The world of consumer goods never stops and it’s always intensively competitive. New trends constantly emerge, driven by world events, celebrities and countless other factors. It can be an uncertain industry, where brand and customer service reputation mean everything.
This requires a certain type of leader, one who’s both in touch with new trends and remains calm in the face of market turbulence.
So, when it comes to executive search, consumer goods businesses need to hire especially carefully, gaining as much visibility of candidates as possible. We offer a range of tailored services, to both find top talent and make sure candidates are exactly right for your business.
How can agp help you recruit the right candidates for the consumer goods industry?
We’ve been active in the consumer goods executive search sector for years, helping businesses find the top talent they need to take them up a notch.
Our in-depth knowledge of the sector is a great asset. We understand its complexities, from the innate language and cultural barriers in this global industry, to how swiftly businesses must react to changing consumer trends.
Being familiar with the industry means we know what it takes to lead successful consumer goods companies. We’ll source candidates who can inspire people to stay put in a sector with high turnover, and candidates who can quickly adapt to new realities.
We’ll also help you screen candidates, conducting executive referencing checks and psychometric testing to discover more about them, their personalities and their ways of working. It’s all about finding out how they’d fit in at your organisation – and could shape its direction.
And since your future pipeline of leaders is equally as important as immediate needs, we’re adept at talent mapping and acquisition. Plus, we’re experienced in succession management and planning, having supported all kinds of businesses in identifying and nurturing their next leaders.
Every step of the way, we make certain you have continuity and certainty in your recruitment – and can look ahead to the future with confidence.
Which areas within the consumer goods industry do agp specialise in?
Consumer goods is an industry that includes a huge array of subsectors – and we can help businesses operating in any of them. However, we do specialise in several areas within the consumer goods industry, having worked extensively with organisations in those subsectors:
- Food and beverage: this is the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector, with UK consumers spending £240 billion on food, drink and catering in 2021
- Retail: as competitive as ever, retailers must work hard to differentiate themselves from one another and win customer loyalty
- Apparel: covering clothing, footwear and accessories like sporting gear, the UK’s apparel market is the world’s third largest
- Luxury brands: an area where reputation is particularly important, with heritage brands having the most to lose
What type of consumer goods positions do agp recruit for?
All consumer goods businesses need people who can lead organisations to become more agile and lean. Those organisations will then be better prepared to weather challenges caused by economic downturns or changing consumer behaviour.
Of course, sales and marketing play a prominent role in the consumer goods industry, but not all leaders in the industry will have expertise in these disciplines. Plus, each business will have its own structure and ways of operating.
Here are just a few of the leadership roles we’ve helped consumer goods companies hire for:
- Chief Marketing Officer
- Sales Director
- Retail Director
- HR Director
- Brand Director
- Research & Development Director
- Trading Director
- Logistics Director
- Operations Director
With in-depth knowledge of such roles and the industry as a whole, we can quickly find candidates who can elevate your business – and inspire those around them.
Our consumer goods executive search consultants
Tony founded agp in 2003, with the vision of securing the most valuable asset for his clients: exceptional board and director-level candidates across multiple industry sectors. Tony is proud to have one of the most coveted networks of senior retail executives across the UK and Europe, spanning FMCG, travel, fashion, luxury brands, supply chain, eCommerce and multi-channel.
Tony is also a Master Executive Coach, a graduate of the prestigious Henley Business School and a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). In addition, Tony has been recognised by Influence Digest as one of the top 20 executive coaches in London.
Sharon has been a director at agp since 2003, following a highly successful managerial career in banking and finance. She has helped agp to become one of the best providers of retail recruitment services and executive coaching.
Sharon has over 18 years of experience working with C-suite executives and now specialises in coaching and developing leadership skills for agp’s client base. She’s an expert in identifying strengths to build client’s resourcefulness and positive beliefs about themselves. Like Tony, Sharon is a graduate of Henley Business School and a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
Our clients trust us to find the right person at the first time of asking
I have known Tony for some time both as a client and candidate and he never fails to impress. He quickly and efficiently understands the brief and then delivers strong candidates who have the necessary skills and expertise.
Tony invests time in both his clients and his candidates even when there is nothing specific to discuss. This is what makes him a great search specialist: he is approachable, engaging, warm and incredibly well-networked.
Past experience has always given me the perception that dealing with a head-hunter can be a long and time consuming business. However, with agp this certainly was not the case. From the initial discussion through to the final interview it was quick, efficient and enjoyable.
Tony is honest, open and easy to talk to. He gives you straightforward feedback at every step and a great deal of support during the whole process. It’s more like dealing with someone you have known for a long time, rather than a business transaction.
I also found that if Tony promised to call you or send something to you he did and it happened on time. You were never left hanging around, uncertain of what should happen next. He delivered everything as promised and in a most professional but friendly manner.
The final thing that surprised me was that Tony does keep in touch. He doesn’t just leave you to get on with it, he’s more like a trusted colleague than a recruitment consultant
Following a change in career direction, I was fortunate enough to work with Tony in some 1:1 coaching sessions. Tony’s style of coaching is excellent – he builds rapport easily and asks probing, perceptive questions that enabled me to clarify my thought processes.
His challenging but empathetic style really delivered for me. He encouraged me to self-reflect and recognise my underlying concerns. Once I had this clarity, he really helped me to identify and evaluate potential options and alternatives.
I came away from our coaching sessions with real insight into my concerns and a clear action plan to make the positive changes I needed.