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Ancon is a market leading business, specialising in the design and manufacture of high integrity steel products for the construction industry. Our products are supplied to major structures worldwide, predominantly for use in masonry and concrete construction.

The company employs 600 people at three advanced manufacturing facilities in the UK and overseas operations in Mainland Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. As part of CRH, the second largest building materials group in the world with 85,000 employees in 32 countries, Ancon offers its employees a competitive and comprehensive benefits package with international career opportunities.

Current Job Opportunities:

UK Marketing Manager

ANCON, a leading construction product manufacturer, is currently searching for an experienced and hands-on Marketing Manager to lead its Sheffield-based marketing team, managing the development and execution of the day-to-day marketing activities of the company. 
 
The ideal candidate will be a confident self-starter, capable of working collaboratively with other members of the management team in the successful delivery of the business strategy, where you will act as both brand champion and customer advocate.
 
You will enjoy the challenge of working with technical product information and exhibit sound judgement in the development of relevant, accurate and creative marketing communications that influence decision-makers at every buying stage, and attract and retain customers in this dynamic and competitive environment. 
 
Owned by CRH plc, ANCON is part of a successful and innovative division of this leading global building materials group. CRH Construction Accessories currently employs 2,500 people and has sales in 30+ countries worldwide. As CRH continues to pursue ambitious growth plans, the role offers excellent career opportunities.
 
Occasional international travel may be necessary, typically overnight/within Europe, as collaborating with counterparts in sister organisations is a requirement of this position.
 
The purpose of this role is to project-manage the delivery of Ancon’s brand and product marketing communications, from concept to execution and analysis, including sales/technical literature, web content, email newsletters, blogs, PR, social media, exhibitions, advertising including PPC, packaging etc.
 
Job Description
 
This role is responsible for translating the business and brand strategies into actionable marketing plans and then taking ownership for the development and operational delivery and budgeting of all marketing communication campaigns and materials.
 
Key Tasks and Responsibilities:-
 
  • Maintaining brand integrity across a broad portfolio of products and communications
  • Transforming technical product information into relatable and targeted marketing content
  • Utilising the full marketing/communications mix to produce effective integrated campaigns, blending traditional and digital media as appropriate, to distribute branded content
  • Developing appropriate reporting metrics and procedures to measure effectiveness
  • Researching market trends and customer satisfaction levels, reporting findings and making recommendations
  • Liaising closely with the innovation and product development process to drive new products and services through to market launch
  • Evaluating the use of new technologies / platforms as opportunities arise
  • Managing and motivating the marketing team to maximise department output and mentoring their on-going personal development
  • Working within all relevant legal and regulatory framework

Essential Candidate Requirements:

  • Minimum degree educated, with previous experience in a B2B marketing environment at a senior level
  • Leadership/line management and budget management experience
  • A track record of planning/delivering integrated and effective marketing communications
  • An analytical thinker with practical problem-solving skills
  • Inspirational leader who can motivate a team to reach common goals
  • High degree of personal initiative with an enthusiastic and positive approach
  • A flair for innovative thinking and resourcefulness in facing challenges
  • Excellent proof-reading skills with a meticulous eye for detail
  • Sound copywriting skills with an ability to modify technical content for a wider audience
  • High level IT skills, including proficiency in full MS Office suite
  • Experience of using/selecting online content management systems, email newsletter systems and web analysis tools, such as Google Analytics
  • Ability to think strategically, analyse data and make practical recommendations
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload and that of direct reports
  • Good project management skills and ability to work to tight deadlines and budgets
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to build working relationships with all internal and external stakeholders, including key suppliers
  • Ability to lead, and work collaboratively in, multi-disciplined/cross-functional teams
  • Passport and driving licence

Desirable Candidate Requirements:

  • Level 6 CIM marketing diploma or similar marketing qualification, level 7 post-graduate qualification and/or chartered marketer status
  • Experience of marketing in the Construction Industry, particularly to specifiers, end users and distributors/merchants
  • European language skills

To apply, email your CV to Ancon’s Human Resources Team on recruitment@ancon.co.uk

Structural Engineer

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Structural Engineer to join our Technical Services Team. You will have the ability to respond to technical queries from construction sites, regarding specialist fabrications and other site-related issues, whilst providing engineering support to our Project Design, Technical Services and Sales teams as required. You will also aid the Technical Services team by offering practical, cost-effective solutions to problems posed by specifiers and product end users. In addition, you will be involved in the production of technical product specifications and take-offs for the purposes of pricing.  

