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  • Fine Wine Recruitment | Meet Faye

    Fine Wine Recruitment | Meet Faye

    We interviewed our very own Specialist Fine Wine Recruiter, Faye Rillstone. Hear her industry insights and her career journey into the wine recruitment market in our blog below. 

    Tell us about you!

    I’m a massive Theatre & Art geek! I try to catch a show as often as I can when I am in London.  

    I just fell into recruitment. When I was a candidate looking for work, dealing with recruiters always felt like a scene off ‘Wolf of Wall Street’… Then I decided to move to the UK, met a specialist recruiter who really changed my opinion. He recommended ‘New Chapter Consulting’, and I was sold. I packed up my life, moved to England, became a Fine Wine Recruiter, and haven’t looked back!

    What do you find interesting about recruiting in the Wine industry?

    People in the wine industry are super passionate. It made me want to learn as much as possible about this market. I remember my first client meeting in the UK vividly – I was so nervous. To give you some context, I didn’t even know what ‘Majestic’ was because we don’t have that in New Zealand. Terms like broker, merchant, importer, and the difference between 1st and 2nd growths, or primary and secondary purchasing were foreign to m. The industry practically schooled me, and it’s the people that make it so interesting.

    What skillset do you recruit for in the Wine industry?

    I work on a bit of everything, but mostly focus on wine recruitment in sales, buying & marketing positions, combining various different business models. I really enjoy recruiting for companies that offer Fine Wine as an asset class as their central service. That aspect of the wine industry is really fun to recruit for.       

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    Has there been any recent changes in the Wine industry that has impacted your clients?

    Cool…so the UK market is on the mend. There’s more emphasis on this being a buyers market currently. Liv-ex has shown positive returns compared to the last 13 months. The Asian economy is still quiet, but more people are back to buying, purchasing in volume, and bidding hard. The US auction market seem to be flying, and while there are trade enquiries in the EU, they haven’t yet translated into performance. However, the market still maintains a surplus. People are listing and willing to accept aggressive stock. There’s anticipation that things will turn around in Q3 or Q4 for investment, so the wine market outlook is looking more positive for this year compared to last.  

    Has there been a recent change in the type of candidate your clients are looking for?

    I am seeing more sales than anything else at the moment. Start-up companies abroad are eager to develop competency for sourcing in the EU, so there’s early discussions around the mechanics on how to implement that into existing frameworks and what types of profiles we should explore. Expanding producer portfolios has motivated new market penetration across the trade, including nationals, so there’s a demand for the right experience as well.  

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    Where do you see the future of the wine industry going?

    Watch out for new up-and-coming brands about to disrupt the scene, potentially some new mergers, and senior appointments. There’s a more positive turn of events for investment. Ambitious growth plans already pipelined for 2030 have kicked into action now, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Bordeaux En Prim shapes up this time.

    What is your favourite thing about working in recruitment?

    Working within a niche market has given me the license to put all my energy into this industry! I just want to learn everything about wine recruitment…  who is who, business models, the product, the people, the producers, the market, future plans, the challenges. The more I know, the more I realise I don’t know, which makes this all the more interesting. Nothing is certain; the impact you can have on a person or business is simply the best. Being a middleman backstage is fun!  

    If you work within the Fine Wine industry and are looking for a speciliast in wine recruiter, Faye would love to have a chat with you. Whether you’re looking to expand your team or seeking a new role, browse our vacancies below or request a call with us.
    We can’t to hear from you!

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  • How To: Change Industry within FMCG

    How To: Change Industry within FMCG

    Are you planning to switch industries such as moving from the drinks industry to the beauty sector? Whatever your motivation, changing industries can be an exciting yet prove harder than you think. However, you can successfully navigate this transition and thrive in your new market.

    We have put together our top tips to help you make a smooth transition:


    Before diving headfirst into a new industry, take the time to reflect on your skills, interests, and long-term career goals. Evaluate how your current skill set aligns with the requirements of the target industry. Research your ideal industry and the typical requirements in similar roles, whilst getting to know how the market operates and the key players.

