The Challenge

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An industrial manufacturing powerhouse in the Fortune 500 lineup and a global innovation leader with technology-based materials and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life, has retained Pacific International to identify a transformational Plant Manager who would drive cultural change at a sizeable site in Buffalo, NY. With ongoing union complexities and unique operational processes steeped in continuous improvements and lean methodology, our client required a seasoned professional to oversee and drive impactful change within the facility.

Pacific International’s business model is based on the lean methodology. Our leadership team is trained in Six Sigma to make data-driven business decisions and over the years placed many lean professionals into key leadership positions across a variety of industries. Combining our lean credentials with our deep industrial manufacturing expertise made us an ideal partner for this project.

The Solution

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Each successful Executive Search project starts with listening to the client, understanding the problems they are trying to solve, and the business objectives they are trying to achieve. This forms the foundation for devising an appropriate go-to-market strategy, essential for the identification and attraction of top-tier talent. Given our industrial manufacturing expertise and robust network within the lean professionals’ community, our executive researchers were able to quickly map the talent market resulting in nearly one hundred potential candidates. Among this diverse longlist, a standout female candidate emerged aligning the role’s requirements through her adept soft skills, extensive experience, and notable lean credentials.

The Results

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After an exhaustive interview process and successful offer negotiations, the preferred candidate accepted the role of Plant Manager. Pacific’s team is particularly proud of its ability to identify and attract a strong female candidate in a male-dominated industry while helping our client not only fulfill the project brief in less than three months but to diversify their manufacturing leadership team in the process. As for the candidate, she confidently stepped into the new role knowing she is joining an organization that shares her values and extends remarkable prospects for professional advancement.