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Your Manufacturing Executive Search Firm Partner

Innovative manufacturing is the backbone of America’s industry. We are proud to support your manufacturing success through nationwide retained executive placement of key leaders to help you gain a competitive advantage. As you can see in our portfolio list below, we have a track record of success across a mix of industries. With our manufacturing executive recruitment track record, we can quickly find the leader to help you gain peace of mind and get your operations to the next level too.

 

Clients partner with Herd Freed Hartz for a few key reasons:

Proven Track Record – Since 2001, our firm has successfully worked with 400+ Northwest clients on nationwide, executive-level searches. Forbes also recognized us as the “Top Executive Search Firm in the Northwest” for 3 years in a row.

Results That Matter – We deliver the candidate quality and speed you are looking for. Our “Time to Candidate” average over the last 3 years is 37 days. 95% of candidates we place are still in the role 18 months later. We deliver a high ROI and peace of mind by ensuring you are surrounded by an “A-player” executive leadership team, giving you a competitive advantage.

Recruiting Partnership – Clients enjoy our trusted, long-term partnership that goes beyond just filling the role. We provide customized strategic recruiting insights, methodologies, and best practices, which can be used across all your hiring needs. We believe in the “art of recruiting” by crafting your story in a compelling way, helping you stand out from the pack and attract top-talent you would not find on your own. Our goal is to make working with our team a professional and fun experience.



VP of N. American Sales


VP of Operations
VP of Sales


Chief Financial Officer

Dir of Accounting

Dir of IT

Dir of Marketing

(Meritage Group)


SVP of Global Innovation

VP/GM of Direct to Consumer


Chief Executive Officer

Chief Operations Officer
VP Operations


VP of Sales

Dir of E-Commerce


VP of HR


Medical Director (2)


VP Supply Chain

VP Global Manufacturing

VP of IT

Dir of Human Resources


GM (Specialty Finishes)
VP of HR
VP of US Fab
Prog Mgr (US Fab)
Sr. Proj Mgr (Vigor Marine)

(Endeavour Capital)


Chief Operations Officer


President


Chief Executive Officer


Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Controller


VP of Operations


Chief Operations Officer (COO)


Director of Procurement

(Sycamore Partners Management)


Chief Executive Officer


Chief Operations Officer (COO)

VP Quality


VP of Manufacturing

Dir of Human Resources


Chief Executive Officer


VP Global Operations
VP Customer Care Services
Sr. Dir of IT

(Bain Capital)


Controller
VP Operations


VP Operations

(CID Capital)


Global Services Marketing Manager


Chief Operating Officer


President

Recruiting Consulting


VP Manufacturing

Chief Financial Officer

Accounting Mgr


VP of Sales


Sr. Manager of Corporate Audit


Chief Executive Officer


VP Sales & Marketing

Dir of Outside Sales


General Manager (GM)


VP Construction


VP of Manufacturing Operations


VP of Marketing

Dir of E-Commerce


Chief Operations Officer


Head of Marketing

Board

VP Food Service


CEO

VP of E-Commerce & Marketing

VP of Merchandise Planning

(SBJ Capital)


VP of Sales

VP Food Service Sales


Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Dir of Marketing


VP Sales, N. America

BD Director, N. America

(Waterland Private Equity)


VP & General Manager


SVP of Sales & Marketing


General Counsel


VP Marketing


General Manager (GM)


VP Engineering

Head of Design


GM & VP Operations

Dir of Sales


Recruiting Consulting


Chief Executive Officer

VP Sustainability

Dir of Corp Communications

VP of Finance

Consulting


President & COO

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

(Ranch Creek Partners)


Chief Financial Officer


(Svoboda Capital Partners)


COO (Southwest Cheese)

VP of BD (Nutritionals)

BD Mgr (Nutritionals)

BD Mgr (Cheese)


Chief Executive Officer


VP of Finance


Chief Operations Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Dir of HR

Sales Mgr (Japan)


Chief Financial Officer


General Manager (Seattle office)


Dir of HR


Chief Financial Officer

Controller

VP of Marketing


Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Recruiting Consulting


Regional Mgr (Seattle/Spokane)


Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

VP Operations


General Manager


Regional Sales Director


VP Sales & Marketing

Dir of HR
Board


Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Chief Revenue Officer

Chief People Officer


Dir of Purchasing


Chief Operations Officer


Operations Manager

Controller


Plant Manager


VP of Operations


VP Marketing

Dir of Food Service Marketing


VP of Human Resources


VP Sales

VP Product Development


HR Manager


VP Marketing

Head of Product


General Manager (Portland)


VP of Hardware Development


Chief Executive Officer

VP Sales & Marketing

(Wind River Holdings)


COO/EVP of Mfg

Chief Financial Officer


(McCarthy Capital)


VP of HR


Director of HR


EVP of Supply Chain


Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

(Ranch Creek Partners)


Controller

Dir of Supply Chain


Managing Dir (USA)


Chief Financial Officer

VP of Sales

VP of Marketing

Controller


VP of Marketing


VP Product Development

Director of Engineering

Sr. Process Eng (Electrochemical)


Director of Supply Chain

Controller

VP of Sales


Director of Safety

Finance Director


VP of Sales


Dir of Logistics

Dir of E-Commerce


Director of Communications


Chief Operations Officer

VP Sales


General Manager


VP of Human Resources

At a time when it’s becoming challenging to attract top executive manufacturing talent, Herd Freed Hartz’s results speak for themselves. Our proven track record includes a range of manufacturing verticals including:

  • Steel Fabrication
  • Custom Manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Medical
  • Marine
  • Beverage
  • Apparel & Footwear
  • Chemical and Process Flow
  • Food & Beverage
  • Electronics & Components
  • Advanced Technology (Hardware, Software and related services)

 

Our experience in manufacturing recruiting has made us trusted partners at quickly identifying and recruiting qualified executive search candidates that match your company’s needs and culture. We recruit executive manufacturing executives in roles that include:

  • CEO, President, and COO
  • General Manager (GM) and VP Operations
  • CFO, VP Finance and Plant Controller
  • VP Sales
  • VP Marketing
  • VP Engineering
  • VP Human Resources
  • VP Supply Chain


Manufacturing Recruiting for the 21st Century

Manufacturing represents one of America’s largest employment sectors with over 15 million people engaged in manufacturing and manufacturing-related jobs. However, most of the jobs bear little resemblance to the manufacturing jobs occupied by their parents. American manufacturing has undergone a profound evolution over the past two decades driven by rapid changes in technology and product innovation. Gone are the days of labor-intensive, high-volume production lines.

Today’s manufacturing executives oversee lean operations that rely heavily on technology and innovation to remain at the cutting edge. At the same time, it has become more challenging than ever to recruit and retain experienced and skilled executives in the manufacturing sector, which has endured a persistent labor shortage over the past two years. Our track record of recruiting and placing top manufacturers in this market is the reason that so many of our past partners return to us for future placements and why so much of our recruiting work is referral-based.

Source: Deloitte/Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To meet the demands of today’s modern manufacturing processes, companies must recruit a highly skilled and educated workforce. Recruiting for such positions requires a more stringent approach than traditional manufacturing. Prospective executives must possess technical skills, and problem-solving abilities, and be familiar with the latest technologies and trends. We help our clients identify individuals who are creative thinkers with strong leadership skills.

 

How Do We Ensure That Candidates Are A Good Fit?

We understand the importance of mutual expectations, which is why we take the time to align our process and communication flow with yours. This ensures a smooth partnership and enables us to effectively represent your brand in the marketplace. Our experienced team is dedicated to telling your unique story and showcasing your manufacturing organization’s values, mission, and vision to inspire and engage the talent you truly desire.

But our commitment doesn’t end there. We prioritize the candidate experience, ensuring that every individual who interacts with your company leaves with a great impression. By providing a positive experience, we not only attract top talent but also enhance your employer’s brand and reputation.

As your trusted recruiting partner, we go beyond merely filling positions. We offer valuable recruiting insight and best practices to help you navigate the ever-changing talent landscape. Our goal is to ensure that each hire you make not only delivers high performance but also contributes to your long-term success and growth.  With our comprehensive approach, we help you stand out from the pack and streamline your hiring process which will drive your business forward.

Talent Wins.