Jason Honeyman

Jason Honeyman

CEO

I am delighted you are considering a career with Bellway and extremely proud to say that Bellway are one of the UK’s largest house builders with sites across England, Scotland and Wales.

We are a FTSE 250 company, with ambitious plans for continued growth and our company has grown from a small family run firm in the North East, established more than 70 years ago, into a respected national brand.

Today we have 22 divisions operating across the UK, selling over ten thousand homes a year. We were recently awarded ‘five-star builder’ status for the third successive year by the Home Builders Federation (HBF), confirming our place among the country’s elite house-builders. This award is the highest accolade a new home developer can receive.

HBF ratings are based on feedback from customers in the weeks after they move into their new home and only a small handful of housebuilders achieve five-star status each year. We are very proud to have achieved this status.

The success of our business and the accolades we receive, are only possible because of the outstanding people we employ. Our people are fundamental to what we can achieve in our business and we are always looking for outstanding individuals to join our existing team of over 3,000 employees, plus several thousand sub-contractors.

Every person’s job is important at Bellway, and the dedication and hard work our people show in their roles will help us to achieve our goals and provide quality homes and excellent service to our customers.

At Bellway, we are committed to investing in our people and offering rewarding careers, with opportunities for progression, wherever we can. A number of our senior colleagues (including myself), have worked hard and progressed their careers within Bellway. Wherever possible we try to develop our people and promote from within the company. We believe this is the right thing to do, and it enables us to retain some of the best talent in our sector.

In addition to this, we are always looking for ways to try and improve our overall offering. This includes reviewing rewards, benefits and what we do to promote employee wellbeing.

Construction is one of the largest and most diverse industries in the UK and with the anticipated creation of more than 168,000 jobs within the sector in the next five years (Construction Skills Network Report 2019 – 2023, The Construction Industry Training Board, 2018), there has never been a better time to join us.

We recognise that our people are key to our success and we aim to offer them a rewarding and fulfilling career, while adhering to the principles of quality, service and trust.

Trust

We take a partnership approach to construction, working closely with suppliers, contractors, local authorities and communities to create new, attractive and sustainable developments.

The quality of our developments, the standard of our customer service, the strength of our business strategy and the value we deliver for our stakeholders are all down to the hard work of the people who make up Bellway.

Service

All of our customers are treated with the same high levels of customer service, a fact that is endorsed by more than 9 out of 10 customers who say they would recommend us to a friend.

These high standards of quality and service have resulted in the company being recognised as a 5 star home builder in 2019 by the Home Builders Federation (HBF), for the third consecutive year.

Quality

Bellway has grown from a local family business, founded in 1946, to the FTSE 250 company it is today. For more than 70 years we have been building new homes of exceptional quality, and today operate throughout Great Britain.

As one of the UK’s largest housebuilders we have an important role to play in addressing the need for more housing nationally and we believe we can fulfil this role while at the same time working in a socially responsible, ethical and sustainable manner.

We are proud of our heritage, which is firmly rooted in the north east of England, and it is from our headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne that we currently function through 22 divisions, covering the main population centres of England, Scotland and Wales.

Testimonials

Hear what some of our staff have to say about working at Bellway:

Jaspal

Jaspal

Job Title: Graduate Land Buyer

Division/Department: West Midlands - Land Department

Length of time at Bellway: 1 year 7 months

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

Working for Bellway is always a pleasure and never a chore when you have brilliant people around you. Working within this bespoke role is like no other, my workload is varied, from going out and appraising a parcel of land to sitting down with the different departments and coming together to overcome any problems to create a superb architectural environment.

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

Trying to write down the benefits about working for Bellway is like walking into an all you can eat restaurant! Where do you start?

One of the many benefits to working for Bellway is the opportunity to progress as they are very big on promoting within.

The biggest benefit in my opinion is that everyone shares the same passion and are truly dedicated. This creates a real family environment.

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

If you’re thinking of applying for a role with Bellway then don’t hold back,  apply with confidence that you will be embarking on or furthering your  working career with a 5* builder. You will be competing with other applicants out there for a position within Bellway, so stand out, be different and make yourself heard! I assure you that you will be joining a brilliant housing developer that will support you and push you every day to progress as they are known for promoting within the company. Good luck!

