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Opportunities

Due to business expansion we are looking to recruit for the following positions:

Key Account Manager (Washington, Tyne & Wear)

Type

Full-time; permanent

Department

UK Sales – Proactive Sales

Job Location

Washington, Tyne & Wear

Hours

37.5/week; typically between 08:30 - 17:30

Salary

£20,000/annum

Development

Opportunities available

Canford Audio Ltd is a world-renowned broadcast and professional AV equipment manufacturing and distribution company. We are expanding our busy UK Sales team and require a forward-thinking, committed team player who is looking for their next role in a proactive sales department.

Bases at our headquarters in Washington, Tyne & Wear, the Key Account Manager will support the UK Sales Manager and contribute to the teams’ success. The successful candidate will provide end-to-end sales interaction with new and existing customers, while proactively maximising sales opportunities with a rapid, first-class service.

Canford Audio Ltd believes in developing its employees. There are some excellent opportunities for the right candidate such as funding for training and qualifications, support and encouragement with career progression to the level of Business Development Manager.

Essential Criteria
  • Good general education including minimum 4 GCSEs, Maths 9-7 (A*-B), English & Science 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent;
  • Experience within a busy sales role;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Effective written & verbal communication skills;
  • Thorough and organised approach, with the ability to use own initiative;
  • Commitment to team & partnership working;
  • Logical & creative thinking skills; problem solver;
What we offer
  • On-site parking - dedicated parking bay
  • Casual dress - smart casual
  • Company events
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Your birthday off each year
  • Sick pay
  • Ride to work scheme
  • Flexitime - can build this up and take an extra day off per month
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Death in Service Benefit
  • Excellent learning & development opportunities

About Canford: We have been around since 1976 and have gone from strength to strength. The UK Sales team is a small, very welcoming team, looking to grow and develop some new members.
We are passionate about what we do - doing it right the first time and our customer service is second to none. We value honesty, effort and teamwork so if this sounds like you and you'd like to be a part of our professional team, please submit your CV today.

Sales Associate - Apprentice (Washington, Tyne & Wear)

Type

Apprenticeship - Level 4 Sales Executive, 18 months

Department

UK Sales – Sales Administration

Job Location

Washington, Tyne & Wear

Hours

37.5/week; typically between 08:30 - 17:30

Salary

£17,500.00 per year

Development

Opportunities available

Canford Audio Ltd is a busy, world-renowned audio, visual and broadcast manufacturing & distribution company in Washington, Tyne & Wear and need to expand its UK Sales team. We are looking for a forward-thinking, committed and dedicated team player who are looking for their next role in a proactive sales department.

The successful candidate will be handling inbound calls, processing sales orders, helping to identify sales opportunities, dealing with customer queries, monitoring open orders, generating quotes and building relationships to name a few duties.

There are some excellent development opportunities for the right candidate within this position. Canford Audio Ltd. believes in developing its employees, funding training & qualifications, supporting & encouraging them to reach their full potential. The successful candidate will have the possibility of developing their role into a Key Account Manager and, later on, potentially, a Business Development Manager.

Essential Criteria
  • Goodgeneral education including minimum 4 GCSEs, Maths 9-7 (A*-B), English 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent;
  • Must have excellent written and verbal skills as talking with clients and other departments within the company will be a key part of the role;
  • Initiative to problem-solve, coming up with ideas on how to ensure the customer can obtain what it is they want;
  • Thorough and organised approach, maintaining an accurate eye for detail;
  • Personable and friendly with an ability to build relationships both internally and externally.
What we offer
  • On-site parking - dedicated parking bay
  • Casual dress - smart casual
  • Company events
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Your birthday off each year
  • Sick pay
  • Ride to work scheme
  • Flexitime - can build this up and take an extra day off per month
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Death in Service Benefit
  • Fully funded Apprenticeship
  • Excellent learning & development opportunities

About Canford: We have been around since 1976 and have gone from strength to strength. The UK Sales team is a small, very welcoming team, looking to grow and develop some new members.
We are passionate about what we do - doing it right the first time and our customer service is second to none. We value honesty, effort and teamwork so if this sounds like you and you'd like to be a part of our professional team, please submit your CV today.

