Staying with one company for your whole career is increasingly rare these days, but Senior Sales Adviser at Brewers in Horsham, David Rickman, has done just that, having been at Brewers for 40 years. Let’s find out why!
Congratulations on 40 years with Brewers! How does it feel to have achieved that?
I’m amazed, I can’t believe it's gone so fast! I remember parts of my first day like it was yesterday.
When and why did you join Brewers? Had you done any jobs before that?
It was – and still remains – my only ever job! I was put in touch with Brewers by the local job centre and joined the Redhill branch on 12 September 1983 straight from college. I had a quick interview with Mr Paul Munday and Mr A D Jessop and that was it.
What’s kept you working at Brewers for your whole career?
I think it is the friendly, family atmosphere and lots of truly amazing, funny and inspiring colleagues.
What have been your career highlights?
In 1988, I got the job as Branch Buyer at Croydon which was my first promotion, then I came back to Redhill as a Buyer in 1992. Then, after 20 years plus in buying, I had a fresh start at Horsham in 2007 working in sales.
What are the most significant changes you have seen over the years?
When I first started work, each and every docket was handwritten and manually priced. Then came the computers. First, we had the BIAS system, then it was OPAL and now it’s K8. It was certainly a challenge to start with, but I soon got the hang of it.
Are you still enjoying the job?
Yes, there's always something new to learn about the massive product range but it's the customers and colleagues that keep it fun. No plans for retirement as yet… but I’m thinking about it!