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

Engineering support

  • Manage and maintain daily technical referral workload in a self-managed and timely manner
  • Produce bespoke engineered solutions for non-standard design situations as required for ongoing projects
  • Aid in the maintenance and development of standard design tools available to Project Design/Technical Services
  • Offer design/engineering guidance to internal teams and answer queries
  • Verify calculations produced by others
  • Share knowledge and experience of masonry technology and design methods

Dealing with Site-Related Queries

  • Respond to queries from site regarding the design and installation of Ancon products
  • Respond to reports of issues surrounding the use/installation of Ancon products by assessing the information provided to make a preliminary diagnosis
  • Carry out site inspections where issues are reported in order to fully diagnose the issue

Aiding the Technical Services Team

  • Ensure team communications with customers are appropriate, clear and informative
  • Provide the Sales teams with clear and concise information from which to prepare a quotation
  • Ensure all necessary calculations, drawings and designs are produced and are illustrated to a good concise standard
  • Attend site meetings as required to discuss specific requirements or address problems
  • Resolve manufacturing issues with production

Problem Solving

  • Produce safe, practical and cost-effective solutions to design and construction problems encountered by Specifiers, Engineers and Contractors and maximise specification opportunities for Ancon products
  • Provide safe, practical, and cost-effective solutions using Ancon products
  • Safely adapt standard products to suit non-standard situations, where possible, and advise on the most appropriate choice of Ancon products to specify or install in a given situation

Product Development and Improvement

  • Aid in the design or re-engineering of products to give optimal performance for lowest cost
  • Look for new product solutions or re-engineer existing products to solve new problems
  • Feed back industry trends or market gaps to the Product Engineering and Marketing teams

Reporting and Administration

  • Utilise the CRM system to manage work flow and produce monthly reports for management

Essential Candidate Requirements:

  • Engineering Degree or HNC in relevant discipline plus ability to demonstrate experience
  • Experience in related structural products and general construction
  • Experience in the design/use of products for masonry and concrete
  • Sound commercial skills applied to design and development
  • Proficient in Autocad
  • Proficient in Inventor (or other 3D CAD package)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Design/drafting skills
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task
  • Self motivated with a hands on approach
  • Able to understand Engineering/Technical Drawings
  • The ability to gather, correlate, analyse and present information in a precise and accurate manner
  • Clear and concise written communication
  • Ability to understand situations and apply engineering principles to describe and define the situation and its solution
  • To develop rules and product requirements based on such calculations and past experience
  • Team player with the ability to contribute both individually and as part of a team
  • Self confidence with strong interpersonal skills, an excellent communicator with the ability to liaise with people at all levels
  • Clear and practical understanding of construction methods and practice on site

Desirable Candidate Requirements:

  • Masters degree in Engineering
  • Site based experience and practical experience
  • Experience with FEA packages and an understanding of the underpinning theory
  • Proficient in the use of Tekla
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel

To apply, email your CV to Ancon’s Human Resources Team on recruitment@ancon.co.uk

Technical Services Advisor

The purpose of this role is to provide customers with technical advice on the use of Ancon products and to exploit market opportunities leading to product development and increased brand awareness. To produce safe, practical, and cost effective solutions to problems encountered by specifiers and end-users. To support the sales team and provide quotations to customers providing designs and take offs as required. 

Key tasks and Responsibilities:-

  • Producing safe, practical, and cost-effective solutions to design problems posed by both Specifiers and customers.
  • Responding to both verbal and written technical enquiries with solutions using standard products, adaptations, and bespoke items.
  • Reviewing drawings, bills of quantities, and other documentation received from customers to identify the products they require, liaising with them and their design team as necessary to clarify details and/or request information.
  • Carrying out designs to determine correct products; sizes etc. and communicating any details, mark ups, assumptions, etc. to the customer then passing this information on to the Sales team to produce a quotation.
  • Identifying opportunities for new products and the improvement of existing products.

Key Leadership Competencies: 

  • Drives result
  • Cultivates innovation
  • Attracts and develop talent
  • Collaboration
  • Drives vision and purpose
  • Strategic mindset
  • Courage
  • Being resilient
  • Decision quality

Key Functional Competencies and Relevant Experience:

  • Requires a good understanding of UK construction methods and common details, particularly suited to those with experience in construction products and detailing.
  • Excellent communication skills and a positive can do attitude are of paramount importance to this customer service role.

