Sector Overview

UK manufacturers continue to look forward with confidence, on the back of on-going investment in machinery, automation, IT and training and development. It is an evolving sector, shaped by global markets, cohesive supply chains and the acceleration of disruptive technology.

  • Key drivers for investment are improving productivity, innovation and product development.
  • A major challenge for the sector is bridging skills gaps and ensuring a continuous pathway into industry from secondary and higher education.
  • Technological revolutions such as 3D printing could massively shake up the sector.
  • We exist in an age of advanced experimentation with operating models, which is a response to on-going globalisation and the need for “anytime, anywhere” services.
  • The coming years will bring a period of dramatic transformation due to advanced technology, big data and analytics.

Sector Details

The sector offers a wealth of opportunities, particularly for management level professionals who are conversant with technology and open to embracing new ways of working.

  • We recruit a wide range of roles in manufacturing, from procurement and purchasing to logistics and supply chain.
  • Resourcing models are changing in the sector, with increasing uptake of interim and contract management roles to manage cyclical work patterns or oversee transformational projects.
  • Leaders in manufacturing are encouraged to embrace new ways of working, explore emerging operational models and focus on IT developments that will shape the future of the industry.

Latest vacancies in this sector


Buyer / Supply Planner

Birmingham, West Midlands

£30000 - £40000 per annum Benefits WFH

Buyer / Supply Planner Birmingham c £35,000 - £40,000 Bonus Benefits WFH Role Profile Our client, who is a Blue Chip FMCG manufacturing business, is looking to appoint a talented and experienced Supply Planner / Buyer. Key responsibilities Deliv...

1 day ago

Supply Chain Assistant

York, North Yorkshire

£26000.00 - £30000.00 per annum plus benefits

Supply Chain role for a company dealing with LAZERS?! Yes please! I'm working with a really interesting international business who are looking for a Supply Chain Assistant to join their team in Yorkshire. The successful person will have great opportunit...

3 days ago

Temporary Purchasing Administrator

Bolton, Greater Manchester

£21000 - £23000 per annum

Temporary Purchasing Administrator Bolton £21,000 - £23,000 Are you a Purchasing Administrator currently immediately available to undertake a short term contract in the Bolton area? The position is working for an established manufacturing business e...

5 days ago

General Manager - Manufacturing

Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire

£90000.00 - £110000 per annum

General Manager - Manufacturing Burton upon Trent £90,000 - £110,000 Excellent Benefits Are you looking for new opportunity working in a fast-paced, highly developing environment? Somewhere you can really implement entrepreneurial spirit, and add rea...

1 week ago

Senior Buyer

Renfrew, Renfrewshire


Senior Buyer, Renfrew, Competitive DoE Benefits Are you looking for a new opportunity to work for a employee focused company who really value their staff? So much so they have two GOLD accreditations for being investors in people and investors in young ...

1 week ago

Quality Inspector - Stockport

Stockport, Greater Manchester


Quality Inspector -Stockport - Competitive Salary Benefits WE NEED YOU A Quality inspector with the ability to use inspection equipment including CMM & Faro Arm. Who you'll be working for: My client is an established engineering business in Stockport. ...

1 week ago

H&S Assistant

Leigh, Greater Manchester

£25000.00 - £30000.00 per annum

77% of job seekers look for businesses with a 'positive culture and chances for progression' in their next job - if this sounds like you, this is a fantastic opportunity! I'm working with a brilliant international manufacturer, with a rewarding and suppor...

1 week ago


Oldham, Greater Manchester

£35000.00 - £40000.00 per annum Benefits

Buyer/Planner Oldham £35,000 - £40,000 Benefits Are you a Buyer/Planner with an Electronic Manufacturing background? Are you looking to join a growing organisation that can offer you a chance to progress your career further. We are currently recruit...

3 weeks ago

Strategic Buyer - Electrical Components

Skelmersdale, Lancashire

£45000 - £50000 per annum + Excellent Benefits

Strategic Buyer - Electrical ComponentsSkelmersdale£45,000 - £50,000 Are you a strategic procurement professional with experience managing technical / engineering spend within a Manufacturing environment? This is a fantastic opportunity to gain invalu...

3 weeks ago

Quality Engineer (12 month FTC)

Keighley, West Yorkshire


Quality Engineer - 12 month FTC Keighley £ Competitive Salary Are you an experienced Quality Engineer available to undertake a 12 month fixed term contract in the Keighley areaThis is a great opportunity to gain experience working for an established...

3 weeks ago

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I have found that the level of service and professionalism is exceptional. For me, one of the most important aspects of any relationship is ongoing communication and ensuring that I am kept up to speed with a process and how this is progressing and this is certainly an element of the service provided that I feel is a strength of Cast.

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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