    Identify Transferable Skills

    Whist you may lack direct experience in the new industry, chances are you possess many transferable skills. Analytical abilities, communication skills, project management, and adaptability, are sought after in any industry. Identify and highlight these in your CV and in interviews, be sure to focus on and demonstrate these traits.


    Building a strong network is essential when transitioning into a new industry. Reach out to professionals working in your new sector through events, industry conferences, and LinkedIn. Aim to gain insights, expand your contacts, and find job opportunities.

    Industry-Specific Knowledge

    To stand out as a candidate in your desired industry, research industry-specific knowledge and certifications. Start courses, workshops, or online programs that offer insights into consumer behaviour, product development, and marketing strategies.

    Tailor Your CV

    Customise your CV and cover letter to highlight relevant experiences, accomplishments, and skills that are directly applicable to the industry. Use industry-specific keywords and terminology to demonstrate your understanding of the sector. Showcase any relevant projects, internships, or volunteer work that demonstrate your passion for moving to this industry and why you are looking for a transition like this.

    Lower-Level Positions

    Recognise that transitioning into a new sector may require starting from a more junior position to gain hands-on experience and familiarise yourself within the new industry. Be open to other roles that offer growth opportunities and a clear career path.

    Demonstrate Passion

    Employers are often drawn to candidates who exhibit genuine enthusiasm and passion for the industry. Communicate your interest during interviews and showcase your willingness to learn and adapt.

    Stay Resilient

    Career transitions take time, effort, and perseverance. Be prepared to face setbacks and challenges, but don’t lose sight of your long-term goals. Maintain a positive attitude and continue to actively pursue opportunities that align with your aspirations.

    In conclusion, transitioning into a new industry within the FMCG market requires careful planning, determination, and a willingness to step outside your comfort zone. By leveraging your transferable skills, building a strong network, acquiring knowledge, and demonstrating passion, you can successfully navigate this career transition and start a new chapter in your professional life.

    If you are currently looking to transition sectors or searching for a role, contact us today to schedule a confidential chat with one of our FMCG Recruiter, Drinks Recruiter, Beauty or Consumer Goods Recruiters, or take a look at the vacancies below.

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  • Guide to Navigating Redundancy

    Guide to Navigating Redundancy

    We understand that navigating redundancy can be a daunting experience. However, we believe that it also presents a unique opportunity to reassess your career path and explore new avenues. As a recruitment company dedicated to helping candidates find their ideal roles, we see redundancy as a chance for personal and professional growth.

    Here are some essential tips to help you navigate this challenging time:

    Understand Your Rights

    Familiarise yourself with your rights regarding redundancy pay, notice periods, and any other benefits you may be entitled to under employment law.

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    Seek Support

    Don’t hesitate to reach out to HR or a trusted legal advisor with any queries about your redundancy pay or the redundancy process itself.

    Update your CV and LinkedIn

    Take the opportunity to refresh your CV and update your profile, highlighting your skills and achievements. Also, consider turning on ‘Open to Work’ feature to show recruiters and hiring managers that you’re actively searching. Be sure to tailor your experience and CV to align with the roles you’re interested in applying for.



    Utilise your network in person at industry events and on social media to connect with professionals in your field and gain insights into the job market.

    Upskill and Reskill

    Identify areas where you can improve certain skills or acquire new ones to increase competitiveness. Consider pursuing online courses and certifications to add relevant experience to your CV.


    Stay Positive

    Redundancy does not determine your worth as a professional. Remain resilient and focused on your goals as you navigate this phase of your professional career. Stay open to alternative career paths that may align with your skills and interests; experience in the FMCG sector may translate well into other sectors.

    Consider Freelancing

    Freelance or contract work can offer flexibility and opportunities while you search for your next permanent role in the FMCG industry.

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    Take Care of Yourself

    Finally, prioritise self-care and your mental health during this potentially stressful time. Maintain a healthy work-life balance, stay connected with family and friends, and seek support if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

    Navigating redundancy in the FMCG industry can be challenging, but by following these tips and staying proactive, you can position yourself for success in your new chapter. When approached with the right mindset and support, it can lead to significant professional growth and career fulfillment.

    If you’re currently in this stage and would like advice from experts, contact us below.

