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Friday Featured Vacancies – IT Manager / Communications & Marketing Intern

cumbria community foundationCommunications & Marketing Intern

Cumbria Community Foundation is looking for a dynamic and motivated person to help with their communications and marketing needs. The full-time role will be for 12 months based at their office in Dovenby.

The position provides an opportunity to further develop experience in marketing, communications, research and events management as well as gaining experience of social policy, grant making and community philanthropy.

The aim of the role is to provide support to staff members across a range of activities and functions. The position will be packaged as support to a range of projects to ensure effective management of the intern’s time.

The Community Foundation exists to improve the quality of the community life in Cumbria by making grants to voluntary organisations and individuals and managing grant making funds on behalf of individuals, companies and government organisations.

Established in September 1999 the Foundation has given out almost £30 million in grants to more than 4,000 groups and 4,000 individuals.

The Foundation has a strong donor base and is held in high regard by key stakeholders.  As an organisation committed to the local community and a track record of delivery they are looking for a key member of the team to contribute to the exciting development of the organisation.

Salary £14,000 – £16,000 per annum

For further information including the job description and application form, visit their website http://www.cumbriafoundation.org/

Closing date 9.00am Monday 16th May 2016

Interview date 24th May



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Carlisle Brass is looking for an IT Manager. This role offers the opportunity to travel, locations include Carlisle, Blackburn, Kirkham and Dubai.

To apply send a CV and covering letter to cgraham@carlislebrass.com.

Find out more about Carlisle Brass on their website – http://www.carlislebrass.com

Closing date for applications is 10 May 2016.



Title:                     IT Manager                        

Reports to:         Head of Finance

Dotted line to:  CBG MD / Divisional FD

Location:            Carlisle

Sites:                     Carlisle, Blackburn, Kirkham, Dubai

Salary:                  £40-45k (37.5 hour week with out of hours and weekend work required occasionally to meet business continuity needs)

Benefits:             3% pension contribution, DIS 2 x’s salary, 23 days holiday                               



The role arises as a result of the need to strengthen the IT function within the business, in the light of increased growth and technology dependence as well as the increased complexity arising from a proposed ERP replacement in 2017.

The hardware infrastructure for the current systems is largely based at Carlisle, with remote servers at Blackburn and Kirkham.

The parent Group’s IT infrastructure will also continue to evolve towards consolidation and standardisation of solutions for its other UK businesses based in Daventry, and this role holder should therefore expect to collaborate with other parts of the Arran Isle group in achieving  realistic synergies. It is likely that this would comprise further virtualisation of storage and servers, as well as a roll out of virtual desktop technology


Job Purpose      

Deliver an infrastructure which continues to support the growth of the organisation and become knowledgeable about all its aspects to ensure continuous support for the operational hours of the business.

Provide day to day management and leadership of support staff making sure that appropriate skills are in place and effectively deployed in order to meet the function’s responsibilities to its users at all sites.

There will also be scope to provide forward looking guidance and strategy on where the Group can deliver more through IT, as well as responding to and developing ideas arising in the business units.


ERP replacement

Carlisle Brass currently operates a range of software applications to control the business, largely based around a bespoke database (Corserine), and developed in .NET from an original Phoenix database. Much of this development has been undertaken in house by the current IT manager. Corserine has in turn has been integrated with Sage 200 to provide the financial reporting and analysis. It is intended that the IT Manager will remain within the business focussed mainly on support of the legacy systems and immediate development requirements of these.

Carlisle Brass is currently planning to replace its existing legacy  systems with a fully integrated ERP solution in 2017. It is highly likely this will be based around a MS Dynamics Navision solution already developed for other businesses in the Arran Isle group, and being implemented during  2016.

The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting this project from the early stages through to post completion support.

The business does not currently have Navision experience available, but this will be supported by other sites and experienced third party implementers.