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

Coming from an architectural background my favorite Bellway house type has to be the Draper. This is due to its clean, contemporary look and proud architectural stance. It has more than enough floor space to hold a small party!

Chloe

Chloe

Job Title: Trainee Engineer

Division/Department: North West - Technical

Length of time at Bellway: 9 Months

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

Being able to talk to people of many trades and learn from them all. Learning about how Bellway has grown from a family business. Being able to watch the full end to end process of finding land to people moving in.

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

One of the benefits of working for Bellway is the extensive experience of my co-workers have to enable me to learn and grow from them. The biggest benefit for me personally is that Bellway is supporting me through a Civil Engineering degree whilst working full time.

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

Your CV should truly reflect yourself. Engage with the business (if you are a young person get some work experience). Understand your own strengths and weaknesses.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

I’d be a Watchmaker because the ground floor is large and open plan which makes it very family orientated. Also I think a Watchmaker is much like an engineer as it has many individual pieces that go together to make it work. The Watchmaker is also one of the bigger house types and I believe that you’ve got to back yourself, aim high and give it your all.

 

Ted

Ted

Job Title: Land Graduate

Division/Department: Kent - Land Department

Length of time at Bellway: 11 months

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

Variety is what keeps my job interesting. I can go from an important meeting with London based land agents to climbing through bushes in the countryside within the space of a few hours! Also, I find my colleagues to be very engaging and passionate about their work making it easy to become fully immersed in all things Land on a daily basis.

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

Firstly, I didn’t realise that I would be venturing out and interacting with other people within the industry as much as I do. Whether it’s going out to speak with agents while conducting market research or attending educational seminars alongside others within the industry, the experiences I’ve had in talking to different people have been invaluable.

Also, in relation to my first point, the opportunities to attend educational seminars are something I didn’t think would be so actively encouraged and I didn’t realise how helpful they would be until I went to one.

Finally, before I joined I was unaware of the opportunities that would be available to get involved with charity. Many of the staff at Bellway are motivated to do their bit, which has led to me taking part in a 28 mile sponsored walk from East Grinstead to Brighton for Cancer Research where we raised over £7,000, a fantastic achievement and a fantastic contribution to a great cause with all the money raised being matched by Bellway.

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

Go for it! The comfortable and affable nature of the Bellway working environment makes coming to work every morning very easy. Sometimes the day flies by so quick you don’t even realise that the end of the day has come, which is something I’ve never really experienced working elsewhere.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

If I were a Bellway house type I’d be The Cooper because although it’s not big or grand, it represents the first step on the housing ladder for many young people and for me personally it represents the first stage of my Bellway career. This also allows for aspiration towards the senior positions within the company, which large house types such as The Watchmaker or The Draper would represent.

Caitlin

Caitlin

Job Title: Trainee Quantity Surveyor

Division/Department: North West - Commercial

Length of time at Bellway: 1 year

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

The most interesting thing about working for Bellway is speaking and dealing with a range of people from different trades, professions and backgrounds on a day to day basis.

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

Three benefits I have discovered since working at Bellway are:

  • Being enrolled onto a college course to learn about Quantity Surveying and all building aspects. Which then in turn helps me to ask for advice when returning to the office from the members of staff I work with.
  • Learning about building products and systems and then being able to go to site to see these items being put into practice.
  • Cost Control! Since being at Bellway I have become increasingly aware of checking subcontractor’s payment applications for accuracy. This is both a benefit to myself and Bellway. As time has gone on I have become much more confident in speaking with subcontractors and other stakeholders.

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

Initially I thought that the construction industry was more male dominant, however since working at Bellway this is not the case as in Commercial alone I work with six women. Everyone is always there to help if you need guidance, pass on there on their knowledge and experience in their role.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?  

Currently, I would class myself as a Blacksmith –   2 Story, 2 Bedroom 643ft as I am new to the industry and starting out in my career. My ambition as I grow and gain experience within the company and the industry is to aim higher than our current largest house type which is The Draper -   2 Story, 5 Bedroom 2243ft2.

George

George

Job Title: Technical Coordinator

Division/Department: Kent - Technical

Length of time at Bellway: 3 Years, 10 Months.

