Rob has over 25 years professional recruitment experienced gained mainly within Financial Recruitment. He has a well-established, highly successful, and stable background supporting the recruitment needs of major blue-chip clients and SMEs.

Rob worked for 19 years within an independent financial recruitment consultancy which grew significantly across the UK before joining Probe in 2016 to strengthen our Business Services Division which specialises in Finance, HR and Sales recruitment and was keen to work with Probe because of our independence, which enables the delivery of an excellent service to both candidates and clients.

Rob Dorricott

Senior Consultant


Rob has over 25 years professional recruitment experienced gained mainly within Financial Recruitment. He has a well-established, highly successful, and stable background supporting the recruitment needs of major blue-chip clients and SMEs.

Rob worked for 19 years within an independent financial recruitment consultancy which grew significantly across the UK before joining Probe in 2016 to strengthen our Business Services Division which specialises in Finance, HR and Sales recruitment and was keen to work with Probe because of our independence, which enables the delivery of an excellent service to both candidates and clients.

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A newly created position to provide comprehensive Management Accountant support to an established group with over 10 entities. Reporting to the Financial Director, this is a hands-on role, suited to an experienced qualified or qualified by experience Management Accountant who can support the the strategic decision making and drive profitability. The ideally candidate will have a manufacturing background and have proven experience in the following areas:

  • Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Costing and Variance Analysis
  • Yield Analysis
  • Bids and Proposals
  • Sage line 50

As Management Accountant you will enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, free parking and a positive work/life balance.


Probe Recruitment are working with an established and highly successful manufacturing SME as they seek to appoint an experienced manufacturing finance manager.

Reporting to the Managing Director and managing a small team, the successful candidate will take care of the day to day running of the finance department. The successful candidate will place a heavy emphasis on the manufacturing processes, reviewing all standard costing models & inventory/management accounting functions.

Key Finance Manager responsibilities include;

• Monthly Management Accounts, preparation of annual budgets

• Responsible for a small accounts/admin team.

• Monthly P&L performance KPI reporting as well as providing detailed overview of site performance.

• Planning, Studying, and collecting data to determine costs of business activity such as raw material purchases, inventory and labour.

• Management of production data and related general ledger postings including hours and materials reconciliations on a work order by work order basis

• Analysing Labour data collected and recording results

• Analysing changes in product design, raw materials, manufacturing methods or services provided, to determine effects on cost

• Provide accurate standard costs

• Analysing actual manufacturing costs and preparing periodic reports comparing standard costs to actual production costs

• Recording cost information for use in controlling expenditures

• Making estimates of new and proposed product costs

• Providing management with reports specifying and comparing factors affecting prices and profitability of products or services.

• Maintaining Cost Accounting System

• Oversees quarterly physical inventory counts and value accordingly.

• Reconciles physical inventories & w-i-p to stock system & general ledger

• Developing inventory analysis reports and analysing variances

• Assisting in the improvement of internal controls related to inventory


The ideal candidate will be a fully qualified Management Accountant with a proven track record in an SME Manufacturing or Engineering environment.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an established, successful market leader as they embark on several interesting projects across both the finance and operations functions.


Probe Recruitment are supporting a global manufacturing organisation in Walsall who are seeking an Assistant Financial Controller to support support the controlling of a plant in order to guarantee and optimize the plant’s financial performance and competitiveness.

Assistant Financial Controller duties include:

  • Ensure compliance to all financial procedures- develop, execute and control internal finance procedures including spending authorization in accordance with Group procedures and policies.
  • Provide reliable financial/ controlling informations in close relationship with other operational and support functions.
  • Lead all financial forecasting processes (budget, periodic forecast, …)
  • Manage reporting process ensuring reliability, consistency, transparency and delay compliance. Ensure reliability of standard costing: maintain hourly rates, check stock valuation.
  • Provide all necessary controlling analysis including variance analysis/ standard costs, margin/ programs, plant budgetary control, squeeze management and follow up of sales and purchasing prices.
  • Collaborate with Shared Service Centre obtaining/ providing validating proper finance information.
  • Control and manage the plants operating cash flow.
  • In liaison with Shared Service Centre provide all necessary information requested by internal and external auditors, and other local external authorities.
  • Act as a business partner and provide recommendation to the operational and support functions.