Essential Candidate Requirements:

  • HNC or equivalent qualification in a building or construction related subject
  • Having worked with a construction related design office environment
  • Able to understand Engineering/Technical Drawings
  • Problem solving/Organised/Methodical/AutoCAD
  • Construction knowledge/Computer literate/Microsoft Windows/Good Telephone Manner

Desirable Candidate Requirements:

  • Degree qualification in a building or construction related subject
  • Working knowledge of Ancon products and how they are used within the construction industry
  • Ideally worked as an architectural or structural technician

To apply, email your CV to Ancon’s Human Resources Team on recruitment@ancon.co.uk

Salary: Up to £25,000 per annum; depending on experience.

Design Draughtsperson

The purpose of this role is to complete orders placed with the PDM department to our customer’s satisfaction and to manage the available resources to achieve this.

The main duties include:-

  • Order Fulfilment
    • Progress the customer’s order from technical enquiries through to delivery and settlement of account
    • Correspond with customer to request information, communicate problems or notify them of key events.
    • Ensure all team communications with customers are commercially appropriate, clear and informative.
    • Attend site meetings when required to acquire design and program information or resolve problems.
    • Maintain the project file and quality documentation to a high standard
    • Ensure all necessary calculations are carried out.
    • Ensure all necessary drawings are produced and that our designs are illustrated to a good standard. Issue designs and drawings for approval.
    • Co-ordinate approvals and customers instructions to manufacture.
    • Prepare clear and accurate manufacturing drawings and schedules for order processing.
    • Maximise commercial opportunities whilst taking into account pricing issues affecting the customer / project.
    • Resolve manufacturing and delivery issues with production. Provide information to customer as necessary.
    • Resolve credit queries as soon as possible. Liaise with accounts and customers as necessary.
  •  Managing Resources
    • Utilise the available resources ensuring quality whilst maximising efficiency.
    • Assess skill requirements and urgency of incoming tasks and prioritise in consultation with the OFU Team Manager and Project Manager.
    • Provide training and support to other team members.
    • Liaise closely with OFU Team Manager and Project Manager at all times ensuring information regarding projects, customers or team members is communicated. Ensure any developing service or quality issues are reported as a matter of urgency.
  •  Flexibility
    • Ensure the company is flexible in its approach to utilising skill and knowledge in order to benefit the business when the need arises.
    • Where you poses the relevant skills and knowledge, or following suitable training, be flexible enough to perform any other reasonable duties in order to support the business.

Essential Skills Required:

  • AutoCAD
  • Construction knowledge
  • Computer literate
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Good Telephone Manner

Desirable Skills:

  • Project Management skills
  • Autodesk Inventor Software

To apply, email your CV to Ancon’s Human Resources Team on recruitment@ancon.co.uk

Salary: Up to £25,000 per annum

Senior Engineer

Job Description:

The purpose of the role is to provide Engineering support to all elements of Product Engineering, in order to maintain efficient liaison with all Ancon departments and sites, and aid in the Product Development processes for Ancon. In addition to this have the ability to apply operational excellence principles of best practise wherever and whenever possible, to contribute to ongoing system, equipment and product development processes.

Product Development and Improvement

  • Ensure that suitable products reach the market on time and on budget.
  • Aid in the development of new products and re-engineering of existing products.
  • Ensure the products meet current standards and that NPD maintain awareness of any legislation standards.
  • Provide verification of product performance through mathematical modelling and / or physical testing.
  • Prioritise development of products based on market/customer requirements.
  • Keep Ancon ahead of the development process by maintaining communication with existing customers and further develop communications with individuals or bodies.
  • Share knowledge and experience of concrete and masonry technology; with team members.

Intellectual Property

  • Maintain the intellectual property portfolios of Ancon.
  • Ensure that all Patents and Trademarks are renewed or abandoned as and when appropriate.
  • Assist in the applications for new products and names.

Internal and External Technical Support

  • Provide design and product support and guidance internally to the sales, commercial, specification and design teams; and externally to customers and specifiers.

Product Design Software Maintenance and Support

  • Provide technical support and maintenance as necessary for in-house and external design software.
  • Provide assistance in reviewing the use of applications, ensuring relevance, accuracy and reliability.
  • Provide assistance to co-ordinate the development and maintenance of programs as required.

Regulatory and Advisory Bodies and Documents

  • Liaise with external testing, regulatory and advisory bodies and relevant documentation to ensure that Ancon products comply with standards and forthcoming developments.
  • Draft new policies in accordance with new regulations and codes of practice.

