Executive search case study:

Hunting down a senior manager for a safety-critical role with a UK chemical manufacturer.

Our 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.


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


  • 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

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


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

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Edward Drummond and Co. works closely with a number of leading organisations across the core renewable energy markets of wind, water, solar and nuclear, helping them to find exceptional leaders. We pride ourselves on seeking out those elusive individuals capable of leading the delivery of innovation and new renewable energy technologies that aid the transition towards zero carbon and sustainable energy for all.

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