This company is an international leader in its field, producing one of the sector’s widest ranges of private label food products for customers in more than 100 countries. In the UK the business supplies the retail, out-of-home and food service sector with an array of items manufactured at various sites across the country. As part of its growth strategy the business is investing heavily in the development of its local supply chain including creating a fully automated, Greenfield factory in the Midlands.
We were retained to recruit a Plant Manager to shape the new factory, co-ordinating the installation and commissioning of equipment and transferring products from other sites whilst building the team and embedding best-in-class practices. The brief, therefore, was to source candidates with senior leadership experience gained in a similarly sophisticated asset-intensive fmcg manufacturing environment. As a result, the search was heavily biased towards people working for comparable manufacturers of food, drinks and other consumer products.
The assignment yielded a high quality shortlist including candidates from a number of well-known brand owners demonstrating a good understanding of the leadership challenges associated with working in a highly automated, continuous process environment. The search resulted in the appointment of a particularly strong candidate with site management experience gained internationally with a number of blue-chip food manufacturers.
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