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CEO - PE Backed Manufacturing Business

We have been retained by a global materials technology company to lead a search for a CEO to support its continued expansion.


Our client is a global technology solutions company offering an advanced surface treatment for light alloys such as aluminium, magnesium and titanium. The coating has numerous applications across aerospace, defence, semi-conductor, electronics, consumer products, motor racing, and marine where there is a growing desire to use light alloys in even the most demanding environments. 

Private equity backed, the business has enjoyed significant growth and to support this recently moved to brand new premises near Cambridge. The company is recognised as the global authority in its technology and maintains its know-how through deep cooperation with leading academic institutions including Cambridge University. 


At this exciting phase in its development, a new CEO is required who will deliver growth by driving the sales and operational performance of the business.  While the role requires broad general management skills across all disciplines, growing sales will be a priority, working closely with the existing sales team and strengthening it where necessary. Having a general management background in a global technology/engineering business within an entrepreneurial SME environment, the CEO will be at ease with customers and will take people in the team with them. A background in the Aerospace / Defence sector would be an advantage as this is seen as a key area of expansion. 

This is a rare opportunity to join a small business with a unique proposition that is in a strong position to be scaled up.  In successfully delivering the strategic plan, the CEO will play a significant role in creating the value in the business that will hopefully result in a successful trade sale in the next three years. 


The CEO will lead and direct the company to deliver the business plan and achieve profitable growth, including managing the day-to-day business activities, ensuring they run smoothly and that consistently high standards are delivered to customers, generating strategies to increase sales revenues with new and existing customers, representing the business to build its presence in the marketplace and helping to position it for a future trade sale. This will involve driving the business as a leader, providing strategic direction and ensuring the business remains focused on achieving its objectives. 


We seek an exceptional individual with a background in general management, and experience in international sales of technical products and services. He/she is likely to have worked in a good quality SME and will have a varied background in an engineering industry or materials science or industrial coatings. Experience of scaling up a small company would be very useful. Possessing a degree in an engineering subject, materials science or chemistry/physics, the CEO will be used to operating in the aerospace, defence, electronics or engineering industries and undertaking complex and commercial contract negotiations. In terms of personal profile,  an open style which engages people, results orientation, high energy and drive, stamina,  a sense of urgency, clarity of thinking, and the ability to articulate ideas and concepts and simplify complexity, are considered important.

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