Archive for March, 2014

Head of International Sales, North west, to £50,000pa + car, bonuses and benefits

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Job of the Week!

My client is an award-winning British manufacturing success story, with an enviable reputation for quality and customer satisfaction, and an expanding, truly global client base. As part of their continued growth plans, they are now seeking to appoint an experienced, ambitious individual to a board level position, managing both UK and International sales teams, and inevitably involving a significant amount of international travel. You will be able to demonstrate a track record of success on a global canvass, with particular emphasis on emerging markets such as the Middle East, Asia and South America. Your experience will not only include managing and developing long term client relationships, but also sourcing, selecting and managing a network of distributors and sales agents. Naturally you will have a thorough understanding of the cultural differences across different parts of the globe, but additionally you will have had significant exposure to construction, civil engineering or specifier markets and probably have an engineering or technical products background. This really is an outstanding opportunity to join a company that is still very much on the upward curve of its development, a company with no limitations on its vision or ambition, other than to remain true to the core principles that have made it such a success thus far.

National Sales Manager, UK, £30,000pa inc bonus + car + benefits

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Job of the Week!

My client is a genuine British success story and has strengthened its position in the marketplace over the last few years while others have declined. In part this is due to an innovative range of products and considered marketing, but also through moving into new areas at the correct time. As part of their current growth plans, they are seeking to bring in an enthusiastic and accomplished sales professional to a new, autonomous role working closely with the other members of the tightly knit sales team. Your remit will cover both existing customers and new business development within the retail, wholesale and trade sale sectors, but also include merchandising, liaising with retailers on the best display methods and attendance at trade shows and exhibitions. This is not a job where you will be stuck in the office, telephoning a dwindling list of potential contacts, nor one where you would be expected to be on the road ten hours per day five days per week. My client is looking for a sales professional who can deliver long term, sustainable sales relationships, and who is seeking a long term opportunity where their rewards and responsibilities will grow as the business grows. Knowing the potential extent of the market and recognising the quality of sales professional that they require, they fully expect this person to be developing a nationwide sales team within a very short period of time, and be aiming for a senior management role within the company.

One more time from the top, Aretha

Friday, March 7th, 2014

As football World Cup fever mounts (really??) and we come to the final chapters of another enthralling Six Nations championship, it struck me how football and rugby are so similar and yet worlds apart. Both are intensely physical sports played by athletes at the peak of their physical fitness. Both reach a global audience. Both offer participants short periods in the spotlight with the threat of career ending injury hanging over them with every game.

But look more closely and they couldn’t be further apart. Aside from the obvious differences (shape of ball, one involves throwing and scoring points by getting the ball over the bar rather than under it), there are some more fundamental ones which define the attraction of one over another. The undisputed best current young British rugby league player has just joined Bath for a world record fee of £270,000. The last time that was the ceiling paid for a footballer, Jimmy Saville was the most popular person in the UK. Rugby players are routinely substituted with well over a third of the game to go, and don’t take to Twitter to complain about their treatment. And the French have dropped one of their best players for sarcastically clapping the referee when he was sent off two weeks ago.

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