Industrial Technology

We are one of the very few executive search practices globally that specialise in leadership appointments in industrial technology and connectivity.

We are a research-based technology practice that is supported by the services of the wider Collingwood business (leadership assessment & development), project co-ordination, psychometric assessment and social media marketing). We deliver the strongest talent in some very competitive and scarce markets – not simply those candidates who sit on a database or who know our sources.

Our current experience is weighted towards the industrial and business-to-business orientated technology sectors and sub sectors such as:

  • Industrial automation
  • Buildings systems
  • Content and media technology
  • Systems integrators and consultancies
  • Connectivity
  • Logistics and ID solutions
  • Command and control
  • Design, manufacturing & assembly
  • Communications networks
    • SCADA
    • Networks infrastructure

We also have good knowledge of the software, enterprise technology and telecoms sectors. And experience of working with mature sectors which are rapidly becoming digital leaders such as financial services, healthcare and travel.  From industrial to commerce and from governments to services, every organisation today is in the technology business.

While we lean towards assisting small and medium-sized multinationals, our consultants have a deep heritage in delivering game-changing leadership talent to some of the world’s, largest and fastest moving technology corporations. We regularly share best-in-industry talent approaches as we partner with clients. On a regular basis, we place promotable hires, improve clients’ time to hire, cost per hire and quality of hire. We have also improved the diversity of background amongst clients’ leadership communities and placed directors who have rapidly progressed hierarchically.

In short, we understand the complex pressures talent VPs and hiring managers are handling and the ramifications of failure or mediocrity. Pace and resilience is in our DNA and with have the talent philosophies, discipline and support structure to deliver no matter how challenging the brief or competitive the market.

Recent mandates have included:

Managing Director | VP Sales | Product Line Director | Product Manager | Chief Information Officer | Chief Technology Officer | Finance Director | Group Sales Director | Solutions Architects | Head Research & Development (incorporating Industrial IoT) | President Industrial Automation | Head - Networks | Head - Cloud Sales | Head - Infrastructure | Senior Data Architects | Principal Software Engineers | Global Directors | Developer Communities 


With four service lines, every solution is bespoke, agile and flexible.

  • Search
  • Talent mapping
  • Talent insight
  • Referencing


This division of the business has ample experience facing the industrial, engineering and technology sectors. Solutions offered include:

  • Career transition
  • Executive coaching
  • Executive team development
  • Leadership development

Case studies

Below are some examples of how we work and deliver results, more are available on our technology and telecommunication case study page.

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Our technology search consultant, Jeanette Bodkin, has 11 years’ experience in executive search and corporate research. She specialises in placing director-level leaders in transforming technology, automation and telecoms corporations. Additionally, she has shaped the deep-sourcing methods to identify leaders with scarce skill sets in areas such as analytics, cloud, software, architecture, automation and networks.

In recent years she has successfully delivered high-profile projects for companies including Microsoft, Facebook, SAP and Schneider Electric.

 “Today’s businesses are high velocity and increasingly, digitally driven. Every company needs or will need to rethink its potential to reinvent itself.”

For further information on how we can help your organisation please contact Jeanette Bodkin, Senior Consultant on 00 +44 01829 732374.