    If you are currently in the redundancy process or searching for a role, contact us today to schedule a confidential chat with one of our experienced consultants or take a look at vacancies below.

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  • Guide to Reducing Stress in the Workplace

    Guide to Reducing Stress in the Workplace

    During Stress Awareness Month this April, we have compiled a guide for employers on reducing stress in the workplace to unlock the full potential of their employees. This guide can also be beneficial for job seekers, helping them to identify potential benefits to seek in their next role.

    Here are some examples of strategies and benefits that companies can implement to work towards a stress-free workplace:

    Hybrid Work Arrangements

    Many companies are providing hybrid working options, which enhance employees’ work-life balance and consequently reduce stress in various aspects of their lives. This change also helps to alleviate commuting stress, allowing employees to utilise this to balance their personal and work lives.

    Four-day Workweek

    Some companies have implemented this 4-day workweek, where employees either retain their original working structure with an extra day off or compensate for this day by working longer hours. This approach can result in increased productivity during the hours at work, reduce burnout, and improve overall well-being. Many companies in 2024 are trailing this work model, and data is still being collected on its impacts.

    Wellness Programs

    Companies are investing in wellness programs that promote physical and mental well-being. These may include gym memberships, mindfulness sessions, yoga classes, and free access to counselling.

    Flexible Working Pattern

    This arrangement, much like hybrid working, allows for better work-life balance. Flexible work can take many different forms, but some companies are trialling ‘core hours’, where employees must work, for example, 10am to 4pm and then can choose to start earlier or work later. This way, those who need to accommodate the school run or look after elderly relatives have a flexible schedule to manage these responsibilities.

    Open Feedback

    Encouraging open communication and providing regular feedback is essential for managing employee stress levels. It helps foster a supportive work culture and allows employees to feel valued in the workplace. This also keeps senior managers aware of any ongoing issues, enabling them to address these before they escalate.

    Workload Management

    This goes hand in hand with open feedback, as with open communication, managers may discover that members of their team are struggling with their workload. This can involve prioritising tasks, delegating responsibilities, and promoting teamwork to assist in reducing stress.

    If you are facing challenges at work or experiencing stress in your role, contact us today to schedule a confidential chat with one of our experienced consultants.

    We can help you find your dream role, take a look at vacancies below.

    Alternatively, if you just need some specialist advice from our experienced FMCG recruiters, we would love to help you out.

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  • Ultimate Guide to Handing in Your Notice

    Ultimate Guide to Handing in Your Notice

    Transitioning from one job to another and handing in your notice is a huge step in your career journey. Whether you are leaving your current position due to a better opportunity, personal reasons, or career growth, how you give your notice can leave a lasting impression on your colleagues and employers.

    Relationships and reputation matter so it’s essential to handle your resignation with professionalism. Here are some tips on how to hand in your notice:

    1. Plan Ahead

    Before resigning, ensure that you have a solid plan in place. Consider factors such as your last working day, handover responsibilities, and any pending projects. Having a clear timeline will ensure the transition is smooth and will demonstrate your commitment to finishing your work.

    2. Schedule a Meeting

    Request a private meeting with your immediate manager to discuss your resignation. Choose a time when they’re not too busy and can give you their full attention. This shows respect for their time but also allows for a more in-depth conversation.

    3. Be Honest but Professional

    During the meeting, be honest about your reasons for leaving without going into unnecessary detail or speaking negatively about the company or your colleagues. Focus on positive aspects of your experience and express gratitude for the opportunities and support you’ve received.

    4. Offer to Assist in Transition

    Assure your employer that you are committed to a smooth transition. Offer to help train your replacement and provide any necessary handover materials. This proactive approach demonstrates your professionalism and leaves a positive impression.

    5. Provide a Written Resignation Letter

    Follow up your meeting with a formal resignation letter. Keep it concise, professional, and positive. Include your last working day, gratitude for the opportunity, and willingness to assist during the transition period. This letter serves as a formal record of your resignation and can be added to your file.

    6. Maintain a Positive Attitude

    After giving your notice, continue to perform your role and maintain a positive attitude until your last day. Avoid slacking off or burning bridges as your professional reputation is important, especially in a close-knit industry like FMCG.

