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Company Profile

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 over 450 people at three advanced manufacturing facilities in the UK and overseas operations in Mainland Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Part of the second largest building materials group in the world with 89,000 employees in 31 countries, Ancon offers its employees a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

Current Job Opportunities:

Maintenance Engineer

This role is a fixed term contract until the end of December but may be required thereafter.

The purpose of this role is to repair and maintain a variety of Sheet Metal Working machine tools. This includes undertaking a range of electrical, hydraulic and mechanical work required necessary to identify faults and repair issues in line with best practice and current H&S requirements. Required to work in a safe, organised, tidy and efficient manner.

Maintenance Tasks

  • To ensure the works plant and equipment is maintained to the required standard to maximise availability, reliability and efficiency and to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all employees.
  • To maintain and repair all production machines in line with production priority.
  • Work effectively in performing maintenance tasks to ensure the minimum downtime of production machinery.
  • To record all maintenance activity as prescribed by the Ancon management system.
  • Install new equipment as and when appropriate.
  • To perform other tasks to maintain the fabric of the building, fixtures and fittings, support equipment and install such things as barriers and racking as required.
  • Identify and source spares and necessary equipment to perform the above tasks.

Education

Essential:-

  • City & Guilds or NVQ qualification in relevant maintenance subject.
  • Electrical - mechanical fitter, experienced hydraulic, pneumatics, PLC, sensors and control systems.

Desirable:-

  • City & Guilds 2330 electrician's certificates with NVQ Level 3 practical.
  • Certificate in line supervision or team leading.

Experience

Essential:-

  • Time served apprentice as a maintenance fitter or electrician in an industrial environment.
  • Minimum of 5 year's experience in a maintenance environment.
  • Self-motivated and able to work under their own initiative.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to make timely decisions under pressure.
  • Excellent problem solving with attention to detail and thought process techniques.

Desirable:-

  • Proven track record in maintenance supervision and planning.
  • Working with 5's and Lean principles.
  • Implementing high standards of H&S principles and controls.
  • Use of COSHH sheets (material safety data sheets) skills.
  • Excellent planning and co-ordination skills.
  • Good coaching skills.
  • Ability to use AutoCAD.
  • Experience of H&S control systems and reporting.
  • Computer literate.

Rate of pay: Up to £11.40 per hour; depending on experience.

To apply, email your CV to the Human Resources Team at recruitment@ancon.co.uk

Continuous Improvement Engineer

Working alongside our existing Operational Excellence Manager, plant managers and other key managers, to drive and facilitate a wide range of operational improvement initivatives using Lean principles across our facilities in Sheffield and Deeside, North Wales.

Based in Sheffield and spending 1-2 days per week at our factory in Deeside as and when projects demand. Some overseas travel may also be required from time to time.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Working with team managers to identify opportunities for improvement using a variety of tools such as VSM, KPI's etc.
  • Working with a variety of operational teams including manufacturing, purchasing and sales order processing, to provide project leadership, coaching and lasting perfomance improvement.
  • Applying Lean principles such as Kaizen, Kanban, SMED, 5S, 5 Whys and visual management etc. to implement and sustain improvement activities.
  • Training, coaching and mentoring teams to promote and instil Lean processes throughout the operation.
  • Gathering and analysing accurate information to facilitate effective decision-making.
  • Facilitating change by maintaining excellent two-way communication with employees collectively via regular team briefings.
  • Initiating capex proposals to support change from concept through feasibility to implementation.
  • Ensuring our ERP system is effectively utilised to support the business needs.
  • Promoting customer service excellence at all times.
  • Ensuring compliance with all EH&S systems and procedures.

Key Leadership Competencies

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

Key Functional Competencies and Relevant Experience

Must be an enthusiastic, driven, self-starting, problem solver with a 'can do' attitude. Must be capable of managing multiple tasks, using their own initiative and able to communicate effectively at all levels.

The essential skills for the role are:

  • A degree most likely in an engineering discipline, with minimum 5 years post-grad experience.
  • A recognised qualification of demonstrable experience in implementing Lean/6 Stigma.
  • A successful track record of change and process improvement.
  • Customer focussed and target driven.
  • Ability to identify solutions based on a mixture of analysis, experience and judgement.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.
  • An effective verbal and written communicator at all levels of the organisation.
  • Ability to coach and train others in Lean techniques.
  • A self-motivated problem solver.
  • Excellent ERP and data analysis skills and experience.
  • Possess excellent H&S awareness.
  • Driving licence.

The desirable skills for the role are:

  • Knowledge of metal fabrication, machining and forming processes.
  • Supervisory/Management experience in a fast moving manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to use AutoCAD.
  • Knowledge of Movex ERP system.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Excel and data analysis.

To apply, email your CV and salary aspirations to the Human Resources Team at recruitment@ancon.co.uk 

Internal C# Developer

We have an exciting opportunity for a 3-6 month's contract for an Internal C# Developer. The purpose of this role is to develop, test, refine and document a key component of one of Ancon's major engineered product design software. 

