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Managing Director

Whitworth Bros

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Objectives
3. Strategy & Implementation
4. Challenges & Solutions
5. Results
6. Client Testimonial
7. Conclusion & learnings

1. Introduction:

Whitworth Bros Ltd., a consistent presence on The Times Top Track 250 for five consecutive years, stands as an exemplar of excellence in the world of flour manufacturing. With their state-of-the-art mills producing a diverse range of flours, they guarantee unmatched food safety and brand protection for their valued customers.

Their esteemed reputation as a world-class miller and market leader is the result of significant capital investment and the cultivation of strong relationships with both customers and suppliers. At the heart of their success lies a dedicated and highly skilled team, constantly driving innovation and upholding their esteemed standing in the industry.

2. Objectives:

As their current Managing Director plans for retirement in 2024 after a successful and illustrious career, it becomes imperative for us to proactively search and recruit a new leader who can continue to steer the company forward.

At Whitworth Bros, their highly skilled and competent Senior Leadership Team (SLT) works closely with the Managing Director, acting as a guiding force for the business. This collaborative approach extends not only to the SLT but also upstream to the Chairman, ensuring a cohesive and effective management structure.

One of the distinct advantages of being a part of Whitworth Bros is the absence of bureaucratic hurdles, which allows for swift decision-making when it comes to strategic matters. As the company undergoes a period of modernization, including the implementation of a new ERP system overseen by the Operations Director, there is a vision for future acquisitions.

The new Managing Director will play a pivotal role in shaping the next chapter of the Whitworth family history.

3. Strategy and Implementation:

In order to secure the ideal candidate for this crucial position, it was unquestionably necessary to employ a targeted headhunting approach. At Food Recruit, our recruitment process encompasses a comprehensive strategy that includes sourcing tactics, meticulous screening procedures, and techniques tailored to attract the most suitable candidates.

We conduct a thorough market analysis, identifying the necessary hard skills and desirable soft traits that would make an individual the perfect fit for the Managing Director role. With this information, we generated a long list of potential candidates who, on paper, exhibited the required qualifications. Each candidate was approached with confidentiality and meticulously screened against our ideal profile. From this process, we carefully selected a handful of exceptional leaders who are now prepared to be presented to Whitworth Bros.

At Food Recruit, our core values of excellence, integrity, and a client-centric focus are deeply ingrained in our strategy. We are committed to finding the perfect fit for Whitworth Bros, ensuring their continued success as a market leader.

4. Challenges and Solutions:

Throughout the hiring process, we encountered a range of obstacles, particularly in identifying candidates who were not only geographically accessible to the Head Office, but also aligned with the industry experience and cultural fit requirements of our client.

Nevertheless, our ability to think critically and adapt enabled us to successfully overcome these challenges. These experiences have further strengthened our expertise in the Food Manufacturing sector, demonstrating our capacity to navigate intricate situations and achieve optimal outcomes.

5. Results: 

Thanks to our dedicated efforts, we have successfully secured an exceptional candidate who not only possesses extensive experience in strategic operations but also brings a formidable background in mergers and acquisitions. This invaluable expertise will undoubtedly propel Whitworth Bros forward, solidifying its position as an industry leader.

6. Client Testimonial:

"It is an absolute pleasure to work with Scott. 

Open, honest, collaborative and communicative, Scott mixes utmost professionalism with humour and personality which makes the (often painful) process of finding top talent a pleasant experience.

Scott takes the time to fully understand the needs and personality of the organisation before recommending candidates but still delivers within very often tight timescales.

I look forward to working with Scott again and have no hesitation in recommending him to support your executive search."

7. Conclusion and Learnings:

We are delighted and privileged to have partnered with Whitworth Bros in such a crucial role. This position, of immense strategic significance, perfectly aligns with our core values of Excellence, Integrity, Client-Centric Focus, Collaboration, Respect, Discretion, and Passion. These values exemplify our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional service in the Food Manufacturing sector while fostering strong, respectful, and confidential relationships with both your clients and candidates.


If you are seeking to make a significant addition to your leadership team, we offer a personalised and compassionate approach to executive hiring that prioritizes honesty, integrity, and excellence. Contact us today to experience a truly exceptional hiring process.

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