FMCG Sector Overview

The top players in the FMCG sector are recognised for their ability to produce the items that are in highest consumer demand while, at the same time, developing brand loyalty as household names.

  • Since the 2008 economic downturn consumers are increasingly price conscious and vigilant about value. FMCG players have had to respond to that by launching more value products while retaining quality and brand loyalty.
  • High volume production and distribution from ‘store to door’ means that a massive emphasis is placed on the supply chain, sustainability and operational models to ensure optimum efficiency.
  • The grocery market accounts for 51.3p in every £1 of UK retail sales (IGC).
  • Food & Drink represents the largest manufacturing sector in the UK - 14% (source UKTI).
  • The sector is always evolving – 40% of brands on the Top 100 list twenty years ago have already been replaced by new names.
  • FMCG companies are constantly innovating and thinking of the next ‘big thing’ to meet consumers’ needs.

FMCG Sector Details

It’s true to say that there is never a dull moment in FMCG. By definition, it’s a sector that never stands still – something that’s high on our agenda too. It’s an excellent industry for career progression, suited to those with an appetite to succeed in a working environment where every day is different.

  • We recruit roles in FMCG across all our specialisms; from buying and merchandising to supply chain, logistics, procurement and purchasing.
  • FMCG brands thrive on consumer loyalty so they also invest a great deal in being recognised as employer brands who value their people.
  • As a high value sector, you can find yourself managing multi-million pound accounts and becoming part of a brand’s national, or even global, success stories. This makes FMCG an extremely rewarding career choice.

Latest vacancies in this sector


Forecasting & Planning Administrator

Hertfordshire, Waltham Cross

£25000.00 - £30000.00 per annum

Forecasting & Planning Administrator Location: Waltham Cross, Herts Between £25,000 - £30,000 Role Profile An exciting opportunity for a Forecasting & Planning Administrator with data analytics experience to join one of the leading suppliers of fresh f...

2 weeks ago

Purchasing & Supply Chain Manager (FMCG)

Blackpool, Lancashire

Excellent Benefits, Hybrid Working

Purchasing and Supply Chain Manager - FMCG Blackpool, with hybrid working £ Competitive salary Excellent Benefits Are you a Purchasing and Supply Chain Manager with experience managing Far East supply chains in an FMCG environment? We are re...

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IT Director

Tamworth, Staffordshire


Divisional IT Director £Competitive Salary Benefits Tamworth Role Profile Bunzl Catering Supplies, part of the Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, is the leading distributor of disposables, packaging and hygiene solutions to the hospitality and ca...

1 week ago

Supply Planning Manager

Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

£45000.00 - £48000 per annum Car Allowance Bonus

Role Title Supply Planning Manager Hemel Hempstead To £48,000 Car Allowance Bonus Flexible Working Role Profile Lead the Supply Planning Teams at a Category level; linking with the customer Purchasing and QA leads to execute all category suppl...

1 week ago

Senior Buyer/Head of Buying

Altrincham, Greater Manchester

£40000.00 - £50000.00 per annum Benefits

Senior Buyer/Head of Buying Altrincham £40,000 - £50,000 DOE Benefits Role Profile Cast UK are currently partnering with a rapidly expanding FMCG business to assist with the recruitment process of a Senior Buyer/Head of Buying. This role will be integ...

2 weeks ago


Kettering, Northamptonshire

Up to £28000.00 per annum Benefits & Bonus

Buyer, Burton Latimer, £28,000 Benefits Are you looking for your next challenge? For a multi-national group whose steady and substantial growth is both organic but also via acquisition. Do you want to work for an industry leader within their market. If ...

4 weeks ago

Head of Customer Experience

Redditch, Worcestershire


Head of Customer Experience Redditch £Competitive Excellent Benefits Role Profile As the exclusive recruitment partner for Bunzl Catering group, Cast UK have been instructed to recruit a Head of Customer experience for their AGGORA team. This is a new...

1 month ago

M3 Project Manager


£70000.00 - £80000.00 per annum

Project Manager - Infor M3 Implementation. Remote Role based in - UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, or the Netherlands £70,000 - £80,000pa D.O.E Infor M3 is a key ERP system for our client, they have grown massively over the last few years both through natural ...

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Business Development Manager



Business Development Manager Oxford £Competitive Bonus Car Role Profile Lockhart Catering Equipment specialise in supplying high calibre and unique products through their superior brands, providing customers with innovation, inspiration, and differe...

1 month ago

National Account Manager

Birmingham, West Midlands


National Account Manager Remote £Competitive Car Bonus Role Profile WKT Travel, part of the Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, is the leading Supplier of specialised food service packaging to the travel sector with over 50 years of experience. ...

1 month ago

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Karen Owen

HR Business Partner at JD Sports


Cast UK recently completed a large recruitment assignment on our behalf, recruiting all required employees at every level from Operations Manager through to drivers for a newly constructed site in Harlow. They fulfilled all of the project’s requirements within a very tight timescale to a very high standard.

Their knowledge of our business & culture alongside their sector specialist expertise make it a pleasure to work with Cast UK

Stuart Fairbairn

Head of HR, Bunzl Catering Services


Cast UK take real time to get to know us as a business and really get under the skin of what the role is, what we’re looking for, the culture fit of the business and make sure that they are really trying to find us the absolute best people. We can always rely on Cast  to give us some advice in terms of who’s on the market at the moment and what they are looking for from us as an employer

We’ve got a really great relationship with Cast UK and one that we hope will flourish over the years.

Clare Archibald

HR Manager at Ella's Kitchen


Abbey recognises that the increased demand for excellent logistics candidates in the UK means we need to work hard to attract the best talent in the industry to maintain a top level of service for our Blue Chip clientele. We are confident that Cast UK can provide us with candidates that have the right knowledge and experience to allow us to continue our expansion going forward.

Steve Granite

Managing Director at Abbey Logistics Group


Cast UK spent considerable time making sure they understood our business and the role thoroughly, touring our warehouse and investigating exactly what was required. They worked in partnership with us to ensure that our business and culture were matched incredibly well with the best candidates, we were very impressed.
Cast UK’s depth of knowledge regarding our sector and the role’s requirements were second to none.

Chris Illingworth

Finance & Operations Director at Widdop, Bingham & Co ltd.


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