Engineering Director - Division of Smiths Plc

Published: 8 March 2013

A division of the FTSE-100 Group Smiths Plc, our client designs and manufactures engineered components that help protect and control critical systems for the global wireless telecommunications, aerospace, defence, and medical markets. They lead their field with regard to value-added solutions and bespoke products for applications requiring high quality, rugged and reliable performance. The business operates globally, and has operations in Europe, Asia, and North America, with a total workforce of 1500 employees.  

Their vision is to be the preferred choice for high-performance solutions that create value for their customers by providing them with a competitive advantage in high-growth markets and territories, and achieve sustainable organic growth year-on-year. To help achieve this vision they have created a new strategic global role of Engineering Director to be responsible for the leadership of all their Research and Development teams and processes worldwide. This will involve assessing the structure, capability, and performance of the existing Engineering teams and processes, and establishing a new Engineering function that will support the long-term growth in value of the business.  

We were asked to identify and attract experienced R&D leaders with demonstrable success of creating and implementing effective engineering strategies, across a multi-sited industrial engineered components manufacturing environment. Our experience of delivering Engineering leadership assignments enabled us to provide a shortlist that helped the client confirm, in their own minds, what was essential to them in the candidates’ experience.  This has led to the appointment an individual with the depth and breadth of engineering leadership, and leadership qualities, that they require in this key strategic appointment.

Jonathan Burke is a Principal Consultant within the Engineering, Manufacturing & Infrastructure Practice of Berwick Partners, an Odgers Berndtson company. Jonathan specialises in the appointment of leadership positions in the Manufacturing & Precision Engineering sectors.

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