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Managing Director

De Lacy Executive Recruitment
South East
Competitive Salary
Closing date
14 Jun 2023

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If you are an accomplished General Manager, Managing Director or successful Commercial Director looking to take the next step then this is the company to do it with.

This is a strong and stable business with a healthy balance sheet, continuous development plans, a supportive collaborative culture and a range of some of the UK's most recognised animal food brands. The business has grown and thrived over the decades by adapting to new market opportunities whilst remaining true to its core values and expertise. It is a company that values its people.

You will be a strong General Manager, Managing Director or Commercial Director with experience of brand management in the retailing sector of all animal feed products. You will be looking to establish yourself in a long-term career position. Reporting to and working with a Board of Directors, you will have a team of experienced sector managers and your role will be to inspire and support them while driving synergy in all parts of the business.

This company is based in South East England, and is a major manufacturer of brand leading products sold via wholesale and retail customers in UK and international markets. This role is available as part of succession planning and supported by a handover with the current Managing Director.

I want to talk to people who can demonstrate a strong track record in leading sales, marketing, brand management, finance, manufacturing, quality, logistics and health & safety. You will be well rewarded if you are the right person for this long term and significant role. There is a good salary with the sort of benefits you can expect at this level.

Managing Director Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute the company's commercial strategies in line with the Board of Directors' objectives for the business.
  • Provide strategic and operational advice to the Board.
  • Ensure that the highest standards of financial management and control are in place.
  • Monitor and maintain corporate governance requirements.
  • Prepare and implement comprehensive business plans for all divisions of the company.
  • Agree growth and profitability objectives with the Board.
  • Manage and develop cost-effective operations and drive market development opportunities.
  • Build long-term trusting relationships with shareholders, customers, business partners and wider external organisations.
  • Lead the management team, providing guidance and motivation to drive maximum performance while maintaining a positive and engaged work environment.
  • Ensure performance appraisal, training and professional development procedures are in place


Qualifications and requirements

  • Previous experience as a Managing Director or General Manager in a highly professional, customer and market focussed organisation.
  • Demonstrable success in achieving profitable and sustained growth in previous roles, ideally within Livestock feed, Equine and/or other animal feeds, Pet food, agricultural product wholesaling and retailing.
  • Relevant degree in addition to continued professional development.
  • Hands on experience of developing strategic and business development plans.
  • Good organisational and time management skills.
  • Strong communication, presentation, and leadership skills.
  • Good computer, quantitative, qualitative, and analytical skills.
  • Live within a commuting distance of their HQ

Role Package

  • Competitive salary
  • Enhanced pension
  • Car/car allowance
  • Life Assurance
  • Family Healthcare

For more information and an informal confidential discussion please call Stuart Goodinson on: Office 01885 483440 or e-mail your CV and covering letter to

De Lacy Executive will upload your CV to our database and retain some data about you in order to process your application. More information about our processing activities can be found at Please be assured that all contact is treated in complete confidence and your details will not be passed to a third party without your prior permission.


De Lacy Executive acquisition increases recruitment resources

De Lacy Executive is pleased to announce that the agri-business recruitment consultancy has been acquired by Canada, part of the group. is a supplier of innovative technology based information products, services and publications for the global agriculture and food industry. has offices in Canada, USA, Australia and India and also owns and operates a 2,000 acre farm in Canada. A large number of leading organizations in the international agriculture and food industries are amongst its clients.

Graham Dyer, President of believes "De Lacy Executive has a unique search and selection recruitment service based upon integrity and profound industry knowledge. We are thrilled to add this excellent team to our group. It will be 'business as usual' for this professional team. We will add to the De Lacy portfolio of services and spread the model to other sectors of UK land based business and to other parts of the world, benefitting our clientele and providing additional support and guidance for jobseekers. Combined with our and job boards, we have an increasingly international offering in the agriculture and food industries."

The sale took effect on June 1st 2016. Stuart Goodinson is the Managing Director. John Davies, who founded De Lacy, will remain working closely with the company as a consultant to the business. Stuart says; "I believe the acquisition by Canada provides additional products and services for the benefit of our clients and candidates - plus growth opportunities for us, both in the UK and in international markets. This change will increase our resource pool and search capability to ensure an even greater selection of top quality candidates for our recruitment clients."


De Lacy Executive is the principal recruitment specialist in the Agricultural and Land Based Business sector operating in the UK and Internationally with regional, national and global clients. We have been awarded Preferred Supplier List status with a number of major organisations.

The company was formed in 2000 and our extensive industry knowledge enables us to successfully assist our clients with vacancies in all disciplines from sales and marketing to technical and operations and at all levels from graduate trainees to chief executives. Our team of nine includes 8 who are the offspring of farmers and 6 who are agricultural graduates. Our agricultural credential are second to none.

We offer information and frank and honest advice to clients and job seekers. Career guidance is a key part of our work with candidates. Our service is free to candidates.

The Key Points to Our Business

Consultancy - We act in a consultancy capacity, adding value by devising a recruitment plan relevant to each client and each vacancy and then proactively searching and selecting the best candidates for clients whilst offering career advice to candidates.

Proactive searching for candidates - We don't wait to see if we receive applications. We use our own database and others, search websites, "head hunt" plus advertise on the most effective job boards to build our contacts and boost applicant numbers.

Our vacancies extend from graduate trainee to managing director - from sales through to technical, marketing, operations and production to R & D management.

Our specialism extends from the agricultural supply trade (arable, livestock, machinery and equipment etc) to farm management, primary food and fresh produce, horticulture, equestrian, environment, renewable energy and a diverse range of Rural and Land-based Business vacancies.

Integrity and Confidentiality - De Lacy Executive is approved as a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which oversees the UK's recruitment industry (REC Membership Number: 00082047) and is registered with the UK Information Commissioner's Office under the Data Protection Act.

Commitment - We are committed to the industry and try to give something back through sponsorship of events and scholarships.

Ambassadors - We act in a professional manner recognising that we act on behalf of our clients.

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