3 August 2022

The Donaldson Group announces senior appointment

Leading timber expert, Donaldson Group, has appointed Steve Galbraith as Managing Director of two of its merchant retail and distribution subsidiary businesses, in addition to his existing position as Managing Director of Nu-Style Products.

In his new role, Steve will take on the management of Scotland’s leading independent timber merchant, MGM Timber and insulation material and specialist building product supplier, James Donaldson Insulation.

With responsibility for the development of the businesses, Steve will be supported by MGM Timber’s senior leadership team, and James Donaldson Insulation. The teams will play a key role in meeting ambitious growth goals, as well as building on their already prominent reputations.

Well known in the industry, Steve has 23 years of experience in merchanting and distribution. He joined the Donaldson Group in 2018 as commercial director of Nu-Style Products, where he was brought on board to support the company’s UK-wide growth trajectory. A high-quality laminate panel manufacturer, Nu-Style Products is best known for its shower panel brand, Perform Panel, which the business has been manufacturing for over 35 years.

Steve became Managing Director of Nu-Style Products in April 2019, and has been leading the five-year strategy for the business, which has included a £1 million investment to increase both capacity and the opening of its first branch in England. New machinery and an upgraded site has substantially increased production capacity for Perform Panel, enabling Nu-Style Products to grow sales across the UK, while boosting the product range, moving from 16 decors to over 50.

Before joining Nu-Style Products, Steve worked at SIG for 19 years in a number of roles, including internal and external sales, warehouse and stock control, multi-site management and, most recently, for 10 years as branch director of SIG in Aberdeen and Inverness.

Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Donaldson, CEO of Donaldson Group, said: “Steve has proved to be an excellent leader over the last four years with Nu-Style Products. He has taken the business through a transitional period, with a new branch in England and a second to follow before the end of the year. He’s ideally placed to work with the excellent teams at MGM Timber and James Donaldson Insulation to take both businesses to the next level, and I look forward to seeing them develop under his leadership.”

Steve added: “This is a fantastic opportunity and I’m proud to be taking on this new role within Donaldson Group. I’m extremely fortunate to be inheriting such a strong, experienced, market-leading team, and I’m looking forward to working with them to grow the businesses in line with the Donaldson Group strategy. Core to this will be ensuring the teams have even better tools and skills with which to do their jobs – adding value for our staff, which will result in even better service and added value for our customers.”

Currently led by the sixth generation of Donaldson, the 162-year-old Donaldson Group comprises 11 specialist timber and building product businesses, operating throughout the UK from 46 locations employing over 1600 people. The businesses that make up the Group trade and operate independently, sharing best practice, innovation, purchasing synergies, and market analysis.

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Notes to Editors:

About Donaldson Group

The Donaldson Group has been operating in Fife for over 160 years, and over time has grown exponentially through innovation and acquisition, and investment in key businesses that complement the Group’s current capabilities.

The 11 businesses that make up the Group trade and operate independently and are market leaders in their respective fields of timber engineering, saw-milling and distribution, merchanting, roofing and cladding distribution, and laminate manufacturing. As part of the JDG family, they share best practice, innovation, purchasing synergies, and market analysis.

James Donaldson Timber Ltd: forest product importer, further processor and national distributor.

Donaldson Timber Engineering Ltd: leading national manufacturer of roof trusses and flooring systems.

Donaldson Timber Systems: the UK’s market leading offsite timber systems manufacturer.

MGM Timber (Scotland) Ltd: Scotland’s leading independent timber merchant with 14 branches. Open to trade and public.

James Donaldson Insulation Ltd: distributor of insulation products to the trade.

Nu-Style Products Ltd: manufacturer of laminate panels, including Perform Panel brand and furniture.

Rowan Manufacturing Ltd: joinery manufacturer of door sets, stairs and windows.

Smith & Frater Ltd: design and manufacture of kitchens and home office furniture.

Kitchens International Ltd: Scotland’s leading independent kitchen retailer with 6 showrooms across Scotland.

Stonecare: leading supplier of solid worktops to the UK kitchen industry.

