Job Vacancies at Buckland Timber

Estimator/Project Manager

£25,000.00-£42,000.00 per year.

Job brief

At our home in Devon, our team of designers, structural engineers, project managers, carpenters and joiners all work under one roof to design, manufacture and install bespoke glulam structures.

We provide glulam for the broadest range of project needs, from a single beam to the design, manufacture and installation of equestrian-sized arenas.

We are looking for someone to help us with an increasing workload, both on answering the enquiries coming in and also to help manage projects from design through to completion.

We have put a large salary range on the role as will consider people with a good academic record but little experience through to those with experience in a similar field. As our industry is quite niche we would expect to give training on all the tasks listed below.


  • Producing quotes from incoming drawings- listing beams, metalwork, carpentry, finish costs and installation costs.

  • Get prices from the various suppliers and subcontractors for work to be outsourced.

  • Liaise with customers to establish appropriate schemes/ specs/ scope of our work.

  • Following up quotes/ keeping track of them using Pipedrive.

  • Do some drawing work for illustrating quotes where needed. (Autocad or Sketchup)

  • Project managing of certain jobs that are assigned to you- ensuring design is progressed to program, arranging order/ quote of long lead time materials, deciding on the best manufacture route for the frame. Lining up installers (usually subcontrcators) to do the job. Keeping progress tracking up to date on Smartsheet.

  • Checking/ responding to clients on contracts.

  • Act as first point of contact for customers and subcontractors during the design, manufacture and installation of the project.

  • Hand over of projects to manufacture team once designs have been approved.

  • Keeping an eye on costs and material orders against budgets as the manufacture progresses.

  • Answering or coordinating design queries from the production team as manufacture proceeds.

  • Allocating installers and helping to coordinate the deliveries/ site work and necessary plant, delivery vehicle or hire requirements.

  • Visiting site to handover completed projects or troubleshooting.


A background or some experience in a similar role would be beneficial, but if you have little work experience but have a strong academic record with a degree including a mathematical element you would still be considered.

We can adjust the job description to include structural engineering or draughting/ design technician tasks if you are interested in the role but are looking to maintain or develop design skills.

Estimating and project management remain the core responsibilities, but we are happy to tailor the role to suit the right person.

Previous experience and qualifications as listed below are helpful but not essential – at Buckland we aim to hire the person we think is best for the team, skills can always be taught. 

  • Experience as estimator or similar position
  • Familiarity with financial and project management principles
  • Maths and IT ability with an analytical mindset
  • Good communication and negotiation abilities
  • BSc/BA in engineering, construction science or relevant discipline
  • Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) will be an asset


This role has expected hours of between 25 – 38 hours per week. Flexible working within the hours of 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at our factory in Crediton. You’d need to reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work but there is potential for hybrid once established.

Salary £25,000.00-£42,000.00 per year.


Please contact Robin Nicholson, Director of Buckland Timber by sending your CV and a covering email to:

Accountant / Book-keeper

Due to upcoming retirement, we are seeking a new Accountant to join our friendly team. Based in mid-Devon, Buckland Timber is a glulam timber frame manufacturer specialising in bespoke projects and promoting the use of locally grown timber in construction. Our work is very varied, no two projects are the same, with project sizes ranging from £1000 to £1M. We carry out a design, supply and install service, with staff mainly based at our factory in Crediton.

This role is a well-rounded sole finance position, suited to an individual who enjoys a varied role, willing and capable of working at all levels. Reporting to the Managing Director, this role will support the business with relevant financial information as needed, whilst ensuring the day-to-day aspects of finance such as sales and purchase ledger continue. This role will seek to implement process improvements across the finance function, potentially a new finance system so a continuous improvement mindset would be a distinct advantage! 

Main duties will include:

  • Production of customer invoices and associated credit control

  • Management of purchase ledger including posting and payment of supplier invoices

  • Supporting Managing Director to produce monthly management accounts

  • Supporting project managers to produce financial reports on projects post-completion

  • Bank reconciliations and cash flow management

  • Preparing payroll data for external payroll service provider

  • Dealing with CIS payments/claims

  • Prepare and submit VAT returns

  • Liaising with external Accountants to support statutory filings

  • Support the MD and other departments with financial queries as necessary

Key attributes:

  • Finance experience / Experience in a similar role

  • AAT qualified preferable

  • Strong attention to detail & prioritisation skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities


This role is offered part time at 20-25 hours per week. A full-time position would be considered if the applicant also has experience of preparing and reviewing construction contracts with third parties.

Flexible working within the hours of 8am – 5pm, potential for hybrid once established.

Salary up to £42,000 full time equivalent.

We choose our people for their skills and experience, but we also choose based on their potential and what they bring to the team. It’s important to us everyone enjoys what they do and feel their contribution is valued – if you have questions about the role do get in touch with Robin – for an informal chat.

We are a growing team, and while there are no engineering positions open currently, we are always interested to hear from structural timber engineers, construction project managers or glulam and CLT installers. If this is you, do get in touch!


We are looking for a carpenter to join our small team at Buckland Timber.

We design, manufacture and install glulam frames, ranging from small extension structures or bespoke trusses to 25m+ span swimming pool or indoor riding arena structures. No two jobs are the same – we specialise in the more non standard end of glulam structures, including feature structures for airports and grand designs houses.

Initially this is a temporary approximately 3 month duration role, to suit a self employed carpenter, but is likely to develop into a full time role if the workload continues as currently.

We are looking for someone with the ability to work accurately to drawings, be able to deal with setting out of angles and radii and generally be able to hit the ground running as soon as possible.


Please contact Robin Nicholson, Director of Buckland Timber by sending your CV and a covering email to:

Factory Operative

We are looking for extra workers to help manufacture glulam beams and structures at our factory in Crediton, Devon. The work is fairly physically demanding but quite varied and you would expect to work on different tasks throughout the day. We manufacture bespoke buildings so no two jobs are quite the same. We are looking for people who can be proactive in solving problems and looking ahead to carry out tasks with some degree of autonomy once trained in the work.

Ability to read drawings and do setting out and a forklift licence would be beneficial.

Work activities include:

  • Clamping beams
  • Removal and planning
  • Potentially learn to grade and operate finger jointing line
  • After training loading/ and unloading lorries with forklift
  • Cutting beams to length and wrapping
  • Setting clamps to drawings
  • Sanding/ repairs on visual grade beams
  • Keeping the factory clean and tidy
  • Mixing glue/ cleaning glueing equipment

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Posted: 08/09/21



Please contact Robin Nicholson, Director of Buckland Timber by sending your CV and a covering email to: