Published in the July/August 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Bunzl Distribution USA, Inc., provides more than 450,000 supply items, including food packaging, disposable supplies, and cleaning and safety products, to food processors, supermarkets, retailers, convenience stores and other users. Bunzl Distribution is based in St. Louis and is the largest division of Bunzl plc, an international distribution and outsourcing group headquartered in London. In 2011, Bunzl Distribution produced a record $4.36 billion in revenue, more than half of the $8.17 billion generated by Bunzl plc.
Bunzl Distribution owns and operates more than 80 warehouses that serve all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Caribbean, and parts of Mexico. With its coast-to-coast distribution center network, private transportation fleet, and 3,300 employees, the company serves large national and regional organizations, while working locally with its smaller customers.
Bunzl values the skills and characteristics that veterans develop in the military – self discipline, teamwork, leadership, decision making, and flexibility all play an important part in the company’s culture.
The company has a wide variety of opportunities in sales, purchasing, customer service, accounting, operations, and administration. Additionally, there are opportunities at company headquarters in accounting, information technology, and national account support. And Bunzl always needs warehouse workers and drivers.
Scott Burklow, a former senior airman in the Air Force, is a regional human resources manager for Bunzl Distribution. His military responsibilities included aerial surveillance and aerial command and control. Now, he is responsible for employee relations, performance management, recruitment, safety, coaching, and staff development.
Burklow has seen the company grow. “Over my 14 years with Bunzl Distribution, I have seen the company expand from approximately 40 locations in North America to over 80,” he said. “Annual sales revenues have grown from $1.8 billion to over $4 billion. We have expanded from two major business segments to six strategically paired segments.”