Managing Director

Opportunity

Eden Search & Select has developed a close relationship with Whites Recycling, part of the ReGen group of companies, exclusively working with them to identify future senior management for the business. A critical project for the group was the replacement of the very successful long serving Managing Director due to retirement. This key appointment had many subtle areas to consider: the potential candidates had to not only bring sound food industry experience and management capability to the role but also be a strong leader capable of winning hearts and minds. As a business that acts as a bridge between food company waste recycling and crop nutrition on farm, it was also important to have candidates who had specific high-level knowledge of regulated service provision in a fast paced, technically complex environment.

I found Eden and the team to be a great combination of personable, professional, supportive and informative throughout the process. Executive Search at senior level can be a lengthy process and Eden were excellent at keeping me up to date with feedback, discussing next steps, approach and timings. Where Eden stands out against so many other executive search firms is that they really get to know the company, individuals and values to ensure both parties are a perfect match from day one.

David Carr. Managing Director, Whites Recycling

Our approach

Eden’s strong capability of being able to operate across the food and agribusiness sector sharing possibilities of where the talent for this challenging search may lay, coupled with our Head of Agribusiness significant experience of working in the sector meant that the quality of candidates discovered was very high and extremely relevant to this unique role. The Research team’s deep understanding of the brief ensured that conversations and the representation of the Whites Recycling business  created a compelling opportunity to out of sector candidates. As a very niche business being able to move out of sector was critical to finding the best comparable skills who could deliver the leadership needed.

The results

Following our very strong shortlist and the jointly planned interview process with the Chairman, Whites Recycling appointed one of the most respected senior managers from the food and brewing sector who has excellent leadership and people skills coupled with deep knowledge of engineering to drive the business forward in this important new environmentally beneficial industry.

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