Industrial & Manufacturing


Transformative change best describes the day to day business challenges across the global industrial sector. Whether in strategy or operations, distribution logistics, financial or in the convergence of technology and manufacturing, change requires the right leadership to drive increasing value for customers in today’s leaner environment. Since our firm’s inception in 1951, Signium’s Industrial Executive Search Practice has regularly consulted with industrial companies to optimize their performance through identifying and sourcing outstanding leaders.
The SIGNIUM Industrial Practice Group brings in-depth knowledge of global and local industry expertise, recognizing our clients’ unique competitive challenges in their local and international markets. Through an in-depth consultative approach, we develop comprehensive candidate profiles to meet companies’ strategic, operational and financial goals and to fit their leadership culture. Together with the extensive resources of Signium’s global reach, we assist companies transform through strategic recruitment and business leadership consulting. Our goals mirror our clients’ goals.

At SIGNIUM you will find a dedicated global group of like-minded senior business consultants working together in a spirit of partnership and collaboration. Experts in balancing 'intelligence and intuition', the skills and commitment to source, evaluate and commit the best executive talent on your behalf.

Our SIGNIUM Industrial Practice Group has developed deep vertical sector expertise and served clients in every region, including the emerging markets of China, India, Myanmar, South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Our sector expertise includes: 

  • Automotive
  • Aviation, Aerospace & Defense
  • Chemicals and Materials
  • Diversified Manufacturing
  • Energy and Utilities 
  • Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure 
  • Mining, Minerals & Metals
  • Oil and Gas
  • Private Equity
  • Transportation and Logistics

One in every four assignments in our global group is an international referral and more than 80% of our business is repeat business for long-term clients around the globe.  

Signium’s Industrial & Manufacturing Industry Group truly works – for our clients!

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Is your leadership style akin to a sailboat or a speedboat?

In his recent address to Signium's global conference, Bonang Mohale, CEO of Business Leadership South Africa, looked at the essential components of successful leadership - vision, courage and integrity - and countries that have effected major strategic change through effective leadership.

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Why opting for an outsider can deliver the cultural shift you seek

As Executive Search consultants, we are often tasked with thinking 'outside the box' when drawing up a shortlist of candidates for senior positions. However, when we present candidates from outside the sector alongside candidates from within, one with specific knowledge and contacts from within the industry is invariably the one chosen. Martin Peterson of Signium Sweden looks at why sometimes opting for the outsider is the right thing to do.

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'What will you do for an encore? I'd like to electrify Africa' - Leadership lessons from a global leader in renewable energy

Eddie O'Connor, a world leader in the renewable energy sector, shares with Paul Holland of Signium Ireland some of the leadership lessons he has learned throughout his remarkable career. And his remaining ambition - to electrify Africa.

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Cobots in the Workplace - Can't we all Just Get Along?

Science fiction is fast becoming a reality in manufacturing and service industries across the world as machine learning, artificial intelligence, robots and cobots (collaborative robots) become a reality. Auguste (Gusti) Coetzer of Signium South Africa looks at why businesses need to pay attention to this trend and how it will impact on human employment.

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