    7. Prepare for the Exit Interview

    If your company conducts exit interviews, prepare thoughtful and constructive feedback. Focus on constructive criticism and avoid personal attacks or negativity. Your insights can help the company improve its processes and culture for future employees.

    8. Stay Connected

    Keep in touch with colleagues and managers even after you leave. Networking is valuable in the FMCG industry, and maintaining positive relationships can lead to future opportunities.

    9. Celebrate Achievements

    Take time to celebrate your achievements and contributions whilst working for the company. This could be through a lunch or drinks evening where you can say goodbye to colleagues and finish on a positive note.

    10. Prepare for the Next Step

    Finally, focus on preparing for your new role or career transition. Update your CV and LinkedIn profile, network with industry contacts, and set goals for the future.

    Giving your notice will always require professionalism, and a positive attitude. By following these tips, you can navigate this smoothly whilst leaving a lasting positive impression on your colleagues and employer. Remember, how you exit is just as important as how you enter a job.

    At New Chapter, we specialise in the FMCG recruitment, working across the Food, Retail, Drinks, Luxury and Consumer industries. If you’re currently seeking a new opportunity, make sure to contact us on or take a look at our current vacancies.

    Alternatively, if you just need some specialist advice from our experienced FMCG recruiters, we would love to help you out.

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  • Winter Blues Impact on your Job Search

    Winter Blues Impact on your Job Search

    Even though we will soon be leaving behind the gloomy winter season, the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures still seems distant. The shorter days, colder weather, and lack of sunlight can take a toll on our mood and motivation causing the winter blues. This affects various aspects of our lives, especially when trying to keep a positive attitude in your job searches.

    If you’ve still not found your dream role or you’re struggling with motivation, this blog is for you. Let’s beat those winter blues!

    Winter Blues

    The winter blues occur at a specific time of year, typically in the winter months. Symptoms may include fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, and a general feeling of sadness or hopelessness.

    Impact on Career and Job Search

    Decreased Motivation

    The winter blues sap motivation and enthusiasm, making it difficult to stay focused on your job search. Repeatedly applying for positions without securing many interviews can already be demoralising. When coupled with the lack of motivation from the winter blues, it can become overwhelming, leading to procrastination in submitting applications.

    Slowed Networking

    Networking remains a crucial aspect of any job search; however, during the winter months, the desire to socialise and network may wane due to the cold weather and dark evenings.

    Lacking Energy

    The winter blues often come with feelings of fatigue and low energy levels. This can impact our ability to tackle job search tasks such as updating CVs, writing cover letters, or preparing for interviews. Consequently, this can have a knock-on effect on your success in securing interviews. If you’re not putting as much effort in to showing the interviewer you’re the ideal candidate, they’re less likely to select you for the next stage.

    Mental Health Impact

    The mental health challenges linked to the winter blues can cause stress and anxiety with career transitions. The pressure to find and secure a new job may feel overwhelming, leading to feelings self-doubt.

    Coping Strategies


    Make it a priority to spend as much time outdoors as possible, taking walks to maximise exposure to daylight even during weeks when the sun hasn’t appeared.

    Prioritise Self-Care

    Caring for your mental and physical well-being is crucial, especially during the winter months. Integrate self-care activities like exercise, healthy eating, and relaxation techniques into your daily routine to boost mood and energy levels. Ensure you get all the necessary vitamins through a balanced diet or vitamin supplements.

    Reward Yourself

    We’re not suggesting that every time you apply for a role, you should book yourself a week-long trip to Greece. However, to maintain motivation, make sure you celebrate those small wins, such as successfully securing an interview. This could mean treating yourself to coffee with a friend, buying yourself a nice lunch, or a dedicated self-care evening.

    Set Realistic Goals

    Break down larger job search goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. Setting realistic goals enables you to make progress without feeling overwhelmed by the task at hand. For instance, begin by updating your LinkedIn Profile. Next, work on updating the experience section of your CV. After that compile a list of companies of interest, and so on, to break down the dauting search.

