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Bridgend College recruitment transformed….

All About the brand have been working with Bridgend College on a recruitment transformation project to promote employment at the college.

AATB Director Kerry Farren said “Some 700 people work at Bridgend college and there are some fantastic opportunities. We wanted to let more people know about this. So, A team of Bridgend and AATB colleagues worked together to design and implement new employer branding, a careers web portal and a team of brand ambassadors to spread the message. We also put in place a new faster application process to speed up recruitment and a range of simple KPIs to measure our success.” Kerry continued “the college is now more visible across social media platforms including LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and the like”.

Why not have a look for yourself and join the talent pool:

Lecturer in Automotive Technologies – Bridgend

The Role:

Our client, Bridgend College is looking for a Lecturer in Automotive Technologies, to join the team. You’ll be joining a college voted amongst the best places to work in The Times Top 100 Not for Profit Organisations.

You will plan, develop, deliver and evaluate the curriculum content of learning programmes providing excellent training across a range of full and part time programmes. You will have recent professional and teaching experience across the range of skills for Automotive Technologies and have experience of Light Vehicle Technologies.

You will also hold a Level 3 Automotive VCQ or equivalent, recognised Assessor awards and a teaching qualification, or be prepared to obtain with help from the college.

Main Duties:

  • Prepare and deliver learning programmes in appropriate curriculum areas and to evaluate outcomes.
  • Undertake the role of course tutor for groups of students as required.
  • Counsel and guide students in their academic work and if necessary (after consultation) to refer students to Student Support Services.
  • Prepare and maintain all necessary administrative records including quality control.
  • Supervise a work area if required and if appropriate.
  • Ensure Internal Verification and IQA processes are in place and to verify as required.
  • Participate in agreed staff development programmes.
  • Assist in the co-ordination of teaching, learning and assessment in the department and with implementing quality systems across the department and cross college.
  • Assist in the organisation and control of examinations and assessments.
  • Work in conjunction with the Curriculum Area Manager, to liaise as necessary with employers (including work placement) agencies and families.
  • To be instrumental in extending and organising our existing provision particularly with partner schools.
  • Participate in the recruitment of students, attending open days and contributing to recruitment and marketing materials as necessary.
  • Undertake a range of activities that contribute to the management and administration of the programme area, which may include year tutor, module leadership, and timetabling.
  • To liaise with other subject tutors within the Department to ensure best practice within the provision.
  • Attend co-ordination, evaluation, quality, employer/parents’ events and meetings as required.
  • Organise and adjust teaching practices to take account of any students with additional needs.

About Bridgend College:

Bridgend College is a dynamic Further Education college, recognised as one of the best places to work in the public sector across the UK, and is proud of its commitment and reputation in providing quality education and training to more than 15,000 students each year. The college is continuing to experience an unprecedented increase in demand for both its full time vocational and employer led courses at the same time as increased growth as a result of our strong partnerships with local schools and universities.

If you’d lile to discover more and would like an informal chat, please contact Nick Farren +44 (0) 7867 339009

This information is also available in Welsh. Should you require this information in Welsh, please contact Nick Farren via


Great Jobs at Bridgend College…..

We’ve got some great new roles at Bridgend College,  a “Times Top 100 Not for Profit” place to work.


Here are just a selection…..

Casual Trainer/Freelance Consultant – Animal Care

We’re looking for enthusiastic and experienced trainers with a background in animal care. and great classroom skills.

Student Services Advisor/Administrator

You will provide a support service to all Bridgend College students and stakeholders by dealing with telephone, live chat, email/ web support and front desk enquiries. Both full time and flexible working available.

Work Based Learning Assessor in Site Carpentry

To assess the practical skills and associated underpinning knowledge related to the NVQ programmes at levels 2 and 3 on company premises.  Up to date assessor qualifications are essential.

For a confidential discussion regarding any of the above roles, or to find out about other opportunities at Bridgend College, call Nick Farren on 07867 339009 or email

Bridgend College is a dynamic Further Education college, recognised as one of the best places to work in the public sector across the UK, and is proud of its commitment and reputation in providing quality education and training to more than 15,000 students each year. They are looking for skilled lecturers and support staff to join their committed teams and to maintain their profile as the College with one of the highest quality profiles in the sector.

