SmithCarey Recruitment
Flexible base, Midlands preferred
Highly competitive basic, 25% bonus, £8k car allowance plus benefits
Closing date
23 May 2021

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Business Sector
Food & Drink
National Accounts, Sales
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Highly competitive basic, 25% bonus, £8k car allowance plus benefits
Flexible base, Midlands preferred

 The company

Part of a growing e400m European food group supported with a substantial investment for growth strategy, this UK-based division produce premium added-value, innovative chilled foods including both brands and own label, with a significant category share in the leading grocery multiples.

As part of their UK growth strategy, a new state of the art factory was successfully opened in 2020 and will be followed by a further major marketing investment later in 2021… Exciting stuff, which provides an unrivalled ‘moment in time’ opportunity to join the business in this senior leadership position, which will report and work closely with the MD to shape and execute the future trading strategy direction.

The role

This position will require special skills to lead and motivate the team, and to shape and influence resources/structure relevant to a fast pace growing business. You will also take a hands on ‘close to the heart beat’ approach in directly managing the Tesco account up to the next level. 

The role will have full P&L control and manage Category and National Account teams that are open, friendly, highly collaborative, very professional and motivated about everything they do for their customers day in day out… This is what they do, and you will need to naturally demonstrate this trait to be successful in this high profile role.

About you

You are a well trained and structured professional commercial leader, with experience of working in blue chip, as well as medium-sized more entrepreneurial style food businesses, with a strong understanding of the UK grocery trade, and in particular a track record of profitable sales growth in the leading Grocery Retail Multiples, including Tesco. Your experience should include branded products and ideally own label too, providing valuable cross-functional working including innovation experience with influence over all relevant internal and external stakeholders.

Most importantly, you are ready… ready to move up from your Controller/Business Unit Director role to your first SD challenge and take control of the ‘whole show’ and lead from the front in a very exciting, well-invested business with a great team!

Experienced Sales Directors will also be considered however, they will need to fit into the business mojo.

You are highly personable, ambitious, commercially intelligent, a supportive coach, structured and most importantly, you want to win as a team.

If this is ‘your career moment in time’ then grab that CV and send to together with details of your current salary package quoting ref MS/2195. Or call Mark for a confidential chat now on 07747 847214

Closing date for applications 23rd May 2021


As specialists in Sales & Marketing Recruitment and Training, SmithCarey Ltd have extensive knowledge and experience of the FMCG market and all trade channels from the recruitment and corporate perspective, which together with face-to-face contact ensures that we understand both our clients and candidates needs. We are fully committed to building long-term client and candidate relationships based on trust and results, which ensures candidates can effectively manage their ‘career road map’ and get the right job, not just any job, as well as ensuring our clients select the best talent.

We are passionate and committed to helping ambitious, commercial talent achieve their potential in some of food and drink’s most progressive and respected companies.

Our services at SmithCarey embrace retained recruitment consultancy, interim management and training, with our FMCG clients ranging from major bluechips to medium and small companies across food, drink and non-food, branded and own label.

Spanning both the corporate and the recruitment viewpoint, our Consultants have an outstanding track record of knowledge and experience in the FMCG market – specifically Sales & Marketing, including; National Account Management, Category Management, Customer Marketing, Shopper Marketing, Field Sales, International Sales Management and Brand Marketing.

We take our relationship with you, the candidate - and you, the client - very seriously. What you can expect from us is honest advice and real assistance at an individual level. We understand your concerns, we can get on your wavelength, and we can produce the results you want – be it a major career move to steer you in the right direction with your future ‘career road map’ or simply some welcome guidance and support.

The SmithCarey team are passionate in their belief that companies who want to attract top talent need to invest and take a more proactive approach, even before vacancies arise, by creating an employer branding talent attraction strategy. We have invested heavily in both resource and new technology to embrace the LinkedIn/Facebook generation, through social networking tools and other media.

Everything we do is done with passion, professionalism and integrity. We operate with strict confidentiality and never send out CVs without prior consent, recommend candidates without thorough screening or market false positions to attract response.

Our message to people who have the drive and energy to be a success is to come and talk to us. We can help by advising you what’s out there, provide support with your ‘career roadmap’ for how you might progress, together with advice on how to make it happen and, who knows, we might have the perfect position for you right now!

Take a look at our current opportunities; then email with a covering letter, stating your current remuneration package and a copy of your CV to one of our Consultants.

For Recruitment:

Mark Smith - - mobile 07747 847214

Maria Murphy – – mobile 07745 184922

For Training:

Paul Carey - – mobile 07786 745165

Or for any other general enquiries call 01488 649360 or email: or visit our website

We look forward to helping you manage your future ‘career road map’ and assisting you in building a successful Sales or Marketing career in the exciting world of FMCG.

Find Us
01488 649 360
SmithCarey Limited
PO Box 735
PE29 9PH
United Kingdom


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