Thursday, 27 February 2014

Can you help us fill these shoes?

Can you help us fill these shoes?  All will be revealed very soon, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for an exclusive announcement.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Has the wind and the rain affected your sales of building and construction products

The good ole English weather is surpassing itself this year and with the building and construction industry finally on the up, it is typical that something like this comes along to do its best to dampen our optimism. The weather is affecting many companies and jobs within the industry.

If further downpours are on their way, it is likely that flooding in many areas of the UK could well get worse. There are many building sites still facing battles to keep sites safe and intact, let alone even thinking about actually continuing with proper building work. 

When the rain hasn’t been a problem, the wind has howled, also bringing work to a grinding halt. We know that some sites have been badly affected and products have also been flood damaged or simply blown away. At least contractors have been kept busy, but not in the way they’d expected. 

Make sure you read until the end…there is a surprise...

It is not just on building sites where there has been a problem, the infrastructure of the UK has also been hit and this has caused stock or production problems for distributors and/or manufacturers of building products. 

A manufacturer or distributor may be inaccessible to receive deliveries due to flooding in their area, but even those not physically affected are being hit, as the suppliers they get stock or raw materials from are affected, meaning they suffer too. It has been a vicious circle.

Once the Spring arrives and the better weather allows for sustained work to progress, everyone will be catching up, but with contractors already in short supply and problems with the supply of some building products – especially bricks and blocks  it is set to be a frantic next few months.

No doubt insurance companies will be the winners again and will increase their premiums etc. on building sites, warehouses, manufacturing sites and merchants' premises - especially those who have been seriously affected with flood, stock or structural damage. 

With unusable products on-site, the time and replenishment cost is not welcome, especially when momentum in the industry is increasing. Even the possible bonus to some manufacturers of replacement stock orders is of little comfort, as it puts added pressure on production and lead-times, just to make up for the short-fall.

There is also the human side of the story - the people who have lost jobs, homes and even loved ones. However, as often in times of great distress and chaos, the human side has also demonstrated how people come together to help each other. It is shame that the same can’t be said of those in power during this crisis.

We would be interested to hear how you've been affected or are coping with the effects of the weather. Perhaps we will all soon be using our products and skills to build arks!

Take a look at our latest jobs in the building products sector.

Image "Flooded Construction Site" by artur84.jpg

Friday, 21 February 2014

Meet us at KBB or Ecobuild to discuss your career

Two of the best trade exhibitions in the building and construction industry are almost here. First the KBB show and then quickly followed by Ecobuild - perhaps too quickly! Not the best of planning by the organisers in all reality. However, it is important we support these fantastic exhibitions and help ensure they're part of our calendar for many years to come. Take the time out to visit and catch up with the latest products and developments.

Our building industry recruitment consultants will also be attending these shows, so if you would like to meet up to discuss your career opportunities or if you are a company looking to recruit and are able to take sometime out to discuss your needs, then contact us to arrange a confidential meeting on 01480 405225 or by email

Also remember to take a look at our construction industry events planner for future events.
2nd - 5th March
kbb (Kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms)
NEC, Birmingham

kbb Birmingham is the UK’s largest gathering of the world’s most exciting kbb brands. It is one the UK's most vibrant shows and focused on an industry everyone can relate to, as it is such a visible part of all our homes and places of work and leisure.

kbb is the unrivalled platform for architects, interior designers, retailers, contractors, plumbers and developers to network, source and specify the latest kitchen, bedroom and bathroom products.

Search for the latest KBB sales jobs.

4th - 6th March
ExCeL, London

See the entire spectrum of sustainable construction products for new build and refurbishment of residential, commercial and industrial projects at the ecobuild exhibition this year.

You can also network with industry professionals, clients and suppliers from around the world and get involved in a more sustainable built environment with the leading industry voices through ecobuild's thought provoking conference and also learn from over 600 of the most innovative and influential practitioners with the ecobuild seminar programme

Pinnacle Consulting - recruitment for the building products sector
If you would like a change in your career within the building and construction industry, contact us to discuss your career on 01480 405225 or take a look at our latest construction and building products jobs.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Job in Focus: Regional Sales Director for Building Products Manufacturer (North)

Our Job in Focus for February is a superb opportunity to manage and drive large team of Area Sales Managers in the Northern region for a worldwide manufacturer of building products. You would be responsible for developing high volume and high spend distribution channels.

Each month our Job in Focus feature takes a more detailed look at some of the fantastic construction, building products, and interiors' products job vacancies currently on our books. Job in Focus is also featured on the home page of our website. Take a look at 

Job Details

Job Title: Regional Sales Director
Job Ref: J3918
Product: Heavyside
Location: North
Salary: £65k
Sector: Sales Management

CLIENT: A major producer of building products, manufacturing and operating throughout the world and at the forefront of innovation, design and modern methods of construction. Manufacturing at two key UK Sites - they have enjoyed unprecedented growth in 2013 and are targeting significant further growth and innovation in the years to come. 

JOB DESCRIPTION: To manage and drive sales across the Northern Region through strategic implementation of added value strategies via Regional Sales Management team of 3 who manage a combined field sales team of 14 with a current northern region turnover in excess of £50 m. You will identify key areas of growth and development within high volume, high spend channels. The role holder will develop and lead the future northern strategy of the external Sales function to deliver business goals and targets, whilst ensuring that customer requirements and expectations are exceeded.

