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Key Accounts Manager – UK Independent Aftermarket

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Our client is a well-known and respected brand in the automotive aftermarket parts supply chain, with a global foot print and a multi-brand offering. Due to an internal promotion and restructure, they now require an experienced aftermarket parts sales professional to join their team.

Your main brief will be to ensure the development and maintenance of profitable distribution through the UK Independent Aftermarket by managing a small team of Business Development Managers, and through being the key contact with the major buying groups in the UK.

The ideal candidate will be seasoned aftermarket salesman with a track record of dealing with the major buying groups: UKPA, GAU, IFA, UAN, etc. You will also ideally have managed people in the past, however this role will also suit someone seeking career progression and their first team management experience. You will have exceptional communication and negotiation skills, be commercially astute and have a high level of commercial awareness.

In return, the company offers an excellent career path in a stable environment .

For more information please send your Cv to, or call Cathy Richardson on 0845 269 9085 for a confidential discussion.

A #HFUK success story: It works!

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This lovely e-mail pooped into my Inbox yesterday: Testament that using Twitter with the #HFUK hashtag to tell the world about your job search really works!

“Hello my name is Elizabeth Styles and I recently used your #hfuk hashtag to try and help my other half to get a job and wanted to tell of the success I have had so far!  Laura Barnet (@scotlandjobs) is the one who directed me towards using it, and is the one who pointed me in your direction!

My other half is a computing science graduate from Aberdeen Uni who is buried under finishing his disseration and has been looking left, right and center for jobs around Edinburgh but so far – hasn’t really found anything suitable for a graduate.

I was talking to Laura about this and she pointed me towards the HFUK hashtag and figured, well, I  am pretty involved – the worst that happens is I give it a go and nothing comes of it!

So last Friday I sent out the following tweet:

 @cronvek: #HIREFRIDAYUK anyone looking for a computing science graduate who has done Java, Android, some Iphone dev ? #HFUK

Kinda left it at that, hoping that some people might recommend some websites or maybe even, if we are lucky, point at us at some jobs.

I wasn’t prepared for the immediate retweets I got following on from that – and the three sudden direct messages in my box asking me for a CV 🙂 sadly I was a bit vague on my tweet and didn’t make it clear it wasn’t me who was looking but in the end I got 6 email addresses to send a CV to, which we have done and awaiting on replys!  Already this has increased our success in the job hunt easily two-fold!

Our biggest fear this year has been that the job market, with the recession, has been very quiet for computing jobs for graduates and there was nothing out there – this has really boosted my confidence in the hopes of the job market and more importantly, seeing the ability of twitter for job recruitment from the job-hunting perspective rather than the recruiter… definitely will be using the #HFUK in the future!  A bit of trial-and-error on how to get 140 characters of information about your skills is hard but I can see this becoming very popular, very quickly!

Liz Styles

Written by Cathy Richardson

May 21, 2010 at 7:12 am

Posted in Recruitment

What information about job hunting and/or redundancy would have helped you at the start of your journey?

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Since writing the short blog series “Definitive Guide to Job Hunting” giving a direct and specific account of how to deal with the current job seeking market, I have been inundated with replies and requests for information.

The blog received over a 1,000 hits in the first few weeks!

This means, to me, that there is a real need for frank and open advice about how to manage a job search in today’s challenging employment market. I am researching the idea to publish as a self-help book, but I want to make sure that the information I offer is not just subjective and from my own point of view.

So if you had the choice, or thinking back about when and how you started looking for our next job: What do you wish you knew? Is there anything that would have made it easier for you, any knowledge that would have simplified and speeded up the process, making it less painful at the same time?

I would welcome your questions and stories. By replying to the blog, sending a quick email to, responding via LinkedIn or Tweeting (@cathyrecruit) me with your thoughts, your ideas and experiences will tell me about the best subject matter to include, or to blog about.

I look forward to hearing from you!

New Quality management role – Oxfordshire

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Our client is a highly successful Tier 1 supplier of interior trim components to the automotive industry.

As part of a current restructure, they now require an experienced Quality Manager to join their team. Although they already have quality certification with various standards, as the business changed this role will be at the forefront of changes and restructuring to the current systems to make them more efficient. There will also be significant ownership of the standards, reporting mechanisms and team management to ensure overall improvements in the companies product quality profile.

You will be an experienced Quality professional with a track record gained in a tier 1 automotive manufacturing environment. You will have a detailed and current understanding of TS16949 and other relevant quality standards. Ideally, you would have had involvement in implementing these systems in a world class manufacturing environment.

For more information, please send your CV to recruitment at, or call Cathy for a discussion on 0845 269 9085

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