Manufacturing and Industrial

Novo has helped industrial companies identify and recruit the leaders they need to succeed. With talent more critical than ever, our experts understand the unique leadership development challenges of this diverse business sector.

Companies across the industrial sector have historically concentrated on making their formidable physical assets the basis of competitive advantage. Today, however, leading industrial companies increasingly recognize that the quality of their leadership talent will make the real competitive difference in a world of globalization, rapidly emerging markets, off-shoring, outsourcing, and far-flung supply chains.

These companies want innovative global leaders who possess the strategic, operating, and financial skills required to win in this complex environment. They want commercially-focused managers who can develop distinctive value-added solutions. Above all, they want leaders who have the ability to make both an immediate impact and a long-term contribution.

Our Industrial  team combines unparalleled search resources with a deeply consultative approach. Working closely with the client, we develop the ideal candidate profile against their unique competitive challenges, business objectives and leadership culture. We have deep vertical experience in every industry sector and specialty area and serve every region across the globe, including emerging markets such as China, Russia, India, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

To discuss your requirements further please contact

Dale Perrett: [email protected]

Novo's Manufacturing and Industrial sector experts can help you identify & attract your next exceptional executive.

Agribusiness

Our business specialists work with all facets of the industry, including major seed and agrochemical producers, trading houses, food manufacturers and funds and investment banks involved in the agricultural sector.

In addition, we have sector specialists in each of the following sub-sectors:

  • Seeds, Chemicals and Animal Nutrition – including fertilizers, pesticides, agronomy and animal feed producers
  • Trading and Supply Chain Management – including the origination, trading and basic processing of grains, oilseeds, sugar and cocoa
  • Food and Ingredients – including the processing, bottling, packaging and distribution of products for further food manufacturing and the consumer market

We understand how to develop successful and different strategies to attract talent from developed versus developing markets. Our team provides the breadth of experience (function, market, product) for high potential individuals to develop into effective leaders, as well as finding and training global talent with consistent delivery models.

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Automotive

Our experts have helped companies in this dynamic industry find a way to grow and prosper. The search for talent is more critical now than ever because of the magnitude of issues currently impacting the industry. We recognize the leadership challenges that automotive companies face from the boardroom to the factory floor.

We have deep vertical experience in the following industry sectors:

  • Automotive manufacturers
  • Commercial vehicle manufacturers
  • Automotive and commercial vehicle parts manufacturers
  • Service providers to the automotive industry
  • Automotive and commercial vehicle dealerships
  • Aftermarket / retail parts and services

Our global presence combined with our reputation as a premier provider of search and leadership consulting services gives us unparalleled access to the best and brightest automotive talent around the world.

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Building Products

Whether it’s a multinational with a robust product line or a local PE-backed start-up, companies use our experts to help them build teams that understand the challenges in this sector and select the right moves from among a wide range of business growth opportunities.

Building products companies face a variety of challenges in today’s marketplace. They are grappling with fluctuating raw material costs, pressure from their customers to offer green and other environmentally-friendly products, as well as cyclicality and consolidation in the marketplace.

Our team has deep experience in a wide variety of industry specializations:

  • Steel, lumber, concrete and other structural materials
  • Windows, doors and hardware
  • Plumbing, HVAC and electrical
  • Paints, coatings and adhesives
  • Interior finished products
  • Distribution

We understand the issues that face the industry and of the types of leaders that excel across the sector. As a result of our deep knowledge, we help our clients build successful boards and senior leadership teams for global and regional companies of all sizes. In addition, our leadership consulting offerings provide a range of proven ways to measure performance and establish solid strategies for managing and growing the core business.

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Capital Equipment

Our experts are uniquely qualified to assist leading companies in this sector maximize growth opportunities by developing its executive talent. Our experienced team of global consultants knows the talent from both an industry segment and geographic perspective. We work hard to maintain a deep understanding of market trends and industry dynamics in order to assist clients in effectively building their talent leadership teams.

Today’s capital equipment sector spans a diverse range of products and industry segments. This complex global business has significant growth opportunities due to the continued expansion in developing economic regions as well as the need to repair and upgrade infrastructure in Europe and North America.

