Michael Brown
Purchasing Director

The start of Michael’s career …

Just before his 19th birthday, Michael joined the Pioneer family.

His initial role as Coldstore Operative and as a qualified forklift driver involved him loading and unloading delivery vehicles and putting away delivered stock. An important role in the busy coldstore where orderliness is key to ensure customer deliveries are accurate and on time.

“I enjoy working for a strong family-run business which leads from the front, with ambition to grow and create great career opportunities in this region and I’m always encouraging my staff to aim for the top!”


What did he do next?

After six years, Michael was moved to the dry goods warehouse – a warm change for him! In those days our warehouse was open to the public as a cash and carry, so Michael’s task was to ensure the stock was put away quickly, tidily and with health and safety always at the forefront of his mind.

Michael soon started taking on extra responsibilities to his role and soon became promoted to stock controller. He enjoyed dealing with suppliers and assisting with their stock control counts.

After two years, he was asked if he wanted to progress to working in the office from time-to-time, as well as maintaining his role in the warehouse: an opportunity he jumped at! He was now raising invoices and credits on the computer system and learning how the business conducts its stock buying.

When a vacancy became available, Michael was promoted to Buying Assistant and began work in the office full-time. He was responsible for buying in stock across the ambient, chilled and frozen categories at best prices and handling delivery queries.

He was immensely successful in this role and management recognised his skills, determination and fortitude by promoting him to Purchasing Director. His current role is wide and varied. He manages the warehouse staff and buying team, handles new product development including some marketing activity and range reviews.