Plane & Simple: online DIY marketplace, featuring high quality building materials and home improvement supplies.

www.donaldson-group.co.uk

 

We are looking for an individual to join our growing marketing team who is willing to learn, develop and is proactive. Great copywriting/editing skills are essential, as well as great judgement and attention to detail. A strong understanding of key social media channels and how to use these commercially is desirable, as well as any previous event management experience.

Objectives of the Role

The role will involve working on the Group’s offsite division which includes the following brands: Donaldson Timber Systems, Donaldson Timber Engineering, Donaldson Direct and Rowan Manufacturing.

  • Support the offsite brand manager in activating marketing plans and activity
  • Manage day to day marketing activities
  • Monitor market trends, research consumer markets and competitors’ activities to identify opportunities and key issues
  • Champion the brands and help to drive our key messages and themes

Main Responsibilities will include:

Social Media Management & Activation

  • Planning, creating, and maintaining social media channels for the Donaldson Offsite brands based on agreed strategy
  • Monitoring brand mentions/comments and reacting to them
  • Monitor competitors, industry news and bodies
  • Creating monthly social reports

Copywriting

  • Drafting initial content for review for PR campaigns, news stories and social channels
  • Identifying and resizing relevant imagery to support our content/PR plans

Website

  • Updating content and imagery on websites, adding job vacancies, blogs, and new pages. Full CMS training will be provided
  • Monitoring and reporting on Google analytics metrics
  • Basic SEO knowledge and understanding to become a competent user of our SEO monitoring tool, SEM Rush

Events

  • Planning and assisting with the execution of events including exhibitions, site tours and training days
  • Research relevant events and make recommendations on attendance for the Offsite brands and division more generally

Design

  • Able to assist with basic design requests, i.e. setting up posters, amending artwork, creating social media posts
  • Adobe Creative Cloud experience is desirable but not essential

General

  • The ability to build and develop strong relationships with key stakeholders across the Donaldson Group and family of businesses
  • The ability to liaise with our agency partners and suppliers on multiple projects as part of agreed strategy
  • Willing to support the team with what is required i.e. ad-hoc marketing requests, event organising, general admin tasks, desk research for key projects
  • A passion for learning and developing – every day is a school day in marketing!

The role allows a hybrid of remote and office-based work at our head office in Glenrothes (Fife) with an expectation to spend sufficient time with the direct team to ensure the successful application of the role.

As a 6th generation family-owned business, Donaldson Group is committed to providing colleague benefits that are truly valuable. Benefits include but are not limited to: 30 days’ holiday, inclusive of Statutory Bank Holidays, Length of service awards, Company sick pay, Employee Assistance Programme, (24/7 helpline, counselling sessions, legal, debt and life management advice line).

Please submit full CV through the form below.

We are looking for an organised individual with excellent attention to detail and strong communication skills – both written and verbal. Also good at building relationships with others as will be working with a number of different stakeholders across the Donaldson Group family of businesses.

Would ideally have excellent copywriting and proof-reading skills, as well as good judgement and ability to use initiative. Able to prioritise work, especially when busy and working on multiple projects.

An ideal role for someone with a particular interest in brand development and internal/external communications, although there will also be a mix of other marketing activities and channels involved.

Objectives of the Role

This role will involve working on the Donaldson Group brand as well as our James Donaldson Timber brand. Key objectives include:

  • Support the Group brand manager in activating marketing plans
  • Manage day-to-day marketing activities
  • Monitor market trends, research consumer markets and competitors’ activities to identify opportunities and key issues
  • Champion the brands and help to drive our key messages and themes through internal and external communications

Main Responsibilities will include:

Social Media Management & Activation

  • Planning, creating and maintaining social channels for the Donaldson Group brand and JDT based on agreed strategy
  • Monitoring brand mentions/comments and reacting to them
  • Monitor competitors, industry news and other industry stakeholders
  • Creating and resizing images/assets for social media using templates

Copywriting

  • Drafting initial content for review for internal comms channels, news stories, email marketing, PR and social channels
  • Identifying and resizing relevant imagery to support our content plans.

Website

  • Adding and updating content and imagery on websites, adding job vacancies, blogs and news pages. Full CMS training will be provided.

Email Marketing

  • Ability to manage email campaigns which includes:
  • managing staff email data in line with GDPR,
  • drafting content for internal communication emails,
  • uploading content and sending out/scheduling emails via Mailchimp (training will be provided for platform)

Design

  • Able to assist with basic design requests, i.e. setting up posters, amending artwork
  • Adobe Creative Cloud experience is desirable but not essential.

