Manufacturing & Industrial

Technology, consolidation, globalisation…with so much to face, manufacturing and industrial businesses cannot afford executive recruitment to be the weak link in their supply chain. That’s why so many turn to us.

At Norrie Johnston Recruitment we have a proven track-record finding senior executives for highly specialist senior permanent and interim roles. We’ve found senior execs for large established international players dealing with a merger, major companies driving through a business improvement programmes, right through to ambitious companies setting up operations in Asia.

Our team has supported organisations as diverse as OEMs, packaging and automotive companies through to chemical plants and food processors.

Our manufacturing and industrial team understands the unique pressures faced by companies in the sector.  That’s because they aren’t simply executive recruiters. They have real-world experience working as leaders within manufacturing businesses.

This experience, combined with the speed and reach of the web means we can promise

  • 99%  success on sole agency assignments
  • Success -linked fees for interim roles
  • Guaranteed time frames
  • Perfectly matched short-list within 2 to 4 days for interim roles
  • Perfectly matched short-list within 2 to 4 weeks for permanent roles

Our services go beyond executive search and senior interim recruitment. For clients who feel their talent management process is under-delivering, our manufacturing and industrial practice team also offers a range of Talent Management services, designed to improve and support the client’s internal processes.

"NJR has supported IMI Critical Engineering with a number of senior interim roles spanning various locations across Europe and the UK."

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"Norrie’s firm always provides top quality candidates, often at short notice, in a very professional and client- focused manner. He is a pleasure to work with."

Chris Rickard, Group Finance Director The Weir Group

"Norrie is a consummate professional and a pleasure to do business with. He is affable, diligent and dependable. He operates well across sectors and brings a wealth of experience to any work situation. I recommend him without hesitation."

Alan McCarthy-Wyper, Director Balfour Beatty Rail

"Norrie has always been very responsive and on two occasions has provided a very rapid and professional service to identify high quality leaders for Westinghouse. He must have a huge network as he always manages to provide a short-list in a matter of days of very high quality. I will continue to use Norrie for difficult positions when I need to move fast and guarantee quality."

Colin Brown, Engineering and Safety Director Invensys Rail

"Rex has worked on 2 commissions I have been involved with. In both he has managed and conducted thorough searches with a particular diligence. This combined with highly developed levels of perception, an acute awareness and great people skills has led to being presented with proper runners for the top level posts involved. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him and will use his services again. "

James Sprint, Group CEO Alternative Flooring and Wilton Carpet Factory

Manufacturing & Industrial Team

Norrie Johnston

Norrie Johnston


One of the UK’s leading recruitment authorities and an industrial specialist, Norrie has filled senior executive positions for an array of international manufacturing, technology and technical services businesses. Before founding his first recruitment agency in 2000, Norrie had a successful corporate career, working for a host of global engineering and industrial organisations, including:

Rex Cridland

Rex Cridland

Managing Director

Rex has over 25 years’ manufacturing recruitment experience, working at the highest level with global recruitment consultancies, online firms, exciting start-ups and international search and selection specialists. During his career, Rex has supported numerous manufacturing and engineering brands with their recruitment needs, including:

Christian Rolke

Christian Rolke

Associate Director

Christian has 20 years’ experience in the recruitment industry. With expertise in international recruitment, Christian has delivered complex international briefs for high-profile manufacturing and industrial clients across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, such as: