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SEARCH: Global Head FSQA (Senior Director) – FMCG - Germany

FSQA Director to take responsibility for leading Food Safety & Quality Assurance Standards across 27 sites.

Search overview

The company

  • Employing around 9,000 globally, and FY22 revenue of almost EUR 1.76 bn.
  • Working with the COO to identify leadership talent for operational effectiveness

The search

FSQA Director to take responsibility for leading Food Safety & Quality Assurance Standards across 27 sites. It will support the implementation of continuous improvement projects to enhance quality processes and enforce food safety policies company-wide.

Reporting directly to the Group Chief Operations Officer,the FSQA Director was to be responsible for ‘dotted-line’ management of a geographically diverse team within various Business Units, and come from a food business in addition to essential international knowledge and language skills.

Focus Topics:

FSQ excellence programme - get a clear consistent approach across the group and how to implement it

Maturing group standards in FSQ

Collating, sharing, and embedding best practices.  

Developing a bench of FSQ talent - horizon scanning for emerging trends

Digitalisation and systems – How to advance and raise the bar 

S-CAP Tools deployed

  • Operational Maturity Assessment
  • Cultural Assessment
  • Leadership Dynamics 

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 bakery and food manufacturers of comparable, complexity, and maturity
  •   Reviewed different customer channels, and perspectives across retail, fast food and service.
  •   Conscious of localised brands, siloes in production sites and fluctuations in maturity and best practice
  •   Conscious of cultural sensitivity, and an alignment of client’s value-streamed organizational structure
  •   Highlighted specific “People of interest” and mutually agreed on NORTH STAR profile
  •   Solidified longlist through a range of data-lead, industry-leading tools and headhunting techniques
  •   Candidate universe defined – Commenced 4-tier confidential outreach, headhunt & evaluation campaign


Phase 1

Value prop delivered – (Stress test)

Phase 2

Exchange of information under NDA – (Stress test)

Phase 3

Competency interview - – (Stress test)

Phase 4

Behavioural assessment - including cultural fit, leadership style, personality, EQ/IQ

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


  • 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

Melium Consulting successfully identified and attracted a Quality Director in line with the initial candidate profile and mutually agreed competencies.

The new leadership will operate cross-functionally to develop and implement a company-wired quality roadmap alongside Group COO, and introduce a standardised methodology for measuring and digitally tracking quality success metrics globally.

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