Operations Director – Packaging
Our client, an international packaging manufacturer, had a requirement for an Operations Director to manage its 24/7 plant in Ellesmere Port, producing paper-based packaging, predominantly for a major blue-chip FMCG customer. They had traditionally recruited people from within the sector, but wanted to look at potentially recruiting somebody with the core competencies required, including strong people management skills, running a high volume continuous manufacturing operation, and working to Continuous Improvement principles, but with a background in a different sector.
Wickland Westcott carried out a full executive search campaign which involved identifying locally based Plant and Operations Managers/Directors working for organisations carrying out similar high-volume manufacturing. We contacted over 90 potential candidates and put together a long-list of 8 who were interviewed face-to-face. From these, CVs for 4 short-list candidates were submitted to our client, along with full interview notes and the results of a personality profiling test designed to assess leadership style. After the client’s two stage interview process, which included a site tour and presentation, the first-choice candidate was offered and accepted the role.
The successful candidate had a background in printing, chemical products and, most recently, textiles. Throughout their career, they had focussed on implementing Lean practices and a “right first time” culture, along with delivering high levels of customer satisfaction in high pressure 24/7 manufacturing environments. In addition, they had strong people management and leadership skills, with a track record of bringing about meaningful change to drive performance improvements.
On the back of this assignment, Wickland Westcott were appointed to identify an Engineering Manager for their site in Wigan, a business critical role that our client had been unable to fill for over 6 months.
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