Premium Car Importer – Multiple Senior Management vacancies

In the search for senior management candidates we are often put under tight time constraints with an exacting brief, this is increased when there is a need across a number of different departments.

Southgate Consulting was directly approached by a leading premium car Manufacturer/Importer, to bring in a select number of new influential members of the senior management team. This included a Head of Sales, Head of Fleet and the Head of Future Retail, with all of these positions demanding huge responsibility and requiring the individuals to perform to the highest levels, due to a raft of new model launches and CI programmes to be rolled out into the network.

Internal promotion is a usual step in this type of search as companies often like to go with a known quantity, the difference here being that the Managing Director was very eager to bring in new ideas, and seek out candidates from a premium car background who would complement the change the company was going through, and is continuing to go through currently.

Our long standing reputation and success in identifying the exact candidates accurately and quickly, is the main reason for key automotive clients turning to us time and time again. Our reputation also encourages new businesses approaching us for the first time, to feel at ease with our ability to source suitable talent, due to our pedigree, knowledge and track record with the automotive sector.

Reputation and success

With the reputation Southgate Consulting has in the Automotive Executive Search Industry and the communication we have with our candidates, we are aware of individuals we could contact to discuss the roles further and within three weeks we had a very precise shortlist completed, consisting of candidates who exactly fill the brief from a skill and cultural perspective.

We then arranged to interview a number of candidates and provide a detailed summary for Client consideration, shortlisting and finally face to face interviews. All of which have ended in the successful placement and joining of multiple candidates.


The Head of Sales candidate has proven such an asset to the team, he has been promoted to Sales Director, with Southgate Consulting subsequently engaged also to help “backfill” the Head of Sales role.


The above article is based on a number of successful Executive Search placements for a highly respected Premium Car Importer during a significant change in products.

If you’re facing the challenge of recruiting high achieving automotive executives at a senior level, please contact us on 01235 863 525 and let us find your ideal candidates.