This information is also available in Welsh. Should you require this information in Welsh, please contact Nick Farren via

Finance Operations Manager

Finance Operations Manager

Our Client, Kilburn & Strode is one of Europe’s leading patent and trade mark firms. The firm is consistently ranked as a top-tier firm in independent surveys and legal directories and is growing revenue year on year at a rate of 25%. You can check them out at

We’re looking for a Finance Operations Manager, who can demonstrate excellence in improving financial operations, to lead the team in delivering new systems and processes to support this growth.

The Team:

The Finance team consists of two parts; Operations and Reporting. This role will be leading the Operations Team (currently 6 staff) and will report directly to and support the Head of Finance. It’s are a busy team, but that makes it fun and challenging. Kilburn & Strode have a clear view of the future and are constantly innovating to satisfy their client’s (both external and internal) requirements.

The Role:

There is a 2 year plan with responsibility for everyone to input to it and deliver it. The Finance Operations team is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the finances of the firm. Through the improved use of systems, the key aim of this role is to deliver an excellent service with a value adding team in a risk-free environment. There is no list of detailed responsibilities, you will be a vital part of the senior Finance team and help to shape the firm’s future.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong experience in delivering system and process improvements
  • Strong desire to deliver improvements at every opportunity
  • Great people management skills
  • Great team skills. You will be working closely with the Head of Finance and other accountants to deliver improvements
  • Stand out client care skills – our clients are anyone who receives a service from the Finance team. Partners, Fee Earners, Secretarial and other Business Support teams all receive the same high level of support and care as our external clients.

The Firm:

Based in London, Kilburn & Strode, employ some 200 people in an amazing office space near Holborn, with liaison offices in San Francisco, Munich and The Hague. Business consists of all aspects of patents, trademarks and designs, providing professional, commercially-minded advice delivered in plain English by expert attorneys, to a broad range of clients from major international corporations through to individual inventors.

With a reputation as a firm based entirely on the quality of the individuals who work there, Kilburn & Strode seek out people who are not only at the top of their game but who also share a similar enthusiasm and outlook.Everyone at Kilburn & Strode should share and demonstrate the values of the firm in everything they do: excellence, innovation, teamwork, honesty, respect and friendliness.

If you’d lile to discover more and would like an informal chat, please contact Nick Farren +44 (0) 7867 339009

Challenge us in 2018

Our biggest challenge of 2017 at AATB?

Successfully finding 6 great candidates for a brand new hub in Hong Kong… Finance Director, HR BP, Stategy/M&A Specialist, Transformation Consultant and PA included.

Job Done! So, we’re on the lookout for even more challenging projects in 2018.

Project Manager – Animal Pharmaceuticals – Shrewsbury

Job Purpose:

Our client is an international specialist in veterinary pharmaceuticals products, one of the fastest growing global brands in the Veterinary market, with expertise is in the development, manufacture, and sales and marketing of high quality products exclusively for veterinarians worldwide. We are looking for an experienced Project Manager to assist in the management of our client’s pipeline of animal health products in Product Development, across multiple projects and international project teams. The role will report to the Senior Manager, Portfolio Management.

The Project Manager will be self-motivated, organized, detail oriented with a commitment to ensuring projects are completed according to the agreed plan.

You will work closely with the Project Team Leaders and the project team to update budgets, timelines and tasks in the MS projects plans on a monthly basis and support the teams in managing risks and understanding critical path

Responsibility for ensuring that all key project management documents are available and up to date; providing regular budget and timeline updates to Finance and Senior Management as well as portfolio level reporting as requested;

You should be willing to work on multiple concurrent projects with international project teams; and interested helping out wherever expertise allows.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Write and Maintain project plans using the information provided by project teams.
  • Provide project financial and status updates as required.
  • Support Implementation of MS Project Server and SharePoint as requested
  • Provide Portfolio Level reporting as requested
  • Balance the project management support needs of multiple concurrent projects with international project teams.
  • Provide additional project and portfolio management support as needed to ensure the continued timely delivery of the pipeline of animal health products.

