Bridgend firm seeks 18 hires – must be willing to volunteer and travel

North West England
Schools Buying Hub
25 January 2018
Seren Media

A Bridgend-based company that allows its staff to take mission leave during which they can volunteer for a good cause of their choosing, has started hiring for 18 new roles at the business.

2buy2 is a professional procurement company that helps organisations secure better value for money. It recently secured a large contract with the Department for Education (DfE) that will see it coordinate the procurement of thousands of schools in the North West of England.

That has prompted expansion at the company and the creation of these 18 new roles. The roles include customer support staff, support services, IT, finance, operations support, paralegal and marketing.

Three of the roles will be based in the North West of England and the remaining at its headquarters in the Sony Technology Centre in Bridgend, South Wales, where it will also increase its office space by 40 per cent.

The company is an unusual employer in a number of ways. As well as offering staff mission leave, which staff use to volunteer for local churches, food banks, sponsored walks, as well as organisations including the Brecon Mountain Rescue, it gives 10 percent of its annual net profit to charities – all of which are chosen by its staff.

Another interesting aspect to the company is that its staff, as procurement experts, are sometimes called upon to assist the Department for International Development’s UK Emergency Response Team in the aftermath of natural disasters. They source and arrange delivery of essential goods required in the aftermath of such events, often while based in the disaster zone itself.

The DfE contract is one of two pilot schemes for Schools Buying Hubs initiated by the DfE. They are designed to offer advice, guidance and support to schools negotiating complex contracts, as well as coordinating their activities to generate greater buying power. The contract will include up to 3,000 schools in the region and ultimately benefit some 1.1 million pupils.

Gareth Somerford, infrastructure and security manager at 2buy2 said:

“2buy2 is a fantastic company to work for and have been great in accommodating my passion for being an operational member of Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team (CBMRT) alongside my role as infrastructure and security manager. CBMRT currently receive 140+ callouts a year so working for a company that values the importance of charity work allows me to respond quickly in the event of the pager going to help those in need.”

Rob Kissick, founder and CEO of 2buy2, said:

“We are delighted to be expanding in this way and we look forward to meeting potential future employees. We are an unusual company in many ways: we are highly ethical and we are committed to investing in our staff and supporting our clients in every way we can.

“While we are a private sector, commercial company, we also have a philosophy of ensuring we are socially responsible, making sustainable but never excessive profits. This benefits both our clients and our staff.”

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