We have deep vertical experience in:

  • Plant equipment and machinery: machine tools, automation and control equipment, drives, pumps and motors
  • Power generation oil and gas and other energy related equipment: boilers, turbines, transformers, compressors and blowers
  • Off-highway equipment: agricultural, construction, mining, material handling and remote access
  • Distribution of capital equipment: rental and sales

Beyond our core executive search expertise, we have made significant investments to build a highly competent global leadership consulting organization. We aspire to earn a trusted advisor status with our clients by complementing our executive search capabilities with other offerings such as assessment, succession planning, organization redesign and coaching, to name a few.

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Chemicals

Our team of experts understands that this industry continues to evolve as companies react to changing and uncertain economic conditions, continued mergers and acquisitions, and other diverse sector factors. Efforts to increase sustainability and to become more environmentally green have also taken root.

All of these dynamics pose a challenge for its leadership, and also place a strain on the available global leadership pool of executives who are able to drive success in this environment.

We continue to pro-actively develop relationships with highly talented executives to lay foundations of trust and credibility to attract them to our clients’ leadership roles. Our experience includes public & private corporate enterprises, private equity-backed businesses, and pre-IPO venture capital companies focusing on innovative technologies.  Our experts also have deep vertical experience in petrochemicals, plastics, feedstocks, chlor-alkali, fine chemicals (APIs), agrichemicals, fertilizers, specialty and commodity chemicals, and industrial gases.

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Electrical

Novo has been working with electrical and electronics companies to remain competitive in their talent strategies for many years. Our experts are frequently sought out by industry executives to help them build high-performance teams that can steer and navigate their companies through turbulent times.

Our global presence combined with our reputation as a premier provider of search services gives us unparalleled access to the best and brightest talent through our proprietary database, a vast network of industry resources and contacts and brand recognition that enables access to even the highest-placed executives. In addition, our team possesses specialized knowledge in the following sub-sectors, including: lighting, electronic components, display components, contract manufacturing, batteries, power distribution and generator manufacturing.

We understand the leadership challenges that these companies face - from the board room to the factory floor. Through a deeply consultative approach, we collaborate closely with every client to understand their organization’s unique competitive challenges, business objectives and leadership culture.

We will align the success profile of executives within your organization to the search criteria and apply what we know to develop a detailed candidate profile.

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Mining and Metals

Novo has been building a strong reputation in the upstream and primary metals sector for more than 13 years. Our track record in search assignments and effective cross-border search teams – particularly for roles in difficult locations requiring a combination of strategic, operational, project and leader skills – is well recognized by the key players in this sector.

Leadership success depends both on the delivery of high quality, major capital projects as well as the ability to find a careful balance between operational cost-control and technological innovation.  These must all be achieved while maintaining a license to operate, working in partnership with global communities and addressing increasingly complex environmental challenges such as climate change.

Our experts understand that leaders must have a keen eye on global trends to identify and take advantage of opportunities that develop top line growth, leverage and diversify resources or reduce risk. They must also be able to deliver short-term results, yet have the confidence to retain a long-term view. Our dedicated Mining and Metals experts provide clients with the global reach and specialist local knowledge required to develop industry leading teams.

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Paper and Packaging

The paper and packaging sectors are undergoing a dramatic transformation in scale, scope and strategy. In the face of consolidation and globalization, paper and packaging companies must be strategically sophisticated, able to drive growth while astutely manage assets. To succeed, they will need a new generation of leaders. Amid this need for new talent, companies turn to Novo to align talent with business goals.

The pressures driving this transformation come from all sides: rising prices for raw materials, customer demands for lower costs, better service and innovative design. Seamlessly drawing together industry, functional and geographic expertise to meet our clients' unique requirements, our global team works to achieve a common goal: to identify, assess and deliver the best possible talent.

Our depth of industry knowledge ensures our ability to help a variety of consumer and business-to-business organizations including producers of lumber, solid-wood products, pulp, paper and packaging companies find the talent they need to succeed in this rapidly changing environment. With offices located everywhere from major to emerging markets, we are uniquely equipped to serve an industry that is being redefined by globalization.

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Transportation and Logistics

Our experts have an authentic and demonstrable track record of delivery in each niche of transportation and logistics.

