Operations Director Engineering case study


Executive Search Ireland was engaged to source and hire an Operations Director to continue to drive the growth and manage the existing long-standing business in Ireland. The role is of paramount importance to the client and operates as second-in-command to the Managing Director.


The client retains Executive Search Ireland to source a best in class Operations Director with the necessary functional and commercial exposure. Executive Search Ireland meets with the Managing Director and Head of HR to understand the culture, company performance, processes, systems and any challenges and growth plans, whilst gleaning an insight into the type of individual who will align with the working psychology of the firm.


Our researchers, all of whom have many years experience operating globally across sectors compiled a longlist of candidates from compatible & peripheral sectors. Subsequent to an in-depth briefing where objectives were agreed, the organisational culture evaluated and job specifications defined, incl. key responsibilities, career progression, reporting structures, salary & benefits, we determined a schedule and identified the initial target market. We sourced individuals with the requisite skills and subsequent to detailed qualification, thorough interviews, highlighting academic, technical, professional and personal characteristics; we submitted our selected shortlist. 

Consequently and post a series of interviews with the Head of Function and HR Director, during which time Executive Search Ireland provided ongoing consultancy & advisory on candidates based on their interactions with our consultants and partners, the client extended their offer which was negotiated and advised on by Executive Search Ireland. 

Track record

Executive Search Ireland’s reputation and extensive Irish network at a senior level ensured we were able to identify and approach the most suitable individuals, ensuring the company could be confident that a full market analysis was conducted, safeguarding the fact that potential candidates would not be overlooked and an exceptional person was secured for the business. 

Search Outcome

Once the appointment was made, the Client could be assured that the role will be carried out by an outstanding individual, invested in providing the Client with the highest level of commitment during their career in the organisation.  

After successfully identifying, attracting and managing the negotiations to secure the ideal candidate into this role, our ongoing collaboration with the company and advisory on management team composition has seen Executive Search Ireland engage with the client on a number of further assignments, including:

  • Head of Finance
  • Head of Marketing

Candidate Coaching

Executive Search Ireland spends a significant amount of time with candidates before, during and after the process so that the client receives all of the required information and data on the candidate’s experience, skillset and mindset. Our approach is one of collaboration and facilitation. We have many years of experience ensuring all relevant information is accessed, practiced and presented in the most transparent and authentic way. The common goal is that the selected individual remains effective and successful in their role and makes a significant and immediate contribution to the organisation.

Client Advisory

Our approach is one of partnership. We engage in a meaningful way with our clients, understanding their needs, advising them on their options and working with them to design the job requirements, positioning the seniority of the role and persisting in our search until such time as we find that ideal solution. Should the market conditions change along the way, we will advise them, if we need to amend the search criteria, we will inform them, should it make sense to increase/reduce the investment to secure that particular individual who will assist in the growth of their business, we will make that recommendation.

“Having spent some time in the market searching for the right candidate, we made the correct decision of engaging with Executive Search Ireland. From that point, we were engaged in a seamless, completely professional and transparent process, which resulted in us hiring an individual who would not have come on our radar otherwise. We can highly recommend the services of Executive Search Ireland and will be engaging with them again for all future senior hires.” 

Managing Director