We are Macphie

In a competitive and fast-moving industry, Macphie has struck a wonderful balance by being at the cutting edge of food ingredient technology and innovation while retaining our identity as a family-orientated business with a strong history of quality, creativity, integrity, and employee-centric values.

The business has grown due to our customers recognising that we bring food ingredient solutions to a demanding marketplace. The end consumer wants great quality food, that is consistent, has extended shelf life, and tastes great – we aim to provide just that across the world.

Our employees are part of the family, that is not a cliched statement, we mean it. Our size and shape mean that no one gets lost in Macphie and everyone has an integral part to play in making Macphie a leader in the food ingredients business.

Head of Product

As the Head of Product, you will play a pivotal role in steering the product development team towards the successful execution of new products, innovations, and controlled modifications. Your responsibilities will extend from ideation to manufacturing, ensuring a seamless journey from concept to customer. We are looking for a leader who not only understands the intricacies of product development but also possesses a keen insight into commercial and marketing imperatives.
  • Lead and inspire a team of product developers within a controlled yet creative working environment.
  • Develop comprehensive business and project plans, aligning them with commercial deliverables and operational capabilities.
  • Provide valuable insights to internal and external customers regarding product development and innovation opportunities.
  • Ensure effective project management through coordinated efforts, maintaining strict budgetary controls.
  • Collaborate seamlessly with multiple departments and stakeholders, demonstrating time-sensitive, resource-efficient, and commercially astute decision-making.
  • Implement performance management protocols to foster positive accountability and a culture of high performance within the team.
  • Uphold the highest standards of food and product quality, acting as the key figurehead for product integrity.
  • Manage Macphie brand and customer-owned products, prioritizing decisions based on solid strategic and commercial grounds.
  • Safeguard Macphie’s intellectual property and ensure compliance with GDPR regulations regarding sensitive information.
  • Champion sustainability and environmental considerations in all product development decision-making, aligning with B-Corp accreditation goals.
  • Proven experience in leading product development teams in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Strong understanding of commercial and marketing aspects related to product development.
  • Expertise in supply chain mechanics from ideation to distribution.
  • Exceptional people leadership capabilities and effective management of a process-driven environment.
  • Strategic thinking and decision-making grounded in commercial acumen.
  • Track record of delivering successful product development projects on time and within budget.
  • Commitment to upholding the highest standards of product quality and integrity.
  • Knowledge of GDPR regulations and intellectual property protection.
  • Passion for sustainability and environmental considerations in business practices.

At Macphie, we offer a wider range of development opportunities. The scale and shape of our business offer excellent prospects for colleagues to develop their skills and take advantage of new roles across the business, either through lateral or promotional opportunities.

Technical development and behavioural and managerial development are key elements of working at Macphie. Most importantly though with the dynamic nature of our portfolio, ‘change’ is ever-present and developing within role will be ever-present also.

Our ambitious five year plan demands both strategic increments and bold leaps. Our new Head of Product will be the catalyst, transforming approved innovations into thriving market realities. In a collaborative effort, you’ll drive recipe development that adds exceptional value to customers while ensuring seamless integration within Macphie’s operations and commercial ecosystem. 

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What we do

Food.

We think about it. We breathe it. And we live it.

Macphie is an internationally renowned family ingredient manufacturer, producing a wide range of products across our core categories of sauce, bakery and ice cream inclusions, as well as offering plant-based and gluten-free options. As a partner to some of the world’s leading food brands, we’re dedicated to turning ideas and creativity into practical solutions.

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Our story

Inspired by a pioneering spirit and a will to be something completely different, Macphie has grown to be a truly unique international family ingredient business — a beacon of invention on a bedrock of values.

Ours is no traditional business.

As a partner to some of the world’s leading food brands, we’re dedicated to turning ideas and creativity into practical solutions.

No matter your challenge, we rise to it.

It is the ‘we’ that we care so deeply about. So many people have played significant roles in our past and our present day, we would not exist were it not for them.

Colleagues, friends, neighbours. Our families.

And our commitment to care includes our surrounding environment. We’re on a continuous journey of achieving sustainability, wherever we can.

