Today’s manufacturing sees the merger between IT and engineering to create a concept called ‘Industrie 4.0.’. In intelligent factories, machines and products can already communicate with each other, co-operatively driving production. Raw materials and machines are interconnected within an ‘Internet of Things’ to create highly flexible, individualised and resource friendly mass production.
As we go through a digital revolution, technology is bound to play a bigger part in the manufacturing process, changing the way we train, employ and source personnel within engineering. Even though this won’t fully come into practise for another 20 years, it’s important that businesses start to accommodate for future plans to stay ahead of the curve. With Industrie 4.0. having the potential to revolutionise the industry on a global scale, our specialist consultant, Iain McCulley, comments on how both clients and candidates can ensure that the right people are placed into the right manufacturing positions.
Within a fast moving market, engineers need to remember that their role is vital to development and manufacturing processes by removing costs, wastage and ultimately keeping things moving. Whether you are a graduate, have direct working experience or specific training through an apprenticeship, the manufacturing process will offer a range of occupations to consider.
In both your CV and during interviews, provide specific and well articulated examples of where you’ve put direct or transferrable skills into practise. Be enthusiastic about the role, ask the interviewer questions about their company and prepare for some technical questions to set yourself above the competition.
Working alongside a specialist recruiter can provide you with invaluable management throughout the recruitment process, from job role advice, CV alterations and interview preparation. Those recruiters who are experts within their sector will already have go-to clients and will be able to generate interest about your job move.
For companies to stay at the forefront of the global transformation, considering candidates who don’t have direct sector experience can open a new pool of transferrable skills. Automotive and fasting-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors, for example, share similar fast-paced, customer-focused environments. With the foundation skill set in place, it’s possible for an engineer with either background to transfer and adapt their valuable skills with minimal training.
Additionally, hiring contractors with relevant experience, who you can trust to hit the ground running, is invaluable to preventing downtime and maximising efficiency.
Dealing with a fast-paced environment goes hand-in-hand with an efficient recruitment system. By using an established recruiter, businesses and candidates are able to deal with sudden job changes and expansion productively.
Being able to advise both parties on streamlined processes ensures top candidates join quality businesses faster, saving time and money. Job specifications and interviews are dealt with in the correct way and candidates are specifically chosen to fit a certain company.
Iain McCulley specialises in placing Interim Engineering Managers, Project Managers, Project Engineers and Controls & Automation professionals, specifically within the manufacturing and FMCG sector. Why not drop him a line at either 0118 342 0300 or [email protected]