Confidential retained search, Plant Manager

The challenge.

A leading Building Materials manufacturer engaged Chad Harrison International (CHI) to conduct a confidential search for a Plant Manager. The company had encountered an issue with the incumbent staff member but could only consider making a replacement once a suitable alternative had been sourced and secured. What’s more, the company is highly attractive and did not have the time or will to go through a long and highly labour-intensive advertisement campaign, but rather conduct the search under the radar and with the utmost discretion. Failure to keep the search confidential could impact productivity and have a detrimental impact on workforce harmony.

The solution.

CHI’s Building Materials and Minerals division conducted a confidential search in line with the company’s requirements. Candidates were approached and screened, all without being supplied with any detail which could reveal the identity of the hiring company. The screening process delved into each candidate’s motivations, experience and credentials, situation regarding relocation, salary expectations, and notice period, amongst other things.

Once deemed suitable for the requirements of the roles, candidates were asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) – drafted and provided by CHI. Once candidates had signed the NDA, we were able to share full details of the company and role before submitting a highly credible shortlist to the client for consideration. We identified candidates who had the relevant technical and management experience, as well as a proven track record in ensuring that all operational and financial objectives are met.

By getting a head start on the recruitment process, the client was able to deal with their internal situation in due course, confident that they had a strong shortlist of candidates to appoint a replacement quickly and efficiently.

The result.

We were able to assemble a diverse shortlist of six candidates. The interview process concluded with the successful hiring of a sought-after individual who was able to start within one month of accepting the job offer. Their experience fit all the relevant skill sets our client required, as well as being an excellent cultural fit with the business.

By undertaking a confidential retained search, CHI was able to undertake an entire search process in which only a handful of candidates found out specifics about the employer and position.