Manufacturing Recruitment Consultancy


About Us

Nicholson Hird Ltd is a recruitment consultancy dedicated to the supply of permanent, white collar staff to the UK Manufacturing sector.

Our rule of thumb is this: if there is a factory or facility manufacturing a product of any kind, be that a windscreen wiper or a carton of milk, a shampoo or a laptop computer, we are keen to help you to recruit the highest calibre Engineer, or Buyer, or Operations Manager to support it.

We operate in the following areas of industry: Automotive, Aerospace, General Manufacturing, Capital and Special Purpose Equipment, Food and FMCG, Building Materials, Electronics and Medical/Pharmaceutical.


Operations and Production professionals, from shift supervisor to Director level


Supply Chain

‘end to end’ from purchasing and materials, through planning to warehouse and logistics

Supply Chain


from R&D through project engineering and NPI, to the manufacturing and maintenance engineers supporting current production


Quality & Continuous Improvement

Quality Assurance, Health, Safety and Environmental professionals, and all manner of Lean, Six Sigma and Kaizen related skillsets

Quality & CI


those departments that support the Manufacturing process, from Sales and Marketing, to Finance and Customer Service 



Why Nicholson Hird?

  • We have 15 years’ experience in recruiting for the UK manufacturing sector, and an extremely strong and supportive network of manufacturing professionals across the country.

  • We have a genuine passion for and interest in supporting UK manufacturing

  • We give an honest, balanced, informed and detailed portrayal of candidate to client, and client to candidate

  • We thoroughly review and match the client and opportunity to the candidate’s key motivators and goals, not just to their technical fit

  • We offer early counselling on counter offer and properly assess the candidate’s reason for leaving their current role, meaning less potential pitfalls down the line

  • We are consistently consultative – we will tell you what does exist rather than what does not!

  • We offer an entirely flexible approach including one off recruitment assignments, volume campaigns and availability for ‘on site’ secondment where required



We realise that the recruitment sector is ‘varied’ in its quality, and has in part generated a pretty bad reputation due to lack of candidate care. But without candidates, we would have no product to sell, and then where would we be?!

We promise the following to our candidates:

  • A personalised reply to your job application every time – not just an automated ‘Dear John’ email 

  • A thorough and detailed brief on the role, the company, and the reasons why it might appeal to you

  • A thorough prep on the interview process – all clients will ultimately recruit on culture and attitude fit over and above technical skill set, so we give you a genuine insight into the ‘fit’ the business will be looking for, and check that fits with you too!

  • Honest interview feedback – even if it’s hard to take, we would rather you know why you did not get a job offer in the event that you were unsuccessful this time

  • Counselling and advice on CV writing, interview performance, resignation and counter offer as required


Many of our candidates become clients, and we think that speaks volumes. To see some of our testimonials, click here



"Anna pays close attention to the specifics of the client's requirement versus the job description or type, and is always very detailed and conscious without being personably detached. Her attention to detail is second to none, and has a rare ability to adopt an approach which is almost tailored to both parties she represents.

For me one of Anna's key strengths is having a great eye for a "fit". Always the ultimate professional I have no hesitation in recommending Anna."

Group Operations Manager - Building Materials