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I help the UK's leading manufacturing companies connect and recruit the top sector talent.

Specialising in assignments that require confidentiality, using the latest AI recruitment technology, we have an average time to hire of 27 days.

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First Future Executive Search and Selection

Recruiting for Executive Management, Directors, and Operations Managers for the Manufacturing and Engineering Sectors

  • General Managers, Executives & V.P’s

  • Director Of Operations

  • Engineering Manager

  • Marketing Director/Commercial Director

  • Planning Manager/Master Planner & Master Scheduler

  • Procurement & Supply Chain Managers.

  • Production/Manufacturing Manager

  • Quality Directors & Managers

  • Health And Safety Director/Manager

  • Logistics Director/Manager

  • Some Of The Top Companies We Have Worked With Recently

    About us

    First Future helps connect GM's & Directors with the top manufacturing management talent exclusively for the UK's leading manufacturers. We specialise in recruitment for senior management positions in the Manufacturing space, particularly those posts which are business-critical and require strict confidentiality and commitment.

    Our state-of-the-art AI Talent Graphing Software places us miles ahead of the competition, as its capacity for automation and identifying hidden talent ensures our clients receive world- class talent management in unbeatable timeframes.

    Keith Payne, First Future’s Specialist Recruitment Director and business owner, delivers expert knowledge, with over 20 years of successful experience working with leading international recruitment firms. His expertise lies particularly within the Manufacturing sector.

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    The Benefits of using First Future Executive Search and Selection

  • Research

  •  All research will be conducted by Director Keith Payne, who for the past 6 years has been continually refining the First Future database to ensure unrivalled quality. 

  • Confidentiality

  •  All search, approach and conversational work is solely completed by Keith Payne, ensuring complete confidentiality and 100% discretion on all assignments.

  • Maximum Coverage

  •   First Future's client portfolio is strategically kept small for a good reason. This approach benefits our partners as we can tap into a wider talent pool on your behalf than larger search firms ( who can’t headhunt from their clients). To put it simply, we can show you more talent from a comprehensive selection of employers, providing more depth and quality to your talent pool, ensuring you do not miss out on superstars”


  • Referrals

  •  A strong market presence since 2013 has ensured a continuous flow of referrals and recommendations of candidates within the UK manufacturing and engineering sectors.

    Various accreditations and membership with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation offer further advantages to existing networks and assures a receptive approach at Director level.

  • Experience

  •   Keith Payne is a respected and industry-leading executive recruitment director, with specific manufacturing market knowledge that delivers quality with speed.


  • Track Record

  •  A reputation built on successfully placing senior candidates within Manufacturing and Engineering companies, including for Management, Materials, Commercial, Engineering, Logistics, IT, Finance, Quality and HSE disciplines. 


    Keith’s experience and knowledge of the industries’ processes offers our clients a unique peace of mind that they will be working with a genuine industry professional. Our unrivalled expertise ensures we deliver pre-qualified candidates in the most cost- and time-effective way. 

    First Future Executive Search and Selection Services Include  

  • Executive Search

  • Management Search

  • Advertising Selection

  • Psychometric Profiling

  • Recruitment Process Consulting

  • Response Handling

  • Salary Surveys

  • Agency Management

  • First Future's Signatory 7 Step "A.I Talent Graphing Executive Search & Selection System

    First Future Values  


    First Future strives to excel in each and every service area we deliver. Rather than turning toward industry-standard benchmarks, we set our own by putting the future of our clients and candidates first. Whether you’re new to First Future, or are known to First Future, we guarantee to deliver the highest standards of professionalism, with services tailored specifically to your business’ needs.

    Honesty and integrity  

    First Future is built on a reputation of honesty and integrity. We will always prioritise the future and needs of our clients and candidates. Integrity is the cornerstone of our executive search business, and it is the reason our clients and candidates continue to use and recommend our services. Our commitment to honesty and transparency is undoubtedly the foundation of our many long-standing relationships with our clients. 


    First Future embraces the responsibility that comes with providing the highest level of executive search and selection services to our clients and candidates. We realise that the success of our business and those within it are solely reliant on the success of our clients and their people. 


    Putting the future of our clientele and candidates first requires an exceptional degree of passion for what we do. It’s in our name and it’s in our nature. We put your future first, every day and in every way.

    Get In Touch

    For further information on First Future Executive Search and Selection Service please contact: 

    Keith Payne (FREC) 

    Recruitment Director  

    First Future Recruitment Services Ltd 

    8 Deer Park Avenue, Fairways Business Park, Livingston, EH54 8AF 

    Landline: +441506 343034 

    Mobile: +447462700091 

    Email:[email protected]



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