Toolroom Manager - UK - Precision Engineering

​Standley Associates Case Study for the assignment to recruit a Toolroom manager for a UK based Precision Manufacturer.

Position: Toolroom Manager

Client: Midlands Based Manufacturing Company

Our client is a leading manufacturer and supplier of precision press tooling and high volume, high precision pressed components to a diverse range of industries and customers within the UK, Europe and beyond.

Undergoing a period of major change, key to maintaining their market leading position will be the ability to optimise the efficiency of current operations, systems and procedures and to develop the skills, knowledge and expertise of their workforce.

Following the retirement of their Toolroom Manager, a critical factor in the achievement of these goals was to be the appointment of an industry professional to the role of Toolroom Manager, to assume total responsibility for a team of highly skilled engineers and toolmakers/technicians and provide strategic input as part of the company’s senior management team.

After a period of almost a year attempting to fill the role initially by internal promotion and contingency recruitment via agencies (up to 6 separate agencies) Standley Associates were called in to review and suggest an alternative recruitment strategy.
Following detailed discussions with the Board it was decided to utilise our low-cost Targeted Resourcing Service (TRS) to source candidates.

After ‘pulling’ the vacancy from the various Agencies and removing details form the company website, we worked with our client to identify potential target organisations and candidates, confidential approaches were then made to potential candidates. 

At this initial approach stage the client’s identity was not disclosed.  Once candidate interest had been established and agreement had been reached to move to the next (consultant telephone interview) stage of the process client name and more in depth detail of the post were discussed. 

An initial field of 4 potential candidates (all had seen adverts for the role but none had applied directly) was progressed to consultant interview and 3 subsequently to client interview.

The post was successfully filled by a candidate who had previously worked for a major competitor but had moved to a role in a different but related industry and as mentioned previously whilst having been aware of the vacancy had not applied directly.

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