manage a highly successful design studio.
As a creative person I enjoy challenges and continue to see the business evolve and play my own part in that development. Traditionally the workload gets pretty hectic through the spring and summer developing catalogues in 21 different languages!
Without a doubt the most enjoyable part of my job is the people.
Since day one, I have had the good fortune to work with a great bunch of people. Hozelock has a friendly working atmosphere and having a laugh whilst working hard is what it’s all about for me!
Gary C – Transport Scheduler
I initially joined Hozelock on a 2-week contract and 25 years later I am still here! I think that if something feels right, why change it? During my time here I have been a warehouse operative, HGV driver and after an accident left me unable to drive I was re-trained as a transport scheduler, which is the role I now thoroughly enjoy. The business has changed a lot since I joined when there were only 10 people in the warehouse, as there are now 90!
I have benefited from lots of training and development in my career at Hozelock, especially support with improving my computer skills…
and I am now taking a leadership course to develop further skills. My favourite things about Hozelock are the great people I work with and the positive ‘can do’ approach that is present in the business as a whole. When talking to people about Hozelock I always tell them it’s a great place to work.