It’s our teams, our people that make Bel UK the company that it is. We think it’s a great place to work and the testimonials below suggest that our people would agree.
Our People and working at bel
Claire Head of Proximity Channel
“A culture that empowers everyone to achieve.”
I manage and develop the Sales Strategy for the UK Proximity Sectors to ensure we capture every opportunity to grow our brands. I’m supported by a team of five Account Managers, and between us we service over 70 customers – so there’s plenty to do.
I joined Bel in July 2004 as a National Account Manager. Within a year, I had been promoted to Senior National Account Manager. Career progression was one of the things that had originally attracted me to Bel; the culture here embraces your personal ambitions and empowers everyone to achieve.
Andrew Customer Services Manager (Supply Chain)
“Bel’s strength is a willingness to collaborate.”
I joined Bel for the chance to be part of a recognised brand and a growing business. The part I play is to ensure we provide an excellent service to customers by maintaining the technical part of the operation: making sure we can sustain the flow of the overall business.
Bel’s strength is the willingness to bring everyone together to collaborate. The senior team is always keen to hear people’s opinions and look at ways to improve the day-to-day business environment. This ethos has created a great working atmosphere, where people care about what they’re doing.
Adrian Business Manager (High Street and Specialist Accounts)
“You really do feel part of a family business.”
I’m responsible for managing our Co-op, Waitrose, M&S and Iceland accounts. This involves negotiating joint business plans, ranging, pricing and promotions, as well as ensuring our businesses strategy and marketing plans translate into my customer plans.
During my interview it became very apparent that at Bel you’re not just a number on a pay slip – you really do feel part of a family business. And the size of Bel UK allows you to get involved in things that, at a larger business, you just wouldn’t be able to.
Jackie HR Assistant
“Bel has retained its friendly family atmosphere and great values.”
I currently work as HR Assistant on a part time basis, three days a week. My work ranges from processing staff benefits and keeping the HR database up to date, to liaising with Head Office for Trainee recruitment and organising local training.
I started with Bel temping as a Sales Secretary/Reception, and then became permanent in the same position until August 2010. The office then relocated to Sevenoaks where I went into my current role as HR Assistant. Through all these changes Bel has retained its friendly family atmosphere and great values.
Stephen Marketing Director
“It’s my job to understand the shopper, market and competition.”
I actually joined Bel as an Assistant Brand Manager a long time ago! My journey to Marketing Director has covered many of the Brand's, a sojourn in the Paris Head Office and more recently the expansion of our Category Management function. That’s the great thing about Bel – the opportunity for cross functional and international career development. And, of course, our commitment to building strong brands.
Lyndsey Head of Human Resources
“My own story is a great example of Bel’s Social Charter in practice.”
When I joined Bel in 2000, the company was fairly small in terms of headcount. It was the “family-feel” of the company that attracted me. I joined as the Personal Assistant to the then Chief Executive and this involved the management of some HR processes. As the subsidiary grew, so did my HR responsibilities.
I now have overall responsibility for the UK Human Resources function and UK HR strategy. My own story at Bel is a great example of our Social Charter in practice: Empower Everyone; Grow Further; Share Success and Enjoy our Workplace.
Aude Brand Manager
“The tools of a big company, but the flexibility of a smaller one.”
I currently work as a Brand Manager on Leerdammer. As part of the marketing team, I help to bring identity to the brand, to differentiate it from competitors and create a bond with the consumer. A Brand Manager’s role at Bel is very rich as we’re working with lots of different teams within the business and external agencies.
The size and nature of Bel are perfect for me: it’s a family business with strong values, but also with international scope. This means you have tools of a big size company but the flexibility of a smaller one. And then, of course, there’s the cheese!
Jon Head of Primary Channel
"Great brands, great culture and great people"
I am responsible for managing the Tesco account and I also over-see the Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrison’s portfolio.
There were three main elements that attracted me to Bel UK and is also the reason why I have stayed for over 8 years. These elements are the culture, the brands and the career progression.
Bel UK maintains its family culture and this is reflected both through its brands and also the way it has respect and allows empowerment of its employees. The brands remain hugely iconic and are without doubt some of the most recognised within both Cheese and the Dairy industry as a whole.
Finally you reap what you sow within the Bel business. If you are prepared to work hard and prove yourself, not only will this be re-paid by promotional opportunities, but also the international presence of the business means there are opportunities internationally.
Celina Category Manager
"If you are passionate about cheese, then you will love it here"!
I started working in the Category Management team almost two years ago, after my business degree in France and a few work experiences in Marketing.
It’s primarily the company culture and the iconic brands which encouraged me to join the Bel Group. Also, the opportunity to discover a new business department, Category Management, was really attractive to me.
My role consists of making impartial ranging recommendations to a portfolio of retailers, taking into account performance, but also shopper insights and market trends. This is really different from a brand manager or key account manager position!
My objective is to grow the cheese category as a whole, and create a real partnership with the buyers, based on trust, which is ultimately beneficial to Bel.
I would encourage anyone who feels close to our values “Dare, Commit, Care” to join the Company.
To me, this is what Bel is all about: Tackling challenges, being ambitious, thinking outside of the box, and caring about its employees.