Bilfinger Mission

Retained Search for 2 x Regional Operations Directors

Bilfinger is one of the world’s largest and most innovative engineering support services businesses, operating predominantly in the global energy sector and process industries. Following the merger of three existing Bilfinger UK entities to create the new business Bilfinger UK, in early 2019 the business sought to appoint two new Regional Operations Directors. 

These positions were required to manage the high-value portfolios of work in the north and south of England. Leading teams across multiple onsite contracts for the provision of a range of services including capital projects, plant maintenance, overhauls and asset support, the business required candidates with an excellent track record of senior operational leadership within site services, shutdowns, maintenance and contract engineering. In addition, it would be imperative to acquire leaders with an exemplary record of health and safety, strong entrepreneurial flare and commerciality and cultural alignment to Bilfinger's core values.

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach to the search, Sherrington applied both proactive headhunting and contingency methods to attract both active and passive candidates from across a range of competitive and adjacent industrial services markets. Rob and Ian led the search supported by Sherrington's research partners. Rob's twenty year recruitment career coupled with Ian's senior leadership background in the global energy sector made for a complimentary set of skills when it came to interviewing and assessing candidates. Following an extensive search across the UK and the Middle East, Sherrington supported the selection process through to offer stage. Bilfinger appointed two candidates covering two respective regions in the UK, both managing lucrative portfolios of work for the business. 

Commenting on the search, Ian McKay said...

This was a positive result for our client and we look forward to supporting Bilfinger as they continue to grow the business.

Ian McKay - Non-Exec Director, Sherrington Associates