Headstock Group is a strong, well-financed, family business focussed on long-term goals. The culture is friendly, whilst being focussed and dynamic with fast decision-making when required. With product design and engineering, manufacturing, global sales & marketing and domestic distribution all present within the same businesses, there are many interesting fields for a wide variety of motivated and capable employees.
Headstock Group is an equal opportunity employer and individuals seeking employment are considered without regards to race, colour, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, physical and mental disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Interested in working for Headstock Group? Here are a few words from some of the Headstock Team
Joining Headstock unified my passion for music, with the many and varied skillsets picked up from a diverse career in Law Enforcement (and a stint in Music Retail). It’s a fun and supportive environment where hard work and good ideas are recognised and celebrated. It’s certainly an organisation that welcomes fresh perspectives and experience and I have been fortunate enough to be able to develop, combine and refine my own skills to contribute to Headstock’s continuing success. I am proud to work for our vibrant and exciting brands and I feel very fortunate to work alongside a great team. Even on the most challenging days, I feel valued and supported. It’s an absolute pleasure to be part of this awesome family and the best career move I’ve ever made.
In 1986 I started work for Laney Amplification as the only sales rep, selling to music shops all over the U.K. and Ireland. In 1989 Laney acquired HH Electronics so I morphed to selling amplifiers and speaker boxes to the BBC and various Pro-Audio companies as well. In the late ‘90s we took on distribution for Ibanez and TAMA, so I started to sell guitars and drums as well – nothing if not adaptable . . .
I became the International Sales Manager in 2009 and now cover S.E. and Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America. I have been lucky to visit parts of the world I would never have dreamt of seeing, meeting some wonderful people, and making some life-long friends. We are a close-knit team – more like a family really, of which I appear to be the aged uncle – and we have been known to enjoy a few beers together . . .
Combining my passions for music, engineering, and live events, I gained a degree in Engineering Acoustics from the renowned Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at Southampton University, whilst playing guitar (badly!) and working at as many gigs as I could. After graduation I began a career in loudspeaker design, specialising in musical instrument speakers, before becoming the R&D Manager for a British MI company. I joined Laney / HH early in 2009 and now use my experience in design, manufacturing, acoustics, live sound, and relationships to support our product development, our customers and of course our manufacturing of world class products, whether in our own West Midlands facility or overseas with our partners. I still play guitar badly!
I have known and worked with the Headstock team for many years and have developed great friendships with the people there. When the opportunity arose to actually join Headstock I jumped at the chance, and I now have the privilege of being part of the Headstock team.
I feel deeply passionate about the company’s ethos. I had been working for a Chinese company before and I feel that the management model and work philosophy are very different at Headstock and it suits my personality much better now.
I enjoy engineering and making great products
Although I have always had a love for the guitar, I have found that my skills quickly became more focussed on the sales and service of product as opposed to my artistry as a player. I have been involved in the music business for many years where at the age of 15 I started my first job selling instruments in a large city music store. This is where I had my first opportunity to get to know the Laney brand before then moving to an Australian Distribution company that represented the brand. It was during this time I had the opportunity to meet several of the Laney family and these moments had always left a lasting impression on me.
After spending several successful years in Export Sales and Management for Pro Audio corporates I was given the opportunity of working for the Headstock company. I have now been with the Company for over 11 years and have felt honoured daily to be able to work for such a great organisation. I very much enjoy the family feel of the business with the ability to have direct access to senior management as opposed to multi-level middle management found in the corporate companies I have worked for.
I was made to feel part of the team from day one and the relationships and comradery are unlike any I have ever experienced in the workplace. Everyone actually likes spending time together and supports each other, everyone is passionate about what we do, especially in how we can best serve and provide solutions to our customers and end users alike…Very few staff leave this business, and you’ll find that many of them have been around for well over 20 years…
It truly is a unique company and I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it daily. Oh, and as a bonus you also get to meet some pretty cool people!!
The 13th of April 2015 was the day I started as Percussion Brand Manager at Headstock Distribution working with TAMA Drums and Zildjian Cymbals, two brands I have played my entire drumming life! Three days later, I found myself at the Frankfurt Musikmesse: Talk about being thrown in the deep end! However, it was fine because I had an amazing support team around me and I could not have been made to feel more of a team member, it was incredible!
Having been a drummer all my life, getting the opportunity to work with biggest brands in the industry is a dream, and waking up each day doing knowing I get to talk about drums all day is something I can’t even describe. By my very nature I am an entrepreneur and have a huge passion and drive to improve and grow, brands and businesses. When I joined Headstock, this is exactly what I wanted to do, and over my seven years, this is what I feel I have done.
The support network inside the business is incredible and I know that if I ever have an issue, I have someone who will listen. I very much look forward to the next seven years working with more brands.