We have an enviable reputation for delivering on challenging leadership assignments within the Industrial Manufacturing sector. 

Manufacturing & Engineering

The UK’s Industrial Manufacturing and Engineering sector is an exciting and dynamic environment which is evolving at pace with increased digitisation, the need to create a more sustainable society, whilst creating well-paid and skilled employment opportunities for future generations.  

We have over two decades’ experience of recruiting senior leadership roles into the Industrial Manufacturing and Engineering sector, working with some of the UK’s most iconic brands. Our team of experienced executive search consultants have a long-standing reputation for delivering on the most challenging and exacting briefs in the sector. 


How we can help you find the right candidate

Our value-add services include in-house research capability, broad international networks, comprehensive leadership assessment tools and the depth of knowledge retained by our industrial executive search consultants. Our process is designed to challenge and inform the recruitment process, achieving both the cultural and skills match that is fundamental to successful executive search. 

Our clients vary in size from regional SMEs to large international blue-chip organisations, and our capability enables us to manage searches for both UK and internationally based roles. We collaborate with clients across the manufacturing supply chain, from upstream material supply to downstream customer delivery. 

Sectors we partner with include:
  • Advanced Materials 
  • Aerospace & Defence 
  • Automotive 
  • Building Products 
  • Capital Equipment 
  • Chemicals 
  • Power Generation 
  • Precision Engineering 
  • Process Industries 
  • Renewables 
  • Metals & Heavy Engineering 
  • Electrical & Electronics 
Roles we assist with include:
  • CEO 
  • COO 
  • HR Director
  • Chief Finance Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Managing Director 
  • Engineering Director 
  • Sales Director 
  • Manufacturing Director 
  • Operations Director
  • Marketing Director
  • Supply Chain Director

Making I&D a reality

We partner with our clients to help define their leadership diversity challenges and develop appropriate recruitment solutions across both our process and theirs. We are passionate about the significant role we play in enabling and delivery diversity, and pride ourselves on doing so in an authentic way.


Jonathan and the team have supported us on a number of recruits over the years, and more recently for a Site Director Role. I’m impressed with how Jonathan has partnered with our company and gained a great insight into the both the technical and cultural requirements to develop a great candidate shortlist, culminating in our most recent successful recruitment. Great communication with regular updates, the process was smooth and quick, exceeding my expectations. Look forward to working with Jonathan and the team on any future requirements, and would not hesitate in recommending.

European Manufacturing Director, Innospec

I could not have been more pleased with the results Jonathan and Berwick Partners delivered for us. We had a need for a specialist in a niche and high demand area. I was impressed how quickly we had a large list of vetted qualified candidates. At the end we were able to be quite selective, focusing on nuances. We loved two of the three finalists so much we ended up hiring two of them. I look forward to working with Jonathan and Berwick on future searches.

Vice President, Synthomer plc

AB Graphic International is a niche, family-owned, capital equipment engineering business. With annual sales of c£100m, we are a global leader in print finishing machines, with manufacturing locations in the UK, Germany, and Spain; sales offices across Europe, as well as North and South America. We appointed Jonathan to lead the search to find my successor, as the future CEO of the business, based on his previous success in helping us appoint a new Operations Director. With our location in East Yorkshire an important factor in the process, and the requirement to find an experienced and successful leader of a capital equipment business, this was always going to be a challenging search. Jonathan and his team had to work hard on our project by going back to the market on several occasions. Whilst I am sure that may have been frustrating at times, their professionalism always won through, and we eventually found the candidate we wanted. I would recommend Jonathan, and Berwick Partners, for any similar strategic leadership roles. 

CEO, A B Graphic International

Communication from Simon was excellent. He worked with us, understood the brief well and the profile of candidates we were looking for; both searches had 2 phases and by the 2nd phase, both reached successful conclusions with high quality candidates secured for both roles. Easy to work with, feedback from candidates themselves on their interaction with Simon (and Lisa) are very good and professional which helped candidates view of Shoal Group and the quality of agency we had engaged with for these appointments. We are pleased with the quality of candidates secured. 

Shoal Group, Managing Director

The assignment for the Senior Programme Manager and Chief Engineer have both been completed successfully, with the Chief Engineer having already started with the business and the Senior Programme Manager to commence working for the organisation very soon. Feedback for Simon and the team is very positive, they provided a shortlist of candidates for the roles and as an organisation we are pleased to have made some crucial hires to support our growth plans.

Talent Acquisition Business Partner, Ultra Intelligence and Communications - Cyber

Colin provided an excellent service sourcing our Switchgear Director. He took to the time to visit the site and understand the requirements of the position before offering a number of very interesting candidates. He was very supportive during the process, providing feedback to us and the candidates. Each candidate also expressed very positive feedback regarding the process. 

Chief Operations Officer, Brush

Jonathan and the team handled a high profile General Manager job for us. Jonathan took the time to understand the company in detail and gave us an excellent short list of candidates. We were fully kept up to date through the process and ended up with an excellent recruit. We would definitely work with Jonathan and his team again. 

Divisional Director, Porvair PLC

Excellent communication and frequent follow ups from Simon. Oriented on detail and very good research on candidates.

General Manager EMEA

Jonathan and the team at Berwick Partners supported us on a challenging search for a Group Manufacturing Director. From their initial pitch and throughout the process they were attentive, thorough and transparent. Their access into sectors and candidates that ordinarily wouldn’t have been attracted to our position was brilliant and we had a really strong shortlist. All the candidates that we had at final stage we could have offered positions to, and all would have added value to our business and fitted our culture. To be able to have choice at the end of a process like this and have alternative options for alternative potential roles is a great position to be in. I would definitely recommend Jonathan and the team and look forward to working with them again.

Group HR Director, Severfield plc

Simon has been excellent to work with: methodical, systematic and understanding of our requirements. He and his team also moved quickly to identify a long and then short list and partnered with us at every step.

HR VP, IoT and Group Talent - TT Electronics