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Leaders in Engineering

Developing the next generation 

Against a backdrop of geopolitical and economic uncertainty, disruption to global supply chains, and rising costs, the sector needs to develop the next generation of innovative, tech-savvy, purpose-driven leaders who can steer organisations towards sustainable success.

Addressing the skills crisis

With around 20% of the current UK engineering workforce due to retire over the next three years, coupled with the termination of the EU free movement zone, the sector is facing a generational skills crisis. Years in the making, there is no quick fix. Competition for the best talent is understandably fierce, which is why organisations need a specialist talent ally, like Seymour John.

A flexible search approach

Whether the search is for a graduate or senior leader, we take the same headhunt approach to ensuring you have the right people in the right place at the right time. As a sector specialist, we have access to extensive networks of highly skilled passive talent not just those who are currently ‘available’. We are also able to identify candidates with an aptitude for STEM disciplines and the ability to upskill and make the crossover. In reverse, our search capabilities enable us to tap into a lost generation of engineers who have moved into other sectors, too.

Learning and development

The tide is slowly turning. Progressive companies are partnering with higher education providers, local authorities, and government to take training and development into their own hands. Regional training hubs, R&D partnerships, and an earn-while-you-learn approach to higher education are all beginning to bear fruit, as are initiatives to attract a more diverse workforce.

How we work

When getting it wrong can cost as much as three times a role’s annual salary, we ensure you get it right first time, every time. Built up over many years, we have access to the national talent networks of the Seymour John group. Our specialist expertise means you benefit from a breadth and depth of market experience and insight that brings an objective clarity to the most complex of people-resource challenges.

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Richard Northall - Principal Consultant

Richard Northall

Having sat on the other side of the desk, in leadership roles for large-scale manufacturing and distribution businesses, Richard knows what great looks like. He approaches recruitment for his clients in the same way he did as a stakeholder, diving deep to find the perfect fit.

To ensure you always have the engineering expertise you need, when you need it, call Richard on 07712 404393

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Further insights

Search for the successor to a retiring Financial Director

With extensive networks built over many years, often our most successful senior and executive hires are headhunted from proven passive talent we already know and trust.


Search for a group Finance Director

When you are looking to replace a senior leader who has been a key player in your success, for over 30 years, the stakes are high.


Wanted… Genuine leader (who also happens to be a Finance Director)

With values now playing a key part in the corporate mix, recruiting leaders with the right cultural fit has become increasingly important


We know what great looks like

Whether through permanent and interim recruitment or project consultancy and solution delivery, we are people experts who work with expert people to support, develop, and guide our clients’ organisations.

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