Business Unit Director


Swancote Foods, part of Produce Investments, an AIM listed business, retained Eden Search & Select to recruit an exceptional Business Unit Director to support the organisation as it embarked on a new drive for growth.

Andy Ferguson, HR Director commented, “Having successfully worked together on previous searches, we were keen to provide Eden Search & Select with an opportunity to work with us on this search.

This was a complex assignment in which we needed to first identify exactly what we wanted in terms of technical skills, experience and culture fit. Eden Search & Select facilitated this stage, probing subtly to help establish precisely what our requirements were.

The attraction and selection phases were systematic and efficient and the eventual short-list was impressive, providing Produce Investments with an opportunity to engage with a number of top candidates. Offer to appointment was professionally handled by David and his team with appropriate levels of communication with ourselves and the candidates.”

Our approach

Working collaboratively with the HR Director and Chief Executive, the Eden Search & Select team defined a research campaign to identify and engage with leading food manufacturing General Managers and Operations Directors.

Investing considerable time at the start of the process to understand the company’s recent history, its customer profile and all aspects of operations, Eden Search & Select used its findings to identify a number of candidates with multi-functional leadership experience. Specifically, individuals needed to have a strong commercial insight and above all, the confidence to lead all stakeholders through a strategic change program.

The results

The client interviewed four shortlisted candidates put forward by Eden Search & Select with two progressing to second stage alongside an internal applicant. Within fifteen days of the first interview, one of the external candidates was appointed following two separate panel interviews, a presentation and a site tour.

Having been in place for a number of months, the new business unit director has instigated a huge change programme that will increase commercial emphasis and enable Swancote Foods to build a solid, sustainable foundation for its business.

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