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Like any cutting-edge, technology driven market, Automotive has a skills gap. With the introduction of the automated car on the horizon, it is clear that the demand for dynamic and highly experienced professionals has increased.

There is now a growing preference for candidates to add value with a unique skill set that has adapted to modernisation practices and exercises an acute awareness of traditional techniques.

Here at Spencer Ogden, our team offers industry specific services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the whole automotive supply chain, including tier one and two suppliers, consultancies and sales. Our consultants bring expertise into every stage of the product life cycle, through design, development and series production.

Timely, effective project delivery is our core focus. Our careful and diligent recruitment process will match the correct candidates with job roles that fulfil clients’ extensive requirements. A centralised project team based in one of our eight global offices, combined with expert contractor care provide additional reassurance for all of our clients. From immigration and visa issues to payroll, accommodation and mobile phones, it’s all covered.

With specialist consultants covering the automotive industry sub sectors, we are always on hand to respond quickly and deliver a tailored recruitment solution that suits your requirements.

BIW, Interior Trim, Exterior Trim, Seating, Powertrain, Quality, Manufacturing & Process, Military vehicle, Off-highway, Tubular Manipulation, Transmission & Drive Line, Electrical & Harness, Chassis Systems, Project Teams, Sales & Account Management, Materials & Supply Chain, Telematics, Welding & Production, Health & Safety, Lighting, Acoustic & Thermal, Test & Development, Emissions, Fluid Management.

By 2017 the UK is expected to break vehicle sales records and with demand in China and U.S. set to increase, the automotive industry is guaranteed to retain its position in the fast lane."



Automobiles have become one of the most effective mediums of transport the world has ever seen. Since the automobile was first introduced in 1768, the industry has successfully adapted to consumer preference, as seen in 2015 when over 88 million vehicles were sold. With numbers set to reach 111 million by 2020, the sector continues to evolve at a strong pace.

Considered as one of the most durable industrial activities of the century, it is a market that has created millions of jobs over a number of decades.

Product expansion and innovation continue to push the boundaries of automotive design and manufacturing capabilities. Shifts in consumer buying behaviour have initiated extensive safety and fuel economy improvements and automotive sales have sky rocketed as a consequence. The advancement of software and electronics consistently challenge automotive industry leaders to build reliable, energy efficient vehicles that will meet the needs of future consumers.

OEM priorities. Given the increase in electronic content, OEMs need to collaborate with suppliers and experts outside the traditional automotive industry. Accomplishing this will require changes in the way OEMs function. For example, they may need to use venture funds to nurture and support companies that can innovate technologically, and provide access for more non-traditional suppliers, including hardware and software companies.

OEMs should also prioritise R&D and engineering projects to focus on those that offer the best value and differentiation and address new safety and environmental regulations in the most cost-effective way.

Supplier priorities. Suppliers should partner with innovative non-traditional automotive electronics and infotainment suppliers to utilise their speed-to-market and higher scale. These influential stakeholders should also rationalise their portfolios and strive to be among the top two or three suppliers for each of their “core” products. OEMs will be looking to their top suppliers to co-invest in new global platforms, and suppliers should carefully evaluate the opportunities in expanding their manufacturing footprint as their primary OEMs move towards single worldwide architectures. Early collaboration will reap long-term rewards.

Spencer Ogden Values:

The values held by Spencer Ogden - “Innovation, Professionalism and Success” - are echoed throughout the business globally. We are highly ambitious and place great importance on motivating our employees to drive performance forward - as can be demonstrated by the company's growth to 15 offices globally from its inception in 2010. We offer tailored training programmes, which progress with each consultant throughout their career. We also provide ongoing mentorship to develop and encourage our consultants to expand their knowledge of their specialist market on an ongoing basis - which ensures our consultants are the most knowledgeable in the recruitment world.

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