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SEARCH - Global Head of Manufacturing Excellence - CPG - London

Melium's global manufacturing division set about securing a Global Head of Manufacturing Excellence for this global market leader.

Search overview

The company

  • One of the world’s largest beverage companies with £22 billion+ revenue, and over 200 brands.
  • Truly global brand. With its products sold in over 180 countries, it is the largest producer of Scotch whiskey.
  • Globally trusted producer of high-quality and great-tasting spirits and beers
  • Comprised of 27,000+ employees and high performers worldwide

The search

Global Manufacturing Excellence Director search, with the seniority and strategic vision to challenge the categories and markets to improve their performance. This is a senior operational role responsible for global OpEx initiatives, a strong appreciation for how the manufacturing function is interlinked with the wider supply chain and commercial functions of the business, (P&L mindset).

S-CAP Tools deployed

  • Cultural Assessment
  • Operational Maturity Assessment


Melium has a 20+ year pedigree in Operational Excellence building Greenfield deployments, and getting programs from "good" – "great". We always look at the 5 essential components

  • Culture change
  • Process improvement
  • Technology enablement
  • Organisational capability building
  • Stakeholder engagement

Melium Consulting invests heavily to ascertain the foundations for success, with a clear understanding of the AS-IS and TO-BE states. From our initial consultation it was clear we needed to probe the following areas;


  • The current manufacturing excellence deployment maturity and CI Culture
  • Historic leadership style, action, and results
  • Corporate values, organizational vision, and company culture
  • Growth, transformation, and investment agendas

Mutually agreed Search approach

  • Critical success factors and desired future state outcomes
  • Competency matrix definition (Technical and Behavioural)
  • Designed bespoke evaluation assessment from S-CAP inputs
  • Value proposition creation to attract passive candidates.
  • Project plan the process, stakeholder accountability, and route to success


Research & Outreach

  • Mapped relevant industry manufacturers of comparable, complexity, and maturity
  • Lens on high-volume CPG and mature continuous production systems


  • Lens on high-volume CPG and mature continuous production systems
  • Design, modernise and disseminate world-class manufacturing excellence roadmaps to improve standards and capabilities across the spectrum, resulting in bottom-line benefits to the business
  • Develop and implement best practices globally, due to a deep understanding of manufacturing, supply chain and operational excellence
  • Produce a step change in the evolution of the manufacturing excellence program through digitalisation, automation, and other modern CI techniques
  • Empower and coach leaders across the business to share the best practices, increase their performance, and take ownership of manufacturing excellence results in their domain


The result was a conclusive decision to secure a standout talent who had the full complement of skills, capable of linking commercial advantages with the global markets to prove new concepts and easily win hearts and minds. This is a big role, and it took some big boots to fill it.

Shortlist delivery of six candidates within the agreed timeframe accompanied by a detailed search report and SWOT analysis for each prospect against technical and behavioural competency matrix

-         Advisory and guidance to select focus three candidates

-         Melium provides client-side support to design and run the internal interview process

-         Commercial negotiation assistance to ensure a “right-first-time” offer


This is a high-impact role reporting to the CSCO with big exposure and accountability.

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