A leading specialist manufacturer is seeking to recruit a talented IT Applications Specialist to join their IT support team. The role is initially offered on an on going temporary basis (6 month rolling contracts) and is an ideal opportunity for IT Applications Specialist to develop their skills with a global business.

IT Application Specialist Duties:

  • Working closely with the IT team in the United Kingdom and United States, serving as the local applications specialist for the European region managing a diverse set of applications.
  • Participate in iterative development life cycle of design, development, unit/integration/regression/user acceptance testing, documentation and deployment.
  • Provide daily production support for the user community. Work with end users to identify and resolve functional or technical process issues.
  • Assists and aids in the overall coordination of system upgrades and patching.
  • Provides end user training and knowledge transfer to key user community.
  • Works in conjunction with the service desk to analyze, prioritize, and resolve work ticket requests.
  • Works with other team members to acquire cross functional knowledge transfer and provide backup capabilities.
  • Maintaining software applications, operating systems and regular maintenance.
  • Managing assigned projects and system components to deliver services in accordance with established objectives.
  • Responding to inquiries from staff, administrators, service providers, site personnel and outside vendors to provide technical assistance and support.
  • Solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system informs them that a problem exists.
  • Monitoring and configuring of backups for essential systems and the responsibility for the sites disaster recovery plan
  • Using SAP change control tools to manage and execute application change management
  • Working with application support vendors
  • Supporting the sites with reporting and information management from the systems (Power Bi, Crystal Reporting, SQL, Oracle, Data Warehousing etc)

Probe Recruitment are supporting a a global manufacturing organisation in Banbury who are looking for an Assistant Financial Controller with responsibility for controlling all plant costs and internal controls, compiling the annual budgets/forecasts and ensuring that all statutory reporting requirements are met.

  • Control of Plant Direct Margin Costs: Control all direct margin costs at part level.
  • Change Control: Review and approval of sales price, BOM and standard costs changes. Develop reporting systems to communicate impact of changes
  • Standard Costs: Set up and maintain standard costing for existing parts. Develop reporting systems to communicate financial margins at part, commodity and vehicle level
  • New vehicle projects: Review new program costs down to EBITDA level. Ensure integrity between programs reported profits and plant level profitability. Develop reporting systems to communicate profitability status at program milestones.
  • Launch costs: Control and report all plant launch costs. Work with launch team to prepare annual launch forecast
  • Monthly forecasting: Support Plant Controller during monthly forecasting process.
  • P&L responsibility: Full responsibility for specific P&L lines.
  • Month End procedures: Journal preparation, P&L and Balance Sheet analysis during 3 day close. Balance Sheet reconciliation
  • Corporate reporting: Complete monthly direct margin report for monthly management information pack including commentary. Support Plant Controller on other reports required for monthly management pack.

This role ideal role for an ambitous accountant who is seeking to progress to Plant Controller in 2 years.


Are you an experienced B2B Marketing Manager with Pan-European Marketing experience? Our client is a market leading business with a well-respected name in the building products industry. Based in Runcorn, this global business is looking to innovate and drive growth across all their routes to market. As Marketing Manager, you will be a key member of the European Leadership Team supporting the profitability and growth of European business. The role offers an excellent salary and benefits package.

