Findlay Publications has poached two top sales people from
engineering magazines to help launch JimFinder, a recruitment website
for the manufacturing sector.
The site will be unveiled in early September. ’Jim’ stands for ’jobs in
manufacturing’, and the site will focus purely on this sector and
especially on jobs for qualified engineers.
JimFinder is run by Simon Devitt, who recently left his post as chief
executive of the Audit Bureau of Circulation to head Findlay’s new
Devitt has recruited David Henry, who was group ad manager on Centaur’s
The Engineer, to run the site’s recruitment sales team. He has also
poached Barney Collins, formerly recruitment ad manager on Professional
Engineering, who will work as Henry’s deputy.
’We did our research,’ said Devitt. ’And these are two of the best guys
in the market.’
The site is just the ’first of many’ said Devitt. But he said Findlay
was determined to emulate JobServe - which established an early
advantage in the online recruitment market for IT contractors - by
dominating a niche.
’Findlay has a great database of the universe of British manufacturing,
with many of the leading manufacturing titles. This gives us a
considerable head start in this market,’ added Devitt.
He also pointed to CBI figures that suggest there are 700,000 vacancies
in UK manufacturing at any given time and that manufacturing companies
spend more than pounds 100 million every year trying to get the right
A recent survey by Forrester Research found that corporate recruiters
plan to increase internet spend by 52 per cent in the next four years,
and will cut their spend on traditional media.