I left school when I was 17 and came straight to Bellway as a Trainee Technical Assistant. I was given my first site within just under 1.5yrs of being here, with the support of two Technical Managers – that site has just completed actually which is a great achievement and fantastic experience for me!

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

  • Interacting with a project team in order to achieve targets
  • Interacting with Technical colleagues to further my knowledge and understanding of Technical related matters.

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

  • Developing relationships and communication skills
  • Developing knowledge and ability to solve issues
  • Opportunity for progression and to take on more responsibility.

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

I would highly recommend applying for a job with Bellway, it’s a great place to gain experience while learning – especially for early careers and apprenticeships.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

The Quilter; which has a balanced front elevation and internal layout. I strive to have a balanced outlook when making decisions and problem solving.

Katherine

Katherine

Job Title: HR & Benefits Assistant

Division/Department: Group

Length of time at Bellway:   29 years (30 in April 2020!!)

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

I started working for the Company at the age of 17 in 1990 in the Sales and Marketing Department as an office junior.  I was introduced to the son of one of the founders of Bellway, Kenneth Bell, who at the time was the Chairman and quite an intimidating character to someone of my age.  In time I became more confident and realised what a very kind and approachable man he was which was not what I expected given his status.

Being in Sales and Marketing gave me great experience of dealing with many different types of people.  Helping to arrange large external corporate functions led me to grow in confidence when dealing with some important influential business people.  I was given the opportunity to study for my secretarial exams which Bellway funded and a job became available within the Company Secretarial Department working for the Assistant Company Secretary as his PA in 1995.  

This role gave me the opportunity to gain a lot of knowledge about the business and work with the senior members of the Board.  The business at this time did not have a stand-alone HR function as this sat within Company Secretarial so when in 2016 the HR function was created I decided that’s where I wanted my career to go. 

At the age of 45 I was given the opportunity to do an apprenticeship to gain my professional HR qualification which proves you’re never too old to learn or to be an apprentice!

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

The benefits have been working with some amazing people who I now consider to be very good friends.  Being given the opportunity to return to work 3 days per week after the birth of my son and gradually build back up to 5 days.  Working for a company where I feel valued and not just a number.

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

Apply.  I never dreamt for one second I would be here for 29 years but I think that speaks volumes about Bellway as an employer.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

I would be the Cartographer, a map maker.  My love for walking and mountain climbing in the Lakes and Highlands means reading and following a lot of maps!

Josh

Josh

Job Title: Bricklaying Apprentice

Division/Department: North East

Length of time at Bellway: 8 Months

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

There are so many different interesting things I do at Bellway within my job…

As an apprentice bricklayer, I have gained a vast range skills/experiences within the last 8 months. I have to utilise a variety of different mathematical skills in order to get the right measurements and sizes for the bricks, blocks, and many more materials. The most interesting thing (and also the thing that I enjoy the most) about working for Bellway, is that I get to read the plans for the build and figure out what I need before I start the job. This allows me to solve any potential obstacles before they arise. Another thing that really interests me, is being involved in the step by step process from the plot foundations, right up to a completed property.

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

Three benefits I discovered about working for Bellway are:

  1. As an employee of Bellway, you can invest into stocks and shares within the company after 6 months. They also provide a discounted share price for all employees every year from the current share price, which is a really good benefit!
  2. Another thing I have discovered is that you don’t have to just stay at the one certain trade. Bellway will support you and give you the option to progress within the company, and achieve further qualifications, and move into different roles. For example, if you would like to become a site foreman, Bellway will support you to achieve that goal. Bellway give great opportunities to progress on the career path.
  3. Last but not least, some employees qualify for weekly travel reimbursement. This covers the cost of travel and travel time to the site. It is a great benefit to some people – Apprentices in particular!

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

As someone who is fairly new to construction, I would definitely suggest giving it a go. My advice to anyone would be to try it before you pass it. I would never have thought I’d like it as much as I do, and Bellway has given me a lot of different opportunities to gain more skills within my apprenticeship/career.

Working for Bellway isn’t just about construction, it is about the people you meet, and the doors that you can open to progress. Everyone I work with, will always go the extra mile to help out, and make sure I do things right, even if it’s just that I’ve got the right tools for the job!

