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SEARCH - Senior Director – Environmental Engineering

Feb 14, 2024
Melium's global manufacturing division set about securing a Senior Environmental Engineering director to set up a robust environmental engineering organization that could respond to the ambitious operational sustainability targets in the coming years.

Search overview

The company

  • Employing CIRCA 70,000 people globally, world-famous brands have been a part of history. With the firm in a primary transformation, this role sits in a division responsible for a step change in agility and efficiency of the manufacturing network, and to deliver productivity and performance through breakthrough technology.

The search

At the stage of instruction, our client felt the need to put a lens on advanced industries to see what talent was available to help them push the needle and accelerate efforts in this area, establish a global platform, and developan ecosystem for environment engineering solutions for the global manufacturing network to promote circular economy concepts for operational efficiency across four pillars;


  • Zero Carbon Technologies
  • Dry Factories
  • Zero Energy Factories
  • Waste Upgrading

We needed a Leader who could set up a robust Environmental Engineering organization that could respond to the ambitious sustainability targets in the coming years.

SCAP™ Tools deployed

  •   Engage Melium Sustainability Alliance Partner
  •   Operational Maturity Assessment
  •   Cultural Assessment

Mutually agreed Search approach

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


Research & Outreach

Our research highlighted 10 firms in Europe that were clearly leading the pack for operational carbon neutrality agendas

Within those firms, we researched.

  • What they were doing Vs what they had achieved
  • Burning platform and strategicobjectives
  • Current pilots, and successful Technologypartnerships
  • Most innovative solutions implemented
  • Organisational structure and deployment models

We needed a leader who could design the organization and expand the eco-system to ensure continued success to push the boundaries of what's possible.


  • Pragmatic leadership style with the ability to challenge, create, and communicate new ways of working
  • Pedigree in engineering and facilities with a strong business acumen, tech savviness, and an ability to create and drive programs, through a new delivery machine
  • Work within and understand IWS / Robustly deployed Operational Excellence framework
  • Lead and govern the strategy definition of the Environmental Engineering project portfolio
  • Setting up of the Delivery machine and PMO to prioritize implementation
  • Transformation executive - Someone who can strategically plan, and communicate a clear vision and build on the internal capability to meet the desired goals
  • Seasoned leader, who can humbly foster the ideas and innovations coming from the internal teams and external partners

This was a global search, we delivered the shortlist within the agreed timeframe accompanied by a detailed search report and SWOT analysis and "engineering innovation profile" for each prospect


The result came from a known professional in our network with a strong background in multi-site management across three continents.

This search took us to 3 continents, building up a detailed picture of what industries, companies, and leaders were taking the helm for entire digital manufacturing ecosystems. We focused on large,complex manufacturing networks, with high carbon neutral scores and innovative cultures.


The successful incumbent has been in situ for 2+ years and is making incredible progress.


For a detailed account of this search work, and a full report into the top 10 carbon-performing companies in Europe contact managing partner Tom Pemberton here: tom.pemberton@melium.eu

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