We work with a diverse cross-section of the category, including: integrators, freight forwarders, 3PL providers, ocean carriers,  airlines, as well as rail, port, terminal and airport operators. However, our relationships go beyond transportation and logistics companies themselves – we hold key relationships with private equity firms, venture capitalists, infrastructure funds, deal makers (both buy and sell side), investment bankers, management consultants and the academic community.

We know the talent, and with offices distributed all over the world, we are uniquely equipped to serve an industry that is being redefined locally, regionally and globally.

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Sector Clients

  • GE
  • Siemens
  • Alumasc
  • Smith & Nephew

Current Roles

We have recently successfully fulfilled numerous roles in this sector.
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Operations Manager (Production/Manufacturing)

Salary: Competitive Base Salary + Package

Company Our client is an international multi-service provider which has a key site in Devon that offers textile, hygiene and facility services solutions to clients throughout the county and further afield within the South West. The business has a highly successful production site in Devon that is keen to invest in a high calibre production focused and experienced Operations Manager. The Role & Core Responsibilities Lead and oversee production levels and rates on site The key contact person for anything operational, at any time, & providing the right solutions…

Operations
Manager/Team Leader

Manufacturing

Newton Abbot, Devon

Job Ref No: GW Production 04/22

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Recruitment and Sales Training Manager

Salary: Suggested band (which may change based upon experience): £45,000 - £50,000 + car + bonus + benefits

Our client is a market-leading manufacturer of premium home furnishings – supplying directly to homes across the UK. To help the business continue its double-digit annual growth it wishes to appoint a Recruitment & Sales Training Manager. In this position you will be responsible for the recruitment and training of high calibre sales agents throughout Great Britain. You will work to ensure the business has a full complement of agents to handle the quantity of leads delivered by Head Office marketing and to ensure their teams have the selling and product knowledge…

Manager/Team Leader
Sales/Business Development

Consumer Products and FMCG
Manufacturing

Bristol (GB)

Job Ref No: MS 0422/01

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General Manager (SME/Start Up)

Salary: Competitive Base Salary + Package

Our Client Our client is a small boutique manufacturing and installation company based in Herefordshire. The company produces and installs bespoke mechanical linen handling systems to automate work processes in large commercial laundries across the UK and throughout Europe. The company has recently been acquired by some investors who are positioning the business for significant growth. The Requirement Due to a planned retirement, the business now requires a commercially minded Managing Director who has experience in running Small to Medium size companies and taking full…

CEO/MD
Operations

Engineering
Technology
Manufacturing

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire (GB)

Job Ref No: GWMD 04/22

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Supply Chain Manager

Salary: excellent package

Our client is a successful and well-respected luxury lifestyle homewares business. The company has achieved several national and regional growth awards. Our client is enjoying an exciting period of opportunity and sustained fast growth with revenues soon to achieve £50m pa. There are significant opportunities for our client to further develop its capabilities and high-end luxury product range. This appointment will enjoy significant levels of autonomy and responsibility. The successful appointee will lead the day-to-day supply chain operations of the business.…

Manager/Team Leader

Consumer Products and FMCG
Manufacturing
Construction and Property

North East England (GB)

Job Ref No: SCM DP 04/22

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Head of Operations

Salary: excellent executive package

Our client is a successful and well-respected luxury lifestyle homewares business. The company has achieved several national and regional growth awards. Our client is enjoying an exciting period of opportunity and sustained fast growth with revenues soon to achieve £50m pa. There are significant opportunities for our client to further develop its capabilities and high-end luxury product range. This appointment will enjoy significant levels of autonomy and responsibility. The successful appointee will lead the day-to-day operations of the business. Working with the…

Manager/Team Leader
Operations

Consumer Products and FMCG
Manufacturing

North East England (GB)

Job Ref No: HoO DP 04/22

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Head of E Commerce

Salary: excellent executive package

Our client is a successful and well-respected luxury lifestyle homewares business. The company has achieved several national and regional growth awards. Our client is enjoying an exciting period of opportunity and sustained fast growth with revenues soon to achieve £50m pa. There are significant opportunities for our client to further develop its capabilities and high-end luxury product range. This appointment will enjoy significant levels of autonomy and responsibility. The successful appointee will lead the day-to-day operations of the business. Working with the…

Marketing
Manager/Team Leader

Consumer Products and FMCG
Manufacturing

North East England (GB)

Job Ref No: HoEC DP 04/22

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Managing Director (SME/Manufacturing)