Key responsibilities and Standards of Performance

  1. Helpdesk resources and performance including reporting and improvement programmes
  2. Allocation of support resources and software resilience as agreed with business units including up time
  3. Coordination with external support providers which includes managing their performance and negotiation of contracts to support the operational requirements of the business
  4. Developing business specific Service Level Agreements (SLA) for each business unit and subsequently ensuring that IT service meets or exceed agreed targets
  5. Contribute to the development of the IT strategy encompassing hardware, software, security, resources and other aspects that support the achievement of the business plans of each business location
  6. Project planning and management of infrastructure maintenance and development projects including engagement and management of 3rd party contractors and service providers as and when required
  7. Creation of Disaster Recovery plans covering all aspects of IT resources and service for each business including periodic testing and subsequent updating. This includes from minor incidents such as theft of mobile phones to larger scale issues such as downtime on main systems
  8. Managing the hardware estate for the business units including:
    1. Physical servers, switches, firewalls and other associated hardware at Carlisle and other UK locations
    2. Local PC’s, photocopiers
    3. Telecoms: fixed line, broadband, mobile phones & devices, wifi, scanners
    4. Video conferencing assets
  1. Development and roll out of IT policies across all locations, periodic maintenance and enforcement
  2. Overall management of website hosting for all business units including the development and monitoring of service level performance from 3rd party resource providers
  3. Management of all aspects of IT security for all locations including PCI compliance, hardware and software integrity and resilience
  4. Contribute to wider company projects that require IT input such as new process planning, new functional specific software such as demand planning or business reporting
  5. Form part of the wider Group’s IT resource by working collaboratively with other IT professionals in the business and contributing to the IT Board
  6. Keep up to date with new software and technologies that can make our business better and build competencies within the IT team


Other Relationships

Coordinate with Divisional Finance based in Daventry, UK.

Liaise with other IT professionals around the Group

IT of customer/supplier functions around the UK


IT / Business systems

Sage 200 accounting software used for financial reporting

Interfaced with internally developed Corserine / Phoenix operating systems

Local IT hardware infrastructure includes virtualised servers and remote servers at business locations in Kirkham and Blackburn.


Background, education and experience 

Extensive 1st/2nd and 3rd Line support for a variety of infrastructure & application environments (pre-dominantly MS focused)

Extensive Design and deployment of Windows/PC based hardware

Management of an IT function within a larger multi-site SME or

Management of teams within an outsourced IT services environment



Good general education with at least strong A level or equivalent education.  Degree level education likely.  Appropriate technical certifications to demonstrate technical areas of expertise.


Technical Experience

  • LAN/WAN Network
  • MS Server platforms
  • Full and Thin client architecture including Citrix
  • Hardware performance monitoring and improvement
  • SQL
  • Business Continuity, backup & recovery
  • VMware
  • Antivirus, Anti-spam & Firewall management
  • PCI compliance
  • Website/Ecommerce/EDI
  • SQL
  • Programming, e.g. Linux, .NET
  • Video conferencing (Lifesize)
  • Support ERP and Business Intelligence tools

The template for the future ERP system is  based around MS Dynamics NAV 16 (Navision) with extensive use of  Phocas (BI) and Jet Reports (BI)for much of the reporting requirements. Experience in any of these would be advantageous


Organisation Structure


Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Brand Ambassador with Splatter

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Brand Ambassador with Splatter Field Marketing Agency

Company information:

Splatter Group are a field marketing agency who generally work in the entertainment and technology fields. We offer tactical ad hoc work on a day to day basis. Our jobs include auditing, merchandising, demonstrations, mystery shopping, costume character work, events and in store training.

Job description:

Splatter group offer various types of work either ad hoc day to day basis, part time or full time.

Our jobs include auditing, merchandising, demonstrations, mystery shopping, costume character work, events and in store training.

Person requirements:

Splatter Group are looking for out-going, trustworthy staff that have a keen interest in technology, gadgets and games


  • Scotland
  • Europe
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • East of England
  • Ireland
  • Greater London
  • West Midlands
  • East Midlands
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • South West England
  • South East England
  • Yorkshire and the Humber

Apply online at: http://join.splattergroup.co.uk/

How to: Get a Job in Marketing


Read tips from two successful candidates’ journeys though the Victoria Plumb graduate interview process.