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:-

  • Develop and test a large section of Ancon's major engineered product software
  • Develop and maintain related documentation 

Essential Skills and Experience:-

  • Minimum 3 years C#.net experience
  • Experience in Object Orientated Development, Data Processing and Application Development.
  • Documenting Programming Code and process diagrams
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solver
  • Meet deadlines
  • Working for product owner

Ideal but not Essential:-

  • Good understanding of Mathematics and/or Physics and/or Engineering

Hours of work: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

To apply, email your CV with your salary expectations to recruitment@ancon.co.uk

Buyer

The purpose of the role is to maximise purchasing performance whilst controlling inventory levels, maintaining customer service excellence and enhancing safety and business profitability.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Maintain supply of key materials maximising volume purchasing benefits.
  • Develop supplier strategies.
  • Meet target costs.
  • Undertake strategic sourcing activities utilising established business tools and templates.
  • Support the development and communication of a sourcing strategy to shape purchasing decisions.
  • Purchase goods, materials, components or services in line with specified cost, quality and delivery targets.
  • Monitor market trends and supply chain strategies.
  • Provide analysis on costs and review cost reduction activities.
  • Work closely with others in the procurement function and review opportunities for continuous and business improvements.
  • Develop and manage the contractual relationship with key suppliers to manage business risk.
  • Develop synergies either locally or within group.

Performance

  • Manage number of suppliers to maximise benefit.
  • Ability to communicate key tasks, objectives and progress on initiatives.
  • Develop supply agreements with major suppliers to enhance performance and risk avoidance.
  • Be flexible enough to perform a range of category management duties in order to support the business.
  • Ensure that computer systems provide maximum benefit and efficiency.

Inventory

  • Responsible as part of the team for inventory levels in Sheffield.
  • Structure supply contracts to minimise inventory levels whilst maintaining service levels.
  • Co-ordinated inventory / stock take in Sheffield.
  • Ensure cost data on systems is accurate.
  • Maintain / improve stock turns.
  • Involvement in a stock optimisation project.

Customer Service

  • Ensure customer service levels are not compromised by supply issues
  • Ensure that customer services levels are maintained at minimum cost and cash impact.
  • Liaise with internal customers to provide costs and lead times etc for project work.

Purchasing Co-ordination

  • Ensure that purchasing activities across all sites are controlled and co-ordinated via ‘umbrella’ agreements where possible.
  • Review supply options from LCC or Group Direct Sourcing.
  • Ensure best practice is employed across sites.
  • Utilise CRH NPR initiatives where possible to add value. 
  • Co-ordinate materials across sites to avoid double stocking and adverse purchasing variations.

To apply, email your CV with your salary expectations to recruitment@ancon.co.uk

Area Sales Representative

The purpose of this role is to promote Ancon’s products and services face to face with key customers in a defined geographical area. To build and maintain effective relations with key builders merchant accounts ultimately leading to the achievement of specific sales targets.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities are:

Key Account Management

  • Programmed visit schedule
  • Review customer performance & sales data
  • Provide product training
  • Participate in sales promotions (including trade shows & exhibitions)
  • Customer relationship management

Sales Opportunities

  • Negotiation of customer trading terms in line with commercial policy
  • Defend Ancon product specifications
  • Aid customer product selection
  • Promote company brands (Ancon & Staifix)
  • Provide customers with project referrals and sales leads
  • Actively seek new customers
  • Convert users of traditional products to new generation alternatives
  • Maintain Ancon’s in-store POS materials
  • Participate in new product launches

Market Awareness

  • Monitor prevailing market conditions
  • Awareness of relevant industry standards and changes
  • Innovation – provide ideas for improvement to Ancon’s products and services

Reporting & Administration

  • Complete customer visit records (Sales-i)
  • Produce monthly summary of key customer activities
  • Respond to customer requests for relevant information

Flexibility

  • Perform any reasonable task on behalf of the company if requested
  • Provide necessary training and support of other team members

Candidate Requirements

It is essential that the candidate has the following key functional competencies and relevant experience:-

Essential Skills/Knowledge

  • Good telephone manner
  • Confident presenter
  • Strong time management/personal organisation
  • Good communicator
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Competent Microsoft Office user
  • Team player
  • Confident negotiator

Desirable Skills/Knowledge

  • Ability to read construction drawings
  • Competent PowerPoint user

Essential Experience

  • At least 12 months experience in sales
  • Some customer service experience

Desirable Experience

  • Face to face selling
  • Construction industry experience
  • Knowledge of builders merchants

To apply, email your CV with your salary expectations to recruitment@ancon.co.uk

Latest News

Ancon exhibiting at Evolving Concrete 2017

Ancon will be exhibiting at Evolving Concrete 2017 on Thursday 28th September 2017 at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Reading. Ancon will be on Stand 19 for the duration of the event.