A day in the life... with Pete Beckett, Pump Solutions Manager

May 21 2024

“I like that in my role I get to deal with each department” says Pete Beckett of his role as Pump Solutions Manager.

“Solutions Managers work with sales, installations, electrical teams and branch managers. We’ll assist where we can with quotes, equipment and technical support.”

Pete’s role is customer facing, which he says requires “good communication and problem-solving skills and the ability to give the customer confidence in what you know and can provide them.”

Based in Selwood’s new Liverpool branch, Pete covers “the Northwest from the Lake District to as far south as Crewe and Stoke. I also sometimes assist in Conwy and Workington. My responsibilities are largely with the water frameworks.”

Learning and development

Pete joined Selwood in 2004, following six years in the army within the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

“Whilst in the Army, I did multiple training courses that have given me transferrable skills that have assisted me in my Selwood career and still use in my role today.”

Pete began his career at Selwood as a driver, spending 10 years in the position before becoming a Sales Representative. After two years, Pete was promoted to Solutions Manager.  

“When Selwood formed the Solutions and Sales functions years ago, I stayed with the Solutions side as I enjoyed the mechanical, more technical areas of the business. It’s amazing to have seen the business grow from where it was, to where it is now. We’ve moved to three different depots over the years I’ve been here as we keep expanding!”

During his almost 20-year career at Selwood, Pete has completed over 20 training courses, from pumps and confined space training to overhead gantry cranes. He has no doubt that the training he has received is one of the best things about working at Selwood.

“Selwood is committed to supporting its people to grow and progress and the training offered is a big part of this. With the skills and expertise I’ve learned over the years, its enabled me to provide the right solutions for customers and support the wider business.”

A day in the life

“No job is ever the same, but I like the variety and challenge – it’s something different every day. We could be working on a small river flood overpump, a clean water booster station providing drinking water to a community or a big 2000 litre a second overpump. The scale is vast!”

Whether for planned projects or emergency jobs, Pete is one of the first people the customer will see on site.

“When we get to site, we’ll spec it and start work on a site survey, gathering all the key information needed to provide a solution. We’ll go back to the office and design a solution, returning to the customer with a completed site survey and quote for the hire. We also carry out risk assessments and method statements, detailing how we will carry out the work safely.

“I am in constant contact with our suppliers, from crane operators to generator suppliers to ensure we can provide the equipment needed.”

Pete then discussed his involvement in a recent large-scale project.

“An urgent call came in to assist at a local treatment works where planned repairs were being carried out. It came in on a Sunday, and I went to site on the Monday morning and into a meeting with the directors to discuss what we could provide. We needed to design the pipework route.

“There were all sorts of challenges including risks of flooding and the site being near a nature reserve. The team worked 24/7 over a period of four to five weeks to complete it.

“It was great to receive such positive feedback from the customer, thanking us for our time and efforts. Also, to see a job up and running – when it all comes together, that’s rewarding.”

Teamwork and charity challenges

Working with many people across the business, Pete particularly enjoys team building activities and taking part in Selwood’s charity challenges.

“It’s a pleasure to be part of Selwood charity challenges. It brings together teams from across the depots and is a great opportunity to bond with people you don’t often get to see, all while supporting a good cause.”

Pete took part in Selwood’s Cloud Walker challenge in the Peak District and earlier this year, ran the London Marathon in 3 hours 30 minutes for Honeypot Children’s Charity, with just six weeks’ notice – what an achievement!

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