Major naval defence company

Project brief

In 2017 a member of Mane’s leadership team met the Head of Talent for a naval defence company at an industry networking event. Following this introduction, the major navy defence company invited Mane in to offer its team an overview of the organisation’s credentials.

Impressed with Mane’s track record in the industry, they tasked the recruitment company with sourcing a hard to fill role as a proving project.  Mane managed to source the right person in a very short timeframe and the account has since expanded exponentially – in terms of both volume of roles and geographical coverage. The business now partners with Mane for all of its niche hiring needs within the engineering space across its sites in Scotland, southwest of England and East Midlands.

.  This has included both contract and permanent positions including, but not limited to:

  • Manufacturing Engineers
  • Delivery managers
  • Transition Managers
  • HSE Managers
  • Procurement Managers
  • System Engineers
  • Nuclear Engineer

While Mane has been successful in all recruitment campaigns for the naval defence company, they have not been without their challenges. The defence sector is a tight knit community and relatively small. Consequently finding the requisite skill sets in the right location can often be a challenge. In addition, many of the individuals seeking – or indeed considering - work in the sector often come from an armed services background, meaning that the transition to civil life can be a huge change and is therefore not for everyone.  Consequently, the role Mane played in assisting with this transition and understanding the aspirations and needs of each individual proved instrumental in many of the roles the recruitment company has worked on.

 In addition to these challenges, as is this case with any form of recruitment into the defence sector, candidates must be put through a number of rigorous security and compliance checks. It is a requirement, for example, that all employees are security cleared before they can commence work. Because this process can take up to thirteen weeks, Mane had to ensure frequent candidate communication throughout the process to prevent any delays or candidates pulling out of the process.

While Mane faced numerous challenges when recruiting such a vast range of roles for different UK locations, all assignments have been completed with the right people placed at the right time.  By adopting a recruitment strategy that not only identifies the right skill sets and cultural fit, but that it also provided candidates with a consultative and supportive service, Mane has been able to grow the their account and build up a pool of candidates that will use the recruitment team time and time again for their career management.

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