What to expect at an assessment day

  • Bring an email that encouraged you to open it and visit the website
  • Prepare a short presentation about what was engaging
  • Writing meta descriptions to demonstrate SEO knowledge
  • Maths test to assess your understanding of graphs and data

Group tasks

  • Design a new product
  • Rebrand the company
  • Prepare a group presentation

Candidate advice

  • Research the company, ownership, management structure, press mentions and company history
  • Check blogs and social media
  • Check competitors and shape of the market
  • Research the job role and potential interview questions

What to wear?

  • Play it safe and look professional
  • Dress smart and wear a bright colour to stand out

Preparing your CV

  • Proof read for errors
  • Tailor your CV for the job you are applying for
  • Get your cover letter right and show your personality
  • Match the required skills to your experiences

Making a good first impression

  • Start with a good handshake and make eye contact
  • Be yourself and show your personality
  • Make a connection with the interviewer
  • Use humour to make a good impression (don’t overdo it)
  • Let people talk, but stand your ground

Standing out in a group scenario

  • Listen to others. Don’t shout and talk over other people
  • Offer input (good ideas only)
  • Relax, socialise and build rapport
  • Teamwork is key – show your co-operation skills

Preparing for the final interview

  • Research common interview questions and prepare answers
  • Build rapport with the interviewers and have questions prepared
  • Make your answers industry related
  • Memorise your interviewer’s names beforehand
  • Relax and be confident

How to exit an assessment day

  • Leave with a strong handshake
  • Make a nice, friendly comment
  • Be formal and professional
  • Network with other interviewees

Social media

  • Check privacy settings on Facebook
  • Delete any profanities from social media and make sure content is clean

Common mistakes

  • Don’t be overbearing or try too hard
  • Don’t try to control everything
  • Don’t be late!!
  • Don’t talk over people




Marketing & Operations Manager – Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 23/05/2014

Global XS Cargo Ltd have a unique opportunity for a marketing & operations manager

  • Coming to the end of your studies?
  • Not sure what to do next?
  • Fancy something different from the standard career path?

We’re looking for a proactive, independent, enthusiastic, creative individual prepared to invest time and energy to run, manage and develop a successful international freight and cargo business.

You will be responsible for the day to day running of the business, but also you will be free to create your own business development and marketing plans. We have plenty of ideas of our own, but will also encourage you to advance yours.

You’ll need to be:

  • Genuine, honest and committed.
  • Independent & passionate to take on a challenge and be successful.
  • On call to Manchester airport – occasional unsociable hours involved.
  • Must live within 20 minutes drive of the airport (vehicle provided).
  • Able to cope with some heavy lifting.

In return we’re offering:

  • Use of company vehicle 24/7, fully insured, company mobile.
  • Flexible hours, work from home.
  • Proven potential to earn £400 per week on commission alone.
  • Initial 6 month contract commission based.
  • The business caters both for airline passenger excess baggage forwarding, and international cargo shipping services.

Customers include individual airline passengers, overseas students, expatriate workers and businesses with cargo shipping requirements. Success will be generously rewarded, with salary and company shares on the table. Business regularly generated £4,000 per month profit and has potential to far exceed that. This is a proven, profitable, privately run business which has become neglected due to other commitments.

Are you the person to take on the challenge?

Apply now to find out! Please send your CV (quoting reference number gxsmm04) to info@gxscargo.co.uk telling us why you would be the right person to take the business to the next level, and how you would go about promoting it.

A day in the life of Rachel Murray, Digital Marketing Consultant for Hydrant

Rachel is Digital Marketing Consultant for Hydrant in Carlisle. You can read more about Hydrant in Monday’s post here.


How did you become a Digital Marketing Consultant? Did you need any specific training or education?
I graduated with a marketing degree, but I also had a keen interest in digital marketing, and I actually got the job through LinkedIn. I was interested in working with Hydrant as I am quite local, so I connected with some of the staff on LinkedIn, and saw the job advertised there. I sent off my CV, which led to our first meeting and it went from there! They were looking for someone to undertake their digital marketing and so I joined the team as digital marketing consultant; if a client needed advice, I would be the point of contact. Now that I have been there a year, my role has progressed so that I do a lot of face to face work, networking, and marketing Hydrant – letting people know that we are just around the corner!

