Covid-19: Latest Covid-19 statements and covid secure documentation

50 vacancies available at MAN Group due to reshoring contracts

A unique collective of manufacturers are embarking on a major recruitment drive after a string of reshoring wins and new breakthroughs in electrification technology.

The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), which comprises eight sub-contract manufacturers and a specialist engineering design agency, has got more than 50 different vacancies currently up for grabs and is urging people to come forward to make the most of the opportunities.

Roles range from SMT quality technicians and casting experts to technical sales and CNC machine setters, with firms also placing their faith in the future by investing in a host of interns and apprentices.

Peter Davies, CEO of James Lister & Sons and Co-Chair of the MAN Group, commented: “Despite all of the economic challenges out of our control, UK manufacturing is really buoyant at the moment and there are lots of opportunities out there for firms who are delivering new innovations and world class performance.

“We need extra resource and across the nine companies we’ve got more than 50 live vacancies – the issue is trying to find people in a shrinking labour pool that hasn’t been helped by Brexit.”

He continued:

“This means all our firms have to be more creative in the way we look to attract staff, and this has seen us offer new incentives, detailed progression paths and working closer with schools to try to build the pipeline of new talent coming through.

“The Design & Make Challenge we recently held is a prime example, where we put on a special engineering day for over 40 pupils, many of whom are now in talks with our companies about future work placements and even jobs.”

50 vacancies available at MAN Group due to reshoring contracts » Peter Davies L4 » PP Control & Automation

Employing more than 1750 people across 13 different factories, the Manufacturing Assembly Network can offer every engineering discipline imaginable, including aluminium casting, automation and control systems, forging, plastic injection moulding, contract electronics manufacturing, precision machining, high-volume pressing, tube manipulation and welded assemblies.

Its membership includes Alucast, Barkley Plastics, Brandauer, Grove Design, James Lister & Sons, Kimbermills International, Muller Holdings, Nemco and PP Control & Automation.

Peter went on to add: “Nemco’s anticipated growth means it has 13 different positions available, whilst Birmingham’s Brandauer has 11 and Black-Country-based Alucast has 7.

“Grove Design, a specialist engineering design agency based in Leominster, also has two roles up for grabs in product visualisation and electronic design. It’s not just shopfloor jobs either, there’s also admin, sales and marketing positions vacant at present.

“Engineering is a great career to be involved in, offers above average levels of pay and you can be responsible for producing parts that make the world go round every day.”

For further information or to apply for one of the jobs, please visit




More thought-leading content

Unlock your growth potential. Explore key services

Do you outsource?

    Realise your growth potential by making outsourcing part of your manufacturing strategy.

    At PP C&A, we never assume that a solution for one customer will work for another, because every customer is unique. That is why we will never try to simply sell you an ‘off the shelf solution’.

    We believe in meeting you, listening and understanding your needs first. If you are considering outsourcing for the first time or you wish to review your current outsourcing strategies, we would welcome the opportunity for discussion

    1. Do you outsource?

    If yes
    Do you outsource to multiple suppliers?

    2. Are you considering outsourcing or considering changing supplier?
    3. Are you experiencing barriers to growth?

    4. Would you like to arrange a consultation (call or visit) with us?
    5. Would you like to receive more information on strategic outsourcing?
    6. If you have a more specific enquiry, question or pain point, please let us know: