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  • The sector is always evolving – 40% of brands on the Top 100 list twenty years ago have already been replaced by new names.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


National Account Manager - FMCG/Retail

West Yorkshire

£50000 - £55000 per annum Excellent Benefits, Hybrid Working

National Account Manager - FMCG / Retail West Yorkshire £50,000 - £55,000 Are you a business development / account management professional with a proven track record of driving sales within an FMCG environment? Do you have experience of success...

1 week ago

Business Development Manager - Care

Manchester, Greater Manchester

£35000 - £42000 per annum

Business Development Manager - Care Sector Manchester £38,000 - £42,000 Car, Bonus and Benefits Role Profile We are looking for an experienced and ambitious Business Development Manager to join our team in the Care Sector of the FMCG industry. This r...

2 weeks ago

Assistant Accountant

Chiswick, London

£24000.00 - £25000.00 per annum

Assistant Accountant Chiswick £24,000 - £25,000 Job Description We are looking for a motivated and organised individual to join our client's Financial Services team as an Assistant Accountant. This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing co...

2 weeks ago

Transport Supervisor

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Up to £27500 per annum

Transport Supervisor Manchester £27,500 My client is a leading logistics business who are looking to add a Transport Supervisor to their busy operation based in Manchester. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operat...

2 weeks ago

Lead Site Buyer

Burntwood, Staffordshire

£30000 - £35000 per annum Benefits

Role Title Lead Site Buyer £35,000 Benefits Burntwood, Staffordshire Role Profile Cast UK are seeking an experienced Buyer to join a leading FMCG company based in Burntwood. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the procurement...

2 weeks ago

Sustainability & Innovation Buyer

Epsom, Surrey


Sustainability & Innovation Buyer Epsom - Hybrid £Competitive Excellent Benefits Role Profile Bunzl Catering Supplies, part of the Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, is the leading distributor of disposables, packaging and hygiene solutions to the...

2 weeks ago

Head of Category

Epsom, Surrey


Head of Category Epsom - Hybrid £Competitive Excellent Benefits 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 a...

2 weeks ago

Maintenance Engineer

Burntwood, Staffordshire

£35000.00 - £40000 per annum Excellent Benefits

Role Title Maintenance Engineer £40,000 Benefits Burntwood, Staffordshire Role Profile We are looking for an experienced Maintenance Engineer to join our client's FMCG production facility, located in Burntwood. The ideal candidate should have exten...

1 month ago

Transport Manager - Cumbernauld

Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire


Transport Manager Cumbernauld Salary: Competitive Bonus Working Shift pattern - Monday - Friday Bunzl Catering Supplies, part of the Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, is the leading distributor of disposables, packaging and hygiene solutions to t...

1 month ago

Supply Planner

Greater Manchester

£30000.00 - £32000.00 per annum Benefits

Supply Planner Greater Manchester £32,000 Benefits Role Profile: We are looking for an experienced Supply Planner for an FMCG company based in Greater Manchester. The successful candidate will be responsible for the effective planning and forecasti...

1 month ago

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Head of HR, Bunzl Catering Services


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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.

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Managing Director at Abbey Logistics Group


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


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