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Day in the Life of Niall Roberts

To continue our Day in the Life series, this month we caught up with our General Manager, Niall Roberts. After discovering what he gets up to on a typical day, we learnt an interesting fact about him.

Read on to learn what Niall shared with us.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your job?

I joined Avon Material Supplies (AMS) in 2011. AMS had been going for many years supplying aggregates and facilitating waste disposal, relying on sub-contract hauliers. A conscious decision was then made to purchase our own vehicles. With that, a whole new chapter in the development of AMS began. Which meant that we now required a Transport Manager!

With the continued growth of the company, it became necessary to separate the disciplines, with Operations Managers looking after each sector. With the fleet numbers increasing, we took the decision in 2019, to open our own commercial workshop to service and repair our vehicles. Having fitted out the workshop, we then required a Workshop Manager! With over 300 wheels and tyres on the road each day, we now employ our own tyre and puncture repair technician.

As General Manager, I avail myself to any department that requires help and assistance or cover during holidays and staff shortages. Having been around a long time, I like to think my experience is invaluable.

Here, at AMS we pride ourselves on the quality and condition of our fleet. We operate a fleet replacement programme, which requires me to keep up to date with changes in the truck world, whether it be technical innovations, or changes in transport legislation. When I started here at AMS, we had no vehicles, we now operate more than 30! The fleet is very varied. Tippers and grab loaders make up the bulk but, add in skip loaders, concrete mixers and hook-loaders.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Compliance coupled with Health & Safety is at the fore-front of everyone’s minds. So, once the daily checks are made on plants and vehicles, if everything is ‘good to go’, we go!

A typical day would be checking on the staffing of each sector. In my opinion, the transport and routing office is the hub of the AMS operation, and as such, requires constant manning. It is only then can we provide an efficient and economical service. Dealing with over 1000 transactions per month, it is a busy place to be!

At some point, I will begin the task of clearing my desk of paperwork. Somehow, I don’t always succeed in this.

We have regular Managers meetings where Operations, Transport and Workshop get the opportunity to exchange information and put in place remedial or instructional procedures if necessary. Health & Safety meetings will be scheduled, where incidents, if any, will be reviewed with improvements and training being implemented. Site visits or meetings with suppliers may be arranged, if issues have arisen.

In the past, I have been known to jump into a truck and make the odd delivery but, they don’t let me out anymore, as I take too long! After all these years, I am still learning my way around. I may need to get out more!

What excites you most about working at AMS?

The variation. Even though each day appears to be the same, there are always a variety of challenges that require dealing with. As anyone in this industry will know, the weather often can and will add to the excitement.

What makes AMS different?

Being a privately owned company, we haven’t lost that personal touch. Some customers have dealt with us for over twenty years, others have become personal friends. We are not a 9 to 5 company and we will react at short notice.

I like that we are an innovative and forward-thinking company by embracing technological advances, and by looking to the future when we come to recruit new staff.

AMS have a proven record for levels of service, and for the quality of products we supply. I like to think AMS have become the ‘One Stop Shop’ of choice.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Choose a letter for me.

I am known for being a bit of a card, but let’s keep this professional.

I will say:

  • Good
  • Generous
  • Gracious

(Can you guess that we choose the letter G?).

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know

I was born in India and I moved here with my parents when I was 15 years old. I got into this industry as a twenty-year-old and couldn’t get out!

Wanting to learn more about AMS?

If you need waste management or are looking for aggregates for a project you are working on, get in touch with us to find out how we can help.

Call our friendly team on 01202 579579, or email us at enquiries@avonmaterialsupplies.co.uk.

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