General

  • The ability to build and develop strong relationships with key stakeholders across the Donaldson Group and family of businesses
    • The ability to liaise with our agency partners and suppliers on multiple projects as part of agreed strategy
    • Happy to get ‘stuck in’ to support the team with what is required i.e. ad-hoc marketing requests, event organising, general admin tasks, desk research for key projects.
    • A passion for learning and developing – every day is a school day in marketing!

The role allows a hybrid of remote and office-based work at our head office in Glenrothes (Fife) with an expectation to spend sufficient time with the direct team to ensure the successful application of the role.

As a 6th generation family-owned business, Donaldson Group is committed to providing colleague benefits that are truly valuable. Benefits include but are not limited to: 30 days’ holiday, inclusive of Statutory Bank Holidays, Length of service awards, Company sick pay, Employee Assistance Programme, (24/7 helpline, counselling sessions, legal, debt and life management advice line).

Please submit full CV through the form below.

The ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication, and a high standard of organisational and time management skills. Excellent copy writing skills are essential, as is a good understanding of social media and online marketing, the ability to work to deadlines and a willingness to develop and progress.

Social Media Management & Activation

  • Planning/creating social media content and maintaining channels for MGM Timber, Plane & Simple, TimberCut4U and Nu-Style
  • Monitoring brand mentions/comments and responding and/or converting to CGC
  • Research and monitor competitors, industry news and bodies

Email Marketing

  • Ability to produce and manage email campaigns which includes managing subscriber contact data in line with GDPR, drafting/uploading content and distributing email campaigns

PR Support & Copywriting

  • Drafting initial content for review for PR campaigns, news stories and social channels
  • Identifying and resizing relevant imagery to support our content/PR plans

Website

  • Updating content and imagery on websites, updating/creating product pages, blogs, etc. Full CMS training will be provided
  • Monitoring and reporting on Google analytics metrics

Events

  • Planning and assisting with the execution of events including exhibitions and in-branch activities, i.e. open days
  • Research relevant events and make recommendations on attendance

General

  • The ability to build and develop strong relationships with key stakeholders across the Donaldson Group and family of businesses
  • The ability to liaise with agency partners and suppliers on multiple projects as part of agreed strategy
  • Happy to get ‘stuck in’ to support the team with what is required i.e. Ad-hoc marketing requests, relevant admin work
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate sales and marketing activity and reporting on ROI
  • Support internal departments with any marketing requests to ensure effective, on brand communications – this can be across a range of media including print and online
  • Ensuring all marketing materials are up to date, current and on brand using Adobe software (In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop) this includes brochures, documents, graphics and promotional materials. Adobe Creative Cloud experience is desirable but not essential
  • The ability to work well independently as well as an involved member of the team

The role allows a hybrid of remote and office-based work at our head office in Glenrothes (Fife) with an expectation to spend sufficient time with the direct team to ensure the successful application of the role.

As a 6th generation family-owned business, Donaldson Group is committed to providing colleague benefits that are truly valuable. Benefits include but are not limited to: 30 days’ holiday, inclusive of Statutory Bank Holidays, Length of service awards, Company sick pay, Employee Assistance Programme, (24/7 helpline, counselling sessions, legal, debt and life management advice line).

Please submit full CV through the form below.

Nu-Style, part of the Donaldson Group, established in 1860, is one of UK’s largest, privately owned timber companies. We are a family of 11 businesses, ranging from B2B, retail, ecommerce, all with shared values and a common vision, driven by the desire to always do good. We are focused on always providing a number one customer experience, embracing innovation, and doing things in a sustainable way, not just for our business but also for the communities we operate in. But most of all, our People are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we are committed to nurturing and empowering our 1,500+ colleagues across the UK.

We are ambitious about diversity and inclusion. If you’ve got the right skills for the job, we want to hear from you. We specifically encourage female candidates and those from minoritised ethnic groups to apply for this post as they are currently underrepresented in the manufacturing and construction sectors of our organisation.