What does a typical day consist of?
I do a lot of business development, sales, and tender opportunities, so I usually start the day by looking at the tender portals, finding sales opportunities and then ensuring that we have all the documents together in time for deadlines. Every day has different demands and priorities and so I arrange my workload around those. I do a lot of Hydrant’s marketing, mostly online, so I will create press releases, blog posts, tweets and things like that. I could also be arranging events, such as our recent tweet-up, other Hydrant events, and so on. As I am also a point of contact for people who are interested in our services, I often have clients phone up for advice, or new clients wanting to work with us. I find that working in an agency, every day is different!


What personal qualities do you think are essential to be good at your job?
You really need to be outgoing and creative to work in social media; you don’t want your online presence to blend in, it needs to be engaging and stand out! It is important that you have the skills to create that sort of online presence. I am quite talkative, which is useful when networking, so I’m not sitting in a corner and not really representing Hydrant – you need to be outspoken and have the ability to form relationships and chat with all different kinds of people. You also need to understand the strategy behind the suggestions you make to clients, you need to know the technical theory behind all of that. This is one of those jobs you can really learn as you go, especially within social media as it is always changing, you need to constantly be aware of new trends and be up to date and on the ball!

If you could spend one day in another job, what would it be and why?
I find social media really interesting but I would love to do it for a really different organisation. My dream job is to work for Heat magazine, working in the office and meeting celebrities. Their approach to social media is completely different, it isn’t corporate at all, and it is about building relationships with their readers which I find very interesting. They tweet and post on Facebook about TV programmes, celebrities and celeb culture, it’s a totally different approach.

What is your biggest tip for someone who wants follow in your career path?
My main advice would be to be proactive, just get yourself out there and let companies know you are available and experienced. Form relationships with companies, and people at those companies, rather than just applying for jobs. So, you could send a LinkedIn request to the company founder, and send him a message letting him know what you are about. When I first came out of university one of the first things I did was to get in touch with local organisations to see if I could work with them for a few days – most companies will say yes to someone offering to work for free! Another important thing to remember is that experience is vital, so the more you can do before you leave university, the better. Working for a company for a few days, or on a short project looks better than a blank CV. If you are struggling to get any experience, you could even start blogging about your chosen career. For example, if you are seeking a career in advertising, you could blog about current advertising campaigns, putting your own touch on them, giving advert reviews etc. This is building your experience and shows employers your knowledge and abilities, and you can use it as a reference or portfolio when applying for jobs. Having something to show an employer goes a long way.

Interested in a career in digital marketing? You can read more on the Prospects website at http://www.prospects.ac.uk/features_marketing_whats_on_offer.htm

Friday’s Featured Vacancy 29/11/13

Last week at the Carlisle campus we had Enterprise Rent-a-Car visit us to talk to the students about how they use social media, what graduate employers are looking for, and to talk about their graduate schemes. The Carlisle branch of Enterprise is among the most profitable branches in the country, and this week, our featured job gives you the opportunity to join this worldwide organisation.

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Graduate Management Trainee – Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Join the Enterprise management training programme and following an initial classroom-based orientation session, you’ll be based in one of our branches, learning all the business skills you need to manage it yourself.

You’ll join us as a management trainee and develop skills in all areas, from sales and marketing to customer service and finance. So it really is a general management scheme.

Career progression
You’ll start off as a management trainee and in as little as eight to twelve months, you could move up to a management assistant. From there, in your next year, you’ll continue your training and you could become an assistant manager. That’s when you’ll receive a percentage of the profits generated by your branch, which means your earnings will be directly related to your performance.

Throughout our graduate programme, there’s a series of tests and evaluations, after which you’ll receive pay increases, rewards, and more opportunities for promotion. You’ll almost certainly be a branch manager within just two years of starting, and after all that it’s up to you how fast you move – there’s area manager, group rental manager, general manager and then you might take over the world! Well, we are a global company after all.

Click apply now to search for all the latest Graduate Management Trainee jobs available.

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Marketing Jobs on the Up?

Graduate Prospects’ magazine “Jobs and Courses” reports a 26% rise in recruitment to Marketing vacancies in 2010, as surveyed by the Reed Marketing Job Index.

Unfortunately, this has not lead to an increase in Graduate salary levels but is never theless encouraging news. You can view the full article in the January edition of Jobs and Courses.