We can help you to attract engineering talent and retain your best people.

You'll be in safe hands with Optima. After registering a role with us, we'll go through the intricacies of the role and your business to make sure we don't just find the right candidates on a technical basis, but we can help find people who will fit in culturally, too, and share the same values.

Similarly, if you're looking for a new role, or at least open to new opportunities, we'll delve into your career so far and your goals and aspirations for the future so that we can match your profile with the right roles and with business who will help support you to get to where you want to be.

We focus on the following markets within manufacturing businesses:

PLC Programming / Controls
Continuous Improvement
Lean Manufacturing
Mechanical Design

People who work with us are genuinely part of a partnership and we're more than just a Recruitment Agency, we're a genuine Engineering Talent Consultancy.

Latest Jobs

Below is a list of the roles we are working on at the moment. Click read more to view the full advert and then click apply if the role appeals to you. Each Consultant's details will be at the side of the page so you can get in touch with them them if you have any questions.
Why Employee Value Proposition is Vital When You're Hiring Manufacturing Talent
It’s hugely important to attract impressive employees in the world of manufacturing, and Employee Value Proposition (EVP) can have a significant impact on your chances of securing top talent.
Here's How Manufacturers Can Improve Employee Onboarding
There is no denying the importance of employee onboarding, but there are bound to be ways that you can improve things. Onboarding is vital in manufacturing, as it ensures that employees understand complex tasks, operations, procedures and how to do things efficiently.
Top 9 Things Job Seekers Want in Their Next Career Move
As an employer, it's important to understand what job seekers are looking for in their next career move. We have been asking candidates for the last 18 months why they are looking to move positions and what is most important to them for their next role. Here are the top 9 responses in order of importance:
Manufacturing Salary Survey 2023
Our latest salary survey guide features key insights and takeaways for the manufacturing sector.
How to Reduce Waste in Lean Manufacturing
Every operation within your business will either add value or produce waste. Lean manufacturing is all about eliminating those activities that don’t add value, cutting down on the waste that comes with processes that lower your efficiency. It’s about focusing instead on operation flows that reduce waste, rather than create it.
Bad Hires Beware: The Costly Consequences of Choosing the Wrong Candidate and How to Avoid Them!
The cost of a bad hire in the UK can be staggering, with implications ranging from lost productivity to reputational damage. According to research by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), a bad hire at mid-manager level can cost a business upwards of £132,000. In this article, we will explore the true cost of a bad hire, and discuss five ways to avoid them, including the benefits of using a recruitment agency to assist in the recruitment process.

My Testimonial

We approached Optima during our search for technical roles within the business, Kyle and the team were great in helping us shape our needs and hone in on the type of person we actually needed, rather than just what the job description had in its text.
From the outset, Optima presented us with candidates that really did not need shortlisting by ourselves, and the shortened our process significantly. Optima remained in contact with the candidates and us to ensure that any issues were managed, and that initial telephone interviews were conducted at pace, so we could down select.
Helping the candidates prepare for interview by giving them the “story” of our roles, meant that interviewees were well prepared before face to face interviews, and understood not only the current task, but the direction we wanted to go in the future, which ensured our side of the process was easy to conduct.
Post recruitment by managing candidate contact, Optima ensured we worked with candidates through to joining us, preparing them for smooth onboarding and reducing the time it took to get to know the business.
Ops Manager @ AE Aerospace
About Kyle Davies
I had the pleasure of working with Ryan for a contract position I worked through Optima. The process was easy, well communicated, and easy flowing. I would highly recommend Optima; their professional but friendly way of work is second to none!
Jamie W, Mechanical Design Contractor
About Ryan Lockett
Absolutely excellent! Initial call was with Kyle (he placed me in my previous role) Dani was just starting with Optima. Dani and I had a detailed review of what I had done, my experience and what I wanted! A Quality Manager role In Blackpool Great wage (no travel) Can go to gym in morning before work (but still won’t) Spot on all the way! Thanks Team Optima!!
Diane H, Quality Manager
About Dani Montgomery
In a competitive market, Recruitment Consultants need to stand out from the crowd, more so now than before COVID-19. The days of promising the earth but then disappearing the get the next quick win are gone for now and a more long term, considerate and personal service is required. After all, it’s the candidates that actually earn the fees and support the brands reputation. For me, Optima Consultancy Services, Grace in particular, has done just that. Grace communicates with me pro-actively, whether good, bad or indeed no news. Grace is always cheerful, trustworthy and insightful into market conditions. I look forward to success with Optima Consultancy Services and continuing this relationship for many years to come.
Nigel B, Business Executive
For Grace Brewer