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Business Consultancy

Our FMCG consultancy 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!

Our Approach

Our Team 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. It often helps to get a new perspective or an independent view, as well as expert support to review your key challenges. Our approach is simple; once we have understood your needs we will engage the right expert consultant to ensure the chemistry and fit is right and define how best to deliver against your challenge. We then agree the shape and duration of the project, fixed contract or interim day rate. Once underway we review both progress and deliverables on a monthly basis to ensure we are on track and necessary action is taken to meet agreed timelines.

Consultancy Services

Capability Consultancy

Our Capability consultancy can develop and bring alive an effective people plan, establishing tools, processes and competencies that deliver an effective capability strategy or transformation. We work with you to develop and deliver your capability strategy in an integrated approach to recruiting, retaining and developing the best team as well as implementing an effective change and transformation process – from current to desired state. We then help design and develop the appropriate targeted coaching and training programme to support this plan. Our typical outputs are:

  • Delivering a clear capability strategy that will sit across the whole business and is the backbone to attracting, retaining and developing the best people
  • Technical and behavioural competency framework and benchmark
  • Delivering the transformation plan – people change and consultation
  • Employer branding strategy and implementation
  • Change and continuous improvement programme

Commercial Consultancy

UK market access with clear assessment of the opportunity and selling and negotiation plan. Our track record as senior commercial experts in FMCG, across both manufacturer and retail disciplines allows us to bring ‘both sides of the fence’ to help you and your team, bringing the right skills and expertise together. Once we have clearly understood your needs and challenge we will then recommend and agree a clear plan of action and approach that fully integrates with your team, whilst allowing the day to day business to run smoothly. This typically includes outputs such as:

  • New commercial strategy development and implementation
  • Category vision and customer engagement
  • Specific customer Category and Shopper project and activation plan
  • A ‘go to market’ plan to open up specific trade channels e.g. Discounter strategy
  • Live Negotiation planning and implementation e.g. NPD or cost increase across the trade
  • UK market access for the first time with clear assessment of the opportunity and trade negotiation plan
  • Defensible trade terms – pricing strategy

 

If you want to take your business to the next level, come talk to our experts.

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Case Studies

FMCG Branded

Our consultant successfully delivered both a business and capability project assignment in a £3bn branded snacks business within the ‘Away From Home’ channel. Based on a specific brief to firstly help deliver a major transformation change and then lead the team during this transition, we helped define and manage an effective people transformation change for over 70 people. The project concluded with positive client feedback, delivered on time over a period of 18 months, whilst ensuring effective delivery of the budgeted sales and profit with year on year growth.

FMCG Own label

As part of a full people review we helped develop a ‘commercial capability strategy’ with a major own label food business. This partnership has delivered a capability plan aligned to the business and HR strategy. Working closely with the leadership team over the past 3 years we introduced a new competency framework, benchmarking against external competitors and put in place a clear capability framework across the business around which effective recruitment, personal development, coaching and commercial academy are a central part of the business strategy.

What can you expect?

We recognise your need for pace and response on key projects, so typically we will ensure the project is running within 4 to 6 weeks with clear deliverables. So if you do have key business or capability challenges that needs effective and efficient support with a personal touch, or perhaps a specific business challenge or resource gap that needs a set of capable hands across Sales, Category and Commercial, then let’s talk. Call Paul on +44-1488649-360 or drop an E mail to Paul@smithcarey.co.uk for a confidential conversation about FMCG consultancy.

Client/Candidate Reviews

  • ‘Smith Carey recently placed me in a 12 month fixed term contract. I have found them to be supportive throughout the process, both in terms of preparing me for interviews and in managing my requests where I was requesting flexibility from the client company - for example, contract duration and package. Nothing was too much trouble for Maria and she kept me updated throughout. I would have no hesitation in working with them again. Highly recommended. Rosie’
  • I have recently worked with Smith Carey in successfully securing a new role and this is no small way down to the support that Maria gave. I was given a detailed brief and a huge amount of advice that stemmed from Maria’s insight into the company. Throughout the application and interview process Maria seemed genuinely eager for me to do well and offered great support to ensure I did which, ultimately, helped build my confidence at each stage. Without hesitation I would most highly recommend Smith Carey - Stewart
  • I was recommended by a friend within the industry to touch base with Maria based on a glowing review. From the offset, Maria has been a fantastic recruiter to work with, open, honest and incredibly diligent. Maria set up a preliminary interview in order to really understand my skill set and aspirations, prior to setting up my first stage interview with the potential employer. She offered me helpful and constructive feedback along with support on the layout of my CV ahead of the interview. I believe this ultimately helped me to secure the job. Maria is the best recruiter I have worked with. I would highly recommend her to anyone truly looking for the right move with both the employer and employee’s interests at heart. All the best - Nicole  
  • “After never dealing with a recruitment agency/ agent, I was unsure what to expect, I was extremely impressed with Mark and his approach. He has helped me find my dream role and next step in my career. He is honest and ensures you are well informed and prepared at every step. Thanks Mark! Emily - July 2020”

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