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Manufacturing & engineering operations management

Leadership & talent solutions for better business outcomes

The world of manufacturing and engineering is evolving as rapidly as ever before. In the wake of the COVID crisis, whole sectors are being revolutionised by rapid innovation in everything from materials to AI, digitalisation and the Internet of Things. Sustainability and an ever-growing demand for a greener agenda is a priority for all. 

With costs rising and competition growing, organisations need leaders with a special combination of abilities. It takes both technical and people skills to deliver the transformation demanded by Industry 4.0.  

More and more businesses recognise the value of an effective blend of permanent executives, interim managers and an agile talent workforce to enable business success.

At NSCG, we have a track record of supporting manufacturing companies across different verticals to meet their people challenges through the identification, assessment and development of high-performing leaders. We partner with businesses under different ownership regimes (private equity-backed businesses and privately-owned) and operate both locally and internationally.

Executive search & selection

Our extensive candidate network means we're well placed to find high-calibre senior candidates when you're looking to recruit a permanent executive. Our executive search service delivers retained executive-level assignments both internationally and domestically, centring on the recruitment of CEOs, MDs, c-suite appointments and general managers along with other senior leadership professionals.

Our high-quality, holistic service combines the capability of our highly experienced executive recruitment consultants with in-depth psychometric/personality assessments delivered by qualified occupational psychologists. Our search and selection methodology will ensure a cultural fit and alignment to values and organisational purpose, which is particularly important at a senior level.

Typical executive search assignments

  • Board and leadership
  • Digital, change and transformation
  • Commercial
  • Finance
  • Human resources 
  • Information technology
  • Marketing and sales 
  • Operations
  • Programme management
  • Risk, governance and compliance

Interim management solutions

Our associates are engaged through our ROI methodology, via statement of work, or on time and materials frameworks. By defining the desired outcome and mapping out the best way to achieve success, we deliver the results you want. 

We’re focused on building relationships and partnering with both clients and senior interim managers across key sectors: 

  • Oil and gas, mining and renewables 
  • Healthcare, medical & pharmaceutical manufacturing 
  • Defence and aerospace manufacturing 
  • Traditional UK manufacturing including automotive 
  • German manufacturing markets 

Proven expertise

The financial and regulatory pressures on manufacturers mean that strong, strategic leadership and an agile workforce is a must – especially during transformation and times of change. 

We have over 40 years’ experience in the industry, delivering value to our clients through the provision of integrated services in leadership consulting, assessment, talent development, interim solutions, executive search, agile talent solutions, talent strategy consulting and managed services. 

We work with some of the best talent in the sector. Our team has delivered superior outcomes for complex engagements time and time again. 

Key benefits of interim managers

  • Quickly plugging a gap where there is a skills shortage 
  • Cost-effective hiring of expertise to lead and deliver change and transformation 
  • Immediate access to specialist expertise for delivering operational and financial turnaround 
  • Hiring of expertise on a project basis to support pre-acquisition due diligence 
  • Expertise and consultancy to deliver due diligence in a key strategic area – for example, a factory closure or relocation 
  • Leadership and programme management for successful end-to-end delivery of a merger or acquisition 

Typical assignments

  • Board and leadership 
  • Digital, change and transformation 
  • Commercial 
  • Finance 
  • Human resources  
  • Information technology 
  • Marketing and sales 
  • Operations 
  • Programme management 
  • Risk, governance and compliance 

Example roles

  • Interim CEO, COO, MD, CIO 
  • Interim CFO, FD 
  • Interim CCO, CRO 
  • Interim CTO, Chief Data Officer, Head of Transformation, GDPR 
  • Interim Ops Director, Head of PMO, HRD 
  • Interim CMO, Commercial Director 

Get ready for IR35

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Other services

  • Board effectiveness review 
  • Leadership assessment 
  • Executive coaching & development 
  • Succession planning 
  • Project recruitment 

Meet the team

Laurence Frantzis


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Gavin Wingfield

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