Archive for January, 2020

Diversity in Manufacturing

Posted on: January 30th, 2020 by Forde May No Comments

Now we are into 2020, growing numbers of organisations are adopting and implementing new technological transformations into their businesses. Leaps being made in automation, robotics and IoT technologies have triggered an evolutionary journey towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution – however, a major barrier still stands in the way for companies seeking to capitalise on the opportunity technology presents.

It is widely recognised that the manufacturing industry is in dire need of people to take it forward, coupled with the challenge of not only skills shortages but to upskill through technological advancements. Yet, as we have seen with the tech sector in recent years, the industry has an opportunity to tap into a pool of talent that it has historically left behind. Whether it’s at entry or leadership level, manufacturing must increase the appeal of the sector to the 50 percent of the population who could prove to be the solution to the persistent skills problem – women.

While a growing majority of successful firms have taken steps to rebalance the scales in the sector, manufacturing, on the whole, is still a male-dominated industry. Of course, we know addressing the skills gap isn’t as easy as simply recruiting more women – in order for this to become an attractive option, firms must identify the root cause of the industry’s diversity problem, and it all starts with culture. Rather than starting with messaging and social media campaigns, leaders must work to create a culture where unique strengths are celebrated; they must go beyond policy-setting to find new and creative ways of encouraging women towards a career in modern manufacturing.

Understanding and addressing the needs of all rather than one demographic is a logical place to begin. In a recent survey of well-experienced women in manufacturing and their opinions on the diversity of the profession, seven out of 10 respondents said they’d stay in manufacturing if they were to start their careers today.

Only three out of 10 said they’d take a different career path. Yet, for those who said they would leave, the main reasons cited were poor working relationships, lack of opportunities and low compensation. When asked about the key cultural offerings that manufacturing employers should use to recruit and retain female talent, most respondents listed flexible working practices as well as formal and informal mentorship programs.

Indeed, providing these opportunities for employees can certainly send a message to the talent pool that all candidates are welcome and able to advance their careers in this sector. Devising and implementing diverse leadership development strategies that nurture potential from entry-level, such as mentor and sponsorship, can help firms to slowly build up a talent pipeline to address the leadership challenges of tomorrow; aligning recent female graduates with more senior women will aid in levelling the playing field in the long-term.

The perception of manufacturing continues to be outdated among women, but efforts to create working environments in which all employees feel supported by introducing more flexibility and placing more focus on work-life balance will undoubtedly aid in boosting diversity in the sector.

Of course, it’s a catch-22 situation: culture cannot change in manufacturing if there are no women in the room to influence a shift from the top. Without mentors, the promise of role models is empty; without female leaders, companies will struggle to attract young women into the industry at a time where their contribution is critical. In order to build a culture that attracts the best and brightest, manufacturing firms must look at their senior leadership teams to ensure the right mix of talent exists at the top.

This demands an overhaul of recruitment and promotion practices; it requires existing leaders to look at the processes they currently have in place and determine what is preventing talented women from climbing up the career ladder in their organisations.

Manufacturing is in dire need of a rebrand, but it must start from within. Already, some manufacturers and educators have begun collaborating to create programs that provide more exposure to the reality of modern manufacturing. However, if they are to tap into the potential of new technology, close the skills gap and seize the competitive edge in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, manufacturing employers must do more to engineer cultural change within their organisations.


Production Manager

Posted on: January 15th, 2020 by Forde May No Comments

Global manufacturer of disposable contamination control, infection control & hygiene products.

Production Manager 


Excellent Package


Naturelle Consumer Products is a leading contract manufacturer of disposable contamination control, infection control and hygiene products, for the Medical, Pharmaceutical, Industrial and Retail Markets, products that are currently distributed in 100 countries and across 14,000 European retail outlets.  The business has retained Forde May Consulting to recruit a new Production Manager.

The Role

Reporting to the Managing Director, the Production Manager will be responsible for all production-related activities and will be tasked with leading and developing their experienced team whilst improving the efficiency and throughput of the factory through a programme of continuous improvement to ensure the continued profitable growth of the company.  As part of our ongoing expansion this represents an exciting opportunity for an exceptional manufacturing production professional to join an experienced team in a long established manufacturing business as it expands its operations.

The role:

The person:


To apply please send your CV, via the appropriate link.

Alternatively please call Gerry May on +44 (0)28 9062 8877 for a confidential discussion.

Operations Manager (Supply Chain & Logistics)

Posted on: January 14th, 2020 by Forde May No Comments
OPERATIONS MANAGER (Supply Chain & Logistics)

Forde May Consulting has been retained by a market-leading organisation to appoint a highly skilled Operations Manager for their Northern Ireland operations. Based in the Armagh City region, the company is growing at pace across NI & ROI and prides itself on its ability to be very responsive, in a fast-moving FMCG environment. The role has been created as the result of an organisational restructure and organic growth.

This is a hands-on role within an FMCG environment. As Operations Manager you will have full responsibility for the successful performance of the business, including Financial, Operations, Commercial, Organisational Development, Regulatory and Health & Safety. This position will give you full control of the facility so you can ‘own’ the business for the long-term.

As Operations Manager, the focus will be on providing leadership to skilled teams, ensuring operations are run to their optimal performance, whilst positioning the business for further growth and long-term expansion. It is critical that the Operations Manager embeds a culture of high performance within the workforce, developing commercial awareness across the organisation and ensuring that there is a focus on providing superior service quality.

This role offers excellent development and growth potential for you. We are seeking applications from candidates with the following attributes:

  • Significant Operations Management experience within Supply Chain, distribution or warehousing environments ideally.
  • Proven track record in leading multi-functional teams, driving results and improvements in each area of responsibility and ensuring staff engagement at all levels.
  • Strong P&L experience and a track record of achieving financial improvements in previous roles.
  • Background in setting and measuring key performance indicators, metrics, best practice assessments and performance management against these.
  • Experience in operational capacity planning and forecasting.
  • Gravitas, emotional intelligence, and leadership competencies to motivate and empower teams successfully.

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.

Committee Members to the Statutory and Scrutiny Committees Pharmaceutical Society NI

Posted on: January 7th, 2020 by Forde May No Comments

Appointment of Members to the Fitness to Practise and Registration Appeals Committees for The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland

 Forde May Consulting is seeking to appoint Committee Members for the Fitness to Practise and Registration Appeals Committees on behalf of The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland is the regulatory body for pharmacists in Northern Ireland.

Statutory Committee

 Scrutiny Committee

 Registrations Appeals Committee


Criteria for specific roles in each Committee:




Applicants for ALL positions must be able to demonstrate:



£500 per day for Chair or Deputy Chair when acting as Chair

£250 per day for Deputy Chair, Lay and Registrant Members

For more information and to apply please request an application and information pack from Forde May Consulting by emailing or telephoning 028 9062 8877. The closing date for applications is Monday 10th February 2020 at 4.00pm. Interviews will be held weeks 17th February through to 6th March 2020. CVS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and Forde May Consulting are equal opportunity employers. Applications are welcome from candidates regardless of their background.

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