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Plant Manager – Global Electronics Company - China

Customer Profile

This fortune 500 company provides services to connect data, power and technology to people around the globe, services which are a crucial part in an increasingly connected world. They support a range of products including communications networks, electric cars, smart buildings and wearable tech aimed at expanding the possibilities and promise of the future.

Executive Summary

With a sudden resignation creating a critical gap in their team, and a limited budget to source a highly specific role that required significant experience, this global electronics company needed a recruitment partner who could source a replacement within a strict timeframe.

Business Plan

Following the resignation of the incumbent Plant Manager, the client approached Aerotek and three other suppliers to source a replacement candidate. Commitment to the clients’ timeline was essential to ensure that there would be continuity of service in the role so that the daily plant operations could continue uninterrupted. The business was growing quickly and needed a strong leader capable of managing the operations P&L and overseeing five direct reports.

Having previously sourced requirements for the client, Aerotek had a strong understanding of the requirements for the position including the desire for candidates with significant operations management experience within plants of comparable size.

Aerotek’s Solution

Aerotek understood that the desired skills were in high demand within the China market, and therefore would not be sourced using traditional advertising methodology. A targeted search approached was developed with Aerotek identifying the top three target companies where the ideal candidate might be found.
Aerotek proceeded to map out suitable Plant Manager candidates from within the three target companies, making confidential direct approaches to two potential candidates.

The candidates were then invited to attend an interview with Aerotek, during which their alignment to the technical requirements for the position were assessed, including their culture fit to the business which is especially critical for senior roles.


Aerotek presented both candidates to the client, with supporting references provided upfront, giving the hiring manager additional confidence in the skills and experience presented. The candidates then proceeded to meet with the hiring manager and China Vice President for a vigorous interview process.

Both candidates had the required background and experience, strong references and interviewed well with the hiring manager. Although one candidate accepted a counter-offer, the second candidate was offered and subsequently appointed the role, commencing in May 2016.

The entire process took two months and was completed within the client’s requested timeframe. From this success, Aerotek has strengthened their trusted relationship with the client and providing further recruitment support to them in the future.
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With a sudden resignation creating a critical gap in their team, this global electronics company needed a recruitment partner who could source a replacement.