If the Internet of Things is the future then technology leadership is needed now

Aerospace and the automotive industry continue to underpin the manufacturing sector here in the UK. Whilst low post-Brexit exchange rates are offering new export opportunities for some, the overall outlook for the sector remains uncertain. There is growth, but it is sluggish. In such an economic climate, progressive manufacturers are looking to the Internet of Things to reduce costs, increase productivity and drive innovation.

From logistics to virtual testing and machinery to IT, the digital integration of every part of the business offers the utopia that is real-time connectivity, not only within a company, but externally, with suppliers and customers, too. But these advancements don’t come cheap. Add to this the fact that many manufacturing companies are still operating in complex, disconnected legacy environments and the challenge for today’s leaders is tough. Making the right investments at the right time, whilst managing risk, will be crucial, as will attracting and retaining the right talent to successfully execute such projects.

The industry is changing rapidly. Globalisation has increased competition. Manufacturers in developed countries are pitted against companies from developing nations who can produce more for much less. Businesses need internationally experienced leadership with the vision to reimagine operating models in a way that turns its challenge into opportunity. Whether it is outsourcing non-core functions, switching production to a more economically viable part of the world, vertical integration, leveraging economies of scale through mergers and acquisitions or developing integrated technology solutions in partnership with customers, suppliers and third-party experts, collaborative working has become a pre-requisite for today’s senior leaders.

The complexity of the modern manufacturing industry means businesses are often having to look to the expertise of other sectors to secure multi-disciplined teams of talent. Our search and selection partners benefit from both sector and functional expertise. In tandem with our specialist people practice, we support them in accurately identifying and appointing talent at both corporate and operational levels, from critical functional leadership within finance, technology and change to executives and CEOs.

Seymour John has an exceptional track record in high impact talent management for some of the UK’s top manufacturing companies, working in the following subsectors:

  • Automotive
  • Chemicals
  • Electronics
  • Machinery
  • Materials
  • Paper, Packaging & Stationery
  • Industrial Services

We offer a full suite of talent solutions that are tailored to our partners’ strategic objectives, including: specialist search services, competency-based assessments, strategic organisational and talent design, executive succession planning, one-on-one coaching, approaches to diversity and inclusion, identifying and accelerating the development of high-potential leaders, and interactive, high-impact leadership development programmes. Ours is a holistic, people-focused approach that combines deep industry experience and knowledge of talent with proven search expertise. This potent combination provides our partners with the business insight, skills, and tools to solve even their most challenging of human-capital requirements.