Archive for November, 2019

Head of Quality (Manufacturing)

Posted on: November 29th, 2019 by Forde May No Comments

Head of Quality / Senior Quality Manager  (Manufacturing)

Through continued growth and expansion, a leading Antrim based manufacturing organisation is seeking to appoint an exceptional Head of Quality / Senior Quality Manager, to join their management team. Reporting to the Operations Director as Senior Quality Manager, you will be based in the facility overseeing several business lines ensuring efficiencies in Quality and improvements in Quality are carried through successfully. This organisation has a strong market share in the UK & Ireland markets, long-term stability, coupled with growth and low staff turnover.

The Role:

This is an all-encompassing Senior Quality Manager role, co-ordinating across the site manufacturing facilities, together with European supplier quality management. You will provide leadership and support to operational teams with regards to Quality. You will lead the small Quality team to ensure they are engaged and high performing with a focus on continual improvement aspiring to a zero-defect position across multiple products. You will have the commercial awareness to consider the Financial, Operational, H&S and procurement impacts of your decision making.

The Ideal Person:

* Degree educated in a relevant discipline with at least 5 years’ experience in a Quality Management role
* Proven experience from supplier Quality management right through to customer aftercare.
* Expert in ISO9001 and experience with ISO14001 and ISO18001 standards in manufacturing
* Significant experience implementing and improving Quality Management Systems
* Significant experience in managing teams in Quality and / or Operations in large manufacturing functions
* Experience in manufacturing sectors would be advantageous
* Strong experience in continual improvement techniques (Six Sigma etc.)
* Confident in building strong relationships internally and with external stakeholders


This position will be tailored to attract the most relevant individuals.

For further information please contact Brendan Catney at Forde May Consulting in the strictest confidence on 02890 628877  or apply via the link.

EMEA Sales Director

Posted on: November 19th, 2019 by Forde May No Comments

Forde May Consulting is exclusively retained by a fast-growing technology firm who are seeking an ambitious and driven International / EMEA Sales Director to take ownership of all International Accounts and new Business Development.

The position will be a Belfast based role working with new and existing long-term clients primarily across the EMEA region. The role will give you the opportunity to work with a varied and extensive high-profile account portfolio, whilst growing the business in this area for the long-term. The role will involve up to approximately 20% travel across the EMEA region.

Key Responsibilities


This role offers you the opportunity to join a fast-paced technology-focused company with the long-term reward of career development. You will collaborate and work with the Global Sales VP to ensure best practice is implemented. The company has an excellent reputation, where you will be rewarded with a generous salary, commission, and a strong benefits package together with long-term career development.

To speak in absolute confidence about this opportunity please contact Brendan Catney, Principal Consultant at Forde May Consulting on 02890 628877 or send an up to date CV via the link provided.

All conversations will be private and confidential.

Quality Director

Posted on: November 18th, 2019 by Forde May No Comments

Collins Aerospace is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. As a result of an internal global promotion, the business has retained Forde May Consulting to recruit a new Quality Director for their site in Kilkeel.  This facility manufactures seating for commercial aircraft globally and their customer base includes airlines, leasing companies, and OEMs.

The business is seeking to recruit a high calibre Quality professional to lead the quality function in a progressive and fast-moving world-class manufacturing environment.

Managing an 80+ person team, you will be responsible for building relationships through regular customer contact and ensuring demanding quality standards in the safety-conscious aerospace industry are met.

As part of the senior management team, you will be very actively involved in spearheading and fostering the ongoing drive for continuous improvement, using a variety of leading-edge business improvement initiatives.

You will have more than 5 years’ experience of a similar role in a large, growing and dynamic manufacturing organisation.  Your rounded practical experience will be complemented by an academic degree in a relevant discipline.  Commercial acumen and strength of character are as important as ‘technical’ quality skills.  It is essential to have experience of business improvement tools gained in a production facility that has to comply with regulatory standards for its products.

For a confidential discussion about this demanding, exciting and career-enhancing role in a high growth organisation please contact Gerry May on 0044 2890 628877, or email your CV to

Advancements in Technology

Posted on: November 18th, 2019 by Forde May No Comments

The advancement of technology in the work environment is being carefully considered in boardrooms across Northern Ireland, GB and the Republic of Ireland in 2019. With 2020 on the horizon, technology can now be a major asset in gaining, significant competitive advantage for firms across all sectors. Alexa for Business, for example, effectively removes barriers to using applications through the use of voice-enabled controls that help to ensure organisations and employees achieve a more productive day. Culturally, is the workplace ready for such AI placement? Is this a step too far that blurs the boundaries between our relationships with work, technology and our ability to maintain a healthy work-life balance?

The reality is that technology is here and the workforce is embracing it, albeit in their homes. In Q3 of 2019 Amazon now has sold over 130 million Alexa devices with an increasing global market share. Amazon is outselling its nearest rivals 3 to 1 in the smart speaker market. With the advent of more home devices gaining connectivity it again poses the questions outlined above.

More help from virtual assistants frees up a workforce for family time, fitness or overlapping work commitments. Many of us already carry work with us in our pockets anyway – the lines between tech, work and leisure time are already blurred – but thanks to voice recognition it’s becoming an altogether more human interaction. Surely bringing Alexa to work is a natural progression?
Natural perhaps, but employers embracing new technology need to set boundaries to ensure an individual’s personal security, enabling their employees to be more efficient in work time and encouraging a healthier work-life balance.

With a strong consideration of GDPR, employee information and how it’s processed is a key factor for all businesses, combined with the clients and customers they work with.
With many businesses increasing their use of cloud technology, individual security is a concern for consumers and employees. Technology is helping to remedy this; with significant advances in fingerprint and facial recognition has already made an impact on banking apps and across the security industries.

To achieve greater efficiency in your organisation, let technology take the strain, automate the tasks that few want to do such as editing, reporting, research or admin. AI can take away the drudgery, freeing up teams to exercise their judgement or take on more creative tasks. Office management programmes such as Slack enable remote working and helping to connect part-time employees, contractors and employees offsite. All this helps to encourage and nurture a more diverse workforce.

Technology for work-life balance

With the continuing and accelerating evolution in our workplace, organisations need to learn to set boundaries on how they use technology to help employees achieve a greater work-life balance. Knowing your employees can be contacted at a moment’s notice doesn’t mean they should be. With the continued competition for talent, organisation can utilise these technologies to attract talent to their organisations. The attraction of remote working through technology is seen as a key differentiator in a person’s career move, particularly from a work-life balance perspective.

Moving towards 2020, smart technology will continue at pace and looks set to continue to minimise the gap between work and personal life. Furthermore, the business benefits to be gained from AI are numerous.

Indeed, an IBM survey published last week found that 65% of the C-suite executives surveyed believe that automation of decision-making processes will increase in their business landscape over the next 2-3 years. Investment to support technology improvements need to be carefully considered, but the impact on the bottom line is ultimately what the C-suite will be looking at.

According to the survey, 9% of the total respondents – dubbed “Torchbearers” – stood out as understanding that transparency, reciprocity, and accountability are critical ingredients for earning trust among key stakeholders. These leaders build customer trust, create cultures of data-based decision-makers and are adept at sharing data with ecosystem partners without giving away competitive edge. This group was found to outperform peers in revenue growth and profitability – delivering 165 percent higher results – as well as in innovation and managing change.

The technology opportunities are numerous – and some likely to come into effect without much fanfare– employers and employees should ensure a fair distribution between the time at work and time at home. As in most other areas, the technology we create can be used to help or hinder and it will be down to the employees collaborating to find the right blended balance with their organisation.