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Engineering & Manufacturing Recruitment Agency

Specialist engineering and manufacturing recruitment agency

Nigel Wright Group is one of the UK’s leading manufacturing, engineering, and operations management recruitment agencies. As well as being the largest specialist multidiscipline recruitment agency in the North of England, we are also Europe’s number one consumer and FMCG industry recruiter.

We work closely with a wide range of UK manufacturers and take pride in building long term relationships with customers. Our clients, ranging from SMEs to multinational blue-chips, acknowledge our discipline expertise and track record in attracting and identifying top engineering and manufacturing professionals, as reasons why they choose to partner with Nigel Wright.

Operating across a range of sectors, we recruit experts at all levels including within manufacturing and production management, engineering management, project engineering, continuous improvement, quality, health & safety, and supply chain.

To discuss your hiring needs, please contact a member of our team directly. Candidates can view all the latest engineering and manufacturing jobs on our vacancies page. We also encourage job seekers to register for job alerts,

Our track record as an engineering and manufacturing recruitment agency

Between 2002 and 2021 we recruited almost 1,700 critical engineering and manufacturing roles for our clients. Below are examples of the types of opportunities we bring to market at a regional and national level, across different levels and functional areas.


  • Calsonic Kansei – Manufacturing Engineer
  • Carroll & Meynell – Electrical Engineering Manager
  • Carr’s Group – Group HSE Director
  • Draeger Safety – Head of Engineering
  • Gestamp – Manufacturing Manager
  • Harrison Packaging – Manufacturing Manager
  • Heraeus Conamic – Process Engineer
  • Hitachi Rail – Manufacturing Engineering Manager
  • Interflex Group – Manufacturing Manager
  • International Partnership for Microbicides – Manufacturing Director
  • Northumbrian Water – Head of Maintenance
  • Port of Tyne – Head of Maintenance
  • Rolls Royce – Head of Quality
  • Tekmar Energy – Operations Director
  • Tharsus Engineering – Head of Ocado
  • Thomas Swan – Process Manager
  • Thorn Lighting – Project Director
  • Vertu Motors – Group Maintenance & Facilities Manager
  • Walker Filtration – Head of Operations
  • Wilton Engineering Services – Head of Projects

National (Consumer & FMCG)

  • 2 Sisters – Technical Director
  • Akzo Nobel – Chemical Process Engineer
  • Alpro – Plant Director
  • Barbour – Interim Operations Director
  • Bettys & Taylors Group – Operations Director
  • Carlsberg – Site Engineering Manager
  • Formica – European Operations Director
  • George Smith – Factory Manager
  • Greencore – Group CI Manager
  • Greggs – Group Engineering Manager
  • Iceland – Engineering Manager
  • Mayborn – Group Health and Safety Manager
  • McBride – Group Quality Director
  • Newell Brands – Operations Director, Yankee Candle
  • Premier Foods – General Manager, Operations
  • Quorn Foods – Lead Manufacturing Technician
  • Saputo Dairy – Process Improvement Manager
  • TATA Consumer Products – Group Engineering Manager
  • Upfield – Factory Director
  • Wrigley – Regional Quality Director

Praise for our engineering and manufacturing recruitment teams


“Excellent communication from the start of the process through to the candidate’s start date. Opinions were exchanged from both sides which helped when deciding on the correct fit for the job.” Manufacturing Manager, Interflex Group

“The service we received has been extremely friendly, polite and professional. The consultants took the time to understand our needs as a business. I would have no hesitation in working with them again.” Electrical Engineering Manager, Carroll & Meynell

“The consultants were professional and prompt throughout. They understood my requirements and satisfied the request in a tight timeframe.” Category Lead, Interior & Car Body, Hitachi Rail

“I am consistently impressed by the level of professionalism demonstrated by the consultants at Nigel Wright. They have supported our business through the recruitment of several key roles and far exceeded our expectations every time.” Recruitment Manager, Northumbrian Water

“I have found the service exceptional and professional. The consultants have taken the time to understand Thomas Swan and the challenges that we have. This ensured that we were only presented with candidates that fit our brief.” HR Manager, Thomas Swan

“Finding good senior candidates during a global pandemic was never going to be easy but Nigel Wright tackled the searches with vigour, pace and applied a range of creative methods to help us secure the key talent we needed.” HR Director, Walker Filtration

National (Consumer & FMCG)

“We came to Nigel Wright with a very specific and difficult brief and were delighted by the account management and sourcing of a very strong shortlist which led to a new hire.” Resourcing Manager, Saputo Dairy

“The service provided by Nigel Wright is excellent, the consultants are professional, knowledgeable, and efficient. They always deliver a high calibre of candidates and constantly go above and beyond to ensure our business needs are met.” HR Manager, McBride

“Nigel Wright took the time to fully understand Formica’s culture and provided insights and recommendations throughout. We continue to partner with Nigel Wright in the UK and Europe.” European Talent and Reward Manager, Formica

“The consultants took the time to get to know our business and its challenges. It isn’t easy to recruit in this industry, but the calibre of the people we brought into our business shows that the talent is out there if you can find it.” Operations Director, George Smith

“We're always impressed with the Nigel Wright’s networks and knowledge of the market. Their handling of an assignment for a senior executive role was excellent, delivering a strong shortlist ahead of time." Human Resources Director, Premier Foods

“The Nigel Wright consultant has been excellent and provided great support with his team to deliver two great candidates into key roles." Production Director, Carlsberg

Office contact details

To discuss your engineering and manufacturing recruitment needs please contact our team via the details below.

Email: with details of your recruitment requirements and we will respond on the same working day.

Tel. Newcastle: +44 (0)191 222 0770

Tel. Teesside: +44 (0)1740 6610

Tel. London: +44 (0)207 405 3921

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