Salary: Competitive Base Salary + Package

Our Client Our client is a small boutique manufacturing and installation company based in Herefordshire. The company produces and installs bespoke mechanical linen handling systems to automate work processes in large commercial laundries across the UK and throughout Europe. The company has recently been acquired by some investors who are positioning the business for significant growth. The Requirement Due to a planned retirement, the business now requires a commercially minded Managing Director who has experience in running Small to Medium size companies and taking full…

CEO/MD
Operations

Engineering
Manufacturing
Technology

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire (GB)

Job Ref No: MD GW 04/22

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Engineering Director

Salary: Competitive package to attract the best

THE COMPANY Our client is an innovative, technology-led British company. It develops and manufactures innovative integrated sensor positioning technology. These products are sold to a growing global customer base in the Security, Defence, Broadcast and Professional AV markets. The company is made up of an innovative team covering R&D, operations, quality, business development and business support with significant experience in the industries they serve and a determination to always exceed their customers’ expectations. They are a multi-cultural team focused on…

Board Director/Partner

Engineering
Manufacturing

Surrey (GB)

Job Ref No: ED DP 02/22

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Operations Manager (Manufacturing)

Salary: Competitive salary, bonus and incentives

Our client is a global manufacturer of machinery. With a broad spectrum of clients ranging from blue chip organisations to much smaller, family-owned businesses, their equipment is specified to the highest quality, affording their market leading status. The business has a requirement to hire an Operations Manager for their European business, based in Belgium. The Operations Manager will lead the production to include the factory and site operations, responsible for the teams in these areas. The incoming individual will be an expert in production engineering with…

Operations
Procurement/Supply Chain
Manager/Team Leader

Manufacturing

Mechelen, Malines (BE)

Job Ref No: JW/Ops 02/22

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Operations Manager (Production/Manufacturing)

Salary: Competitive Base Salary + Package

Company Our client is an international multi-service provider which has a key site in Devon that offers textile, hygiene and facility services solutions to clients throughout the county and further afield within the South West. The business has a highly successful production site in Devon that is keen to invest in a high calibre production focused and experienced Operations Manager. The Role & Core Responsibilities Lead and oversee production levels and rates on site The key contact person for anything operational, at any time, & providing the right solutions…

Operations
Manager/Team Leader

Manufacturing

Newton Abbot, Devon

Job Ref No: OM DP 01/22

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Head of Manufacturing Engineering

Salary: Attractive Package

The Company Our client is a world-leading pioneer of advanced technologies, specialising in the development of low cost, next generation fuel cell technology. Used in decentralised energy products, our client’s technologies enable a change in the way businesses, homes and vehicles generate their power, reducing energy costs, lowering CO₂ emissions, increasing efficiency and improving energy security and reliability. Our client’s innovation is leading the way in delivering clean energy for a clean world. This British technology and engineering company is now a…

Operations
Strategy/Planning

Engineering
Manufacturing
Energy industrial

London (South), London (Greater) (GB)

Job Ref No: HoME RM 01/22

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Chief Executive Officer East Midlands Six Figure executive package will be offered to attract the best. THE COMPANY Our client is a successful and well-respected E-Commerce distribution and manufacturing engineering business. The business has an extensive high-quality product range including, Power, Hand and Garage Tools, Tool Storage, Hydraulics, Generators, Lighting, Garage Equipment and Workwear.    The company has enjoyed exceptional growth in recent years and fully expects the current growth to continue. The company benefits from significant resources…

Manager/Team Leader
Operations

Engineering
Manufacturing

Derbyshire (GB)

Job Ref No: COO DP 01/22

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Head of Finance

Salary: Competitive Salary with flexibility plus generous package

Kawasaki Precision Machinery forms part of the global Kawasaki group. The Heavy Industries division achieves an annual revenue of $35bn and is growing. Today the Kawasaki brand is synonymous with quality and innovation in hydraulic pumps, motors, valves and complete systems across the whole spectrum of applications. The UK operation is located on the Tamar Estuary in Plymouth and occupies a 20,000 m2 facility. With revenues increasing and their 3-year plan underway, the UK operation will increase in size rapidly. There has been significant investment into the site which…

Finance/Risk
Manager/Team Leader

Manufacturing
Engineering

[email protected]