    Stay Social and Connected

    Despite the temptation to hibernate during the winter months, it’s crucial to stay connected to friends, family, and professional contacts. Reach out to mentors, peers, or networking groups for support and encouragement. While you may feel inclined to decline invitations and stay home, spending time with friends can help lift those blues, even if it’s just for a few hours.

    Seek Professional Help

    If feelings of depression or anxiety persist, consider seeking support from a mental health professional. Therapy or counselling can provide valuable coping strategies and support during challenging times

    The winter blues can certainly present challenges for those navigating their job search. However, by understanding how seasonal changes impact our mood and behaviour, and by implementing effective coping strategies, we can alleviate the negative effects and stay on track toward our professional goals.

    Remember, you’re not alone in facing these challenges, and with the right support and self-care practices, you can successfully navigate the winter blues and thrive in your career journey.

    If you need help finding your next opportunity or just need support in your search, contact us today on

    Alternatively, if you just need some specialist advice from experienced FMCG, Consumer and Retail recruiters, we would love to help you out.

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  • Mastering the First 90 Days in a...

    Mastering the First 90 Days in a New Role

    Starting a new FMCG job is both exciting and daunting. The first few months in a new position are critical for setting the tone and laying the foundation for your success.

    In this blog, we will outline a strategic roadmap to help you in mastering the first 90 days in a new role in FMCG with confidence.

    Set Clear Goals and Objectives

    Begin by defining what success looks like you over the next 90 days. This will hugely vary for each professional based on your previous experience and new role. Consider what you aim to achieve-whether it’s mastering a new skill or software, creating strong connections with clients and colleagues, or ensuring you have a full understanding of the product/service.

    To establish your goals, use the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) technique. Refer to our previous blog on how to identify your strengths and weaknesses for help with this. Ensure that your goals align with your role, responsibilities, and the overall objective of the business. Break them down into actionable steps and prioritise based on importance.

    Understand Your Role and Responsibilities

    Ensuring a thorough understanding of your role, responsibilities, and expectations not only portrays you as proactive but also lays the groundwork for long-term success.

    Clarify any uncertainties with your manager and colleagues whilst familiarising yourself with key processes, new systems, and all clients and stakeholders. Identify potential challenges or areas for improvement in the business and develop proactive strategies to address them.

    Build Strong Relationships

    Starting a new role and meeting new people can be daunting. However, ensuring you connect with your colleagues and clients in the first 90 days is essential; it lays the groundwork for making positive first impressions.

    Invest time in building rapport, trust, and collaboration, and actively seek feedback and insights from others. This will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics within your team; relationship-building is essential for success in any role.

    Organisation and Effective Time Management

    Developing a structured plan to efficiently manage your time and tasks is crucial. Prioritise your daily activities according to their importance and urgency. Use tools and techniques such as to-do lists, calendars, and project management software to stay organised and focused. Set aside dedicated time for strategic planning, goal setting, and reflection.

    Continuous Learning and Development

    Commit to continuous learning and professional development. Identify areas where you can expand your knowledge, skills, and expertise to thrive in your new role. Take advantage of training programs, workshops, and resources offered and look for new opportunities to learn to accelerate your development.

    Seek Feedback and Reflect Regularly

    Seek feedback from your manager, colleagues, and stakeholders on your performance and progress. Actively listen to their input and incorporate constructive feedback into your development efforts. Take time to reflect on your achievements and areas for improvement. Celebrate your successes and learn from your setbacks to continuously refine your approach.

    The next 90 days are important to establish yourself in your new FMCG role and set yourself up for long-term success. Remember that your career success is a journey, and each day will give you an opportunity to learn, grow, and excel. Here’s to mastering the first 90 days and beyond!

    At New Chapter, we specialise in the FMCG recruitment, working across the Food, Retail, Drinks, Luxury and Consumer industries. If you’re currently seeking a new opportunity, make sure to contact us on or take a look at our current vacancies.

    Alternatively, if you just need some specialist advice from our experienced FMCG recruiters, we would love to help you out.

