At Industry Forum we are committed to help grow your career and aspirations. We aspire to build a great team which is highly rewarding, challenging and where you can transform your career. By working with us, you will have opportunities to be part of a team that are leading experts in delivering consultancy and training across a diverse range of sectors worldwide.
We are continually looking for talented, self-motivated, inspirational people to join our team. Applications from people who can demonstrate the ability to work effectively and engage with employees at all levels across an organisation to deliver complete business solutions are particularly welcome.
Industry Forum’s vision is to be recognised as one of the leading providers of expertise to improve industrial competitiveness – and our mission – to deliver sustainable results through depth of industrial expertise, from transformational strategy to action.
We are a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and was formed in 1996. We are a leading provider of specialist expert consultancy and training to industrial organisations, helping them increase competitiveness and improve efficiency. The company has been delivering organisational and personal improvement programmes for nearly 20 years across many different industries.
The Industry Forum office is based in Birmingham, however we deliver our services both in the UK and overseas and therefore our consultants will typically spend over 70% of their time at client premises.
Everyone in our team is actively encouraged to play their part in the development of the organisation and we follow our values of Professionalism, Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation and Passion. We are also proud to have been awarded the Investors in People Bronze award in 2015 and follow a Quality Management System aligned to ISO9001.
In return, we offer a competitive salary and bonus scheme, with excellent personal development opportunities, both academically and within multiple industry sectors. Employees who deliver high levels of performance and customer satisfaction are encouraged to progress within the organisation to more senior leadership roles.
In addition, we provide a wide selection of exclusive lifestyle offers, services and support, designed to help you manage and balance your work/life priorities. We offer a competitive defined pension contribution, personal healthcare, company car or allowance.
At our company, we want everyone to feel welcome. That’s why we want you to know that we’ll work with you to make the application process as smooth as possible. So please just let us know if you need any adjustments or support – we’ll do whatever we can to help.
If we offer you a job, we’ll discuss with you how we can help set you up for success, including by making adjustments to your working environment if required.
We are focused on becoming recognised as leading providers of expertise to improve industrial competitiveness.
As an organisation delivering business excellence across a diverse range of sectors worldwide, we are continually looking for talented, self-motivated, inspirational people to join our team.
Applications from people who can demonstrate the ability to work effectively and engage with employees at all levels across an organisation to deliver complete business solutions are particularly welcome.
You will have a proven track record of delivering wide ranging business benefits and be able to meet challenging customer expectations and objectives in a timely manner.
Due to the international nature of our business, our team members are expected to spend significant amounts of time travelling both in the UK and globally.]
I joined Industry Forum as an Intern and it has given me the opportunities to widen my knowledge of multiple industries while helping develop my skills and understanding of business. With a wide range of experiences ranging from material development to interesting meetings with government officials, I have learned from each department and been given interesting projects to tackle. With support throughout it has been an enjoyable rewarding experience and I would encourage anyone looking to develop from a placement to apply.
- Scott Beasley, Graduate Placement
I have recently received my five year service award here at Industry Forum. I have worked in the finance team for four of those years and have been able to get involved in projects as they have arisen and piqued my interest such as the logistics of the office move and designing, testing and implementing our new ERP system. This is in addition to ‘mini projects’ that form part of our Professional Development Review process which run alongside my day to day job. I was promoted last year to Head of Demand Management and Contracting and enjoy being part of the team that look after and nurture new leads as they come into the business. I love the feeling when leads begin to convert into revenue. I also know that nothing is ever truly ‘off limits’ with IF – if there’s something related to the overall business objectives that you want to have a go at then you’re often able to get involved. That’s the benefit of working for a relatively small company.
- Sophie Meeson, Head of Demand Management and Contracting
I started working for SMMT IF in 2002 as a Lean Engineer. I was exposed to some intensive on the job training from the Japanese master engineers working with SMMT IF at the time. I spent a number of years working with organisations on team based activities to improve business performance through the application of lean improvement tools and techniques. My background in Quality led me to become more involved in our Management Systems offerings, this was a natural progression linking the activities of an organisation through to their business management system. Today, I work within our Automotive Team as one of a number of Principal Engineers in the business. My responsibilities include our ISO/TS16949 and VDA offerings. My role involves me working closely with colleagues in VDA, the association of the German Automotive Industry. This has allowed me to improve my basic German language skills and travel extensively in Europe and beyond. One of the wonderful parts of my role is the range of people it brings me into contact with – whether it is delivering a training course, working with an organisation to improve their business processes, auditing or just being in the office. We are given autonomy to get on within our roles and provided with the flexibility to develop and expand these in line with the business strategy. I have been provided with plenty of opportunities for personal growth and development.
We work with a global network of partners and associates allowing me to get to know people way beyond our lovely offices in Birmingham. Corporate social responsibility is an important part of our work, we raise money and provide practical help where we can to Acorns Children’s Hospice. We’re empowered to come up with ideas and suggestions through our LIFE programme (Little Improvements for Everyone). For me, this has included a bike shelter for those of us that cycle to work – we’re currently working on shower facilities!
- Niall Kealey, Principal – Management Systems
I have worked in the Finance Industry for over 26 years and I can say without a doubt that being a part of Industry Forum has been an enjoyable and excellent career choice. Coming from a predominantly Banking/Financial Services background, I saw Industry Forum as a great new opportunity to utilise my finance and accounting skills within their Accounts team when I returned to work on part-time basis in 2003, following a career break to look after my children. Industry Forum have invested in me over the years by providing both on and off the job training and provide all employees the opportunity to enhance their careers further should they wish to do so. I enjoy the ability to be able to work with a number of staff within departments across the whole company and at various levels who are all committed and dedicated to Industry Forum.
- Melanie Jones, Accounts Assistant
If you feel your experience matches our organisational needs and are inspired by joining the Industry Forum team, either as a full-time employee or a part-time associate, please submit a copy of your current CV and a covering letter.