Job Ref No: JH HoF 1/22

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Engineering Director

Salary: Competitive package to attract the best

THE COMPANY Our client is an innovative, technology-led British company. It develops and manufactures innovative integrated sensor positioning technology. These products are sold to a growing global customer base in the Security, Defence, Broadcast and Professional AV markets. The company is made up of an innovative team covering R&D, operations, quality, business development and business support with significant experience in the industries they serve and a determination to always exceed their customers’ expectations. They are a multi-cultural team focused on…

Board Director/Partner

Engineering
Manufacturing

Surrey (GB)

Job Ref No: ED DP 12/21

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Depot Manager, Agriculture

Salary: Competitive salary & package

Our client is a fast growth family owned fuel and lubricant distribution business based south of Bristol and covering the South of England. The business has a requirement to appoint a new Depot Manager, responsible for running its site in Berkshire. As part of the Senior Management Team, the Depot Manager will be responsible for the day to day running of the site, its staff and customers. It is essential that exceptional levels of customer service are maintained and that both customers and staff within the depot benefit from a seamless transition. The successful candidate…

Operations
Manager/Team Leader

Berkshire (GB)

Job Ref No: JW/DM 11/21

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Managing Director (Manufacturing Sector)

Salary: Circa £100,000 Salary with Flex + Benefits

Our Client Our client is a fast-pace privately owned niche manufacturing business in Lancashire. This customer centric company has developed a team of excellent senior management with established market and product knowledge plus proven backgrounds in manufacturing. The business provides first class support to clients on the Commercial, R&D, Regulatory, Operational and Logistical side of matters. The company’s manufacturing is to the highest industry practices, as they supply a broad range of retailer and brand owners in multiple category sectors. The business…

CEO/MD

Life Science
Manufacturing

Preston, Lancashire (GB)

Job Ref No: MD GW 11/21

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Operations Manager (Devon/Production)

Salary: Competitive Base Salary + Package

Company Our client is an international multi-service provider which has a key site in Devon that offers textile, hygiene and facility services solutions to clients throughout the county and further afield within the South West. The business has a highly successful production site in Devon that is keen to invest in a high calibre production focused and experienced Operations Manager. The Role & Core Responsibilities Lead and oversee production levels and rates on site The key contact person for anything operational, at any time, & providing the right solutions…

Operations

Manufacturing

Devon (GB)

Job Ref No: GWOps 10/21

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Interim Operations Manager

Salary: Competitive day rate to attract the best

Interim Operations Manager Our client provides a range of analytical testing services to clients across multiple industries. They are a global business with 50,000 employees, 800 laboratories across 50 countries working across food, environmental, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products testing.  It is also one of the global independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, advanced material sciences and for supporting clinical studies. In addition, they are one of the key emerging players in specialty…

Operations

Life Science
Manufacturing

Surrey (GB)

Job Ref No: SM IOM 05/21

This job has now been successfully concluded.

Operations Director (FMCG Food & Drinks Manufacturing)

Salary: £100,000 Base Salary + Bonus + Benefits

Our Client Our client is a well-established Somerset based food/drinks manufacturing business. The company is experiencing plenty of success and has recently invested significantly in their production line technology and infrastructure. Due to continued success, diversification of certain lines and general growth there is the strategic requirement to recruit an Operations Director for the business. Main Purpose To direct and coordinate the operations teams incorporating Production, Engineering and Technical to deliver the goals and objectives of the organisation. …

Operations
Board Director/Partner

Engineering
Manufacturing

Somerset (GB)

Job Ref No: GDOD 10/20

This job has now been successfully concluded.

UK Managing Director

Salary: Competitive Package

OPPORTUNITY Our client is a well-established privately owned business with operations in over 20 countries worldwide. The company is a leading manufacturer of innovative engineered products supplying into a wide range of industries. Our client is an ambitious company, always striving for improvement and proposing new products tailor-made to customer needs. The company is in a strong position for growth and due to succession planning, is now looking for a new UK Managing Director. THE ROLE The UK subsidiary is one of the most profitable in the Groups business. Based in…

Sales/Business Development
Strategy/Planning
CEO/MD

Manufacturing
Engineering

Yorkshire and the Humber (GB)

Job Ref No: MD RM 10/20

This job has now been successfully concluded.

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