Key Attributes:

  • Commercial and Business Acumen
  • Engagement
  • Project Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Management
  • Customer Service
  • Results Focused
  • Product and Technical Knowledge

Person Specification:

Behaviour and Values

  • Committed to delivering excellence
  • Enthusiastic and results driven
  • Able to take calculated risks
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Team player
  • Willing and able to go the extra mile


  • Commitment to ensuring projects are completed correctly
  • Self-motivated
  • Highly organized and detail oriented


  • College degree preferable
  • Certification as Project Manager (PMI or APM)

Knowledge and Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ work experience within project management.
  • Experience with MS project and project management methodology
  • Must be a team player with flexibility to get any task completed
  • Mandatory to have solid interpersonal skills and be adaptable
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office) and an ability to pick up new systems & software, including MS Project and others as required
  • Demonstrate strong analytical & organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize
  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology
  • Proficiency in English essential

In addition, the following, whilst not essential, are desirable…

  • Experience with Project Server/online and SharePoint
  • Knowledge of project management in the Pharmaceutical Industry

If you’d lile to discover more and would like an informal chat, please contact Nick Farren +44 7867 339009

Business Systems Manager – Animal Pharma – Cheshire or Yorks

Business Systems Manager

Our client, an international specialist veterinary pharmaceuticals business, has an opportunityfor an experienced Business Systems Manager.

In this role you will engage with various areas of the business identifying and managing IT solutions within the company; you will be in conversations with various areas of the business to ascertain how to improve processes and how technology solutions can support business improvements.

You will be leading or supporting IT projects whilst focusing on stakeholder management. You will manage the relationships between the IT department and other business areas involving consulting and identifying areas of business change.You will be the voice of the business on project and service delivery.

Main responsibilities:

Process review and definition

  • Conduct regular system process reviews with appropriate heads of departments and take the lead on opportunities to improve and streamline business processes.

Define and gather requirements, business process design, and undertake data analysis and data modelling activities with appropriate functional engagement.
  • Analyze, design and implement process improvement changes across different departments.
  • Defining processes and procedures in conjunction with other key stakeholders to optimise the performance of the business and the ways of working for its staff.

System Review, definition and implementation

  • Engage, manage and liaise with business users, internal IT teams and regional teams.
  • Review existing systems by applications demos and meeting IT personnel.
  • Proactive management and development of key systems to meet business needs.
  • Reviewing systems to ensure compliancy with all relevant national and international regulatory standards pertaining to the Pharmaceutical industry.
  • Production of conceptual high level designs that are aligned to business processes.
  • Translating requirements into highly specified project briefs.
  • To assist the Developers and Technical Support team in the successful translation of requirements into a workable solution.
  • Calculate return on investment and execute the project activities with a focus on providing efficient and cost-effective solutions.
  • Plan and manage System change and implementation programmes, focussing on internal and external resources, resourcing and scheduling, and cost.

Select and contract external resources on favourable terms for the business.
  • Support the Delivery of solutions to address business problems and requirements.
  • Support the process owners with the implementation, training and rollout of systems. Supporting users on change control and system updates.
  • Produce business documentation.

Skills required:

Hard skills 

  • Experience of BI tools.
  • Excellent Analytical and Problem solving skills.
  • Proven experience in IS service management / service control processes and change management in engineering or manufacturing sectors.
  • Good commercial understanding and ability to engage with senior management in business management.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of IS technology areas within programme and project management.
  • Experience of working with the ORACLE EBS systems suite.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Business Analysis techniques.
  • Ensuring up to date with technology and best practices to drive business improvements.

Soft skills

  • Proven track record of leading and managing people.
  • Strong communications skills.
  • Must have strong Stakeholder management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills coupled with ability to interact confidently and professionally with teams and people from all backgrounds and disparate skill levels.
  • Good team player able to run, challenge and influence teams where they are not direct reports.

About our client:

Our client is an international specialist veterinary pharmaceuticals and related products business. Their expertise is in the development, manufacture and sales and marketing of high quality products exclusively for veterinarians worldwide. They have offices across 21 countries in Europe and North America, they export to over 40 countries worldwide and have three manufacturing sites. The group employ over one thousand people and revenue in 2015 reached £203.5m. Our client’s values reflect the best aspects of behaviour and competence at every level of the business and everything about the business is underpinned by these values. How they talk to the people that matter, the way they always look to do things better and how they think of the people and the animals beyond the product. They are active in Companion Animal, Equine and Food Producing Animal products.

