About Barratt Developments
2018 is an exciting year for Barratt as we celebrate our 60th anniversary. In the past 60 years, we have built more than 450,000 homes and have grown to become one of the nation’s largest housebuilders with more than 6,000 direct employees and 27 divisions throughout Britain. Our vision is to lead the future of housebuilding by putting customers at the heart of everything we do. We build developments nationwide, from Aberdeen to Plymouth, helping to meet housing demand in towns, cities and rural areas. We provide high quality, value for money homes for all market sectors, plus homes for rent and shared ownership, and are leaders in brownfield development and urban regeneration. Our three consumer brands, Barratt Homes, David Wilson and Barratt London make up the heart of our business and offer a variety of properties across the UK. From stylish apartments in the city of London to luxury detached houses in the beautiful countryside. We also have a commercial business Wilson Bowden creating spaces from industrial and office buildings to retail and leisure.
Barratt Developments's Status
Large Business (250+ employees) East Midlands Status: Recruiting
- Love what we do
- Game changers
- Growing every day
- Big and busy
- Working smart
Daisy Chain Says
“Barratt have recently updated and improved their maternity/adoption/shared parental and paternity leave policies and they are now amongst the best in the industry. In addition, they have introduced a new approach to flexible working and many of their office based roles can work on a more flexible basis. They have recently trained over 250 of their senior leaders to support their aim of becoming even more inclusive. Barratt – they are building without barriers.”
Sally Bradbery's Experience
Sally Bradbery is currently Group Resourcing Manager for Barratt Developments. Sally holds a BSc (Hons) in Business and Management which she studied at Aston University. Sally joined on the ASPIRE Graduate Programme in September 2012, where she was based in the North Midlands division. Upon completion of the programme in 2014, Sally was appointed as the Regional Academy Coordinator in the East region. In this role, she connected with local schools and colleges, supported our Apprentices, researched new ways of attracting talent into the business, as well as the creation of transitional training programmes for those coming into the industry. Following this role Sally worked as a Future Talent Coordinator and Future Talent Manager both of which are national roles, managing Barratt's Graduate, Undergraduate, Accelerated Construction and Sponsored Degree programmes.
1. What were, or are, the biggest challenges you faced going back into the work place having had children?
Having recently just come back to work after having a baby I think the biggest challenge was leaving my little boy at home while I returned to work. I love my job so its always something I planned to do when I was pregnant and on maternity leave, however the reality of leaving him every day was/is much harder than I thought it would be. I have to say after 4 months of doing it, it has become a lot easier and even more special when I come home to that little smile at the end of each day.
2. How did your career change after having children?
Before I had my little boy I just had myself to think about and I didn’t have to watch the clock to make sure I was leaving on time to do that nursery pick up or worry that he was ok at nursery! My job itself hasn’t changed, it’s still the job I know and love. I just have to be really considerate of what I commit to in terms of timings in the day. Before I had my baby I suppose my whole mind set was on my career and where I wanted to be next, I still have that mind set but with a family element attached to it in that I now have different career motivators which impact on some of the choices that I make.
3. How do you balance your career with your family?
I’m very lucky in that working for Barratt Developments I have a great team that I work with that understands the challenges I face in being a working mummy! For me it is about being able to be at home to spend that hour before bed with him along with doing the bath, bottle, bed routine. Before I came back to work I made sure that I was really happy with my childcare arrangements which has enabled me to have that great work life balance. I’m also really lucky that my husband’s hours work really well with mine- in that I always do drop off and he does pick up most of the time.
4. How has working for Barratt Developments enhanced your family/ work life balance?
The role that I work in allows me to have some element of flexibility in it. I can do that bed, bottle, bath routine and then flick my laptop on once he has gone to bed to finish the work I need to do. Before I had my little boy I could stay and work as long as I needed to whereas now I do sometimes have to pick him up from where he has been in the day, so it’s great Barratt offers this flexibility where it can. Barratt as also offered me a part-time working arrangement which has allowed me to spend Friday’s at home which is something I really enjoy. The maternity policy at Barratt is also fantastic, I didn’t feel like I was going to be restricted by going on maternity leave in terms of pay or struggle to pay the bills as I wasn’t earning as much as I was when I was working full time. This had a real impact on the 10 months I had off as we could still go out and enjoy some of luxuries that we all enjoy.
5. If you could give your ‘pre-children’ self, one piece of advice about being a working mother, what would it be?
If you can, don’t think about it too much! It will all fall into place after a couple of months. The main thing for me was making sure I was really happy with my childcare arrangements and not being afraid to discuss with the company how you are feeling!
6. What is it about this industry that appeals to you?
The construction industry is a fascinating place to work, its fast paced and changing so much each day.