The Manufacturing Boardroom



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The Manufacturing Boardroom features a number of candidates that could form your boardroom dream team. Each candidate has experience that speaks for itself, but we’ve selected these individuals specifically for their track record of success within the manufacturing sector and their potential to succeed in the boardroom.

To get in touch, call us now on 0161 973 0133 or email your contact details and one of our consultants will give you a call – email us here.

Managing Director / General Manager – Ref: 114046

A dynamic General Manager / Managing Director with extensive experience in global manufacturing and engineering companies covering full commercial operations. Experienced in the development and implementation of business strategy, business turnaround, profitable revenue growth and business development, with an approach that is based on experience, common sense and the ability to influence and form strong, constructive relationships.

Key Experience and Achievements include:

  • Key player in transforming a business from a traditional, vertically integrated, specialist manufacturer to a high-end turnkey system supplier whilst maintaining independence of the company. 
  • Delivered a supply chain orientation and sustainable business model with a strong balance sheet and high calibre, well-motivated team.
  • Grew business from loss making with sub 20% exports to profitable with 65%+ direct exports.
  • Diversified the company, exploiting opportunities in a rapidly evolving market. Leveraged existing capabilities and secured new business in a highly specialised process environment.
  • Identified, evaluated and ensured appropriate implementation of key industrial/supply chain process initiatives and standards, including Lean Manufacturing. Imbued a culture of pride and excellence which, aided by use of these professional standards, ensured 98%+ on-time delivery, dramatically reduced customer returns and scrap costs and improved lead times. 
  • Rationalised the order book, brought commercial focus and engaged all levels of the workforce in customer requirements and solutions.  Won preferred supplier status with key blue chip customers.
  • Led the teams which successfully executed a 12 month turnaround of the main UK plant. 
  • Inclusive style spanning the shop floor and the Board room.  Brought cohesion, clear direction and strong commercial focus whilst strengthening staff loyalty and motivation.
  • Outsourced all production of commoditised parts, enabling the ongoing investment in specialist products and processes.

To discuss this individual in more detail call us now on 0161 973 0133 or email us here and we will contact you.

Finance Director – Ref: 55292

An ACMA qualified Finance Director with experience gained in the process manufacturing and FMCG industries in both multi site Plc and privately owned business environment in the UK and Internationally. Highly competent in team leadership, business partnering, influencing and managing stakeholders, analytics, system implementation, costing and all aspects of financial and management reporting. A high calibre ACMA Qualified with 13 years post qualified experience. 

Key Experience & Achievements include:

  • Leadership and development of  finance teams (3-25 staff).
  • Commercially supports the sales and operations teams with advice and analysis of all areas that effect revenue, costs and profitability i.e. new product developments, pricing strategy, production costs, joint venture agreements etc.
  • Developed and implemented a variety of new systems and process to enhance management information and improve decision making i.e. new budgeting and forecasting system, improved standard costing processes, standardised reporting across an international group etc.
  • Played a lead role in the implementation of a new ERP system.
  • Managed relationships with external advisors and led all aspects of SOX compliance.
  • Effective in developing a reduced cost culture to ensure effective cash flow management.

To discuss this individual in more detail call us now on 0161 973 0133 or email us here and we will contact you.

Operations Director – Ref: 36241

Dynamic Business Leader with a proven track record of success within a variety of highly competitive blue chip manufacturing & technical environments. Results orientated & improvement driven, with excellent business planning skills. Broad experience of the deployment of lean manufacturing, quality development, new products & manufacturing improvement initiatives within leading-edge environments.

Key Experience & Achievements include:

  • Key skills include: Business analysis, Problem solving, Human Development, Process Improvement
  • Held full responsibility for Operations, Product lines, Support Services, Markets, Quotes, Margins, Operations, Service, Supply Chain & EHS
  • Holds full site P&L with responsibility for developing strategy, direction & budgets for all products and sites within the UK segment of this global business.
  • Carry out foot print reviews for different operations
  • Integrated the Company in to new parent ownership within structure of new parent corporate team
  • Won Grant funding for new UK manufacturing site
  • Review site KPI’s and focus corrective countermeasures where necessary
  • Provide link between UK operations and global sales teams
  • Develop strategy for operations supporting EMEA and UK Sales/Service
  • Instigated site & improved efficiency from 40 to 90%, OTD from 17% to >80%
  • Supported Sales Growth of 10-25% year on year
  • Moved Business unit from break even to 30% EBITDA and >50% ROCI
  • Changed culture by creating multiple robust communication roots
  • Improved site health and safety levels though focused H&S teams

To discuss this individual in more detail call us now on 0161 973 0133 or email us here and we will contact you.

