Chief Executive Officer

HIGH TECHNOLOGY DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE

SOUTHAMPTON

Six figure salary


Our client was founded nearly ten years ago as a spin out company originally launched by one of the UK’s top universities.  The business specializes in the design and production of high technology crystals which are used to change the colour of light.  Its top end customer base includes universities, research institutes, and companies worldwide engaged in a variety of applications including laser displays, quantum communications, atmospheric gas detection and precision sensing.   It is profitable, financially very well backed, and well run with a sound operational infrastructure and excellent sales channels.

The company has reached a pivotal point in its evolution.  It could continue comfortably at its present size, or it could seek out new markets and revenue streams.  The Board, with the full backing of the investors, has decided on the latter route and is now poised to embark on an exciting journey to accelerate the rate of growth and enable the business to fulfill its potential.

This has led to the appointment of a CEO who reporting to the Chairman will have full P&L responsibility and the remit to determine and deliver the business’s strategy for the next three to five years.  It will involve the successful candidate in identifying new markets and enhanced business development opportunities from within the existing client base, on a worldwide basis, to deliver increased and sustainable growth.

This is a new role in a small high-technology entrepreneurial business with multiple stakeholders.  It requires a high calibre and commercially driven, technology focussed professional with excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.  First class business acumen and the ability to quickly understand how the business works and how to maximise its potential will be essential.

Previous experience should include determining and delivering the strategy and leading the day to day operations of an entrepreneurial company with growth potential.  The ideal candidate will have a sound understanding of global high-technology markets and how to identify, assess and deliver new revenue streams.  This will ideally be in the optics or laser sector although other physics, material science or electronics expertise will be welcome.  The ability to forge and maintain effective and long-standing customer relationships with international customers is of importance, as is an understanding of global business transactions.

We are looking for someone who is strategic, innovative, commercially focused and with the determination and tenacity to implement effectively and completely and to get the best out of people and processes.    Excellent IT and project management skills together with an ability to analyse and interpret complex information are essential.   The candidate must be prepared to travel.

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