Job ref: CST/57848

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer
Manufacturing, Automotive
Location: Flexible across UK and Europe

Job ref: CST/57848

Salary/Benefits: Commensurate with experience

The Company

Our client is a leading SME European manufacturing group supplying the automotive sector.

Key Accountabilities:

⦁ Direct responsibility for the group P&L; Budgeting, profitability planning, forecasting and reporting to the executive board.
⦁ Create, implement and continuously evaluate the group business strategy, taking account of both macro and local site needs.
⦁ Present the vision across the group to the management team; providing inspirational leadership and ensuring that there is ‘buy-in’, together with establishing the infrastructure (people and process) to achieve the strategy.
⦁ Lead, develop and mentor the leadership team within the group, ensuring strong site performance. Understand gap analysis in the teams’ capabilities and implement training initiatives, plus identifying recruitment needs to overcome any limitations.
⦁ Drive a culture change programme across the group, to ensure there is a cohesive approach to business and one which harnesses the value of the group, as opposed to individual site.
⦁ Provide support and guidance to sites that are not achieving the required objectives.
⦁ Work closely on localized and group commercial deals, sector development and customer relationship, building initiatives at a senior level.
⦁ Overseeing the development of Operational Excellence across the group, encouraging internal benchmarking to identify and share ‘best practice’.
⦁ To evaluate any Capex projects required across the group and determine the best course of action based on pay-back.
⦁ To support group projects with potential partners and customers in the development of business opportunities, products and associated technology.
⦁ Target profitable growth in commercially viable industries and with customers.

Experience Traits:

⦁ Proven financially and commercially focused hands-on CEO, with a background in developing and growing SMEs. Professional experience within manufacturing ideally experienced in working with the automotive sector.
⦁ Good networker and able to open doors through known contacts.
⦁ Strong understanding of operations and finance – managing P&L, developing strategies, implementing culture change and creating shareholder value.
⦁ Capable of working within a SME business as opposed to an environment that is too ‘corporate’.
⦁ Strong strategic background and a leader who can shape the vision of an SME group, in line with maximizing market opportunities.
⦁ Excellent people manager and visionary who can build successful teams.

To apply please contact Conrad Taylor
0044 (0) 1789 207070

Listgrove is more than a global recruitment partner to its clients in the plastics, packaging, recycling and chemical industries. For over 45 years, we have supported companies with professional advice and successful HR solutions. All assignments are tailored to the client’s needs and delivered by expert consultants.

Why select Listgrove?
⦁ Established in 1975
⦁ Recruited in 68 countries
⦁ Recognised International brand
⦁ Exhibited around the world; in Russia, China, India, USA, Middle East, North Africa and extensively throughout Europe
⦁ Global network of candidates and talent data
⦁ Search projects completed across all functions and at all levels of seniority
⦁ Access to a network of offices across the world

For more information and access to a range of testimonials, please visit our website:

For EU roles, candidates must be eligible to work and live in the European Union. Proof of eligibility will be required with your application.

Listgrove Limited Registered in England No: 01197713

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