If you want to work at a builder’s merchant then you will be responsible for supplying products and materials to construction companies and trade people and even the general public. Builder’s merchants supply any construction materials such as timber, cement, sand, paints etc. You will need to be able to pack up the items for delivery or collection and will need to be able to calculate prices and quantities of what people want to buy.
Builders’ merchants are the buyers for the construction companies. Their job is to supply products and all other materials that construction companies need. You must give attention to details and be good with numbers. Customer services skills are also required for this job. You don’t need have any qualifications to become a Builders’ Merchant however some employers may want GCSEs in maths and English. Experience is advantageous but not essential as many companies will provide full training.
Builders’ merchants salaries are starting from £19,000 and £26,000 a year. With experience and management responsibilities earnings can increase to between £20,000 and £30,000 a year.
If you have found a role in which you want to apply for please see the below covering letter which you can use as an example:
Builders’ Merchant Cover Letter
Mr. A. Employee
1, My House
Mrs. A. Manager
The Construction Company
Application for the role of Builders Merchant
I would like to apply for the role of Builders Merchant that you have advertised in (where) and (when).
I have had some previous work experience of working in a similar environment providing advice to customers on what products they want to buy for their DIY needs. The customers were largely the general public whereas I note that this role will mainly be building companies and tradespeople.
I have a good understanding of the types of products that you are selling and feel that I have good organisational skills and a logical mind to be able to work out the quantities that are needed for the building firm or person.
I have excellent communication skills and a good ability to learn new skills and products quickly. I will happily learn anything I need to outside of work to be better at the role I am doing. With the previous customer service experience, I have had I feel that would be able to relate well to the customers and build up good working relationships with them.
I have enclosed my CV which shows my skills and experience in detail. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and CV.
I look forward to hearing from you.