If you’d lile to discover more and would like an informal chat, please contact Nick Farren +44 7867 339009


Regional Sales Manager – North

This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of Wales’ most dynamic and upword moving Software companies, an ambitious and rapidly growing business where you can be a pivotal part in its growth and success. Established in 1999, our client has earned a reputation as a technical pioneer in their sector and are now the most widely used independent software provider in the UK with more than 1,000 brands using our estate agent software to connect nearly 3000 branches.

Are you an ambitious and passionate sales manager, located in the North of England, with extensive experience of exceeding targets?

Are you self motivated with excellent organisational skills and able to work remotely from home and as part of a driven sales team?

Do you have outstanding communication, influencing and selling skills and an outgoing friendly manner?

You will be responsible for driving sales in the North of England region and will be part of a professional sales team dealing with estate agents and their customers to promote a fantastic software solutions for their industry.

You will visit clients on site to conduct sales presentations or deliver these online with clients and will be dealing with Senior Management, Directors or Owners. You will be responsible for negotiating with customers to close the sale. Experience in selling to the Estate Agency industry would be a distinct advantage.

You will need a high level of initiative, excellent networking skills and demonstrable experience of working to and exceeding sales targets.

In return there is a competitive basic salary and a highly attractive commission structure, company car/car allowance and the opportunity to contribute to the growth of one of Wales’ most dynamic and upward moving technology companies.

If you’d lile to discover more and would like an informal chat, please contact Nick Farren +44 7867 339009


Senior Developer / Technical Lead – Swansea or Home Based

Our client, one of Wales’ most dynamic and upward moving technology companies, is looking for a Senior Developer, to join their team based in Swansea, with the flexibility of home working. You’ll need to be in Swansea one day per weekYou will have a great opportunity to influence and lead an exciting and dynamic SaaS development project.Our client has earned a reputation as a technical pioneer in their marketplace and is now the most widely used independent software provider with over 1,000 brands using their software to connect nearly 3,000 locationsThe role…The Senior developer will join the development team on exciting SaaS web projects and will have a desire to contribute to the future of the project by immersing themselves in the SCRUM development process followed by the team and creating high quality deliverables in line with the product roadmap.

Key responsibilities…

  • To work closely with the SCRUM team to help shape and deliver development cycles
  • To work closely with the Principle Architect to ensure consistency in technical solutions
  • To actively suggest ways to continually improve our tools and techniques
  • To report progress to the SCRUM team and highlighting issues that need addressing
  • To help ensure technical excellence throughout the team is maintained
  • To help enforce agreed software quality standards through peer reviews and team retrospectives
  • To assist in driving the implementation of good software design and development
  • To follow and ideally implement industry best practices (such as refactoring, TDD pair programming)
  • To mentor other team members in an appreciation of industry best practice
  • To help ensure the features developed by the team are produced to the highest possible quality in the fastest possible time
  • To assist in identifying better ways of working and help implement them within our SCRUM process
  • To adhere to health and safety policies and quality management processes.

You must have…

  • C# 8+ years
  • MS SQL 8+ years
  • nHibernate 4+years

It would be great if you had…

  • WebApi 2 1+ years
  • Dependency Injection (Autofac) 2+ years
  • ElasticSearch

We’d love it if you also had…

  • Azure (SQL, Azure, Cloud Service, Servis Bus, Storage)
  • Strong OO principles (SOLID)
  • Agile (Scrum, XP)
  • (MVC)
  • TFS
  • Unit testing (NUnit)

If you’d lile to discover more and would like an informal chat, please contact Nick Farren +44 7867 339009


An Interview Room With A View! – All About The Brand in Hong Kong

 AATB Director Kerry Farren is on the ground in Hong Kong this week. Well, not quite on the ground, as the interviews for a number roles at our client’s brand new Asia Regional HQ, are taking place on the 59th floor! Recruiting an expanded team to spearhead development in the Asia Region, Kerry is meeting great candidates, despite the T8 level Typhoon – Now that’s going the extra mile!