Mission Impossible 2016-12-20T16:32:16+00:00

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Executive search case study : Mission Impossible?

Insight: A failsafe approach to ‘mission impossible’

Objective:

To hunt down a candidate for a senior, safety-critical role, with the personality to implement positive change in a complex and challenging sector.

Client:

  • UK Manufacturer of Ammonium Nitrate
  • Operations in North West
  • Safety critical operations
  • Extreme hazardous environment

Target:

  • Senior operations manager/ site manager
  • High-level engineering background
  • Proven people and leadership skills
  • Strategic thinker
  • Resilience and drive to implement change
  • Personality to inspire people to change with them
  • Proven track record in high-hazard Chemical processes
  • Total familiarity with Tier 1 COMAH operations

Challenge:

Role unfilled despite a four-year recruitment process

Search Plan:

Candidates with transferable skills in other safety critical environments, combining innovative research methodology with extensive industry experience. Key to success was understanding what skills and traits make a good leader and then recognizing them

  • Opened door to a broader range of proven candidates
  • Intense, in-depth research to find the person with the specific mix of skills to succeed in this role
  • One-to-one advocacy to ensure the right candidate accepted the offer

Outcome:

  • High calibre candidate in place within 2 months
  • Successful change program implemented

“After 4 years, we thought the person we were looking for simply didn’t exist. It took only two months for Edward Drummond to prove us wrong.”

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