Production Operator (Washington, Tyne & Wear)

Department

Production

Job Location

Washington, Tyne & Wear

Hours

37.5/Week

Salary

Meets National Living Wage

Objectives

To support the Production Manager in ensuring the smooth running of the department by ensuring the assembly of products to timescales and zero defects.

Canford Audio Limited is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the elimination of discrimination and expects all staff to share this commitment. This position is subject to the receipt of at least two satisfactory references, right-to-work check, qualifications check and a minimum 6-month probationary period. Whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by Canford Audio Limited.

Main Duties / Responsibilities
  • Assembly of products to match specification;
  • Successfully build all products within National Time Standards;
  • Full accountability for all products to ensure zero defects when passed for final test;
  • Ensuring all work and tasks carried out are to the highest standard;
  • Working towards strict Production schedules, ensuring all deadlines and targets are met;
  • Adapt and support all Lean Manufacturing Principles and look to promote continuous improvement throughout the Production site;
  • Participate in regular 5S programmes;
  • Ensure good housekeeping at all times to ensure full compliance with all Health and Safety regulations;
  • Working within a small team, it is critical that each team member has a strong work ethic and the ability to carry out their own tasks within a timely manner;
  • Willingness to continuously develop own skills to ensure a high quality standard to our customers.

Other

  • Communicate effectively with Line Manager and all other colleagues;
  • Maintain a professional manner, ensuring the excellent customer service reputation at Canford Audio Limited is retained;
  • To work within the Company’s policies and procedures;
  • Willing to be trained with in-house products and increase skills in current IPC standards;
  • Attend any training to comply with legislation & the development of the department

This job description is subject to periodic review; it is not meant to be an exhaustive list. The Company reserves the right to change its contents, in accordance with the needs of the department.

Graduate Audio Engineer (Washington, Tyne & Wear)

Canford, market leaders in professional audio, video and broadcast, have an opportunity for a new or recent graduate to join their Technical team, based at the company’s main premises near Newcastle.

Preferably you have a degree that majored in subjects such as: audio, video, broadcast engineering, audiology or acoustics. You will have a detailed knowledge of current audio applications in the professional domain, from audio networks and digital formats, to microphone polar patterns, and everything in-between. Much of Canford’s business is about interconnection infrastructure, with a speciality in audio and video cable design, both copper and fibre. Alternatively, you’ll have experience in theatre, ents/tech teams, local/student radio or similar. Any experience within a professional audio environment will be considered, whether paid or as a volunteer.

The Canford tech team cover many aspects of our operations, including product management, product support for customers, creation of material for the web catalogue, authoring of technical feature articles for the website and publication, creation of design briefs for our manufacturing department, and much more.

You’ll have direct contact with many key customers to provide them with appropriate solutions for their projects and contracts, and work alongside our business development people to develop our relationships. Certainly part of the role could be described as "technical sales", as Canford’s teams work extremely closely together.

As a responsible company, we have to be mindful of a wide range of technical compliance issues, such as CE & UKCA approval of our manufactured products, the Construction Product Regulation which deals with fire safety of cables; this responsibility lies with the tech department.

There will be some travel to industry exhibitions that Canford attend, and to seminars and practical workshops we deliver. You will also be supporting the sales teams by handling product demos at customer premises from time to time.

In an industry with such dynamic technology development, it is expected that the company will support the need for continuing professional development through attendance at relevant training sessions when required.

Despite the market changing radically over the last 45 years, and technology underpinning many of the products changing so quickly, Canford has adapted so as to remain the leader in our specialist field, whilst retaining the highest levels of customer service on which our reputation is based.

If you would like to know more about the role, and have a chat with members of the team, please get in touch with the HR team at jobs@canford.co.uk.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Sheet Metal Workshop Supervisor (Portland, Dorset)

Department

Production

Reports to

General Manager

Job Location

Portland, Dorset.