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  • Love in London: Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

    Love in London: Valentine's Day Date Ideas

    As Valentine’s Day nears, London boasts a variety of fantastic Galantine’s or date night experiences. Whether you prefer cozy evenings, adventurous outings, or cultural experiences, the city caters to everyone. This guide explores the top activities for Valentine’s Day in London.

    1. Picnic at Hyde Park:

    For those who enjoy the outdoors, Hyde Park provides the perfect setting for a romantic picnic. Pack a basket with your favourite snacks, bring a blanket, and don’t forget a thermos of hot chocolate (it is still February, after all!)

    2. Candlelit Dinner at The Shard:

    Elevate your Valentine’s Day with a candlelit dinner at one of London’s most iconic landmarks, The Shard. Enjoy a delicious meal with stunning views of the city lights – guaranteed to make your night extra special!

    3. City Cruises:

    Sail down the Thames in style on your romantic evening. Book a dinner or afternoon tea cruise and enjoy a scenic tour of London’s landmarks, accompanied by live music and wonderful food.

    4. West End Musicals:

    London is currently hosting incredible West End shows like Moulin Rouge, SIX, Hamilton, and many more. Paired with a dinner at a restaurant, this creates the perfect romantic evening or Galantine’s night out.

    5. Cooking Masterclass:

    For couples who love food, there’s many diverse food masterclasses on offer in London. Whether it is authentic Asian cooking to bakery classes it’s a fun experience for any couple and you get a lovely meal too.

    6. Private Cinema Experience at Electric Cinema:

    Enjoy an intimate evening with a private cinema experience at Electric Cinema in Notting Hill. Snuggle up in plush seats and watch a movie of your choice, creating a romantic atmosphere for the perfect evening out.

    7. Sky Garden Sunset View:

    Capture the sunset from the Sky Garden, providing a breathtaking panoramic view of London. Surrounded by lush greenery and floor-to-ceiling windows, this garden offers a romantic setting for a pre-dinner drink or a moonlit stroll.

    8. Cultural Date at Tate Modern:

    Art enthusiasts can immerse themselves in contemporary art at Tate Modern. Wander through the galleries and find inspiration from the collections for free.

    9. Ice Skating at Somerset House:

    Embrace the winter breeze with a classic ice-skating date at Somerset House. You will be surrounded by the beautiful architecture of this historic venue, picture yourselves gliding round hand in hand-or, more realistically, ending up on the floor!

    10. Design a Bespoke Perfume:

    Create your personal unique scent together, choose from musk, spice, amber, fruits and more. Once you’ve crafted your signature couples’ fragrance, you’ll leave with two bottles of your one-of-a-kind perfume.

    Whether you prefer a quiet evening at a park, plan to explore landmarks, or experience the cultural in theatres and markets. London offers a diverse range of date ideas for every couple or galantines girl group.

    If you are looking for a job within the FMCG industry!

    Check out our website to search our live job vacancies now!


    Get in touch for a chat so we can learn about you and what you want out of your career.
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  • FMCG Talent: Beyond Job Boards

    Partner with New Chapter for your FMCG Talent Needs

    As the FMCG industry continues to evolve and expand, the need for exceptional talent becomes more critical than ever. At New Chapter, we understand that finding the right candidates to drive your FMCG business forward can be challenging.

    While job boards have been a traditional go-to for recruitment, we believe in going beyond the ordinary to discover extraordinary talent. This blog explores our innovative and creative approaches to FMCG talent sourcing. These ideas can give your company a competitive edge and help you build and retain a top-performing team.

    Leveraging Social Media

    Our expert team at New Chapter knows how to harness the potential of platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram to build your employer brand, engage with potential candidates, and create a robust talent pool. By showcasing your company culture, values, and success stories, we attract top talent who align with your vision and mission.

    Option 1: We offer the option to maintain your brand confidentiality online while connecting you with candidates who perfectly fit your role. Rest assured, your company’s identity remains discreet during the hiring process, ensuring a seamless and confidential search for the ideal candidates.

    Option 2: Alternatively, we provide an exclusive partnership where we showcase your company culture, values, and success stories. By leveraging this approach, we can attract top talent who deeply align with your vision and mission. Thus, resulting in a team that shares your passion and dedication.

