Get to Know the People at DBD – Glenn Beardon

This month we are chatting to Glenn Beardon.

How long have you been at DBD?
I used to work as an Installers mate and then an Installer, but that was about 6 years ago. It’s been about 18 months since I re-joined.

What department do you work in?
Procurement as the Procurement Manager.

What does your job role involve?
I’m responsible for all stock and I manage the team that buys it in, arranges the inbound deliveries, allocate the stock and then make sure it’s in the right depot. I also make sure all of the pricing is correct from our Manufacturers; any new prices must be uploaded to the system so that all of the Sales teams are notified and everyone internally has the correct information.

What skills has your role taught you?
Problem solving – if there are stock shortages you have to work out how to get around it so that you can keep everyone involved happy. Keeping our Customers happy is of utmost importance. Also an eye for detail is needed – we have to check the stock codes, quantities and pricing for every order and delivery to make sure all are correct. We create all the stock cards which we use internally and I have to look through the price matrixes from the manufacturer to keep the prices up-to-date. In previous roles I’ve managed projects and processes etc but I’ve never managed a team, so it’s a been steep learning curve but I hope they would agree I’m doing ok.

How does DBD compare to past jobs you’ve had?
It’s a pleasure to work with people I consider friends. My job before had a family feel but the company was bought out by a multinational and it lost it. It’s great to be back here and I enjoy coming into work every day and being surrounded by my colleagues. It’s a testament to DBD, we all have a laugh and help each other out, it really does feel like one big family.

How do you feel about your team?
I manage 4 people and they’re flippin’ brilliant! It’s tough to go from being in a team to managing it. It can be hard to trust people with the processes you used to handle but the team have made it really easy for me which has been a great help to me. It’s nice having a mix of starters new to the industry and experienced ones already in DBD.

What helps to motivate you every day?
In everything I do I try to really care about it and do it to the best of my ability. I am very self-motivated and can be hard on myself. I think it vital to try and understand the bigger picture. If you can see how your role affects DBD, it helps you to get on. It’s also great having a boss like Mike Taylor; I’m not micro managed, I’m allowed to make a difference which I really enjoy rather than being made to feel like a puppet.

What aspirations do you have for you career at DBD?
Just to try and be better and constantly improve the department. There’s a Japanese principle called Kaizen – it means Corporate improvement and it refers to activities that continuously improve all functions involving all employees. If there’s things to do and improve I keep my head down and keep working. I never want to be one of those people that are happy to just cruise through life, I constantly want to make things more streamlined and to make things better.

What was the last film you went to see? The Revenant
Last meal on Earth? Fish fingers, waffles and peas – the meal of my childhood
Worst job you’ve ever done? Soil stack testing while being a plumber
Favourite place on Earth? Snowdonia in Wales
What’s the last thing you heard or saw that made you laugh out loud? Mike Taylors ‘dad joke’ yesterday
Biggest bug bear? Apathy – people that don’t care about what they’re doing
Most pointless fact you know? Statistically speaking you’re more likely to get snow on Easter than Christmas
What are you most proud of? The fact that I’ve got my wife Arianne, a family and I’m sort of a responsible adult!
If you could splurge on one thing what would it be? A truck – a big fat 4×4 truck (GMC Sierra 2500HD)
What would be the title of your autobiography? Get your Head down
If you were an animal what would you be? I’d like to be a Wolf but I’d probably be a Gibbon
What’s the one dish you absolutely will never eat? Anything with Parmesan cheese on it
What’s one professional or personal skill you wish you had? The ability for my head to engage a little bit quicker than my heart and mouth
How would you describe yourself in 3 words? Honest, Approachable and Loyal
What’s the last book you read? Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
What’s the No1 most played song on your Ipod? Van Morrison – Into the Mystic
If you could choose anyone who would you pick as your mentor? Edmund Hillary (climbed Mount Everest)
What makes you smile? Good mates

Next month we will be chatting to Tom Kenward.