Operations Director – Manufacturing

Operations Director – Manufacturing

Backed by a private equity partner, this international group designs, develops manufactures and installs bespoke engineered solutions on behalf of a wide range of customers. The business, which is acquisitive and in growth mode, was seeking an experienced operations leader with the capability to run two local sites and the potential to step up and run the UK entity.

The local business is going through significant change including the introduction of a new ERP system, the adoption of lean working practices, ongoing restructuring and the appointment of a number of key senior hires. Therefore, the brief was to identify candidates with the capability to deliver improvements across the supply by working through others whilst brining unity to a newly formed leadership team. Given the functional structure of the group, the appointee would also act as local GM with leadership and P&L responsibility for the UK subsidiary.

The search targeted candidates with a strong operations pedigree and a track record gained delivering sustained performance improvement in a similar engineered products environment. The assignment required close collaboration with the members of the PE house, group COO and local stakeholders to ensure a positive outcome under ‘lockdown’ conditions. The appointed candidate is an Engineering graduate and Six Sigma Master Black Belt with experience gained in continuous improvement, operations and general management roles with a world-leading global business. Extensive referencing helped confirm his capability and suitability for the target job and enhanced GM role.

The appointed candidate offered the following comment:

It was an absolute pleasure working with Jerome and Wickland Westcott. From an unsolicited call to Jerome, he quickly established what I could offer potential employers, as well as what I was looking for. Once he identified an opportunity, he progressed it quickly and efficiently, keeping me updated throughout the process. Jerome, thank you again for your support and I would be delighted to work with you in the future.

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