Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture

European Commercial Assistant

European Commercial Assistant (German Speaking)
Sector: Packaging Distribution
Location: North West/Home working

Package: Basic Annual Salary £20,000-£25,000 dependant on experience plus bonus/attractive OTE & excellent PLC benefits

The Company
Macfarlane Group PLC is the UK’s largest packaging distributor, and we are seeking to recruit a Commercial Assistant (German speaking) to provide support to our growing European operation. As a business, we are passionate about providing fully integrated and innovative packaging solutions augmented by outstanding customer service. Our European footprint continues to grow significantly, and so we are always keen to engage with talented individuals who can be part of this success story.

The European Commercial Assistant Role
Within this key support role, you will be working strategically with the management team to support the development of both existing customers and prospect accounts. This will therefore require a high degree of ongoing customer contact and administrative work including expediting, data entry (including CRM input), preparation of commercial documents and general coordination of project related tasks.
European Commercial Assistant Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting and coordinating commercial activities for Macfarlane European Development Team and assist with follow-up of key projects, sales lead management, updating of CRM database
  • To work in a constructive manner and to promote co-operation, communication, and teamwork with other Macfarlane Group departments & distribution centres to maximize European sales and profit growth
  • Assisting with research for growth opportunities and market trends across territory
  • Handling telephone conversations and processing incoming and outgoing mail
  • Publishing of Monthly Reports in line with expectation.
  • Preparation of Sales Support Documentation – Presentations, Customer Profiles, RFQ’s & Project Plans in a timely manner
  • Preparation of meetings and presentations
  • Transmitting correspondence, documents, data, graphics & archiving
  • Organising and co-ordinating company activities
  • Processing of purchase and sales orders & invoices

Do you have the correct profile?
This will initially be a home-based role, but it is important to us that you also reside within a comfortable commuting distance from either our Manchester or Wigan site.
You will be fluent in English & German (any other European languages such as Dutch could be advantageous but not essential). You will likely be of graduate level and be very well organised, adaptable, work well under pressure, and be a good communicator at all levels within our organisation and with key stakeholders in global organisations. It is also important that you are patient and resilient. Some demonstrable previous experience gained within a similar role that has involved lots of customer contact, plenty of hands-on administration and a need to expedite & coordinate project work would be preferable. Please note that no prior experience of packaging is required as full training will be provided.

The Package
In return we offer an attractive basic starting salary (linked to experience) along with a significant profit linked bonus scheme. Additionally, we offer flexible employee benefits incorporating the following: 25 days annual leave (rising to 27 days with service plus all bank holidays), additional holiday purchasing scheme, contributory pension & employee discount scheme. Macfarlane Group is also dedicated to maximizing every employee’s potential by providing career development plans and pathways in an environment that fosters personal growth and continuous improvement.
How to apply/next steps
This is a key appointment whereby we will be taking the coming weeks to identify the
very best of applicants in the hope of selecting our favoured candidate to commence in
January 2021. Preliminary ‘Zoom’ interviews shall be arranged swiftly for shortlisted
candidates. To make an application please simply click ‘apply’, uploading your CV in
English language and ensuring that it is up to date and relevant. Please note that all
shortlisted candidates can generally expect to hear back from us within ten working days of making their application. If you do not therefore hear back within that timeframe, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.