    Find top FMCG Talent

    Tapping into FMCG Industry Events

    FMCG industry events, conferences, and trade shows are gold mines for talent acquisition. Our team actively participates in these events. This is not only to stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends but also to network and connect with potential candidates. These platforms offer unique opportunities to identify hidden gems and passionate individuals who can elevate your FMCG business to new heights. 

    Reducing Your Hiring Time

    Job boards can often bring in a large number of applications which can often be time-consuming for employers to screen and evaluate. New Chapter streamlines the recruitment process, presenting you with pre-screened and qualified candidates, saving you valuable time and effort.

    Access Passive FMCG Candidates

    While FMCG job boards attract active job seekers, New Chapter’s network and expertise allow us to reach out to passive candidates who may not be actively looking for new opportunities but could be a perfect match for your company.

    New Chapter's Unique Approach

    At New Chapter, we’ve developed a unique and exclusive approach that lies at the heart of our success. If you know us, you will know our secret recipe. This specialised strategy, known as our five2 Approach, is the secret to our achievements in the FMCG industry. Get in touch to find out more. 

    If you’re looking to revolutionise your FMCG talent acquisition process and find the best talent in the industry, partner with New Chapter today. 

    Contact us now to find out more about what we do. 

    At New Chapter, we understand the importance of staying informed and competitive in the fast-paced FMCG industry. That’s why we’re excited to offer you our exclusive FMCG and Drinks Salary Survey’s, designed to provide you with valuable insights and help you get ahead of the curve when benchmarking salaries for 2024.

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  • Top Five End of Interview Questions

    Top Five End of Interview Questions

    The end of an interview is a crucial moment for you to demonstrate your genuine interest in the role and gain insights into the business culture and team dynamic. Interviews are a two-way street. While employers evaluate candidates for their suitability for the position, it’s equally important for you to assess the company culture, work environment, and job expectations.

    Here are the top five questions to ask at the end of an interview to leave a lasting impression whilst interviewing the business to work out if the role is suitable for you:

    "What does a typical career path look like for someone in this position?"

    This will help you to understand the growth opportunities available to you and you can compare this to your current role. It also demonstrates your commitment to long-term success within the company and signals to the hiring manager that you’re ambitious and curious to know more. The answer to this question can reveal whether a company invests time into employee development and encourages growth, with opportunities for advancement or ways to improve your skills.

    "How does the company support professional development?"

    By asking about the company’s approach to the professional development they mentioned in the first question, you demonstrate your eagerness to grow and you can find out what will be available to help you progress should you take this position. A commitment to wanting to learn and improve is a valuable trait in any employee.  Their answer will provide you insights into whether they offer training programs, mentorship opportunities, and how you can improve your skills.

    "What challenges or opportunities is the team currently facing?"

    This forward-thinking mindset is great when asking about the challenges or opportunities within the team or department. You can use this answer to explain how you feel you could add value to the company based on these struggles. Understanding their current priorities or problems can also help you to assess if your skills align with the company’s needs and if you have the experience to address these challenges.

    "Can you tell me more about the team dynamics and the company culture?"

    Understanding the dynamics of the team and the overall company culture is crucial for you. This question not only shows your interest in fitting into the existing work environment but also gives you a view into the company’s values, communication, and collaboration style. It is vital for the work culture to align with your own values for increased productivity and happiness in a role.

    "What is the next step in the interview process, and when can I expect to hear back?"

    This question allows you to demonstrate your interest in moving forward without appearing pushy, and it provides a clear timeline for the business to follow-up. It is important to close the interview by expressing your enthusiasm as it will helps manage your expectations regarding feedback.

    Asking thoughtful questions at the end of an interview is a strategic way to showcase your interest, find out more information, and leave a positive lasting impression on the interviewer.

    Remember, interviews are not only about the employer evaluating you but also about you evaluating the employer. Use these questions to ensure that the job aligns with your career goals and values.

    At New Chapter, we partner with companies in the FMCG & Retail industries. If you’re currently seeking a new opportunity, make sure to contact us on or take a look at our current vacancies.

    Alternatively, if you just need some specialist advice from experienced recruiters in your industry, we would love to help you out.

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