Standard Product Drawings

  • Assist in the control and maintenance of standard product drawings and the technical library.
  • Assist in ensuring that standard drawings and technical files are maintained, controlled and available for all appropriate products.
  • Assist in the maintenance of control systems such that all data is secure so that they cannot be created, modified or deleted without appropriate authorisation.

Flexibility

  • Be flexible in utilising skill and knowledge in order to benefit the business when the need arises.
  • Use all relevant skills and knowledge to perform any other reasonable duties as required by the company.

Health and Safety

  • Ensure compliance with all personal obligations under Health & Safety legislation and to adhere to Company H&S policies and procedures, whilst working within and striving to improve the Safety Audit.
  • Abide by site H&S policies, procedures, safe working practises, rules, regulations and instructions, with special consideration for safe systems of work and practices.
  • Report any incident or any unsafe situation immediately to the first line supervisor or site manager.
  • Maintain a clean and tidy workplace.

Candidate Requirements:

Qualifications
• Engineering Degree or Masters in relevant discipline
• Member of a professional institute

Experience
• Experience in the design/use of concrete products or masonry
• Exposure to Users of the structural and concrete products.
• Sound commercial skills applied to design and development.

Applications to: e-mail: recruitment@ancon.co.uk

Engineer

Job Description: 

The purpose of the role is to provide Engineering support to all elements of Product Engineering, in order to maintain efficient liaison with all Ancon departments and sites, and aid in the Product Development processes for Ancon. In addition to this have the ability to apply operational excellence principles of best practise wherever and whenever possible, to contribute to ongoing system, equipment and product development processes.

Product Development and Improvement

  • To work within the current NPD program of Ancon to ensure that suitable cost effective products reach the market on time and on budget.
  • Aid in the development of new products and re-engineering of existing products.
  • Ensure the products meet current standards and that NPD maintain awareness of any legislation standards.
  • To aid in the production of suitable test regimes and to help in the organisation of testing, either in-house or at independent test laboratories.

Intellectual Property

  • To help maintain the intellectual property portfolios of Ancon.
  • Support the Senior Engineer to ensure that all Patents and Trademarks are renewed or abandoned as and when appropriate.
  • Assist in the applications for new products and names.

Internal and External Technical Support

  • Help ensure that Technical literature is clear and accurate.
  • Provide design and product support and guidance to customers and specifiers.
  • Where possible, answer queries from customers and specifiers on technical issues regarding product use.
  • Where require, visit customers and specifiers as necessary to assist with issues of product or equipment design or use.

Product Design Software Maintenance and Support

  • Provide technical support and maintenance as necessary for in-house and external design software.
  • Provide assistance in reviewing the use of applications, ensuring relevance, accuracy and reliability.
  • Provide assistance to co-ordinate the development and maintenance of programs as required.

Regulatory and Advisory Bodies and Documents

  • Liaise with external testing, regulatory and advisory bodies and relevant documentation to ensure that Ancon products comply with standards and forthcoming developments.
  • Draft new policies in accordance with new regulations and codes of practice.

Standard Product Drawings

  • Assist in the control and maintenance of standard product drawings and the technical library.
  • Assist in ensuring that standard drawings and technical files are maintained, controlled and available for all appropriate products.
  • Assist in the maintenance of control systems such that all data is secure so that they cannot be created, modified or deleted without appropriate authorisation.

Technical Library

  • To assist in the further development and maintenance of a library of hard copy and or electronic files covering external products, processes and methods of technical use.
  • Assist in the maintenance and continuation and updating data and literature of products.
  • Assist in ensuring relevant staff are made aware of changes or additions to the Technical library.

Flexibility

  • Be flexible in utilising skill and knowledge in order to benefit the business when the need arises.
  • Use all relevant skills and knowledge to perform any other reasonable duties as required by the company.

Health and Safety

  • Ensure compliance with all personal obligations under Health & Safety legislation and to adhere to Company H&S policies and procedures, whilst working within and striving to improve the Safety Audit.
  • Abide by site H&S policies, procedures, safe working practises, rules, regulations and instructions, with special consideration for safe systems of work and practices.
  • Report any incident or any unsafe situation immediately to the first line supervisor or site manager.
  • Maintain a clean and tidy workplace.

Candidate Requirements:

Qualifications
• HND/HNC in relevant discipline

Experience
• Experience in the design/use of concrete products or masonry

Applications to: e-mail: recruitment@ancon.co.uk

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