Marketing Manager Duties:

  • Provide support to GMs in each region and act as their key contact for marketing & communications
  • Lead European marketing organization through dotted line responsibility for regional marketing leads
  • Create plan, administer and manage marketing strategy in Europe to increase company’s European market share and overall sales in line with corporate goals & promotion strategy
  • Oversee and approve European marketing communications materials, at the country level.
  • Create European brand and marketing materials, where needed/appropriate
  • Ensure consistency of approach to marketing of products and brand
  • Develop and manage the European digital marketing strategy, cascading off of the global digital marketing strategy
  • Oversee all European websites
  • Maximise marketing & communication opportunities via sponsored events and organizations
  • Approve and administer and European trade show calendar and messaging

Are you currently a Trade Compliance Manager with an excellent understanding of the UK and European Trade Compliance regulations? Probe Recruitment are currently engaged with a with a word class global engineering business that is looking recruit an experienced Trade Compliance Manager. Reporting the Director of Compliance, the Trade Compliance Manager will be responsible for ensuring that the division’s European locations are in full compliance with the import and export laws of the countries where they do business. This role will provide you with a varied and interesting workload; every day will provide you with a different challenge. As well as a competitive salary you will receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme and a generous car allowance.

Trade Compliance Manager duties will include: -

• Design, implement and manage a robust customs compliance program for UK and EU locations. Define responsibility for completion of activities for the UK/EU locations and develop and define processes to perform these activities.

• Develop a personnel-training matrix that identifies what type of training is required, the time frame for initial and renewable training, and tracks the status of the training program. Personally, deliver training as required.

• Design and implement an ongoing training program on import/export awareness for Plant personnel, focusing on non-product issues and the regulations around common commodities, including, but not limited to HMRC, ECO, EU, ITAR, EAR, CBP, Routed Transactions, TSCA, and other EU and EU country specific trade compliance agencies.

• Develop and maintain an import/export matrix to include classifications, license requirements and shipment restrictions.

• Develop and implement policies and procedures for import and export activities in the areas of Compliance and Record keeping.

• Be responsible for compliance oversight of reviewing and approving all import entries.

  • Manages the export license applications process to the HMRC and ECO e.g. SIELs, OGELs, UK GEAs, as well as US Technical Assistance Agreements (TAA), Manufacturing License Agreements (MLA) and Marketing Licenses.

• When required, develop and manage an FTZ to avoid or delay the application of duties on imports when appropriate, and or an IPR or similar program.


Probe Recruitment are currently engaged with a Global Manufacturing business based in Dudley that is currently looking for a Commercially focused Financial Controller. As an active member of the business' leadership team the Financial Controller will provide appropriate support and leadership activities of the plant as well as contributing to the development and execution of the overall business strategy and objectives.

Financial Controller duties will include:

  • Responsible for month end reporting to Group including Flash and Bridge Analysis
  • Responsible for a finance team of five people
  • Manage the financial reports for the business in terms of KPI tracking
  • Monitor on a regular basis actual, forecast and budget related data
  • Oversee accounting key data for the plants
  • Prepare presentations for decision making to the business Management
  • Make calculations and show cost improvement potential / cost saving elements

Financial Controller Profile:

  • CIMA, ACCA OR ACA Qualified
  • Recent relevant experience in Manufacturing
  • Ability to lead, influence and coach direct reports
  • Stakeholder management and influencing
  • Commercial and operational decision support
  • Strong IT skills including advanced Excel

An experienced Technical Sales professional is required to generate and grow the business and represent the commercial and technical interests of the precision component division of a market leading business.

This role is UK (home) based.

Hours- 37 per week

Responsibilities of the Technical Sales / Key Account Manager

  • Monitor market demand and help develop sales strategy.
  • Generate new customers and maintain and grow exiting customers.
  • Conduct technical/commercial discussions with customers at all levels and present seminars when required.
  • Work in conjunction with all other departments and liaise with colleagues both nationally and internationally
  • Generate and follow up quotations
  • Monitor competitors technical and commercial activities and strategies and report in appropriate detail, in particular where these could adversely affect the Company’s business.
  • To prepare and agree with theSales Manager and MD,annualorder intake budgets or any such financial dataas and when required. Issuemonthly rolling order forecast revisions for the Department in accordance with Company practice

Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Capabilities of the Technical Sales / Key Account Manager

  • Ideally educated to degree level in Engineering, Material discipline
  • Ideally from technical / engineering environment used to selling to industry

Benefits of the Technical Sales / Key Account Manager-

  • Competitive salary
  • Company car
  • Bonus scheme