Head of Supply Chain – Ref: 114553

Senior industrial supply chain manager with extensive experience in logistics and process improvement. Wide ranging international experience and successful career progression within a leading blue chip manufacturing business and most recently within a manufacturing and industrial products supply chain. Part of the core UK Management Team, accountable for the full supply chain within the UK business including procurement, warehousing, customer service, demand planning, distribution, S&OP and inventory management.

Key Experience & Achievements include:

  • Full end to end supply chain and inventory management across 2,500 SKUs, with a spend responsibility of £30M. Initially employed to lead the Supply Chain elements of a SAP implementation running coincident to a business merger.
  • From a zero-base ensured all key processes were documented to then align the business needs with SAP capability, developing numerous Excel-based tools to meet any capability gaps in process and reporting. A measure of the success is that the business achieved budget for all sales, profit, service and inventory metrics since go-live.
  • Established the Sales and Operational Planning (S&OP) cycle within the business to align demand planning and supply planning activities. Consequentially forecast accuracy by product group improved from <70% to >90%, OTIF service on key accounts improved from <75% to >98%, whilst simultaneously reducing inventory by ~£1M (26%).
  • Led the OP&S activities across multiple manufacturing plants globally across all key business product groups, promoting best practice to reduce cost through identifying synergies.
  • Formed and led a cohesive supply chain team of 24 people spread across 14 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Kept a strong team ethic through regular communication, essential to service a rapidly globalising customer base.
  • Established consistent planning processes, KPIs and reporting across the plants to facilitate information sharing, improve responsiveness and reduce costs.
  • Key player in providing a rapid response to the 2009 financial crisis by developing plans to reshape the asset footprint to reduce cost and bring capacity back in line with a 25% reduction in demand, whilst retaining service levels and flexibility to respond to any upturn.
  • Developed 5-year supply plan for new market that drove an investment programme of $400M to increase capacity from 100kT to 500kT over 3 years.
  • Key member of the Exports team, optimising supply routes to reduce delivered cost and increase profitable asset utilisation. Established a process to regularly review sales opportunities for obsolete, slow-moving and blocked stock, reducing sub-prime inventory by over 60%

To discuss this individual in more detail call us now on 0161 973 0133 or email us here and we will contact you.

Head of Purchasing – Ref: 15260

Head of Purchasing with experience delivering strategic sourcing, operational cost savings and building group wide procurement capability across a diverse range of manufacturing and industrial products organisations. Has a proven track record improving sourcing operations in the UK and delivering savings and developing supply chain networks in low cost economies.

Key Experience & Achievements include:

  • Devised and implemented a global sourcing strategy with emphasis on low cost economies; notably, Eastern Europe & China and directed the activities of the European sourcing organisation.
  • Recruited, trained and developed a team of in-country purchasing managers.
  • Grew an annual project spend value of $75m across the group businesses, generating 35% cost savings over 18 months.
  • Exceeded $40m savings through negotiation, supplier base rationalisation and Value Analysis / Value Engineering.
  • Led a sourcing change management programme. Re-engineered processes and coached team into developing new opportunities.
  • Innovated application of e-Sourcing across multiple European businesses. Trained, planned and demonstrated quick wins and long terms cost strategies across a key range of materials and indirects suppliers.

To discuss this individual in more detail call us now on 0161 973 0133 or email us here and we will contact you.

Head of Logistics – Ref: 52744

A successful and versatile supply chain professional with extensive experience delivering improvements in supply chain operations. A proven change agent with the capability to develop strategy and service, transforming teams and processes to deliver a culture of continuous improvement throughout the Supply Chain.

Key Experience & Achievements include:

  • Responsible for the complete end to end supply chain from manufacture to ensuring on shelf availability with a team of 28 staff, covering retail operations in excess of 300 stores and £500m sales turnover.
  • Forecasting of all product lines (7000 sku’s) across 2 distribution centres with lead times ranging from 2 days to 6 months
  • Tendered all freight forwarding and shipping contracts delivering savings in excess of £2m
  • Implemented a new forecasting and replenishment system resulting in a 20% increase in availability with a 30% reduction in stock levels
  • Restructured the 4 week promotional process improving availability during promotions to 99% and reducing overstocks at exit by 30%
  • Reduced obsolete stocks by 35% via improved ordering and exit planning
  • Improved store on shelf availability to 98% during growth and store openings
  • Developed a consolidation centre in China which reduced stocks on key suppliers by 20% and decreased shipping costs by £250k
  • Established supplier management KPI’s, joint forecasting and a supplier risk matrix to monitor and improve supplier performance
  • Supply Chain lead for the successful implementation of a 2nd distribution centre
  • Restructured team and at the same time delivered a measured improvement to team engagement, leadership and communication

To discuss this individual in more detail call us now on 0161 973 0133 or email us here and we will contact you.

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threesixty selection – Management & Executive Recruitment Practice. Specialist Search & Selection in Finance, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Manufacturing & Sales.

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