Archive for January, 2014

Mechanical Engineering Manager, Wolverhampton, c£45,000pa + bonus + benefits

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Job of the Week!

My client is a dynamic, expanding organisation with a strong track record of delivering success and a five year business plan that revolves around significant and sustained capital investment and the expansion of the workforce. The aim of this business plan is to double turnover, and with a truly global marketplace, this is entirely feasible. In order to achieve this aim, they are now keen to recruit an experienced, degree qualified mechanical engineer to a role responsible for ensuring the continued economic operation of the mechanical plant and machinery and the teams dedicated to it. In addition to your qualification and further training, you will be able to demonstrate an ability to take a strategic overview and experience of managing multi-disciplinary maintenance teams. It is essential that your mechanical engineering skills have been gained providing maintenance solutions for a range of equipment, preferably including materials handling, and that you have retained a degree of hands-on day to day involvement rather than being entirely office bound. In addition to experience of both reactive and planned maintenance, you must also demonstrate current knowledge of health & safety, environment, quality and training issues, and be comfortable developing a team of people ranging from apprentices to time served engineers. This is not a role where you will be expected to adhere to the status quo; this department has a huge impact on the profitability of the entire business, and you will be expected to design and implement improvements to working practices, training and staffing to ensure minimum disruption to the 24/7 working pattern. This is a highly visible, high profile mechanical maintenance role, not one for those who prefer to hide in the shadows, but the rewards and prospects offered in return are second to none.

The confidence trick

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Confidence is the lifeblood of every sportsman’s and woman’s life. A surfeit of confidence (in addition to god given talent) is what takes people to the very top of their chosen sport. Where would Ronaldo be without his confidence? Serena Williams? And yet for every story of fireproof confidence, there are half a dozen where it has just drained away.

Let’s take two tall fast bowlers as our example. Steven Finn is the quickest English bowler to 50 test wickets, and has the highest strike rate of any bowler who has bowled over 2,000 deliveries (cricket loves its stats). Mitchell Johnson has just taken 37 wickets in an Ashes series at under 14 runs per wicket. Three years ago, Mitchell Johnson was the butt of every Barmy Army song and couldn’t land it on the cut strip; he didn’t even make last year’s summer Ashes Tour. Yet, perhaps due to maturity, a change in coaching, or maybe even because it was just his time, from the middle of November he relentlessly terrorised English batsmen. Steven Finn, for so long the great white hope of Engliash cricket has gone the other way, and has been sent home from Australia “to clear his head”. Remember Steve Harmison – brilliant one day, awful the next?


Regional Sales Manager, South of England, £35,000pa + car + bonus (OTE £60k)

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Job of the Week!

My client is a long established, highly regarded business with a truly global marketplace and plans to expand across all territories including the UK and North America. As part of these growth plans, they are now seeking to appoint an experienced, hard working and self motivated individual to a new role covering the southern half of the UK. Probably based from home (and therefore with experience of having done so previously), your role will be to drive sales with new and existing customers, working autonomously from head office but with the full support of both the Head of Sales and the Managing Director. Although the potential geographical area may seem huge, this is very much a solution sell within a reasonably well defined engineering market, although that may still seem daunting to some. If you are prepared to embrace the challenge, and can quickly establish an understanding of the product and its potential uses, this is a chance to join a genuine market leader that values its employees and realises that the only way to achieve its ambitions is through striving for the common goal.

If it ain’t broke…………

Friday, January 10th, 2014

There are times when you sit down to write a blog when you have a clear idea of what you are going to talk or rant about. Inspiration comes in many different forms and at the oddest times, but just occasionally, all you’ve got is a screen staring back at you.

The same thing is often true in the world of work. You can look at your desk and sit there, thinking “Where do I start” or “What should I do first”, but often you end up thinking “I’ll go and make a brew” or “I’ll just have a quick peek at Facebook”. The problem is that life is actually just a never ending cycle of doing the same things, and the people who succeed best are those who are comfortable with, and embrace, routine.


European Sales Manager, £45,000pa + bonus + benefits (OTE £70k), West Midlands

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Job of the Week!

My client is an astonishing success story. In the course of the last twelve months they have seized the opportunity afforded to them by the collapse of their primary market and emerged with a broader product base and wider range of better quality customers. To that end, 2013 proved to be a very good year, and 2014 promises even more. Seeking to capitalise on this, they have forged ahead with growth plans in the US and now wish to turn their attention to the European marketplace. Reporting to the EMEA Sales Director, you will have responsibility for managing key accounts and developing new business across the whole of mainland Europe. Much of the groundwork and research has already been undertaken, and they are looking to bring someone in to both use this information and leverage their own contacts to develop new routes to market. Prerequisites for the role are fluent French (and preferably another language) and a proven track record of new business development across at least one European country; such is the size of the potential marketplace, they are not restricting their requirements to the top two or three economies of the region. The icing on the cake for them would be someone with experience of selling into the consumer sector, through either traditional retail, major multiples or e-commerce channels. This is a unique opportunity to join a business with clear strategies in terms of both sales growth and new product development, one that allows their sales team to develop business where they see fit, but which supports them with first class customer service and aftercare.

Little less conversation, little more action……….

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

So sang the King, or if you are of a younger vintage, the ghost of the King (dead over 25 years) and a bunch of nobodies called JXL. He could have just sang “oi, you” and it would have had the same effect, but, even in the era of short pop songs, that would have been really short.

As 2014 dawns, wet and windy, we find ourselves in the same situation. Throughout the latter part of 2013, all manner of surveys were trotted out, claiming that we were “through the worst”, that “manufacturing confidence was on the rise” and that house prices were now higher than five years ago. That’s all well and good, but where are the tangible knock-ons from this, permanent full time roles and expanding companies?