Interim general manager of German consumer goods business unit

Project status
Project start date
Not specified
Project posted
12 Jul 2017 17:45
Project duration (approx.)
6.0 Months
Budget (approx.)
€1000 / day
Level of Experience
Consumer Goods & Services
Area of expertise
Executive / C-Suite, Operations
Consultant location
English (Essential) , German (Essential)

Objectives and Key Deliverables

We recently acquired a European business which includes a distinct German operation with around £10m of revenue. The German unit was founder-led and they have now transitioned out of the company hence the need for a skilled interim manager to step in. To fill this, we need to bring in someone to manage this business unit and ensure the smooth running across all functions. This unit isn't central to our European strategy and a strong focus for the role is increasing profitability in the short-medium term.

Oversee the business (circa 50-75 employees) and report directly into the President of Europe based in the UK (who then reports into the US parent company). Primary areas needing to be covered are sales (German focused snack brand) and manufacturing. There are approximately 70 employees at the business with limited support in place. For the right consultant, there is opportunity to get involved in the wider European go-to market strategy.

Direct experience managing a consumer good business including manufacturing. German experience in vital to get the buy in of staff but we are flexible for a mix of on site and remote work. As the support mechanisms are limited, this requires someone who is very hands-on. As initially a family-run business someone who has experience in this environment is preferred. Likely to have 15+ years experience- budget is not fixed and depends on experience.

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