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Teleseminar: Winning business through LinkedIn

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Are you one of the 60 million professionals on LinkedIn, who would like to know how to use it to win business?

 When you know how, LinkedIn is a very powerful tool to:

  •  generate both referrals and orders,
  •  drive traffic to your website
  •  increase and stay in touch with your trusted network of contacts
  •  increase your profile amongst your peers and target market

In this teleseminar, on 14:00 14th April, Cathy Richardson FIRP DipRP, of CR Associates, will be revealing how you too can become one of the few on LinkedIn who use it day in day out to win business and generate orders.

Cathy has very successfully used LinkedIn to establish her personal brand within a niche market, winning new business and leveraging her contacts to gain maximum value for her business. LinkedIn now forms a major part of CR Associates’ marketing strategy and much of the turnover is derived in some way from the contact base she has established in this medium.

In the teleseminar, as well as learning how to win work using LinkedIn, you will learn:

  •  the 5 classic mistakes people make on LinkedIn
  •  how to find and build relationships with people that matter to you and your business
  •  what needs to be in your profile to be found by the people that matter to you
  •  how to use the Linked In groups to maximum effect
  •  how to build your contact base & stay in touch with them

 To start winning business on LinkedIn, book onto this seminar, which will cost you £20 + VAT, – a small price to pay for the opportunity to regularly win business via LinkedIn.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend the event live, we will be recording it, so you can listen to it at your convenience. Click on the link below to book your place.

 You will be automatically sent access details to the web cast or the phone number to call.

Written by Cathy Richardson

March 31, 2010 at 11:29 am

Posted in Recruitment

Product Manager (Midlands based) Automotive Aftermarket Parts

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We are delighted to be retained by a well known employer to recruit a Product Manager for their Marketing team as the present incumbent has just been promoted internally.

Our client is a European group, headquartered in France, with a solid distribution base for their products in the UK from a head office in Worcestershire. Their multi product offering is broad and covers a range of Original Equipment replacement parts for the independent automotive aftermarket: Clutches, brakes, lighting, wiping, electronics, etc.

The classic route to market is distribution based through a range of entry points.

The Product Manager will be responsible for a specific product range, ensuring a suitable product offering and pricing structure is maintained to keep abreast of the competition. Working closely with sales, you will be responsible for range management, development of the product catalogue, and all promotional activity. There will also be a high level of analytical detail in the role, managing product performance metrics, sales analysis and product pricing.

The ideal candidate will come from a classical marketing background, with a track record gained preferably in automotive aftermarket parts, although someone with  experience from within a branded, distribution based product environment will also be considered.

The role offers diverse opportunities for real ownership and autonomy, working in a gregarious, pleasant team environment, with excellent opportunities for advancement on a European level.

For more information, please send your CV to recruitment or call Cathy on 0845 269 9085.

Key Account Managers (North and South) – Automotive Aftermarket

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We are delighted to be retained by a very well known employer to recruit two new Key Account Managers.

Our client is a highly respected brand in the independent automotive aftermarket parts distribution sector. With sales in over 100 countries and their head office based inFrance, their product offering is broad. It includes clutches and braking systems, lighting and wiping systems, electric and electronic systems, and a whole range of complimentary service and replacement parts for the passenger car market.

Due to a recent restructure of their sales team they now need two Sales Managers to join their existing key accounts team to manage the regional members of the large parts Buying Groups.

The roles will operate from a home based location from which a territory either in the North or the South of the UK can be managed. The ideal geographic locations are the M3/M4 corridor in the South, and the Manchester / Leeds area in the North. However, this will be flexible for a candidate with the right background, experience and team fit.

The ideal candidate for either role must have a track record of sales gained within the automotive aftermarket. Key account management skills are highly desirable, and past experience of managing buying group or motor factor business will be ideal.

The base salaries on offer are substantial and backed up with a strong bonus scheme, as well as a company car and the normal additional benefits package. The expected OTE is in the £50k salary bracket.

For more information, please call Cathy Richardson on 0845 269 9085 or send your CV to

New Marketing jobs in the Automotive Aftermarket

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It is a rare opportunity for a marketing job opportunity like this to come along, and then 2 pop up at the same time!

Our client is one of the largest distributors of replacement parts to the automotive aftermarket in the UK. From their base in the Midlands, they support a national distribution network to supply spares into a wide range of customers.

Benefitting from the changes in the vehicle market with less new cars sold and more services and repairs taking place, the aftermarket has been buoyant and this organisation has experienced growth and development in the past year.

As part of this growth and product diversification strategy, they now require product marketing specialists to join their 20-strong marketing team in the following positions:

Category Manager

Product Manager

The skills required are common to distribution based or FMCG products and candidates with a traditional marketing background are welcome to apply, although of course candidates with previous experience of the automotive industry are particularly desirable. Salaries range between £30k and £40k, together with a sound benefits package that includes a company car.

There is a separate role description available for each position so please send your CV to or call Cathy on 0845 269 9085 for more information.

HireFridayUK – An alternative way to find your next job.

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Don’t miss out! There is a great new place to give yourself exposure as a job seeker, and to make direct contact with hiring employers and progressive recruiters.

HireFridayUK (#HFUK) is here! And its totally free for everyone on Twitter.

For Job Seekers: Every Friday, tweet #HFUK with your job title and location. This will create a feed where Recruiters and Employers can find you.

For agencies, recruiters and employers: Tweet #HFUK with your job title, location and possibly a link to the online job. But no spam please! This is about real jobs, real opportunities and real connections. This creates a feed for potentially suitable  job seekers can find you.

For everyone else: Retweet, retweet, and retweet again! If you know someone looking for a job, tweet about them. If you know of a job going somewhere, tweet about it. This is about making connections and getting dignity back for the work seeker.

Keep track of all the tweets through joining the #HFUK twub, or by following the #HFUK hashtag.

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