Procurement Recruitment Project

Procurement Recruitment Project

This company, part of a global aerospace group, designs, develops and manufactures a range of premium engineered solutions on behalf of high profile, long haul airlines via aircraft OEMs. The business is going through significant change with increased emphasis on operational excellence and lean supply chain improvements, requiring an uplift in the overall capability of the operations team.

Wickland Westcott was retained to fill roles at various levels in the purchasing function across operational, strategic and NPI/project buying. This was a high-volume project requiring candidates with contrasting backgrounds gained in programme-led manufacturing businesses with a strong NPI bias. The assignment, which was delivered via a dedicated Wickland Westcott project team, focused on the identification, selection and assessment of high calibre procurement professionals with a strong track record of commercial achievement and the ability to deliver change and transformation in a well-established and highly operational environment.

The project involved sourcing candidates via multiple channels including targeted search, advertising and candidate database mining, leading to longlists for each job type/level. Candidates were assessed via a structured competency-based interview supplemented by personality profiling, undertaken using Credo. The Wickland Westcott team maintained regular contact with the client hiring team through a series of pre-arranged calls and meetings, ensuring a high level of alignment throughout. Overall, the assignment resulted in several key appointments, helping promote the calibre, profile and credibility of the company’s purchasing team with customers, suppliers and other internal stakeholders.

Wickland Westcott have adopted the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms which, amongst other things, sets a minimum expectation level for gender diversity for each search assignment.