That journey of responsible ownership is one we will always honour as we grow and evolve and continue to offer innovation that breaks down barriers.

Our legacy.

When it comes down to it, we’re a food company. Creating, crafting, producing, supplying (and consuming!) it.

We think about it. We breathe it. And we live it.

Our passion. Our motivator. Our obsession.

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Our values

Together as family

It is not simply ‘a’ family business, it is ‘our’ family business. We all have ownership and we must understand our role in achieving the bigger picture. We attack each day with energy and passion because teamwork makes the dream work.

Creativity stands out

Since our origins we’ve stood out in the industry because of our innovation, imagination and invention. It’s what makes us different, it’s why customers come to us. The possibilities are only defined by us so challenge the norm, and break down barriers.

Trusted to deliver

We’re relied on by one another and customers, to do what we say, when we say we’re going to do it. Remember, being trusted and dependable never goes out of fashion.

Quality shines through

Quality of our products, our processes, our support, everything we do should be underpinned by this. Let it show at every opportunity, go that extra mile and add a little bit more value.

Built-in sustainability

Our approach, our processes, and our thinking have always been based on the principles of sustainability. We want to make a positive impact on both our local and wider environment, both now and in the future.

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If you are confident, people-centric, engaging and solution-focused then we want to hear from you! For more details about this opportunity at Macphie, contact Denholm Associates today.

Steph Buckley

ANDY BRADY

HEAD OF HR

Andy Brady is a seasoned HR recruitment specialist, with over two decades of expertise in the field. With a foundation in Human Resource Management from the University of Derby, Andy swiftly transitioned into specialised HR recruitment. His diverse portfolio spans FMCG, Manufacturing & Engineering, Financial Services, the Third Sector, and Supply Chain, working at all levels from entry to executive positions.

Our People

Our people are our most important asset, and their mental well-being and happiness are core to our success. We love our diverse workforce, actively embrace flexible working (even pre-pandemic!) and encourage a healthy work-life balance. We have been recognised as one of the most diverse SME workplaces in the UK and are holders of the Scottish Business Pledge which exists to promote a fairer Scotland. We have also just been included in the 2021 Culture Leaders Top 25 – an accolade of which we are very proud!

We are a fully inclusive and nurturing employer and, despite being in tech, the majority of our team are women, leading to accolades in the Computing Magazine Women in IT Awards and the Amazon Growing Business Awards. We currently represent 15 nationalities and speak 20 languages. Age is no barrier, and we recruit for attitude, providing and encouraging appropriate learning and training for each and every role.

We are also proud members of IP Inclusive, a network of professionals working to make the intellectual property industry more diverse.

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Communication Lead

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking to add a Communication Lead to our fast-growing team. You’ll be a trusted advisor to clients across several sectors in all aspects of communication, external affairs, marketing and issues management. Coming from an agency or consultancy environment, at Account Director level or above, you’ll report directly to the Managing Director and be responsible for a small and busy multi-disciplinary team. You’ll have first-class project management skills, be solutions-driven and excellent commercial acumen too. Alongside the senior team, you’ll work to drive the strategic growth of Aspect.

Your core duties will include:

  • Working with the MD to develop and deliver growth strategies 
  • Attracting and retaining profitable clients across a range of sectors 
  • Leading the creation and execution of strategic communication programmes
  • Inspiring, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Developing strong relationships with clients, colleagues and associates
  • Producing high quality pitches and proposals to secure new business 
  • Curating, nurturing and managing a team of talented associates.

You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • 7+ years of senior leadership experience within an agency or consultancy
  • Experience in Energy, Renewables, Financial Services or Life Sciences would be very desirable
  • Outstanding writing skills and the ability to engage and excite an audience
  • An impressive track record of client attraction, retention and growth 
  • The ability to thrive fast-paced environment managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong influencing and leadership skills to motivate and inspire those around you
  • Excellent planning, evaluation and project management skills
  • To develop new processes, systems and ways of working to drive performance

Communication Advisors

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking for Senior Communication Advisors, Communications Advisors and Communications Executives to join their fast-growing team. 

