Engineering Director – PVC Building Product Recycler


This recycling business is part of a wider Group that Collingwood, and Head of Building Products - Mark Goldsmith, had worked with historically. Created in the 1960’s, the group's global sales are €1.25 billion, through 19 country locations, collectively employing 5000 employees.

With the product being widely used in residential and commercial refurbishment projects, the waste taken out can be recycled; something that the Group have been successfully doing across Central Europe of many years.

In the 1990’s the Group had acquired a now tired, under resourced factory that was no longer fit for purpose.  They, therefore, recently approved a new, state-of-the-art £ multi-million site in Northamptonshire. Having spent the last three years researching the investment, the focus was on this new site being fully operational by the second half of 2018, with full capability realised in 2020.  
The overarching aim was to make this the flagship site for the recycling arm globally, emulating parts of two plants in Central Europe (collectively operating at around 50,000 tonnes per year).  The aim is to create a site that can cope with 35,000 tonnes per annum, working a 24/7 operation.


The vast majority of the site's team were not willing to relocate, and with this new site incorporating state-of-the-art equipment, Collingwood's initial brief was to bring in an Operation and Technical Director who could front the setting up and running of this facility.

Through our meeting with the Managing Director, it became evident that the site would quickly require an engineering lead in addition to this operational role and so Mark Goldsmith agreed to make the client aware of any strong candidates who could also fulfil this role during the course of the headhunt process.

Priority was given to the Operations Director and the remit to which Collingwood was working to was fairly straight forward.  Mark was tasked to research and headhunt strong Operations Directors working within a recycling environment.


Our process effectively attracted both Operation Directors and Engineering Directors with the aforementioned experience, but who had led the setting up of new recycling plants.

Furthermore, with this new site purchased and construction of the plant underway, the Central European COO wanted to secure someone within a four week window.


Along with Collingwood creating adverts and a social media campaign, Mark Goldsmith researched recycling plants throughout a 50 mile radius of this client's site in the Midlands.  From these he name gathered 48 Operations Directors to approach.  As many of these sites were small “cells” of larger national / international concerns, in the majority of cases, this equated to an operational lead managing a managerial level engineer who would not have the experience required.

However, through a research heavy approach to working the Operations Director assignment, Mark spoke with one Engineering Director who stood up as a clear target.

Having gained interest from this preferred candidate Mark and the client included him in the interview process.   Upon completing a stringent cross examination of the two preferred candidates, the CEO and MD secured both candidates with Mark managing the offer and notice period process through to start date.


“Mark was very thorough in his approach with recruiting senior team members for our business. In the end we were able to recruit 2 new senior staff who report direct to the board thanks to his efforts. All turned out rather well and many thanks for all your efforts. Highly recommended”