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Specialist in FMCG Recruitment, Training & Consultancy
with a Personal Touch

Through our unique “Personal Touch” approach SmithCarey are proud to do things differently with high standards and integrity. Focused on setting new standards in FMCG Recruitment and Training, we believe in putting people first, treating them properly, doing what we say we are going to do and delivering successful outcomes and outstanding levels of service. Through personal touch we work with you to attract, retain and develop the very best talent in industry.

Our directors are three of the best known professionals in FMCG Recruitment and Training – Mark SmithPaul Carey and Maria Murphy. From start to finish of our assignments our ‘personal touch’ runs through everything we do.

Services

Permanent Recruitment

SmithCarey specialise in the recruitment of commercial talent across FMCG, B2B and Consumer Durable industry sectors with particular emphasis on permanent positions in Sales, Marketing (Brand, Category, Customer, Trade and Shopper), Export and International. We also recruit candidates from Commercial Revenue Management, Supply Chain and Customer Services where our clients might have a specific need or requirement.

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Interim Recruitment

We provide Interim and short term contract solutions for our clients (usually 3 to 12 months) providing a stop gap to a permanent recruit as well as providing an experienced pair of hands when you need a trouble shooter to hit the ground running. Typically our Interim roles will be focused on individuals with FMCG Commercial Sales, Marketing or Supply Chain experience and a proven track record of delivering successful results.

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Training

Effective Training and capability development is no longer a soft option, it is a key part of attracting, retaining and developing highly capable people and understanding that developing our people directly links to driving improved business performance. So at SmithCarey Training we offer both ‘Personalised client specific ‘commercial training and coaching programmes’ as well as ‘Open courses’ that help smaller teams and individuals ‘fast track’ their commercial skill development.

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Business Consultancy

At SmithCarey, our FMCG expertise allows us to fit the right consultant around your needs. We consult in 2 key areas: Capability consultancy and Commercial consultancy. Our Capability consultancy delivers tools, process, hands on support, that will deliver and embed an effective capability strategy or transformation. Our Commercial consultancy service includes ‘Go to market’ planning: best in class cost increase: new channel strategy: live commercial negotiation or in many cases challenges you just need sorting!

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If you want to take your career to the next level, come talk to our team.

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Our Sectors

FMCG

The team at SmithCarey have an outstanding track record, expertise, knowledge and experience in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) market with a tireless passion in delivering first-class candidate and client standards, we do what we say with a personal touch that is unrivalled in the industry. We attract, retain and develop the best talent in the FMCG industry!

B2B

We understand the unique nature of our B2B clients current and future needs in order that we then attract, retain and develop a successful outcome for both. The team at SmithCarey have a track record of delivering results in B2B through the attraction and development of highly effective Sales & Marketing individuals.

Consumer Durables

We work across a number of consumer durable brand and own brand sectors where we know that attracting and developing the best talent is critical to delivering both business and personal growth. Our experienced blue chip team will ensure that we attract, retain and develop the very best talent with a personal touch!