You’ll have previous agency experience at Senior Account Manager or Account Manager level and be passionate about delivering excellent results for clients. You might be a specialist in PR and media relations who produces compelling editorial content across a range of topics and sectors or you might be a public affairs expert who understands the policy landscape and helps clients build influential relationships. Whatever your specialism, you’ll be an excellent writer, full of creative ideas, with proven client management experience and the ability to provide expert advice our clients.

Your key duties will include:

  • Supporting the key account lead with day-to-day client liaison, providing strategic counsel on day-to-day account matters when required
  • Active involvement in planning and delivering global PR, marketing and digital campaigns
  • Managing content programmes, including mapping out content themes, spotting industry trends and story angles, writing copy when required which may include opinion articles, web and social
  • Building strong media relationships, creating pitches based on your story ideas and delivering content in-to suit the client’s target media and securing opportunities
  • Planning and running client’s social media programmes, and management of their channels
  • Continuously identifying opportunities to grow brand awareness and profile our client’s businesses within their target sector through events, webinars, thought leadership
  • Producing comprehensive and timely reports on client activity 
  • Supporting in the development of client proposals to help grow or win parts of the business


In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Proven background in account handling and direct client liaison – 4 years’ minimum
  • Experience in an agency setting focusing on B2B communication or PR
  • Strong communications skills, verbal and written
  • A background in delivering creative, digitally led B2B communications such as LinkedIn campaigns
  • An innate understanding of earned media, with the ability to create stories and generate coverage across traditional media, digital and social
  • Experience working on content management programmes, with an awareness of the changing way business audiences consume information and an appreciation of search, paid and wider customer marketing activity, and how it all fits together
  • A history of working with clients in a variety of sectors is welcomed but experience in the tech and energy industries is advantageous.

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Our Purpose

Our aim is to combat illicit online trade by identifying and removing counterfeits for sale. Counterfeits not only damage brands, their reputations, and revenues, but can cause significant harm to the end customer – whether as a fake toy or a fake medicine – and the consequences can be life threatening.

Counterfeiting is a significant economic and social issue.

The OECD reports that counterfeit and fake goods make up more than 3.3% of the world’s global trade. Those involved in the trade of counterfeits have been linked to people trafficking, prostitution, and drug dealing.

As such, reducing illicit trade is about much more than brand protection but also about human rights, safety, and social equity.

And this is what we do, every day.

Our Environment

We deliver purpose-driven work from an extremely welcoming environment near the City Centre. We actively encourage the responsible use of resources, from using public transport to reuse, recycling, and, of course, a minimal impact office environment. We have benefited from the advice of the Energy Saving Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland. Our waste contractor also provides us with a monthly report on volumes and types of material and the carbon emissions avoided through recycling.

Over 80% of our employees can walk or cycle to The Lair and, pre-pandemic, 10% were using public transport as their normal daily commuting mode. Without doubt, online meetings will replace considerable miles, going forward, saving resources, time and energy. Where possible, when possible, the train remains our preferred option. 

ZOE LUMSDEN

Recruitment AdministratoR

Zoe joined Denholm in 2022 as Recruitment Administrator, after working in administration roles for nearly a decade. Most recently within the recruitment industry, she joins us with experience of supporting consultants, clients and candidates at all levels. Zoe has a passion for helping people and applies her positive attitude and approachable manner to support our team and deliver the best possible service to our clients and candidates at all times.

Our Community

As well as working in close collaboration with our clients, and the online marketplaces, we are active members of groups that have been established to combat illicit trade. These include the Scottish Anti-Illicit Trade Group, the European Intellectual Property Office, The Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, and the China Britain Business Council. Members of our senior management sit on the boards of ACID (Anti-Copying in Design), the Scottish Ministerial Trade Board, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory Panel for SMEs, amongst others.

Each team member nominates good causes or charities that are supported on both an individual and corporate basis. Wherever possible, we support the employee’s involvement whether through time or fundraising events.

