Recruiting a Head of Technical
U-POL is a leading supplier of bodyfiller, coatings, aerosols, abrasives, polishes and consumables to the car repair market with a market reputation for high quality products and sales to over 100 countries. They have experienced a significant period of sales growth over the past 8 years, and were eager to continue this expansion. U-POL wanted to recruit a Head of Technical to bring in new ideas, and new ways of working to further drive growth.
TMP’s Senior & Specialist team met with U-POL stakeholders to build an in-depth understanding of their requirements.
The Head of Technical would provide overall technical support to all functions, and drive product development. The Head of Technical needed to have a strong ‘chemicals’ manufacturing background, and understand the complexity of material supply and pricing.
The client stipulated that the ideal candidate had to have four main attributes: a Polymer Chemistry Degree, experience of managing a Laboratory now or in the past, a commercial background, and they had to be an experienced and proven manager.
The Senior Professional and Specialist team identified 93 prospects, through a number of channels. 85 were passive candidates, sourced through a number of different routes. After engaging with 76 individuals, we created a shortlist of people that matched the brief, made from 16 candidates. Of those in contention, 12 candidates were passive, which means that 75% of applicants were not looking for a new role until TMP approached them.
Delighted with the shortlist, the client decided to interview 9 of the 12 individuals. They had specifically asked for a large interview list, due to the unique nature of the role – balancing strong technical skills with real leadership qualities. The offered candidate accepted the role and started work in May.
“We approached TMP to support us in the recruitment of a highly specialist role. We needed to appoint an individual with the right blend of highly sought technical and leadership skills, which we knew would be a challenge.
Our consultant, Suzi Fox, worked closely with us from the initial briefing, from which she built an impressive long-list of target organisations and prospective candidates. Suzi then managed the process, making all of the direct approaches, before producing and recommending a shortlist. Suzi showed a great deal of tenacity and persistence to ensure that we reached a successful conclusion, which resulted in the appointment of a high calibre candidate to U-POL.”
Martin Bach, Chief Operating Officer