Our Industrials practice has in-depth expertise and strong experience in successfully completing search mandates at CEO, Board and Senior Executive/Leadership level.

With decades of collective experience, we provide an exceptional level of insight, advice and unrivalled access to industry leaders. Working in close partnership with clients, we are able to advise on the attraction of diverse, talented executive leaders with the experience, ambition and potential to operate at Board level and ExCo.

Our experienced team combines relevant industry experience and strong search capabilities enabling a highly consultative yet successful fast turnaround of searches. With strong corporate capabilities, brand identity and a commitment to excellence mean our opinions are valued and sought after.

Throughout any search we always remember that we are our client’s ambassadors so ensure candidates are treated with the highest levels of service, discretion and respect at all times.

We serve a wide variety of organisations including those active in:

• Energy & natural resources
• Construction
• Real estate
• Defence
• Manufacturing
• Engineering
• Support services
• Business-to-business

Case Studies

CEO, UK construction plc
This was a particularly sensitive search from the client’s perspective, as the new CEO would be the first non-family member in that role, after seventy years. Hence the critical need to ensure that the successful candidate was aligned with the company’s values and culture and would be able to successfully manage the numerous stakeholders involved in a predominantly family-owned but public company.

Managing Director, FTSE 250 business-to-business/consumer plc
The UK MD role was a new position, created to give the CEO, who had doubled-up in that role, the time to drive the organisation’s international expansion. Thus the successful candidate had to be able to manage the relationship with a CEO who would be relinquishing the reins of a major part of the company, with all the sensitivities involved in those circumstances.

Managing Director (Europe), International manufacturing/distribution business
The Europe MD position involved a search across many European countries. The successful candidate had to be able to manage the relationships in an organization with a largely British heritage, with operations across twenty countries and ultimately being part of a US privately-owned parent corporation. This mix led to a small and well-defined pool of potentially suitable candidates, all of whom had extensive international careers and were comfortable operating in very differing cultures.

Head of project & programme management, UK multi-disciplinary consultancy
Candidate universe identified: 50 candidates were identified across Europe & Middle East
Time to hire: from date of instruction to offer/acceptance this search took 80 working days
The client was historically a UK-only firm which had become part of a much larger international business with a northern European heritage. Thus the challenge was to find candidates who understood the nuances involved in bringing together the quite differing approaches of consultants who had operated previously in separate cultures and who had been competitors.

Contact us

If you would like to hear more about our experience and how we may be able to help your business, please contact our Managing Partner Tim Hammett for an initial confidential discussion.

Tim Hammett
Managing Director
Norman Broadbent Executive Search