ANGELA MCCANN

DIRECTOR OF GROWTH

Having worked in the recruitment industry since 2000, Angela brings a wealth of experience as a Recruitment Professional and a proven track record of delivering a high-quality search and selection service to both public and private companies in the UK and internationally. Angela believes in a partnership approach to recruitment, ensuring a detailed understanding of employer/jobseeker requirements and delivering a bespoke service underpinned by professionalism, pragmatism and strong market knowledge.

JAMES BLYTH

HEAD OF MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

James has a decade of experience within the FMCG sector where he has partnered with a wide range of businesses placing key appointments at all levels including Director/ Board level. Driving growth across our Manufacturing & Engineering function, James specialises in Production, Operations, Engineering, Quality, HSE, Technical, NPD and Supply Chain. With his passion and expertise in these areas, James supports candidates and clients by working closely to understand their needs and wants providing exceptional service.

ANDY MACEWAN

HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION

Andy has been recruiting in Technology, Change & Transformation since 2001. Delivering tailored resource solutions as trusted advisor to clients ranging from start-ups through to global blue-chip organisations across contract, permanent, fixed term, and managed service/statement of work solutions. He has experience providing candidates for Helpdesk through to CIO and takes great pride in providing excellent customer service and ensuring each candidate journey is a positive one. An expert in his market he can provide guidance across current market trends.

SCOTT CAITHNESS

CLIENT RELATIONSHIP PARTNER

Scott started his career working for one of the leading Advertising & Comms agencies in Edinburgh where he spent 7 years before moving in to recruitment in 2011. As such, he is well-networked in the Marketing & Comms space across Scotland. With a friendly and consultative approach, Scott is genuinely passionate about providing a positive journey to both candidates and clients alike and believes communication plays a big part in this.  A “thinking-outside-the-box recruiter”, he is known for helping candidates portray the best version of themselves and helping clients find talent for those hard to fill roles.

DAVID RANDALL

SENIOR CONSULTANT - MARKETING & SALES

David started recruitment at the age of 23 and while it isn’t for everyone, it was for David. What he really enjoys is looking beyond the CV and really getting to know the people sitting across the table, learning all about them and building relationships with new people. And that hasn’t changed to this day. David loves solving the puzzle of balancing the needs and wants clients and candidates to reach a point where everyone is happy. Based in Glasgow, he covers the B2B market for sales and marketing roles across Scotland.

LIZ PARSONS

SENIOR CONSULTANT - MARKETING

Liz has over 14 years’ experience in recruitment working across primarily the high-tech, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors. She joined Denholm on December 1st 2021 following a relocation from Ireland to focus on Marketing recruitment. Liz’s experience ranges from high volume recruitment to executive search and she prides herself in her ability to fully understand a brief and her accurate matching skills. Frequently praised as being a clear communicator with a strong customer service ethic, Liz is well suited to the culture here at Denholm, where the client and the candidates’ needs are paramount.

EUAN ARCHIBALD

SENIOR CONSULTANT - Technology, Change & Transformation

Euan has been working in the world of recruitment since 2012, working to deliver bespoke services to both clients and candidates. Prioritising ‘future-fit’ candidates for clients, he works as an extension of his client’s business ensuring great representation in the market. He consults with each client to ensure excellent candidate journeys. Euan works focuses primarily on business analysis, project management and technical support opportunities.

CALLUM BEVERIDGE

SENIOR CONSULTANT - TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION

Callum has been working in recruitment since 2018 where he has solely focussed on the Technology, Change and Transformation market across the UK and ROI. He works closely with his clients and candidates to build long-lasting relationships across several industries, including Technology, Financial Services, Professional Services, Healthcare, Education, Public Sector and more. He specialises in engineering roles across Software, Infrastructure, Systems, DevOps and Cloud, along with Software Testing.

DREW GILLIES

HEAD OF AGENCY

Drew arrived at Denholm as an award-winning creative, having headed content strategy teams for marketing/advertising agencies in the UK/USA before a successful career in HR, people and culture. He has years of marketing experience and building teams on both sides of the Atlantic, priding himself on going the extra mile for clients and candidates alike. Drew always works with passion as our specialist in account management, planning and strategy, digital marketing, full-spectrum creative and traffic/studio management.

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