If you’re hard working, and don't mind getting your hands dirty, I would definitely recommend a career in construction with Bellway. They are one of the biggest housebuilding companies in the UK, and they always strive for success, and support their employees to achieve realistic goals.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

If I were to be a Bellway house type, then I would be “The Shipwright”, as I love to travel, and have already been to 13 different countries, and 7 different states in America. Throughout my time travelling, I have encountered many different life changing experiences, and cultures. My dream would to be able to get a recreational pilot’s license one day.

James

James

Job Title: Apprentice Joiner

Division/Department: North East

Length of time at Bellway: 20 Months

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

The most interesting thing about working for Bellway is that you get to watch the development of a house from foundation all the way to CML inspection, you also have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people; learning to work as a team and finding out each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

The thing I find most interesting about my line of work, is how challenging some jobs can be where you’re able to push yourself to overcome any obstacles and then see how well the finished product looks when you’re all done.

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

There are plenty of benefits working for Bellway however my top three are: the share save scheme which allows you to deposit money out of your weekly wage into a savings account which you can then use to accumulate shares in Bellway. Another one is you are able to work weekends when they are offered by the Site Managers which is a massive help if you need the extra cash. Finally, and most importantly, the fact that you can progress through the ranks at Bellway all the way from an apprentice up to site manager and then eventually a director if you are with the company long enough.

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

The best advice I can give is just go for it. You will never know if you like it unless you try it and that was what I did and I ended up loving my job and everyday I genuinely wake up happy to come to work. Another piece of advice would be to talk to someone in the construction industry, this will allow you to understand what actually happens on site and you’ll get to understand the benefits of working as a part of a construction team.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

I would be "The Gilder" and the reasoning behind that is because I believe it shows the 3 stages of Bellway, Apprentice - ground floor, then you work up to being qualified - 1st floor and once you’ve passed that you can eventually become Management - 2nd floor.

Joe

Joe

Job Title: Site Manager

Division/Department: Yorkshire/Construction

Length of time at Bellway: 3 years

About you and your career history at Bellway/in Construction?

I started my career as an apprentice bricklayer for Ben Bailey Homes in 2008, I then progressed to a trainee Assistant Manager then to a full assistant manager. I joined Bellway in May 2016 as an assistant and in August 2018 I was promoted to Site Manager and have just won my first NHBC Pride in the job award for the Jubilee park development in Pannal, Harrogate.

Three words to describe the culture at Bellway?

Friendly, Helpful, welcoming

Three reasons to work for Bellway?

Progression, realistic targets, resources always available

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

The 'Bowyer' as a lifelong Leeds United fan Lee Bowyer was one of my favourite players growing up.

Kevin

Kevin

Job Title: Site Manager

Division/Department: Yorkshire

Length of time at Bellway: 3 years.

About you and your career history at Bellway/in Construction?

I started out as a bricklayer from school, I progressed through the ranks and I have been site managing now for around 16 years. I achieved my CIOB certificate and diploma at night school standing me in good stead for a career in site management.

I joined Bellway Yorkshire in June 2017 and have just begun my 3rd year.

Initially helping with year-end plots and covering various sites, I began my first full site for Bellway in September 2016 at Frobisher Court Finningley. This was a 45 unit site including a barn conversion.

The site ran and sold superbly and saw me achieve the overall LABC National Site Manager of the Year award in London after winning the regional final earlier in the year.

This is without exception the highest point of my career and being able to enjoy it in London with my Wife and directors was very special! And the memory will stay with me for a very long time.

Featuring in the Bellway Brief made me proud to be part of this company and bringing the award home for Yorkshire made all the hard work worthwhile.

I am now on my next site at Imperial Gardens Howden (300 units over 2 phases) and up to now the site is progressing nicely.

Three words to describe the culture at Bellway?

Encouraging , supportive, empowering.

Three reasons to work for Bellway?

Bellway gave me the support and belief to be the best that I can be, being crowned as the national winner 2018 is a testament to Bellway’s culture and shows that if you use the resources available anything is possible!

Bellway encourage their people to develop and grow within the business to get the most out of their careers at whatever level they choose.

Bellway provide a stable safe environment for their employees, and we build a fantastic range of properties to suit all markets making owning a Bellway house a reachable goal for all.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

Hmmmm, I would probably say a Watchmaker!, it stands well, isn’t at all pretentious and delivers on it’s promises!