Hours

Monday to Thursday – 08:00-17:00, Friday – 08:00-13:50

Main Duties / Responsibilities

The role is a hands on workshop based position that will report directly to the factory general manager and include the following responsibilities;

  • Working alongside and overseeing a small team to meet the requirements of a sometimes demanding and rapidly changing schedule to satisfy customer orders.
  • Ensuring that staff within the sheet metal department are working effectively and efficiently at all times.
  • Working closely with the Sheet Metal Design Engineer with respect to best practice in all operational, quality and technical matters
  • Advising, assisting and implementing procedures and practices to ensure full compliance with all mandatory and legislative requirements with respect to Health and Safety and maintenance.
  • Covering the critical responsibilities of the Sheet Metal Design Engineer in their absence whilst also training to offer full cover/additional design resource in the future,
  • Positively contributing to the overall operation and team in a fast moving production environment to ensure we maintain and further develop our hard earned reputation for both outstanding customer service levels and quality standards.

The list is not exhaustive.

Qualifications / Experience

The ideal candidate for the above position would be required to:

  • Demonstrate the relevant experience and capability in some or all aspects of sheet metal fabrication and the ability to manage a small team.
  • Be conversant with AutoCAD/Solidworks (or similar) and CADCAM CNC programming packages relating to sheet metal working equipment or prepared to undertake training in these areas as required (this may be external off site training)
  • Be very creative with a mind geared towards helping to develop innovative high quality solutions in a very competitive cost conscious market
  • Demonstrate a good understanding and application of Health and Safety legislation and requirements surrounding sheet metal fabrication equipment
  • Show excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Be able to work under their own initiative and with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills at all levels within a team environment.
  • Be flexible, supportive and understanding to the needs of a fast moving production environment.
  • Be flexible towards working extra hours when required.
  • Be conscientious and be able to demonstrate an excellent timekeeping and attendance record.

The role of Sheet Metal Workshop Supervisor will be a busy and demanding one that will be both enjoyable and rewarding for the right candidate. This is an excellent and unique opportunity to become established and grow with a successful and long established independent company that operates as an EOT and is run for the benefit of its staff as opposed to shareholders or owners.

Sheet Metal - Apprentice (Portland, Dorset)

Type

Engineering Apprenticeship – in conjunction with Weymouth College

Department

Production – Sheet Metal

Job Location

Portland, Dorset.

Hours

37.5/week; Mon-Thurs 07:30-16.30, Fri 07:30-13.20

Salary

£12,000.00 per year

Opportunity

Canford, market leaders in professional audio, video & broadcast have an opportunity for an apprentice to join our Portland team. Regarded as the ‘preferred source’ for custom metalwork and bespoke solutions for major broadcast/AV integrators in the UK and globally, the Portland site is looking for a pro-active, adaptable and enthusiastic candidate, with an eagerness to develop and excel in their professional career, whilst working to maintain and increase our strong reputation and capabilities to meet challenges for the future in a highly dynamic and technical industry.

There are some excellent development opportunities for the right candidate within this position. Canford Audio Ltd. believes in developing its employees, funding training & qualifications, supporting & encouraging them to reach their full potential. The successful candidate will have opportunities to progress to a higher apprenticeship, develop their skills and knowledge in a permanent position and participate in further education to HNC level. The candidate will then support and eventually assume full responsibilities for sheet metal design involving CAD/CAM, product design and department supervision as well as the potential for future progression.

Main Duties

The apprentice will initially work under the supervision of the production engineer and sheet metal design engineer to setup and operate the CNC punch, which involves interpreting production drawings and job sheets, tooling setup and operating the sheet metal guillotine. Other sheet metal tasks as necessary including de-burring, fastener installation and spot welding. Practical tasks in other departments to aid understanding of process and product knowledge.

Desired Skills & Qualifications
  • Qualifications to include a minimum of 5 GCSEs A*-C / 9-4
  • A proactive approach to hands-on work
  • Initiative to problem-solve, adaptability to different challenges and willingness to learn
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and quality of practical work are important in this role
  • Able to carry out technical instructions precisely and interpret production drawings
  • An interest in design would be advantageous
  • Attendance and punctuality is expected to be excellent
What we offer
  • On-site parking
  • Casual dress - smart casual
  • Company events
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Your birthday off each year
  • Sick pay
  • Ride to work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Death in Service Benefit
  • Fully funded Apprenticeship
  • Excellent learning & development opportunities

About Canford: Canford Audio Ltd is a busy, world-renowned audio, visual and broadcast manufacturing & distribution company based in Washington, Tyne & Wear. The manufacturing team, located in Portland, Dorset, is a tight-knit, welcoming group, looking to recruit new apprentices. The Portland site has a history of developing exceptional apprentices who have progressed and exceled within the business and are delighted to offer this fresh opportunity to follow this trend. If this sounds like you and you would like to join our professional team then please apply below.

