The Value of 5 Minutes with the Building Products Sector

When you work at a senior level of recruitment within a particular sector you build a strong network of contacts - clients and candidates alike.  Both parties are obviously of equal importance to a search consultant (and each other, let’s not forget!) but they’re not only important just in terms of completing a joined up recruitment process and filling vacancies.

The value of a strong network is the knowledge and understanding those within it provide in terms of; what’s happening in the sector currently, their predictions for the future, the experience they bring from past roles and employers as well as information regarding their particular niche or role.

18 months ago, rather than just keep these insights to myself, I decided to document them in the form of Q&A interviews so that I could share this knowledge with a wider sector audience and, I’ll be honest, try to prove to a cynical crowd that not all recruitment professionals are driven by targets and fees, some actually are looking to add value and benefit the sectors they serve.

Now called 5 minutes with… Here is a round-up of the insights shared so far:

DARREN RICHARDS, MD OF RADAR COMMUNICATIONS, THE PUBLISHERS OF OFFSITE, AND STRUCTURAL TIMBER MAGAZINE

With 20+ years in senior manufacturing roles, predominantly in offsite manufacturing sector, Darren now runs Radar Communications (Offsite Magazine, Offsite Hub, Offsite Awards, Built Environment Hub, Structural Timber Magazine and Structural Timber Awards). He also advises on business and manufacturing process improvement within the building technologies arena. 

SUE WILLCOCK, CITB CONSTRUCTION AMBASSADOR AND AUTHOR OF 'HELP I'M A MANAGER'

Sue's worked in the construction and property sector for over 20 years.  In 2009 set up her own people development consultancy working with clients such as Faithful & Gould, Arcadis, European Land & Property and The Design Council CABE.  Sue wrote her first book in 2016, ‘Help, I’m A Manager’ for those moving from a technical role to a management role for the first time.

SUSAN SHARDLOW DIRECTOR WITH HEWDEN

During her 15 years at Hewden Susan has managed the finance, commercial and new business introduction areas of the business. With Hewden making the headlines recently she shared an overview of her time with the company.

PETER ROBERTS EX UPONOR MANAGING DIRECTOR

Ex Uponor Managing Director Peter Roberts has had a 30+ year career within the somewhat turbulent building products sector. He shared his experience and what lies ahead for him as he looks to impart his experiences to help others. 

PAUL SIMPSON, PREVIOUSLY OPERATIONS DIRECTOR AT CRENDON TIMBER NOW WITH IBSTOCK BRICK

Paul shared with us his thoughts on lean, leadership and innovative approaches to manufacturing. Again touching on the value of a strong network, we'd like to think Paul’s Q&A played a part in him securing a new role within Ibstock brick.

ADAM RICHOLD, BRISTAN GROUPS STRATEGIC & MARKETING DIRECTOR

Adam Richold, Bristan Group's Strategic & Marketing Director provided some advice and thoughts around how big manufacturers in the Building Products industry implement a change in strategy.

IAN BRADSHAW, PREVIOUS HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL MARKETING FOR AKZONOBEL

Meeting with Head of International Marketing for AkzoNobel Ian Bradshaw, we disused topics including researching new markets, ROI of a digital marketing plan and the increased importance of sustainability.

IAN LICHFIELD TARMAC BUILDING PRODUCTS CEO

Having been promoted from CFO to CEO whilst at Tarmac building products, Ian provides insights into how the role of CFO has evolved over the last 10years and why he took on the challenge of the CEO role during tough times.

I’d like to say a big thank you to all the people named above who have taken the time to share their thoughts and experiences with me, it really is appreciated. I’d also love an opportunity to add to this whether that’s through meetings with candidates and clients or in response to a request for more information about a particular topic. So if there are thoughts you’d like to share or something particular to the building products industry you’d like to know please get in touch, mark.goldsmith@collingwoodsearch.co.uk.

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