Client/Candidate Reviews

  • Maria was fantastic throughout my whole application process. She was a pleasure to talk to and gave me excellent advice which I feel ultimately helped me to secure the role. Maria provided in-sight into the business and provided excellent interview tips that helped me to feel confident for each stage of the application process. Her support was invaluable, and I can’t thank her enough for helping me find the perfect role - Zoe
  • I would like to say ‘thank you’ Maria for how you handled the screening / first interview process. You have been open, honest and kept me updated all the way through – it has been a breath of fresh air in today’s recruitment market – Simon
  • Mark's attention to detail and application from initial contact, up to and including job offer was exceptional. The confidence he instilled in me for initial interview had me feeing, he ACTUALLY wanted me to be successful. His personable approach was so refreshing in what can be in essence 'a numbers game' for recruiters. My new employers also think very highly of Mark as he is an expert in his field, concise, to the point and a delight to work with. Thank you for all your help - Ash
  • I found working with Mark to be a very positive experience when assessing my career options. Mark took the time to understand what I was about, what I was looking for, and then only put me forward for roles in which he felt mutual synergies existed. I really felt that Mark understood the businesses that he represented, but also me as an individual. I see Mark as an expert in his field and would not hesitate to work with him in the future - James
  • I started my new job this week and they are a really nice bunch of people. Thanks for all your help and support Maria in finding me a job I know I’m going to enjoy - Kate
  • Thanks so much for your feedback on my CV Maria, I really appreciate it. My CV definitely needs changing as I am getting little response for anything I apply for. Really value your opinion and thanks again for reviewing for me - Mike
  • I just wanted to pass on my excellent experience with Colin! I was ultimately unsuccessful for the role I had applied for but I have nothing but respect for Colin and the way that he handled the whole process. There are a lot of sharks out there but people that work for your company are a cut above the best and i just wanted you to know that. The whole job search procedure is very stressful and Colin did everything to keep me updated and broke the bad news in a very fair and even handed way. I will keep in touch with Colin and continue to kiss frogs, hoping that one day it will turn into a prince and I will land the dream job - James
  • From a Candidate who has worked for a major a FMCG business for 18 years I have found SmithCarey and especially Mark a privilege to work with. From the initial conversation by telephone and the one to one interview the professional approach has been first class. I have found my perfect role within four weeks of searching. The support and direction being something I have found very refreshing in the current climate - Darrell
  • Colin brought alive the scenarios for our negotiation course through a mix of on the job experiences and theory, which ensured we took the learning on board.  The team now have a set of tools which we regularly use to guide our negotiations and planning, and Colin’s encouragement of sharing learning’s continues within the team! - Kate
  • After arriving in London as an FMCG-focused sales & marketing professional with big dreams but few connections, Colin Beaumont provided invaluable support. Unlike the other recruiters I had worked with, Colin felt like a true mentor and supported me every step of the way. His eye for talent, impressive knowledge of the space and unparalleled network empowered me to land my dream job. I am so grateful to Colin and the team at SmithCarey! - Alexandra
  • 'Smith Carey have been working in partnership for almost 3 years now.  This has enabled us to benchmark our teams against a clear set of commercial competencies, and to design and implement a bespoke training and development program.  This tailored approach is already yielding benefits, and we are now into our third phase. I can recommend their methods 100%.' Commercial Director - FMCG
  • We were very pleased with the level of professionalism and integrity delivered by SmithCarey in their training programme, as well as their attention to detail.
  • I have been in sales for over 20 years and have been on countless sales training courses.  Some outsourced and some internal.  With the vast majority after a couple of weeks you find yourself going back into your usual habits whether they be good or bad, however I feel completely differently about this course.  Overall the course has definitely made a difference
  • I have worked with SmithCarey for a number of years and specifically with Paul Carey.  Paul has provided me a service specifically around training sales teams to deliver successful cost price increases.  Paul understands the market and how buyers think and makes it his job to really understand and tailor the training around specific business challenges. SmithCarey really deliver ‘best in class’ training. Head of Sales
  • Smith Carey have and continue to deliver successful courses and workshops for the Dr. Oetker International Sales Academy (ISA).  Their ability to convert a brief in to a practical, targeted and effective tailor-made workshop is well proven and a key reason they are an important partner in the Dr. Oetker ISA Program - Sales Director at Dr Oetker
  • I have used Smith Carey training several times to help the Commercial team .   From junior Commercial Managers to experienced Controllers they have always provided excellent skills and frameworks which we have adapted in day to day work life. Smith Carey were able to bespoke the training to our needs  covering basic selling fundamentals, through to negotiation using real buyers in role plays.  They also developed bespoke sales competencies working with the team .  I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to others Commercial Director
  • If you thought a whole day session with your team on Competition Law would have the effect of just putting barriers in the way of growing your business, think again. Our whole day session was delivered to our National Account Team which was described as being an excellent day by all participants. Aside from the positive feedback we received, which was mostly about how enjoyable it was (yes I know the law enjoyable!), We have already begun to see value added to the business agreements that are being negotiated within one week of that session with Paul and Malcolm. We believe that we have had excellent value for money and that the ROI will be easily attained in the first year. Sales Director Drinks
    Sales Director - FMCG Cider
  • We have been working with SmithCarey over the past 4 years within the area commercial Negotiations and Business Account Management through to capability profile and development. The bespoke service, skill set, challenge and commitment from the team at SmithCarey has been 1st class. They have really grown to understand our business and our needs within the commercial world of consumer healthcare, working across a range of channels and routes to market, this has been key to the results that we have achieved over our time working with them and will continue to benefit from in the future. Sales Director
    Sales Director - Bayer UK
  • I have both used and participated in a number of training programmes developed and supported by Paul & the team at SmithCarey, I have found them to be dynamic motivating and above all have equipped me and my teams to deal with difficult situations & negotiations. Having first experienced this training as a Snr Business Manager I am now rolling a version of this training programme out across Europe – it has become my standard for Negotiation Training. Director, Customer Effectiveness Programmes - Healthcare OTC
    Director Customer Effectiveness Programmes - Bayer
  • I have found SmithCarey very professional and practical in their approach and application. They have taken the time to understand our business, industry and the capabilities of our people. This approach delivered a Selling and Negotiation course structure that helped accelerate the development of our commercial team whilst helping the business as a whole set clear milestones in place to further develop as a team. Director of Sales
    Director of Sales - Moy Park
  • At a time when I had been made redundant, I lost all of my confidence and you really helped boost that, particularly with the belief that I could move into a sector that other recruiters had said I wouldn't be able to get into - so thank you! Your service is fantastic, with the personal touch that makes all of the difference rather than just being another candidate or a CV in a huge pile! I will be recommending you to any of my friends that are looking for their next placement. Thank you for believing in me.
    Julia
  • Having identified the need to fully comply with the Competition law requirements Paul Carey from SmithCarey brought together a first class training and compliance programme across the total business. Their clear assessment and understanding of the Aunt Bessies business needs has led us to a policy and procedure review and has now established new standards. The use of the an experienced lawyer and the practical yet challenging training, has brought to life the realities and helped establish an effective compliance level, whilst at the same time support the team in being able to confidently work effectively within the law. An excellent SmithCarey programme - fully recommend!   Finance Director - Frozen Food
    Finance Director - William Jackson
  • Straight talking, highly experienced team that deliver over and above expectations... most of all they listen!
    HR - Aunt Bessies
  • We have just completed a major training and development programme that has changed our whole approach to working with customers. MD Banded FMCG - Food and Drinks
    MD - SHS Sales & Marketing
  • With the guidance of SmithCarey, our employer branding strategy has helped articulate and communicate the values and strength of First Drinks’ organisation, brands and positive people culture in order to help attract the best fmcg sales and marketing talent.
    John, Sales Director - First Drinks
  • World class facilitation and input into the PDP process.
    Head of HR - FMCG
  • We approached SmithCarey to support them in upskilling their colleagues across a number of functions in the area of Competition Law, Corporate Compliance and GSCOP. Despite the subject matter being rather dry, with a necessary focus on the requisite legal obligations and requirements, SmithCarey as a team did a fantastic job in delivering an engaging, informative and stimulating training programme. The programme was structured in such a way as to ensure that the correct level of detail and intensity was relevant to the audience and the feedback from participants across all functions was universally positive. Without question I would recommend Paul Carey, whose approach has been understanding, collaborative, confident and insightful throughout.
    Dr. OetkerDirector of Sales (Ambient & Frozen)

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