Struggling to find good Manufacturing talent for your business?

Optima Manufacturing Division supports manufacturing businesses locally, nationally and internationally and finds the best people for their teams. Our key expertise lies in the following industries:

Aerospace | Automotive | Oil & Gas | Point of Sale |

 Print & Packaging | Power Generation | FMCG

When you’re looking for your next CNC Miller, Panel Wirer or TIG Welder you’ll want to be confident you are talking to a recruitment professional that understands both the Manufacturing industry and the job role inside out and back to front.

All recruitment businesses understand recruitment, but not all of them have the crucial and all important industry specific experience that will add value to your business.

That’s where our strength lies because all our consultants have a sound operational background. In short they have practical experience within the industry and understand the skills, experience and personal attributes required for specialist roles within Manufacturing

Here are some examples of the typical roles we work on:

CNC Millers



Press Brake

Mechanical Assemblers

Sheet Metal Welders

Manual Machinists

Panel Wirers

Key benefits of working with Optima

  • Highly accomplished experts with real practical know-how of working in the sector they recruit for
  • Seasoned Manufacturing and Recruitment professionals
  • High internal staff retention rates at over 96% so you receive a consistent, seamless and efficient client and candidate relationship
  • The latest up to date market knowledge of the Manufacturing industry
  • Our Manufacturing consultants don’t work in isolation, they are part of a wider team giving them access to an extensive network of skills sets and industries

How we ensure we find the best people for your business?

Skills Matching

We undertake a rigorous skills-matching exercise that cross-matches the skills of each candidate with the specific requirements of your business. Not only this, we also ensure that we are matching against your culture, performance and behaviour expectations.

Face to face interviewing

Traditional methods of recruiting are often overlooked in recruitment but we see it as one of the best methods to assess a candidates’ suitability

Technical reasoning tests

You will want to understand how a candidate would approach a specific process within your business. That’s why for certain roles we will use a technical reasoning test to assess a candidate’s suitability

Competency based interviews

Competency based interviews allow us to predict future behaviour as a good basis and allow us to assess for key competencies including:

  • Teamwork
  • Decision making
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Communication




Employers: Trawling through a plethora of CVs hoping that one might just hit the mark – sound familiar?

Optima offer a transparent and well structured recruitment process designed to suit the specific culture and needs of your business. Through intensely focussed preparatory work centred around a selection of the best skills match, we enable you to see into the recruitment programme at any stage.

We spend time and energy to understand your business and people requirements to maximise our efficiency and minimise your input into the selection process and short-listing.

Optima by numbers?

Over five years, an individual recruited on a salary of £40,000 will cost an organisation around £350,000 in salary and benefits.

Yet the typical length of time spent interviewing a candidate is around 2 to 3hours.

Where else would you spend so little time on a £350k capital outlay?

Our expertise

  • 40 years combined professional recruitment and sector expertise
  • There is no substitute for knowing an industry ‘inside out’. Quality representation by a Consultant who knows your industry
  • Tailored processes to suit your business culture and needs
  • Continuous and seamless relationships and expertise
  • Ability to source staff globally
  • Local, national, international advertising capacity
  • Flexible business delivery models
  • Added-value sector/market intelligence
  • Achieve Optimum return on your people investment

Specialist recruitment expertise

Engineering Division Energy/Oil and Gas/Automotive/Aerospace Structural Engineering and general manufacturing

Senior Executive Division Interim/Permanent/Non-Executive Search Board, Director, Senior & key management roles

Manufacturing Division Craft, semi-skilled and skilled technicians

Procurement & Supply Chain Division Technical & Professional, Management & Senior Executive

Office Services Division Legal Secretary, PA, Marketing Assistant, Administration, Inbound & Outbound, Customer Service, Telesales & Support Staff

Management & Professional Senior/Executive Appointments