Operations Talent Aquisition

Helping client to address the ever changing operational needs of their business

The demands on modern business continually evolve, but we think it’s fair to say that in recent years those demands have gathered pace. Changes in consumer behaviour, the need for speed to market, continued digital disruption, globalisation, innovation, the ever growing need for low cost sourcing and the continued growth of automation in manufacturing as well as the important issues of sustainability are just some of the pressures faced on a day to day basis.

We could also add to this list and mention the unprecedented challenges that we’ve all faced over the last two to three years. All things combined, these challenges have transformed the dynamics of businesses and the operational functions now play a pivotal role in achieving success.

At Manners Maclean we pride ourselves on recognising the key trends in the market and developing intelligent solutions to meet the needs of our clients.

Our Operations Practice is a strategically focused solution designed to assist our clients in identifying, often ‘hard to find’ leadership talent across key business functions such as Supply Chain and Procurement, Manufacturing and Engineering and Sustainability.

Procurement and Supply Chain

The requirements of the today’s supply chain and procurement operations can make or break company’s reputation with serious consequences if it goes wrong. Businesses therefore need reliable supply chain and procurement leaders who can evolve and adapt.

However, with the pre-existing and well documented “war on talent”, the industry is now facing a serious talent shortage.

At Manners Maclean we know the Procurement and Supply Chain market and, more importantly, how to identify the best leadership talent within it.

Manufacturing & Engineering

The manufacturing and engineering sectors have had a lot to deal with. Continuous technological change, developments in automation, ever changing and adapting business models, globalised supply chains, and all this whilst trying to achieve sustainability, it’s certainly a challenging sector with top leadership talent in relative short supply.

Thankfully, Manners Maclean have unrivalled experience within the manufacturing and engineering sectors. Our knowledge and understanding of the industry pressures and challenges combined with access to some of the best leadership talent means that we are perfectly placed to assist.


For every business Sustainability is not an issue to be taken lightly. It’s a subject that sits at the heart of every business strategy. In the eyes of your consumer, failure to address environmental and social practices would be fatal.

Whether your aim is achieving net zero, sustainability governance, mitigating climate risk or simply ensuring the respectful use of resources we’ll help you identify gaps in leadership and help you find the talent to deliver your strategy for a sustainable future.

Don’t just take our word for it…

Steven Gross - VP, Unilever

During the last 10 years Jim Mundell and Manners Maclean were always my first port of call when looking to fill senior positions in Unilever. Jim’s ability to quickly understand (from both an organizational culture and talent perspective) what we needed, his knowledge of the talent market and his network of key talent meant that we always received a quick response and, a shortlist of blue chip talent which ultimately resulted in successfully filling key vacancies.

I highly recommend Jim and Manners Maclean to any organization needing leadership search and talent acquisition services.

Frederic Landtmeters - President Canada, Molson Coors Beverage

I had multiple opportunities to discuss talent and fill senior commercial positions with Jim Mundell and Manners Maclean when I was a CMO/CCO for Starbev & Molson Coors in (Central) Europe. As a hiring manager, I found it important to talk to someone like Jim, who has a clear vision on talent, an extensive network across Europe and beyond, and who spends time before, during and importantly also after the hiring process to ensure the recruited talent lands well. I highly recommend Jim and Manners Maclean to any organization needing personalized talent acquisition services.

Ranjan Das – Henkel

Manners Maclean International was selected by Henkel as one of our preferred recruitment partners for the India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey region in December 2019.

In my previous capacity as Henkel’s Regional HR Business Partner Laundry & Home Care, as well as in my current capacity as Henkel’s Head of Human Resources Sub-Saharan Africa, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Manners Maclean on many search and recruitment assignments for roles based in Nigeria. Manners Maclean consistently delivered, regardless of the location of the search. I found Manners Maclean to differentiate themselves from other firms as they have a thorough research methodology which is tailored for each search.  They are extremely diligent and always cover as much ground as is required for every assignment.  Their consultants are experienced and act as an extension of your organization and behave as a genuine partner.

Dalia Salib – General Manager, Mars Egypt

Robert Gordon & Manners Maclean puts a high level of quality work and diligence though-out the recruitment process. He successfully manages to offer solid guidance as well as give strong clarity on expectations while being warm, friendly and genuinely caring.

I strongly recommend him as a highly capable Talent Acquisition expert.

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