FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) has always been one of the most popular areas in the sales market. A career in this sector has traditionally meant long hours and hard work, but it comes with some of the best salaries in the industry. Here is a quick guide to finding your dream FMCG job.
Store-based or rep?
FMCG has become an umbrella term for most things related to retailing. This can mean either field sales or retail management.
The Grocer magazine
Without a doubt, the best range of jobs is to be found in The Grocer magazine. Despite its niche title, this weekly publication covers all careers in the retail arena from store-based sales vacancies to mobile reps positions. Most jobs have a commission element to their pay structure, although the store positions tend to be primarily salaried with smaller, budget driven bonuses.
Specialist recruitment agencies
This area of sales has generated a large number of specialist recruitment agencies which are always attempting to fill sales positions from major market players. Scan any of these sites and you will find that they cater for all levels from assistant store managers to senior executive positions.
FMCGexecutive.co.uk is a Newark-based firm which recruits in the mid-range to senior level market. If you are looking for a job as an accountant or brand manager, sales director or equivalent, then they are an excellent places to begin with.
The broadsheet national press
The broadsheet national press is a good resource for this area of sales.
The recruitment sections in papers like The Guardian, Times and Telegraph have vast numbers of openings in all related careers. The best method of finding this information is through their websites as the search facilities allow you to narrow down your choices by location, salary etc.
FMCG careers don't have to be "front of house" jobs, however. There are many allied areas of expertise that pay equally as well and may be better suited to your skill set. Brand Republic If this sounds more to your taste, then Brand Republic can help you to find a job as a marketing manager, media specialist, market researcher or any of the related supporting roles. Direct mailing Direct mailing is another worthwhile, if expensive, method of job hunting. This demonstrates all the qualities that an employer could expect from a salesman as you are, effectively, cold selling yourself. Be prepared to stick to it though, as it may take a while to succeed.