Grant

Grant

Job Title: Trainee Assistant Site Manager

Division/Department: Kent

Length of time at Bellway: 3 years

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

The most interesting thing for me would be the programming of works. I like to review them regularly and make changes to try and find the best system of works to produce the best finish possible in readiness for CML and completion. More recently the changes made have been minimal as I feel I have now mastered the most time and quality efficient process of works to produce a home to the high standards expected by Bellway.

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

  • Opportunities for further education; for example SMSTS training, funded NVQ’S etc.
  • Career progression.
  • Robust pension scheme.

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

If a job seeker is looking to apply for the role that I do, I would suggest that they work to build up their confidence level to interact with the general public. Managing different stakeholders effectively from subcontractors to customers is a key part of the role.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

The “Watchmaker”. I have chosen this one as it is large (which is similar to my personality) and the role of a watch maker is to pay attention to detail which is similar to my job role on site.

Simon

Simon

Job Title: Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Length of time at Bellway: 8 years

About me:

I am a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in the housebuilding sector, working either in-house or for clients in private practice. I graduated from Durham University with a degree in Law and went on to do the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York.

I’ve been at Bellway for over 8 years holding senior positions in that time including Group Commercial Director before being appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary in 2016.

I’m a committed cyclist and runner, love skiing and I am an active participant in our colleague “boot-camp.” I also lead an annual walking challenge with over 50 of our panel solicitors to raise funds for our Charity Partner which is now in its 3rd year.

Three words to describe the culture at Bellway:

  • Entrepreneurial
  • Supportive
  • Family

Three reasons to work for Bellway:

  • Exciting to be part of a business with a growth strategy that it is delivering
  • Valued for your contribution
  • Don’t take ourselves too seriously – have fun as well as work hard

If you were a Bellway house type, what would you be and why?

I would be “the Luthier” because if I wasn’t a lawyer, (and had worked harder in piano and clarinet lessons) in an alternative life, I would have loved to have had a career as a musician in an orchestra.

Neill

Neill

Job Title: Head of Construction (South)

Division/Department: North East

Length of time at Bellway: 12 years 7 months

About you and your career to date?

I started my working career within Construction in 1993 with a small family business building barn conversions and bespoke homes throughout the Tyne Valley. I was employed initially as a labourer/van driver.

Within a short time I was asked if I would be in interested in an apprentice scheme and I subsequently chose Bricklaying, and went on to complete a three year apprenticeship attending college at Rye Hill Campus in Newcastle on a block release basis in order to learn both in College and out on site.

After completing this scheme I worked across all aspects of the building process from Bricklaying to Joinery to Roads etc.  Then in 1998 I was asked by my employer if I would be interested in progressing to Site Management and jumped at the chance!

This consisted of four years of education to gain my ONC and then HNC in Construction and the Built Environment, again on a day release basis at Rye Hill Campus Newcastle.

After completion of my college work I was promoted to Site Manager with my first responsibility being the Construction of six luxury 4 & 5 bedroom detached properties in Northumberland.

I joined Bellway in December 2006 as a Site Manager at Earsdon View, and worked throughout the North East on various developments. In 2010 I returned to Earsdon View and went on to win the NHBC pride in the job award followed by a Seal of Excellence award in 2013.

At this point I was promoted to Construction Manager and led a team of award winning Site Managers to deliver many hundreds of properties over numerous sites across the North East.

I was subsequently recognised for my efforts and promoted again into my current role as Head of Construction (South) in May 2018.

In my current role I lead a team of two Construction Managers, nine site Managers, seven assistant Managers and one trainee assistant site manager, along with all the directly and indirectly employed trades people over nine sites building Homes across the North East Region.  

Three words to describe the culture at Bellway?

One Big Family

Three reasons to work for Bellway?

  • Renowned across the region/Country as being a good employer to work for with excellent staff retention.
  • Excellent progression opportunities within the company.
  • Colleagues who are happy to support whenever help is needed across any aspect of work.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

I think I would be the “Cutler”. This is because it is not big or brash, but it stands well among others and delivers on all fronts. Also importantly with family being at the heart of it’s design with a big open plan area at the rear to share all the daily up’s and down’s while all together.