Archive for October, 2013

Engineering Manager, £45,000pa + benefits, Lancashire

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Job of the Week!

My client is the market leader in its field, focussed on producing high quality innovative products for a range of UK and export markets. As part of their continued commitment to quality and innovation, they are now seeking to recruit an experienced and driven individual to a role heading up the engineering team. Working as a key member of senior management, you will be responsible for enhancing the current product range by improving product reliability, performance and ease of manufacture, whilst at the same time improving manufacturing efficiency, reducing costs and ensuring regulatory compliance. You will be a formally qualified engineer, a strong man manager with a background in the design and development of technical products, and with experience of castings, pressings, mouldings, sheet metal work, electrics and electronics. An understanding of Far Eastern sourcing would also be advantageous. This is a fantastic opportunity for a suitably qualified individual with a passion for their work to make a significant impact in a high profile role.

Don’t shoot the messenger

Friday, October 25th, 2013

I live in a very beautiful part of the world, in a village that would seem to have everything – 11th century castle, pubs, thriving village shop and an Ofsted “excellent” rated primary school. The one downside is that a major A-road runs right through the village, complete with buses, articulated lorries and farm vehicles.

Normally the traffic is little more than an irritant, but for fifteen minutes every school morning and evening, chaos descends. Parents are constantly being told that we mollycoddle our kids, driving them to school when they could easily walk, but in our village, kids are driven to school to stop them being injured by the vehicles that use the pavements as an extension to the road when the road is blocked.

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Internal Sales Administrator, to £25,000pa, Telford

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Job of the Week!

My client is a rapidly expanding business offering state of the art solutions in a global marketplace. To support their existing, field based, sales team, they are now seeking to appoint an experienced, personable and ambitious individual to a new position based at Head Office. The role calls for an organised, articulate individual with excellent administration skills and telephone manner, as you will be the first point of contact for much of the customer base looking to place an order. You must have some aptitude for technical information as you will be expected to advise clients on the best solution for their requirements, rather than just being an order taker, but one thing your duties will not involve is outbound, cold calling. As part of their growth plans, they are keen to take on people who can offer a wider range of skills to the business, so it would be an advantage if you also possessed some digital marketing experience, either through study or practical experience, but as an employer, they are keen to train and develop their staff to enable them to fulfill their potential.

A time for giving?

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The Autumn is certainly the time of mists and mellow fruitfulness, but it has also been adopted as the time of the year when big charity giving campaigns seem to happen. This year, Macmillan Cancer Support launched “Go Sober for October”, the idea being that the money you would normally spend on alcohol in October you donate to them. On top of that there is Movember, which is now firmly established on the faces on men everywhere in November, no longer the preserve of visiting Southern Hemisphere rugby teams.

The problem appears to be that even as the pound in your pocket has been squeezed more and more, there are even greater demands on our spare cash from charities and appeals. It will soon be Children In Need night again, and somehow, in the depths of the worst recession in the last hundred years, last year there was a record total pledged on the night. In fact, when was the last time that you heard of a major appeal complaining that it hadn’t raised enough funds?

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Accounts & Administration Manager, £25,000pa, Market Drayton

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Job of the Week!

My client is a fascinating business, offering a simple, green and cost effective solution to a global marketplace. Having already proved its capabilities in one target market, the senior team is now heavily engaged in developing a complementary market that will see the company expand dramatically over the next five years at least. To enable the directors to concentrate on this business development, they are looking to recruit an experienced individual to a new role covering a wide range of responsibilities. Initially, this will cover accounts (using Quickbooks) customer order administration, purchase ordering and strengthening the relationships with the subcontract manufacturers, but they are looking for someone with the initiative and aptitude to take on other areas as time progresses. You will have good spreadsheet, accounts and communication skills, and must be happy working within a small head office team, which could mean you being the only person in the office on certain days. This is not your typical small company all rounder role; this is one of those businesses with a revolutionary idea that really will change the world.

Believe what you want to believe

Friday, October 11th, 2013

You may have read or heard recently about the city barrister who has been barred from practising for faking his qualifications. You might have thought that this was a young buck trying to get on, but it was a middle aged Irishman, and he was only caught out because he applied for another job and they queried his academic record. The stupidest thing about this is that he was actually a very good barrister whose educational fabrications had been invented years back to enable him to get his foot on the first rung of the ladder. This was the first time they had ever been checked.

This isn’t the first time this has happened either; Gillian McKeith famously invented all her qualifications, and there are a handful of examples of senior executives of Fortune 500 companies who have either airbrushed in, or airbrushed out, certain aspects of their past lives.

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Marketing Manager, £30,000pa + bonus, Walsall

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Job of the Week!

My client is an ambitious organisation, forging a reputation within their sector as a business for whom quality of service and value for money are paramount. To support the directors in driving the company forward, they are now seeking to appoint and ambitious and experienced individual to a new role managing all aspects of their marketing function. Probably a graduate with a number of years relevant experience looking for their first managerial role, you will possess a firm understanding of basic marketing principals with particular emphasis on digital marketing and social media. Additionally, you must be aware of the interlink between marketing activities and the CRM system, and be comfortable with the analysis of marketing spend and ROI of marketing campaigns and activities. This is an ideal role for someone looking for a step up and seeking more responsibility and creative input, but should not merely be seen as a stepping stone; the future growth of the business will offer an unrivalled career path in its own right.