Brand Manager, FMCG Food, circa £45k + bonus and benefits, Guildford

Our client, emerging in the UK but with a strong international pedigree, is looking to recruit a hands-on Brand Manager with a recent background in FMCG food, ideally with some experience in infant formula or baby food. The business is emerging in the UK, but has an international pedigree and is one of the top 50 listed Companies in its home country.

You will be an entrepreneurial Brand Manager with a desire to be a key player in our client’s small but passionate team. It’s a refreshing environment - you will make decisions without layers of bureaucracy to wade through, but you will have the support of industry experts and the global marketing team, who have successfully launched & developed brands in other countries. In the UK our client already has listings with the major multiples for several SKUs and is now seeking to bring a new product to the infant category – a key initiative the Brand Manager will take ownership of.

Our client has realistic and substantial growth ambitions in the UK, but it’s still a small team here, and to be successful our Brand Manager will of course have a strategic remit, but will be equally happy rolling up their sleeves and doing whatever it takes to deliver today’s priorities. Our client’s team are mainly from blue chip backgrounds but have been drawn to the attraction of working with a smaller company. They are bound by entrepreneurialism, a passion for and belief in the brand and a desire to replicate its international success.

You will have strong project management skills, be consumer focused, highly creative and well versed in qualitative research. Your food brand management experience will include new product launches, and you may have some international brand management experience too. If you have infant formula or baby food experience you will be of particular interest to our client, though this isn’t essential.

To be considered for this particular Brand Manager role you will:

  • Live a commutable distance to Guildford
  • Be a graduate or demonstrably of graduate calibre with relevant professional qualifications
  • Have at least 2-3 years FMCG food brand management experience (either as a Brand Manager or ABM or similar), ideally within a baby food or infant milk formula category, but otherwise with FMCG food/grocery experience
  • Have experience of new product launches from concept to delivery
  • Be a highly motivated and determined self-starter with a desire to really ‘own’ your output
  • Be well versed in qualitative research, with strong analytical skills, the ability to understand emerging trends and draw insightful conclusions in order to develop a targeted marketing approach
  • Be passionate, empathetic, energetic and a flexible team worker, with a willingness to work closely with and support the team wherever help is required (including outside of your own role)

In return our client can offer an excellent salary (£40 - £45K), bonus, 25 days holiday + banks, pension, the possibility of flexible working and the opportunity to work in a beautiful countryside setting (with plenty of parking) not far from Guildford. More than that, this role offers the chance to carve a role in the early phase of a very promising business with a genuine USP and strong margins!

If you feel you meet the criteria at a personal and professional level please supply your CV with a covering letter including current salary details and explaining why you think you’re the right person for this role to

We will seek detailed background references on the successful applicant.


General Manager (UK), FMCG Food, £SUBSTANTIAL + bonus and benefits, Guildford

Our client is seeking a General Manager for its FMCG food business, based to the West of London. The business is emerging in the UK, but has an international pedigree and is one of the top 50 listed Companies in New Zealand. The product, which has some clear USPs, has real potential to deliver in the UK what it is doing in other parts of the globe, and the UK General Manager will be pivotal in delivering that ambition. Indeed in the UK 15% of UK consumers have a so far unfulfilled need for their products…

In the UK our client is a small team still, and so while the General Manager will of course determine strategic direction, he or she will be equally happy rolling up their sleeves and doing whatever it takes to deliver today’s priorities. The team under the GM are from blue chip backgrounds, but they are bound by entrepreneurialism, a passion for and belief in the brand and a desire to replicate its international success.

Our appointed GM will have the opportunity (and resources) to really put their mark on the business. And UK success today may deliver European opportunities for our General Manager tomorrow. Of course this an FMCG food business, and the successful appointee will have recent, senior FMCG leadership experience, though not necessarily in food. Most importantly they will demonstrate a successful track record of business growth through developing successful strategies with the major UK multiples.

To be considered for the UK GM role you will:

  • Have 8 years + track record of senior level FMCG leadership, almost certainly from a sales background (perhaps as a Sales Director or NAM or BDM)
  • Have solid and recent Grocery multiples experience
  • Have an entrepreneurial streak with sound judgement and an appetite to make decisions and be accountable for them
  • Be an inspiration to your team and be a natural people person, comfortable leading from the front and capable of generating enthusiasm and the support of your colleagues and service providers
  • Possess (in abundance), intelligence, drive and determination.

