Executive Search for manufacturing companies - focusing Family Businesses, SME and Global Players

The current conditions for entrepreneurs and executive leaders of manufacturing companies are particularly complex and challenging. Overarching success factors such as sustainability, technological leadership or a drive for innovation are just as important as the competence of facing complex situations with appropriate and future-oriented solutions.

Our consulting approach is based on personal relationships and individualized care. We understand your unique challenges and needs based on our specialization and work closely with you to develop tailor-made solutions. In doing so, we establish enduring partnerships to enable long-term success for all parties involved.

The Practice Group Industrial serves as a partner to both internationally oriented mid-sized businesses and global players. Our consultants possess a pronounced industry focus with both sustainable networks and detailed market knowledge. Broad connections within the respective industries, as well as an understanding of structures, developments and challenges enable us to provide targeted guidance to our clients. Particularly in technology- and innovation-driven sectors, in the selection of executive leaders and to meet candidates on an equal footing.

Due to the wide heterogeneity of the questions and issues at hand, we further specialize on the following segments:


Our excellent overview of the manufacturing industry, our experienced and highly qualified team as well as our sincere interest in the desires of our clients are the essential success factors of our work. Through collaborative, confidential and personal cooperation at eye level, we find the best-fitting personalities for our clients.
Dr. Frederik Gottschalck
Co-Head of Practice Group Industrial
Our clients must continually realign and adapt their business models due to constantly changing conditions. Long-term and trustworthy customer relationships provide the necessary stability to successfully manage a company in the long run. We have supported numerous partners over many years in the search and selection of executive leaders who are capable of facing these challenges. Therefore, we are proud to make a small contribution to the success of the “German Mittelstand” in this way – in Europe and worldwide.
Oliver J. Grasnick
Co-Head of Practice Group Industrial

Industrial: sector segmentation

Industrial: our services

Searching for and selecting managers

Through our industry network, we are in close contact with experienced professionals who can enhance your management team and key positions with the necessary experience and skills – this applies in particular to strategic staffing projects at top level, including executive board and management, as well as supervisory board and advisory board mandates.

Dr. Frederik Gottschalck
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Oliver Jörg Grasnick
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Diagnostics and management assessments

With requirements-focused aptitude diagnostic procedures, we will support your company in filling strategic key positions, identifying talent and top performers and providing targeted management development.

Dr. Dennis Kampschulte
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Dirk Seiferth
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Annette Labode
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Analysing and optimising remuneration and incentive systems

We develop – taking into account industry specifics – remuneration and performance management systems which bind particularly success-relevant people to your company for the long term.

Nils Prüfer
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Dr. Sebastian Pacher
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Jörg Scholten
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Developing and implementing HR strategies

Developing and implementing people, employee and functional strategies will ensure the HR function can adapt to new requirements building on traditional HR areas.

Eberhard Hübbe
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Prof. Dr. Walter Jochmann
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Industrial: Selected references

Placement COO/CTO

In close coordination with the managing partners, suitable leadership personalities with technical backgrounds were identified by Kienbaum in a structured process, confidentially approached and recruited for the task.
The trustful, uncomplicated exchange and direct communication in sharpening the profile and during the selection process itself convinced us. We had found the right partner for the executive search.
Tilman Jaeger
Managing Director, Jaeger Holding GmbH

Placement CEO BU

The NETZSCH Group is a traditional, innovative, and highly successful company in the mechanical engineering industry. With more than 4,000 employees it develops, manufactures, and distributes complex, innovative and high-quality products and solutions for industrial customers worldwide. The company operates in three strategic business units – Pumps & Systems, Grinding & Dispersion and Analyzing & Testing. In doing so, the NETZSCH Group generates revenues of over 700 million € p.a.
Proven Excellence is not just a promise we give to our customers, but one we also expect from our partners. Kienbaum has more than met these expectations with their professional work. Throughout the entire process, we were excellently accompanied and supported.
Moritz Netzsch
Member of the Executive Board

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