Here at Westley Richards we are proud to be developing some of the world’s finest gunmakers, engravers and leather workers. None more exemplify this than our recently appointed foreman Stuart Richards, who at 29 has seen over 300 guns and rifles pass through the factory.
In September 2020 he will celebrate 12 years with Westley Richards, rising through the ranks of the company, capping it off with his instrumental role in the creation of our new exhibition rifle “The Forest Rifle”. It is clear that our dedication to working with young talent, giving them unique opportunities and watching them thrive is at the very heart of the Westley Richards DNA.
Here at Westley Richards we are proud to be developing some of the future’s finest gun makers, engravers and leather workers in the world. None more exemplify this than the exceptionally talented Léo, who at 22 has already played an instrumental part in the creation of our new exhibition magazine rifle “The Roebuck Rifle”.
In June 2020 he will celebrate 2 years with Westley Richards and has certainly come a long way since he sent a chance letter to the company, all the way from Belgium, to enquire about an apprenticeship. It is clear that our dedication to working with young talent, giving them unique opportunities and watching them thrive is at the very heart of the Westley Richards DNA.
Léo, where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Belgian countryside, in a little village outside of Liège.
Did you always want to be a gun engraver?
Not exactly. I did always want to have an artistic job but in fact only started to think about the engraving profession a few months before my studies began in this subject. The idea first came to mind when my father took me to a hunting show where my soon-to-be teacher, Pierre Dôme, was performing a demonstration for the Léon Mignon School of Liège.
What did your education/apprenticeship entail?
At Léon Mignon School I learnt the two key areas of engraving both the handcraft and drawing. This included traditional techniques of hammer and chisel and the hand-chisel as well as technical drawings of ornament composition and game-scene sketches. Thereafter I taught myself how to use the pneumatic chisel and stereo zoom microscope, which I use today.
It seems the appetite for new guns and rifles being built at Westley Richards continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Orders for double rifles, shotguns and bolt action rifles is the best we have seen for a decade, as collectors and sportsman from around the world continue to invest in the best that we have to offer.
Westley Richards remains the largest gunmaking house in the City of Birmingham and has a proud heritage which the company is keen to maintain, develop and promote into the coming decades.
A feature of this long-term plan is our recruitment every year of the next generation of gunmaker. As one of the few privately owned gunmaking houses we run a comprehensive 5-year apprenticeship programme that leads to a qualification in one of the traditional gunmaking trades. The emphasis of the apprenticeship is on absolute quality and building the ‘very best gun that can be built’.
The ‘Gunmakers Certificate’ awarded after the 5-year apprenticeship has been completed.
As we enter a new year we now have a further 2 positions to be filled in our apprenticeship program and invite applications for these positions. We are looking for young, enthusiastic individuals with a keen interest in guns, rifles and sporting shooting. You will be joining a team of talented and determined craftsmen whose aim is to build simply better and better guns, so upholding the great traditions of Westley Richards.
For full details please send a CV and cover letter stating your interest to email@example.com
The Bishop of Bond Street. The infamous manager of our shop in London’s Bond Street.
Office Manager and Book Keeper (Quickbooks).
Westley Richards Agency, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the World-renowned British gun and rifle maker Westley Richards & Co. a business trading since 1812. The Westley Richards factory in England build bespoke best English guns and rifles for discerning customers worldwide. The company also manufactures fine leather goods, deal in used guns and have a growing retail clothing and accessories department marketed through retail space and webstore.
The business has recently moved its USA offices to Gulf Breeze, Pensacola FL from Bozeman MT and is now under new management. The company operates from 3000sq ft of newly refurbished showrooms and offices. This office is the company’s first point of contact for all our U.S. based customers interested in having new guns built in our U.K. factory, purchasing used guns from our stock, consigning their guns to us and enquiring about our retail offerings.
This is a great opportunity for an organised and conscientious individual to run the office and administrative side of this small but highly respected business in order to take the admin work-load off the manager allowing him to focus on customers and gun sales. We are looking for an enthusiastic all rounder who will join our team and contribute to grow the company in its new location.
Opening post and taking appropriate action – filing, organising or responding
Answering the telephone
Assisting customers with their enquiries on telephone and in person
Creating letters, orders and statements of account for customers using MS Word and Quickbooks
Creating import/export paperwork to comply with federal ATF and state law
Organising shipments of guns with carrier’s
Packing and unpacking guns
Booking guns in and out to comply with Firearms license
Assisting with small retail operation – customer enquiries, payment processing, shipments and returns
Communicating with head office in the U.K. as and when required
Book-keeping – entering vendor bills and creating customer invoices, inventory etc. on QuickBooks
Any ad hoc duties required by manager.
Experience in similar role
Initiative to manage own workload and prioritise tasks
Organisation skills to keep records in order and up to date
MS Office Skills – Ability to write well-presented letters and create basic spreadsheets
Attention to detail when entering information into accounts package
Polite and enthusiastic communication with customers, on telephone and in person
Attentive to customer’s needs and requirements
Ability to relay customer enquiries to the manager in a timely and precise manner.
Reliable and dependable attendance
An interest in shooting and hunting together with desire to learn this unique luxury gun business is advantageous.
For further information of this position or to apply please email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org or call LD McCaa at the USA shop in Gulf Breeze.