Key Account Manager, North Wales, £30,000pa + bonus, pension & benefits

May 16th, 2014

Job of the Week!

My client is a real success story, with an enviable reputation as a place to work, a strong track record of growth and ambitious, yet utterly achievable, expansion plans. As part of their continued desire to be the no1 in its sector across Europe, they are now looking to recruit an ambitious, multi-lingual sales professional to join their sales team at Head Office. You will be able to demonstrate a strong track record of sales success, preferably on a Pan-European scale and be a fluent German speaker; other languages would be beneficial, particularly French. Your role will be to both hunt down new clients and markets, nurture existing ones and provide world class aftersales, training and customer support, meaning that at no point would you lose contact with your client base, or it be passed to another department. In any business, this would be a significant opportunity to showcase both your sales skill sand your language ability, but my client also offers a long term career plan in both the UK and Europe, and potentially on a wider group basis.

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

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

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

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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Down with the kids

February 21st, 2014

After over twenty years in recruitment, there are many things that I’ve heard that either fill me full of dread or hopelessness, but few concern me more than one phrase that is becoming increasingly prevalent – “I’m going to have some time off with the kids”.

This phrase seems to have gathered momentum due to the number of people, who, when switching jobs, find themselves put on garden leave. In these circumstances, with guaranteed pay for the duration and a new role to look forward to at the end of it, it is a perfectly acceptable use of time. One word of caution though; a friend of mine has “enjoyed” three spells of garden leave, and his kids now dread Daddy being around more often than normal. In today’s hugely demanding world of work, many a parent’s busiest time at work coincides completely with the “not to be missed” years of their children’s development, and it is entirely understandable that you should want to redress the emotional balance, even for a short period of time.

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Sales & Customer Service Administrator, Market Drayton, to £17,000pa + bonus

February 17th, 2014

Job of the Week!

My client is an ambitious, expanding company offering a unique and market leading product to a wide range of potential customers. Having enjoyed a very successful 2013, 2014 is already proving to be far in excess of their expectations. To help support this growth, they are now looking to recruit an enthusiastic, adaptable and hardworking individual to work closely with the newly appointed Sales & Marketing Manager. Your duties will be to manage all aspects of sales administration, customer orders and customer service, and to follow up all new sales enquiries by email, post or telephone. You must therefore be able to demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, in addition to possessing a good telephone manner and a \”can do\” attitude. Although you will not be expected to be vastly experienced as aptitude and personality will play a big part, you must have had some office experience, and be comfortable using accounts packages, spreadsheets and Microsoft. This is not just a stepping stone; there are genuine career prospects with the company as it continues to develop both its UK and export markets.

Hpy V’tine’s Dy LOL

February 14th, 2014

A long time ago in a galxay far far away, people communicated through something called the “letter”. This was a curious device, requiring, as it did, the composer to sit in one place for a concerted period of time, writing carefully and above all legibly. If you made a mistake, you couldn’t just press delete, you had to start again. And you had to think about what you were writing before you wrote it, as you couldn’t cut and paste something in as an afterthought.

The same was true with cards. You sent cards for a range of different reasons; births, deaths, marriages, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Christmas or just to say hi. You had to go to a specialist shop, or possibly a stationers, as not everyone sold cards. But you still had to think about what you were writing before committing pen to card.

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Mechanical Design Engineer, Bolton, to £30,000pa inc bonus + benefits

February 10th, 2014

Job of the Week!

My client is a genuine British success story, offering a high quality, British designed and manufactured product to a growing market both at home and overseas. As part of their expansion plans, they are now seeking to appoint an enthusiastic if not yet fully fledged graduate mechanical design engineer to a new role supporting the Design Manager. Your duties will include all aspects of mechanical design engineering from initial conceptualisation to product testing, including constructing 3D CAD models, technical drawings, engineering calculations and report preparation. You will deal directly with suppliers to monitor sampling and production, conduct engineering and design reviews, oversee product testing and external evaluations and create product documentation such as technical and user manuals. Experience of Solidworks, Microsoft and Quark applications and general CAD systems is a vital prerequisite. This is an outstanding step in the right direction for a mechanical design engineering graduate with a couple of years experience, who is looking to broaden their horizons and become more involved in the cradle to grave aspects of product design. If you think you are ready for your next challenge, and want to test your skills on a broader canvas, we need to hear from you!

Ramp Up the Red

February 7th, 2014

The British Heart Foundation are the biggest funder of charitable heart research in the UK.

They are fighting for everybody who suffers with a heart condition – from babies born with life-threatening heart problems, to the many mums, dads and grandparents who survive a heart attack and endure the daily struggles of heart failure. Their research has already helped to transform lives; but there are still so many people who need help.

Today is Ramp Up the Red day, which is why you might see more people around than you might expect sporting something, anything, that is bright red. It might be socks, a tie, or even hair!

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

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.