As a 6th generation family-owned business, Donaldson Group is committed to providing colleague benefits that are truly valuable. Benefits include but are not limited to: 31 days’ holiday, inclusive of Statutory Bank Holidays, Length of service awards, Company sick pay, Employee Assistance Programme, (24/7 helpline, counselling sessions, legal, debt and life management advice line).

This Role

  • Ensuring compliance to all health and safety procedures and processes.
  • Maintains clean, tidy, and efficient working area
  • Lead the team to ensure the delivery of KPI’s for Safety, Quality, Service and Cost.
  • Responsible for core decision making during day-to-day activities, escalating complex matters to the management team where necessary.
  • Coach and develop direct reports to drive continuous improvement.
  • Inspect all incoming and outgoing goods including inspection, documentation sign off and safe storage
  • Carrying out quality checks on finished products prior to despatch
  • Booking material onto MRP system
  • Picking materials required for production departments
  • Completing daily cycle counts
  • Ensuring health and safety procedures are always followed

Our Perfect Candidate

Our perfect candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Excellent attention to detail whilst working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment with a right first time, every time attitude.
  • Demonstrate flexibility within the role, have an adaptable approach and be able to prioritise work in support of business needs.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with a wide range of people.
  • Ability to prioritise work and manage a number of tasks concurrently.
  • Continual delivery of total customer satisfaction.

Hours for the role are 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

The closing date for this role is Monday 15th August 2022.

Competitive salary
Discretionary bonus scheme
30 days’ holiday with additional days linked to service

James Donaldson Timber, part of the Donaldson Group, established in 1860, is one of UK’s largest, privately owned timber companies. We are a family of 11 businesses, ranging from B2B, retail, ecommerce, all with shared values and a common vision, driven by the desire to always do good. We are focused on always providing a number one customer experience, embracing innovation, and doing things in a sustainable way, not just for our business but also for the communities we operate in. But most of all, our People are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we are committed to nurturing and empowering our 1,500+ colleagues across the UK.

As a 6th generation family-owned business, Donaldson Group is committed to providing colleague benefits that are truly valuable. Benefits include but are not limited to: 30 days’ holiday, inclusive of Statutory Bank Holidays, Length of service awards, Company sick pay, Employee Assistance Programme, (24/7 helpline, counselling sessions, legal, debt and life management advice line).

This Role

This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, motivated individual looking to develop their career in a sales environment. Based in a busy office in Brinscall Chorley the successful candidate will be involved in all aspects in the sales office. The role involves the following:

  • A high degree of customer contact via telephone
  • Ability to forge strong working relationships from initial contact
  • Pricing enquiries and receiving orders from customers
  • Liaising with customers and production team regarding progress of orders and delivery dates
  • Achieving margin and volume targets
  • Using the in-house trading system
  • Collating information using Office 365

Our Perfect Candidate

Our perfect candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Systematic and methodical attitude with a get it right first time every time approach
  • An effective communicator
  • Commitment to excellent customer service
  • Outstanding organisation and coordination abilities
  • Proficient in Microsoft office 365

The role requires a high degree of numeric, communication and interpersonal skills, excellent organisational skills and having a result orientated approach. Previous experience in the timber industry would be advantageous

For more information about the company please visit www.jamesdonaldsontimber.co.uk

If this sounds like the perfect job for you then do not hesitate to apply by submitting your full C.V. below by Monday 22nd August.

Leading timber expert, the Donaldson Group, has announced the launch of online roof truss ordering service, Donaldson Direct.

The new platform provides a simple and fast way to order roof trusses, which will be delivered to site in just five working days.

Available to access online for delivery direct to customers within a 100-mile radius from a dedicated site in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (AL7 1AD). This service is ideal for self-builders, small developers, independent builders, and architects in need of high-quality, carefully crafted trusses. It is also valuable for timber merchants to quickly and easily source a range of trusses for their customers.

Users input their truss requirements via an instant quote function on the website. The Donaldson Direct team then confirms requirements via telephone within 24 hours and issues drawings for the truss designs. Following approval, confirmation of dimensions and agreement of payment terms, trusses are delivered direct to site within five working days.

Donaldson Direct is the newest part of the Donaldson Group, a family business with over 160 years’ experience in timber importing and distribution, as well as decades of experience in timber engineering and merchanting.

