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Hiring a Marketing Gem for Cutting Edge Services

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Phil Turner has a wealth of experience steering business sales and marketing strategy. With a creative flair and exceptional leadership skills, he knows how to unleash the potential of his team to generate high business growth.

Phil’s current role is Commercial Director at Cutting Edge Services, a leading supplier of food processing machinery, services and consumables based in Chorley. In addition to being on the board of Directors, Phil oversees marketing, sales and e-commerce with a strong focus on customer service.

Previous to this, he was Cutting Edge Services’ Marketing Director. Owing to his new role, Phil needed to recruit a Marketing Manager to take over supervising the marketing team.

He turned to We Are Adam for help. Keep reading to discover the results of our recruitment efforts and the impact we have had on Phil and the business.

A relationship founded on trust

Phil has known and worked with We Are Adam for over eight years. He was aware of us in the early days due to our growing reputation within the industry. Plus, in 2014, we helped place him at a previous company.

Speaking about his experience, Phil shared how: “I really enjoyed working with We Are Adam from the get-go. They didn’t just slot me into any old company. They acted as a career coach to find me the perfect role at a company that was a great cultural fit.”

Within that role, We Are Adam also helped Phil build a strong digital team. Again, this was a positive experience. Phil gained all the confidence he needed to rely on us in the future for this recruitment needs.

The search for a talented Marketing Manager

When Phil approached us to help him find a new Marketing Manager, we put Susannah, one of our Senior Consultants, on the case.

Susannah has over 20 years experience in recruitment. Since Cutting Edge Services is largely focused on innovation in engineering, we knew she'd be a great choice for the task. Susannah also has a focus on digital marketing and full mix marketing, putting her in a great position to recruit the role of Marketing Manager.

She began her assignment by spending quality time with Phil to understand the role’s requirements and the ideal candidate.

Cutting Edge Services is a leader in its sector with a massive presence across the UK and Ireland. It has invested a lot of time and money into developing strong values to help attract quality staff and clients.

As such, it was imperative that we sourced not only a talented professional but someone who was the perfect cultural fit. An individual who was forward-thinking, sharp and inclusive just like the business.

Hiring ‘an absolute gem’

Equipped with all the information required to source the best candidate, Susannah found a highly-skilled professional who was perfect for the role.

Phil describes him as ‘an absolute gem.’ He has over 20 years experience within B2C and B2B media sectors, working as a Marketing Executive for high-profile companies.

The candidate also has a substantial amount of experience within the agricultural industry. Since Cutting Edge is a supplier of food manufacturing machinery, this made him a great match for the company.

Moreover, his specialisms lie in loyalty and retention strategies, digital marketing and brand management - the exact skills Phil was looking for in a new Marketing Manager.

Within six months of his placement, the candidate was promoted to Head of Marketing and he has since taken over managing the contact centre.

This is what Phil wanted and more: a new team member who could follow in his footsteps in pushing the business forward.

‘Our first port of call’

Phil has since recommended Susannah and the Adam team to a senior contact at a major UK retail business –  a testament to their relationship.

“We Are Adam will be our first port of call if we want to bolster our team further,” says Phil. He continues, “They are genuinely nice people who are well-connected, professional, forward-thinking and fun to work with. They just ‘get it’ and have a sound commercial approach. They challenge us to help us to ensure we’re recruiting the right person to meet our objectives and are excellent at keeping in touch throughout the hiring process. Ultimately, we use them because they deliver.”

Think you can benefit from our recruitment support? We pride ourselves on the quality relationships we build.

Our priority is to understand the role we are recruiting and the culture of your business. We ensure your candidate is a great match in terms of their personality, skills, experience and values. So you are as happy with them as they are with you, increasing their value and helping you retain them far into the future.

Do you have a role you’d like to discuss with us? Or perhaps you’re a talented candidate looking for a new position. Either way, we’d love to hear from you. Call us on 0161 359 3789 or pop us an email to