LOCATION: Field based management role covering the North of England and Scotland. Yorkshire, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, West Midlands.

CANDIDATE: Ambitious and career minded you will already be an accomplished Sales Leader and comfortable challenging the status quo. You will implement sales and commercial strategy across the business and deliver added value. You will thrive in such a fast moving, high volume and challenging market sector whilst delivering growth through existing and new accounts within Specification, Design and Build, Housing, Distribution and Merchanting.

PACKAGE: c£65k basic plus bonus, executive car, contributory pension scheme, private health etc.

For further information or to discuss your career options contact Steve Rogan on 01480 405225 or apply online here.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Love the Construction Industry 14.2.14


Download our guide on why we love our jobs in the construction industry #loveconstructionsales #loveyourjob

The construction industry is an amazing industry - so to celebrate St. Valentine's Day, download our guide to remind us all why we love the construction products industry and love specifying and selling building and construction products.

We are lucky to have jobs in such a great and varied sector, so today, make sure you feel good about your job and share the love throughout the industry #loveconstructionsales 

The construction industry is at the heart of the country and its economy and it deserves our loving appreciation, it has been through a tough patch, but has shown how strong it is, and it is now going to be stronger than ever in the coming years. Download the love from here

Monday, 10 February 2014

Construction Industry set for huge job creation over next 5 years

A new report from the CITB, a construction industry training body, predicts that the construction industry will create nearly 200,000 new jobs over the next five years due to demand for new homes.  It will be a buoyant sector and by definition, this is also fantastic news for manufacturers and distributors of building and construction products as the need for products will grow.

The Government’s Help to Buy will soon start to take full effect and with mortgages becoming easier to get, the next five years will see the construction industry contribute approx. £120bn per year to the country's output. Housing is predicted to account for a third of this figure.

Figures show that only 108,000 homes were completed according to the last full-year data available - this is less than half the target set for 2016 of 240,000 new homes a year. It is clear that to achieve this, the country needs two main things: building products and people with the skills to build.

The report from the CITB states that 182,000 new construction jobs will be created by 2018 to help meet these targets. 

This news should fill manufacturers and distributors with great confidence that their products and services will be in demand for the medium term - with so much potential new business to win, the more astute building product manufacturers and merchants are already recruiting to ensure they get their fair share. 

At Pinnacle Consulting we have seen a noticeable increase in new Business Development and Specification Sales roles being created. 

Contact us if you are looking for a job in construction sales? or looking to recruit? 

Over the next five years, performance across the UK construction industry is expected to show:

  • Output growth will be strongest in the South West (+3.5%), Wales (+3.4%) and East Anglia (+3%) – all set to perform above national average of 2.2%
  • The North West (+1.3%), the East Midlands (+1.1%) and the West Midlands (+0.8%) will be slower to feel the effects of the return to growth
  • Private housing will be the chief driver for construction’s growth and the sub-sector will see a 7.0% rise in output in 2014, followed by 5.0% in 2015. On average, it will grow by 4.6% a year to 2018
James Wates, chairman of CITB, said, “Clarity and certainty of future projects is an important element of a sustained recovery. That gives employers the confidence to train and to plan.

“The report shows that the economy is turning the corner and the UK construction industry will benefit from that. But growth needs to be sustainable; underpinned by long-term infrastructure projects and continued investment.

“The Government’s Help-to-Buy scheme has kick-started demand across the housing market and announcements on nuclear power, rail and roads have the potential to breathe fresh life into infrastructure and industry. Alongside this, we’d welcome fresh incentives to encourage house building, and the assurance that major infrastructure projects in the pipeline go ahead as planned.

“Employment (in construction) in 2018 is predicted to be 196,000 below pre-recession levels, which is why measures must be taken now to ensure growth is sustained over the long-term.”

Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation, said: “Help to Buy has addressed the biggest short-term constraint on supply and as a result, builders are increasing output and looking to recruit in all areas – as outlined in the report.

“All political parties recognise the social and economic benefits of increased housing supply and policies need to promote this, but as the economy recovers, and lending conditions improve generally, we look to the future with confidence. To build the homes the country needs we will need a bigger and suitably skilled workforce and we are working with the industry to put this in place.”

More information can be found here on the report.

Image thanks to: "Engineers Planning House" by njaj

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Have you decided which trade exhibitions and events to visit this year? Our guide will help...

We are pleased to announce that our construction industry events planner has been updated for 2014. We detail all the major exhibitions and events relating to the construction and building industry and related trades.

Check out our timetable of exhibitions and events and plan your schedule here.

Visiting a trade show or conference is often the best way to network and also an ideal opportunity to keep informed of the latest products or trends within your sector and the industry as a whole. They are also ideal if your are considering a new job in the industry and should form an integral part of your research.

View our building and construction industry events planner and make sure you don't miss out on the event that is relevant to your job and your industry.

Our planner will be added to on a regular basis as new events are announced.

As building industry recruitment speciaists Pinnacle Consulting visit many of these exhibitions throughout the UK, so if you would like to arrange to meet one of our expert industry-specific specialist consultants. please contact us today on T: 01480 405225 E:

Take a look at our latest building industry sales jobs