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

Chairman

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:

Phil Hagen

Phil Hagen

Director

Phil spent many years as a senior and director-level interim executive working in the telecoms, IT and ICT sectors, including senior interim positions at a number of international technology companies, 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:

"We worked closely with Rex at NJR on a new and key, senior management position. He did a great job of turning round a strong short list in a tight time-frame, as well as quickly adapting to changing requirements. Rex was easy to contact and responsive throughout the process and I would definitely recommend working with NJR based on this experience. "

Maria Woodhams, HR Manager Toyota Financial Services (UK) plc

"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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"Rex at NJR did a fantastic job of turning round a comprehensive short list in a very tight time-frame, quickly sourcing a range of highly relevant and suitable candidates. They were also extremely responsive, helping to manage a smooth and efficient process; I would definitely recommend working with them based on my experience."

Sarah Thompson, VP Finance, HR and Operations International LeapFrog Toys
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"NJR are an outstanding company to work with since they understand the need to deliver high quality people but also at speed and with unrivalled client service. What's more NJR have outstanding people who not only understand recruitment but who have fulfilled senior executive roles in all their key sectors on a global basis. So they can instantly understand a client's needs and its culture and use this to source top quality candidates who will be effective on a long term basis."

Rene Schuster, Former Group COO Veon and CEO Telefonica Germany

"Insurethebox is a market leader which needs to react with speed and agility to maintain its market position. To support this Insurethebox requires our business partners to be able to respond promptly with expertise, skill and well-rounded solutions. Rex at NJR has consistently met the brief set, and has delivered."

Andy Haynes, Joint Chief Executive InsureTheBox
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"Rex provided Diageo with a cost-effective, punctual and targeted approach which got the right result!"

Kevin Fairburn, Head of HR Western Europe Functions Diageo

"Rex comes highly recommended. Undertaking what proved challenging posts to fill, Rex got to grips with culture and fit very quickly. Very professional and an easy approach to work with. Most importantly Rex delivered on all of his assignments."

Justin Thomas, Managing Director Bon Bon Buddies Ltd

"Rex played a key role in running a successful talent pool campaign to identify, evaluate and appoint a number of senior finance roles at Legal & General. The assignment brief was challenging: timescales for delivery were tight and we had set a high quality bar for candidates' technical, as well as commercial skills standards. The brief was executed well and involved the delivery of rigorous assessment days. The days not only resulted in the selection of high quality recruits but also turned out to be a very effective and efficient use of the Legal & General senior management teams time."

Lee Dobson, Finance Director, Wealth Division (at time of project) Legal & General
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"Norrie’s firm always provides top quality candidates, often at short notice, in a very professional and client-focussed manner. He is a pleasure to work with."

Chris Rickard, Group Finance Director The Weir Group

"Rex is a hugely talented, proactive individual who takes time to understand his client's needs and provides a first class service."

Atul Sharma, Finance Director GSK Export

"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

"Rex has assisted me as Group Head of Internal Audit at G4S Plc to place 3 senior roles during a 6 month period. Rex is a reliable Executive Recruiter who identified good quality candidates and made sure that they met the candidate profile before sending in their CVs."

Phil Summerton, Group Head of Internal Audit G4S Plc

"Rex assisted SEGA with recruitment campaigns. I found him to be honest, professional and helpful at all times. It was great dealing with him."

Ben Harrison, Head of HR SEGA Europe

"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. On both occasions 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

"I just wanted to say thank you for your input, support and advice during our first interim appointment. The advice pre-Christmas was excellent, your first candidate was spot-on and of course, we are excited now at having our interim join our team. You've helped to make this process very straight-forward and uncomplicated and I will have no hesitation in recommending your services to others in the future. Thanks again."

Mark Wynn, Managing Director Avonline Plc

"We have used NJR on more than one occasion and have been impressed by their ability to find excellent candidates both quickly and cost-effectively. We particularly like the fact that throughout the process we have the personal attention of one of NJR's Directors who knows and understands our business and it's culture."

Mark Cockburn, Managing Director Cambridge Economic Policy Associates

"NJR's SME service took the brief quickly and provided the experience, calibre and personality of candidates we were looking for."

Catherine Senda, Managing Director Curtin&Co
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"NJR have been outstanding. They truly went the extra mile to assemble a shortlist at short notice, working weekends to interview candidates speedily and arrange meetings on a Sunday. The resultant shortlist was of exceptional quality, any one of the five would have been appointable into the role. I would use NJR again without hesitation."

Stuart Brocklehurst, Chief Executive Applegate Marketplace Ltd