Burger King People

So now you know all about working at Burger King. You’ve heard about what we stand for, the great range of roles, the extensive training and how we’re always ready to support your development. But how about a few words from the people that know best.

Gerry Flynn - Restaurant Manager

Maybe it was a premonition? Perhaps it was just very insightful thinking? But the college tutor that suggested young Gerry Flynn would make a good restaurant manager really should stand up and take a bow. Starting as a management trainee in Birmingham, Gerry began to work his way up Northern England before arriving in Scotland, where he would spend 10 years as a Restaurant Manager in a number of locations, as well as a stint as an Area Manager, before returning to his native Blackpool. In his own words: “I now feel like I have come full circle, but I’m a lot wiser. Every assignment has been a new challenge and being back in Blackpool is the same. The real reward is seeing the challenge through.”

Gerry can also cite some major highlights along his career path, not least winning a holiday to Miami. And for him, the great thing about working for Burger King is the people: “I have worked with some truly genuine people and have made a lot of friends along the way.”

Deborah Kelly - Company Business Manager

For Deborah Kelly, one restaurant just wasn’t enough. Which is probably why she is now a Company Business Manager, with responsibility for seven across Central Scotland. It’s been a pretty rapid rise from her days as a part-time crew member and Deborah can put much of her success down to the support she has had: “I’ve worked with some excellent people who have given me a huge amount of support and the opportunities to develop my career.” Despite all her success though, she still looks back at her first promotion as her proudest moment: “I was 19 and remember being really excited when I got the official letter. I even took it to the pub to celebrate!”

Paul Buckley - Market Manager

Since starting as a crew member way back in 1994, Paul’s rise has taken in pretty much every rung of the BK ladder. Assistant Manager, Senior Assistant Manager, Restaurant Manager, OES, Company Business Manager and now Market Manager. He can put his progress down to one key factor: “BK have given me extensive opportunities to develop, such as attending training courses that cover everything from people and business management to presentation skills.” Understandably, Paul is proud of his achievements, in particular finishing in the top three CBM’s across EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) in 2007, which resulted in him winning the trip-of-a-lifetime to Cape Town.

For all the progress he’s made, Paul certainly hasn’t reached his final destination. He has his sights firmly fixed on becoming a Director and with his passion, drive and determination, who would bet against him?

Kirsty Bruce - HR Officer

Kirsty was just 16 when her friends convinced her to come and work with them at their local BK. To put it mildly, she hasn’t looked back. After quickly working her way to supervisor level, she went on to become an assistant manager, senior assistant and restaurant manager, before the next great BK opportunity came calling: “I was running a restaurant in Edinburgh when the HR Officer position came up. I applied and luckily I got the job.” Now for Kirsty, it’s all about learning as much as possible about human resources and recruitment: “I’d like to go to college and complete my CPP or CIPD and then hopefully work towards becoming an HR Manager.”

Kirsty also has this to say about working in the industry: “Working in food services is harder than you think, but it can be very rewarding. You’ll meet lots of new people and face different challenges, but there are great opportunities to progress and develop, if you’re prepared to push yourself.” Kirsty is certainly testament to that.