Apply here - Sheet Metal Apprentice - Find an apprenticeship (findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk)

Further information on Weymouth College Engineering Apprenticeships available here - Engineering - Weymouth College

Production Control - Apprentice (Portland, Dorset)

Type

Engineering Apprenticeship – in conjunction with Weymouth College

Department

Production – Production Control Operations

Job Location

Portland, Dorset.

Hours

37.5/week; Mon-Thurs 07:30-16.30, Fri 07:30-13.20

Salary

£12,000.00 per year

Opportunity

Canford, market leaders in professional audio, video & broadcast have an opportunity for an apprentice to join our Portland team. Regarded as the ‘preferred source’ for custom metalwork and bespoke solutions for major broadcast/AV integrators in the UK and globally, the Portland site is looking for a pro-active, adaptable and enthusiastic candidate, with an eagerness to develop and excel in their professional career, whilst working to maintain and increase our strong reputation and capabilities to meet challenges for the future in a highly dynamic and technical industry.

There are some excellent development opportunities for the right candidate within this position. Canford Audio Ltd. believes in developing its employees, funding training & qualifications, supporting & encouraging them to reach their full potential. The successful candidate will have opportunities to progress to a higher apprenticeship, develop their skills and knowledge in a permanent position and participate in further education to HNC & Foundation Degree level. Once qualified as a production engineer, responsibilities will include product development, technical sales, site supervision and project/operations management as well as the potential for future progression.

Main Duties

The apprentice will work under supervision of the production engineer to initially learn a variety of shop floor roles including product assembly, CNC machining centre operation, laser engraving and other workshop tasks. Practical tasks in other departments to aid understanding of process and product knowledge. As they develop in their apprenticeship, they will work in other areas such as stores, maintenance, quality assurance and design to develop production control knowledge.

Desired Skills & Qualifications
  • Qualifications – A-Level preferably in a core subject, a minimum of 5 GCSEs A*-C / 9-4 to include Maths & English
  • Good communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Willingness to take on hands on tasks
  • Technical, IT and Maths skills are important to this role
  • The individual should be committed and adaptable to diverse challenges
  • Proactive and driven person with keen interest to develop their professional engineering career
  • Positive approach to problem solving and delivering solutions
  • Attendance and punctuality is expected to be excellent
What we offer
  • On-site parking
  • Casual dress - smart casual
  • Company events
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Your birthday off each year
  • Sick pay
  • Ride to work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Death in Service Benefit
  • Fully funded Apprenticeship
  • Excellent learning & development opportunities

About Canford: Canford Audio Ltd is a busy, world-renowned audio, visual and broadcast manufacturing & distribution company based in Washington, Tyne & Wear. The manufacturing team, located in Portland, Dorset, is a tight-knit, welcoming group, looking to recruit new apprentices. The Portland site has a history of developing exceptional apprentices who have progressed and exceled within the business and are delighted to offer this fresh opportunity to follow this trend. If this sounds like you and you would like to join our professional team then please apply below.

Apply here - Production Control Apprentice - Find an apprenticeship (findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk)

Further information on Weymouth College Engineering Apprenticeships available here - Engineering - Weymouth College

Interested?

If you are interested in being considered for a vacancy please forward a written letter of application giving a brief description of your recent working history to:

Human Resources
Canford Group
Crowther Road
Washington
NE38 0BW

OR

e-mail: jobs@canford.co.uk

NO AGENCIES PLEASE

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Canford Group is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, marital status or disability.

Data Protection

All information processed within Canford Audio Limited is done so within Data Protection Act 2018 & GDPR 2018 guidelines.