Corporate Vice President Manufacturing

$3B Speciality Chemicals Manufacturing Company

Who our client needed

This global manufacturer and marketer of highly specialized industrial chemicals had grown rapidly through acquisition and were challenged with unifying their globally diverse operations under a common culture and system.

Many of the leaders were new to the organization and sought our guidance on redefining the parameters of the Vice President of Manufacturing position to accurately reflect the changing needs of the organization.  

The critical need was cultural transformation and work standardization across a division of manufacturing operations that were vastly diverse in location, culture, and process. Our client needed a Vice President of Manufacturing who encompassed the technical skillset to support this highly specialized and volatile product line coupled with the leadership maturity and business acumen to turn around site performance and support the future organic business growth that was anticipated to be significant.

The search

Starting with a clean sheet of paper, we assisted our client in defining and prioritizing the goals and objectives of the role and identifying the critical hard and soft skills necessary for success.

After a comprehensive overview of this specialized industry, we honed in to our target audience that spanned across the national and international market. Conversations were heavily focused on the newly acquired organization, the challenges and opportunity to drive transformational change.

The final fit

After interviewing five candidates, our client hired two VP of Manufacturing candidates to support two different specialty product divisions. Each brought extensive industry experience and a balance of executive polish, hands-on leadership and the tenacity necessary to drive significant change. Both were successful in transforming the operational culture and performance of their respective divisions.

Two years after the initial search, we were fortunate to have one of the candidates become a client and we successfully placed a Plant Manager and Operations Manager for their largest site.