FM Recruitment with Iconic Toy Manufacturer Mattel

Founded in 1945, Mattel is American multinational toy manufacturing company, with numerous iconic products and brands including Fisher-Price, Barbie and Hot Wheels.

With 140 dedicated employees based at their UK office in Maidenhead, Mattel required an Associate Manager of Facilities to be based at this site. The client approached Maxwell Stephens to help with this recruitment project on an exclusive basis.

“They treat candidates with respect and I feel at ease knowing that I am not just a ‘transaction’”

The Associate Manager of Facilities would be responsible for taking ownership of and running the operational management and delivery of all Facilities Management services within Mattel’s UK business including Health and Safety, property portfolio and related insurances.

With daily management of the Facilities function, the successful candidate would take ownership of the Facilities intranet site, represent the team at management meetings where required, participating in, suggesting and implementing company initiatives to enable the business to run smoothly and improve the working lives of all company employees.

The Position

“I have known the team at Maxwell Stephens for a couple of years now, in roles where I have been both a candidate and a hiring manager. I can honestly say that Maxwell Stephens is the only recruiter I feel comfortable approaching nowadays when I seek a new role, based on the fact that I know they will actively look for suitable roles for me, they regularly contact me to keep me up to date on opportunities, they believe in my skills and competencies and genuinely want to support me in finding successful roles that are the right fit for me. They treat candidates with respect and I feel at ease knowing that I am not just a ‘transaction’. Because of the manner that Maxwell Stephens treat candidates, they have been first on my list when I have recruited for new employees myself. They genuinely want to find the right match for both the business and the candidate and that is always demonstrated in the quality of the candidates that they put through to me.”

The Candidate

To be successful in this role, the ideal candidate needed to have significant commercial experience in an FMCG blue chip organisation in addition to extensive experience of the management of external suppliers including contract renewal and negotiation.

Utilizing significant budget management skills, the successful candidate needed to have a proven track record of contract management and cost control.

To fit in with Mattel’s vision and corporate culture, we needed to look for people that are excited by a challenge, want to be rewarded for performance and who are motivated to make things happen.

With excellent organisational skills, they required the ability to resolve problems quickly when under pressure in an efficient and calm manner. Using a polished and professional approach, the ideal candidate to be able to communicate with people at all levels confidently.