You’ll almost certainly be a graduate and you may have had brand marketing experience too. If you have experience of driving a challenger brand (preferably food), you’ll be our perfect candidate. We anticipate this role may well appeal to someone who has cut their career cloth in a corporate environment…but now wants to run their ‘own business’. Every job advert says ‘this is a great opportunity.’ This time, it is!

To attract the best, the starting salary of circa £100K (more for the right candidate) is augmented by a potential bonus of 20%, company pension contributions and a generous holiday allowance.


Project Delivery & Construction Manager, Housing, W London, circa £80K plus bonus

If you’re currently project managing multiple property development projects, but want the sort of accountability, autonomy and recognition that working in a small but highly successful team can afford, this role could be perfect for you.

Our client, currently managing multiple projects collectively at any point in time worth £6m+, is looking for an experienced, energetic and highly motivated Project Delivery & Construction Manager to play a lead role in their business. This is a fast moving entrepreneurial niche development business, specialising in sourcing land and buildings for new build or redevelopment of supported housing projects across the nation.

The business, part of a multi-disciplinary property organisation, delivers growth through the acquisition of real estate, leading edge design principles and first class delivery with outstanding attention to detail. This business critical role will appeal to an ambitious individual who really wants to make a mark within a small and dynamic team with huge growth potential and an already admirable reputation and track record.

For each on-going and new project, the Project Delivery & Construction Manager will identify and manage the appropriate teams of consultants and oversee development projects to deliver the completed product, ensuring the project brief and commercial business plan has been met. Communication is at board level on a daily basis and so strong interpersonal, critical analysis and communication skills are paramount. The Project Delivery & Construction Manager will be responsible for all facets of the execution of the projects, on time and to budget and will be pivotal in building on the company’s reputation of exemplar construction standards and post completion customer experience.

The ability to adapt to this fast paced environment and to actively enjoy multiple project management in a results orientated culture is paramount. The successful candidate will have clear intellectual acumen combined with an enviable track record of delivery in a similar high performing business. Working as part of a small team this person will input into the strategic direction of the company as a whole. We are confident this role

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Excellent communication and organisation skills
  • An abundance of energy and drive
  • At least 2 years in a similar London-based role perhaps as a Project Manager or Employers Agent, already managing the delivery of multiple residential projects with GDVs ranging from routine projects of £1m to £30m+
  • Excellent technical and practical knowledge of construction methods, procurement and delivery of high value projects
  • Relevant degree level (or equivalent) qualifications in construction engineering, quantity surveying or a similar professional field
  • Superb analysis and critical thinking skills
  • Natural gravitas and leadership skills both within senior project teams and the general business environment.

A people person, you enjoy managing relationships at all levels and will be as comfortable talking with investor representatives as you are with site construction staff.

Your passion for detail, your willingness to take ownership and your meticulous project planning will ensure multiple complex and varied projects stay on track. Your understanding of the developer profit model and influencing its various dynamics will be core to your success in the role.

If you also have recent project acquisition experience gained from C2 supported housing projects, and the acquisition of suitable properties for this purpose (typically former care homes), this will be an added bonus and will be handsomely reflected in the already generous salary and benefits package our client is willing to offer.


Management Couple, South West (competitive salary, bonus & benefits)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Management Couple to run a food led pub in a lovely location in south west of England.

Heartstone Inns is a successful and growing independent pub company recently been recognised in the London Stock Exchange's 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report as one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses in the UK.

Heartstone Inns is a group of 12 individual pubs. Each inn is run as a ‘free house’ and a significant amount of autonomy is given to the Managers to run it as if their own business but the company also provides the support network necessary to ensure your success.

As a management couple, you will be the ‘face of the pub’ locally, fully accountable and responsible for all areas of business development, building a loyal, well trained team and maximizing profitability. Apart from excellent organizational skills, the successful candidates will need to be experienced and passionate about driving the business forward. You will:

· Be highly driven, self-motivated with entrepreneurial spirit.

· Be a capable chef (at least one member of the couple)

· Have experience in reporting and monthly budget management.

· Be resourceful and motivated to become a part of the community.

· Have experience in managing staff and dealing with their issues effectively.

We are looking for hard working and successful people who want to achieve high standards and can offer customers an exceptional experience. Heartstone Inns is a small but ambitious company, and believes strongly that great people make a great business. Other Managers in the group will vouch that this is an enjoyable company to work for and one that values teamwork, collaboration and support.

The successful candidates will enjoy a very attractive package with competitive salary, bonus & benefits as well as full support from the company. If you are a hands on couple and have been successful in running a food business for a few years, we’d love to hear from you!