Commenting on the launch of Donaldson Direct, Managing Director, Luke Roberts said: “We’re excited to bring this new online concept to the market. Timber roof trusses are the most widely used roofing solution – they are sustainable, simple to erect and offer a flexible solution to a wide range of roofing projects such as new builds, extensions, and residential developments.

“At Donaldson Direct, we understand that sometimes you just need a price without having to wait for someone to call you back. With this new service you can get an instant online quote any time, day or night. We also understand that you don’t always have the luxury of being able to access lots of storage space so you can’t order materials too far in advance. Equally, you don’t want to put your project on hold waiting for key items to arrive on site. We deliver directly to you within five working days, so there are no delays and no uncertainty. You can really trust Donaldson Direct to deliver.”

Andrew Donaldson, CEO of the Donaldson Group, added: “Donaldson Direct sums up the Donaldson ethos perfectly – an innovative approach to meeting the needs of our customers; with the promise to deliver a high quality, sustainable product. We’ve been experts in manufacturing roof trusses for volume builders for over 30 years, so it’s great to see this expertise now tailored through Donaldson Direct with a dedicated focus on lower-volume builders and self-builders. This is an exciting new addition to the Group, and we look forward to seeing it develop.”

Following on from a busy year in 2021 which saw major growth for the group through multiple acquisitions, the formerly known James Donaldson & Sons has officially rebranded as Donaldson Group.

Led by 6th generation members of the Donaldson family, Andrew and Mike Donaldson, the rebrand has seen an update to the business name, as well as a new logo, new look and branding.

The change in name for the business, which has been known as James Donaldson & Sons since it was founded in 1860, signifies the change in vision for the group as it looks to be a progressive leader in its markets across the UK – celebrating its 162-year legacy while building positive futures for the next generation.

While the Donaldson Group is a family business, it is also a family of businesses, with 11 expert businesses and 6 additional brands now part of the group. Each business is autonomous in its trading, but together they are uniquely positioned to share best practice and manufacturing excellence – working together to offer integrated market leading off-site timber systems, bespoke interiors and ancillary merchanting to provide our customers with unparalleled quality, design and innovation.

Group CEO, Andrew Donaldson, explains, “Since taking over the leadership of the business, Mike and I were keen to develop a clear vision for the future – celebrating our heritage but also working towards positive futures for our colleagues, our communities and our partners, all while staying true to our values.”

“Therefore, we decided to drop the ‘& Sons’ from our business name in order to become a more inclusive business, uniting our family of businesses and taking the group forward into the next 162 years. This is a big change, but I am very excited to lead the business and pave the way for the next generation.”

Gerry Watson

Chief Executive Officer of Donaldson Interiors
 

As well as being CEO of Donaldson Interiors, Gerry Watson has also been the Managing Director of Kitchens International for the last 28 years, which he co-founded in 1994 along with Paul O’Brien.

After the acquisition of KI by the Donaldson Group in June 2021 and the creation of the interiors division, Gerry took on the role of CEO of this division in February 2022.

Gerry started his working career with a Timber importing and sawmilling business (and so he feels he has now gone full circle!) After working in that business for 4 years, he was then given the opportunity to run an existing retail kitchen showroom and develop them into the contract market which is how he was introduced to the kitchen business. He then moved onto to Magnet as branch manager for one of the largest branches in the UK, and a few years later co-founded KI.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his partner, kids and grandkids, as well as playing the odd game of golf, cycling and walking.

Rod Allan

Managing Director, Donaldson Timber Systems Ltd
 

Rod is the Managing Director of Donaldson Timber Systems, formerly know as Stewart Milne Timber Systems, having joined in November 2017 before the business joined the Donaldson Group in December 2021.

Rod brings with him a wealth of experience both domestically and internationally. Most recently, he was an Executive Director with Havelock Europa Plc, the interiors, furniture manufacturer and contractor. Rod also spent 15 years as a board director of Metsawood UK Ltd including 7 years as Managing Director. He has worked internationally with both Havelock and Metsa and with spells at Scottish and Newcastle Breweries and as a consultant with Quattro Consult in Edinburgh.

During his time at Metsawood, Rod served on the board of the Centre for Timber Engineering and Edinburgh Napier University and whilst at Havelock, he was active within the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)