Acknowledging that a child has grown up is never easy

Thirty-five years ago, I set up my first recruitment agency in Braintree Essex. A young woman with a dream, a bucket full of energy, a passion for recruitment and, probably, a lot of naivety! Today the dream has become a reality. The energy and passion are still there, although they are expressed more quietly. The naivety, went a long time ago but has not been completely replaced by cynicism!

Today, the Just Recruitment Group is a multi-branch agency with a turnover of more than £15,000,000. It is the flag ship business in a string of agencies that cover General Recruitment, Education, Social Care and Executive Search. It is a child that has come of age; but it is still very much my child.

I have built other businesses that, when the opportunity arose, I sold. Just is different though. As I said earlier, it’s my child. We have built a team that shares a culture and a business ethos. Many of that team have been with me for very nearly the entire journey. Any exit plan I considered had to have the team at its core. That is why I have decided to move the ownership of the group into an Employee Owned Trust (EOT). A Trust that will run the business for the benefit of the employees.

I, and the board of directors, will stay in place for the next few years; to allow the orderly transformation of the business into an Employee Owned Company. It’s as exciting a project as the original creation of the business. What the next 35 years holds for Just Recruitment, I don’t know. What I do know is that I am handing it over to the best people available.

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Small Plant Engineer / Mechanic
Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing
Salary: £20,000 - £26,000 per annum
Location: Earls Colne
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 909734
About the role

Just Recruitment is seeking a Small Plant Maintenance Engineer to join a company on the outskirts of Halstead, Essex.

  • Due to the company’s location, you must be able to drive to be considered for this position.
  • Working Monday to Friday, 7.30am-4.30pm - Must be flexible to work shifts to assist with holiday cover/absence when needed.
  • Working as part of a maintenance team, primarily in the workshop, to ensure all site equipment (handheld and small tools) remain serviceable, safe and functioning correctly. (Knowledge and experience of two-stroke engines will be a distinct advantage as would welding/fabricating experience.)
  • Assisting with preventative and reactive maintenance when required on all machinery and production-related equipment.
  • Carrying out other tasks and duties as reasonably directed by your Foreman and Line Manager.

Key skills and experience required:

  • Experienced mechanic with a good all-round knowledge of mechanical and electrical principles.

The company will consider a graduate/college leaver with a genuine interest in Mechanics / Engineering, as they can offer in-house training and guidance.

A competitive salary is on offer with a wide range of additional benefits.

Performance-based yearly bonus scheme, with 50% paid in December and 50% in March.

23 days paid holiday plus the statutory Bank holidays.

Health insurance policy that contributes towards dentist/optician costs, physiotherapy etc. Recently-refurbished canteen serving subsidised healthy meals produced by our experienced chef.

Working Monday to Friday, 7.30am–4.30pm – Must be flexible to work shifts to assist with holiday cover/absence when needed.

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Mechanical, Electrical & Trim (MET) Technician
Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing
Salary: Competitive depending on experience
Location: Sudbury
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 909711
About the role

Just Recruitment is recruiting for an experienced Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET) Technician on behalf of a company based on the outskirts of Sudbury.

You will be keen to get involved with all aspects of the Bodyshop.


  • To strip and fit damaged panels, interior trim and mechanical/electrical parts
  • To perform all work assigned in a timely manner, economically and to company and manufacturers standards
  • Assess faults
  • Job cards and assessment reports
  • Accessing and removing mechanical and electrical components
  • Removing and fitting non-structural body panels
  • Removing and re-installing mechanical and electrical systems
  • Vehicle valeting
  • To operate equipment and carry out all duties in a safe manner
  • To maintain equipment, protective clothing and work areas in a clean, tidy and safe condition
  • To maintain a high level of competence for the work to be undertaken by undergoing on-site training, attending courses at suppliers and manufacturers and reading technical bulletins as required


  • ATA or NVQ is essential

Personal qualities:

  • Reliable friendly and willing to continue gaining training to keep up with the latest technology
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