Our client is a listed specialty chemical company and a leader in its markets. The company has been working through a period of transformation following a number of acquisitions. A clear focus is in place to break down silo’s, improve operational efficiency and support a new continuous improvement programme. The Director Global Manufacturing is a critical role to enable this continued transformation whilst also driving clear focus on safety and performance culture and enabling the successful integration of the businesses.
The role is responsible for a global manufacturing asset base. As a result, the decision was made to consider the high performing talent based in either North America or Europe. It was essential that candidates could demonstrate a track record in driving high performance in a global asset base with a focus on specialty products. The talent should also demonstrate the potential to grow in the organisation, with potential to succeed the current COO in the future being a highly desirable attribute.
We delivered a focussed strategy to target individuals with the experience of leading assets of the necessary scale, global breadth and equivalent technical complexity. Critically candidates must demonstrate the ability to shape a compelling strategy and execute that globally. Candidates were assessed against their ability to lead and deliver a transformative agenda and to bring the necessary influencing capabilities to operate effective up and down the organisation.
We created a short list within 4 weeks and the company selected five candidates for interview, three from Europe and 2 from North America. The process was successfully delivered within 10 weeks. The candidate has immediately brought significant impact in adding a new style of leadership and fostering engagement across the global manufacturing organisation.