Mark Williams, Managing Director at NWH Group
Petra Wetzel, Managing Director at WEST Beer
Rowena McBlane, HR Director at James Donaldsons & Sons
"The Allied Vehicles Group was established in 1993 and has grown consistently to become the UK's leading supplier of adapted and special purpose vehicles. We are a family business
with a proud history, supportive of the local community.
In order to further develop our manufacturing strategy, the board agreed to attract and recruit an experienced Operations Director and we approached Engage Recruitment to work
with us on this critical role.
The Executive Search team at Engage were professional and responsive throughout, from the very first meetings, we were convinced that they had the expertise, knowledge, energy
and drive to work with us to a successful conclusion.
They were thorough, understanding not only what we wanted but what we needed, working with us collaboratively to understand our business, our strategy, values and what it's
like to work here, offering advice and support based on their business and recruitment knowledge.
The key difference working with the Engage team is that they understand how important the values fit is, focusing on not just the 'what' but 'how'.
They developed the recruitment process around this, suggesting activities and tools that we could use to make a robust and objective decision.
They appreciated the confidential nature of the role, approaching the marketplace sensibly but thoroughly and kept us informed of progress at every stage, with regular meaningful
updates. Every candidate was interviewed and assessed by the team at Engage and, for those candidates that were shortlisted, we were provided with detailed interview notes, highlighting relevant experiences, behaviours and potential development needs.
We interviewed 4 candidates at the first stage, all of whom met the brief and were successful in attracting our new Operations Director.
The process was thorough and effective, focused on what was important to us and the candidates were fully engaged.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Engage Recruitment and we will work with them again"
DIARMID McBRIDE - PEOPLE AND COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR
"Mackays is a well-established Scottish business with a tradition for making Jams, Marmalades and Chutneys in an authentic way, we produce artisan products that are shipped globally and manufactured in Scotland.
Provenance and quality play a big part in our success and our factory in Arbroath is pivotal to us delivering these to our customers. We recently recruited a new Factory Manager, we needed someone who shared our values, brought unique technical skills and could lead our manufacturing excellence and expansion plans.
We worked with Engage on this project, it was very important that we attract the right person for the role, we have strong family values, a tight-knit senior team and we felt it was going to be difficult to find someone who ticked all of the boxes.
It was a pleasure working with Engage, not only are they technically knowledgeable about the FMCG marketplace but they really do focus on the right fit, they helped us to understand what we needed as opposed to what we wanted, provided market intelligence on salaries and talent availability and then found exactly what we needed.
The process was smooth and we had extensive feedback on the candidates before we met them, Engage advised us on the best process to measure candidates and developed a robust process using a variety of tools. They provided regular updates and moved things along quickly and with quality.
I am delighted with the outcome and would like to thank Engage for helping me to solve a real business problem, identifying and attracting a great leader to take our manufacturing services forward."
MARTIN GRANT - MANAGING DIRECTOR
"We are a 100% employee-owned business, rooted in the Highlands of Scotland. We are fully committed to the long term growth and prosperity of our team, our partners and the communities in which we operate because we care. So it's a challenge to find really good talent due to our location and unique company structure.
Engage Recruitment have worked with us for a number of years, successfully attracting talent for our Technical and Procurement teams. We enjoy working with Engage as they really understand our
technical needs and more importantly, our culture. They have always found candidates for us who are the 'right match'.
Engage Recruitment only ever present us with candidates who have been thoroughly pre-screened against our values and technical requirements AND understand where we are and are happy to relocate or travel. There is no loss of time for our team with interviewing candidates who don't fit.
Engage Recruitment are different in that they really focus on us. They understand what we need and become our ambassadors. They fully discuss every candidate with us, providing information on their experience and skills and why they would like to live and work in this beautiful part of the world.
We have found it difficult to find a great recruitment partner and we will continue to work with Engage as they provide a valuable service to us."
ANNE ALLAN - HR MANAGER
"From the very first phone call, I found Engage Recruitment to be professional, responsive and focused on ensuring that I had all the information that I needed at each stage of the process to make decisions, and to present myself appropriately.
The team at Engage Recruitment briefed me well for each stage of the process and I felt prepared and motivated at every stage. They were thorough, thoughtful and encouraged me through the interview stages, offering advice, support and encouragement.
I would highly recommend Engage Recruitment to anyone looking for their next move."
RECENTLY PLACED FACTORY MANAGER - MANUFACTURING
"Chris helped me prepare for the interview, making me much more confident when I had to meet with the company involved and it helped me secure the position!
Thanks again for all your help!"
RECENTLY PLACED BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXEC - TRAVEL
"As well as my interaction with Anne-Marie as a client, I have also recently had her excellent support as a candidate, due to being made redundant.
Throughout the whole process, she supported and guided me through each stage of the interview and was always prompt in following up. I was very fortunate to find a brilliant position and this was achieved with the support, professionalism and first-class service from Anne-Marie and her team.
I am now very happy in my new job role and thank her so much for finding me the perfect job."
RECENTLY PLACED OPERATIONS DIRECTOR - MANUFACTURING