Managing and developing a leading European industrial group

Our client, Infranor, is one of Europe’s most renowned manufacturers of automation components. The Group, with its headquarters in Western Switzerland, has production units in Switzerland (Yverdon), France, Spain and China; it employs more than 200 people globally. It designs, manufactures and sells servomotors, servo-drives and computer numerical controls used mainly in the industrial automation sector. Its products are marketed under the brands Infranor, Mavilor & Cybelec. At the cutting edge of technology, it continuously develops innovative products. To replace the current CEO who is retiring at the end of 2021, we are looking for a seasoned

Chief Executive Officer

In this position, you will report to the board of directors of the Group and lead the current management team composed of a CEO and a CFO. In addition, you will enjoy strong support from the heads of the R&D and production units, as well as from the directors of the sales subsidiaries. You will be intensely engaged and committed to deploying an ambitious, global growth strategy, taking full responsibility for the development of all the Group’s companies. To boost further its commercial development, the Group will rely on its sales and engineering units based in Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, China and the USA. Thanks to its links with a Chinese group active in robotics and machine tools, strong development is expected in Asia.

Main responsibilities
  • Define, in collaboration with its management team, the main lines of the company’s development strategy
  • Achieve targeted growth and profitability, while expanding the current product portfolio
  • Develop internal processes in order to increase the performance of the company
  • Manage and supervise the organisational, technical, human, financial and logistical resources to achieve the overall objectives set by the Group
  • Represent the company to clients, administrative bodies and the Group’s subsidiaries
  • Promote the image and notoriety of the company
  • Identify and formulate, whenever it arises, proposals for external acquisitions that can contribute to the growth of the company
Your profile
  • Engineering degree in microtechnology, mechanics, electronics, ITC or equivalent
  • MBA or equivalent is an asset
  • Visionary entrepreneur, mastering the development and deployment of winning strategies in highly competitive international high-tech markets
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as director of an industrial SME, active internationally
  • Proven experience in integrating advanced technologies in the field of industrial automation
  • Profile and track record oriented towards achievements, results, good management of people and projects
  • Ability to work within a corporate structure
  • Senior executive with natural authority and undisputed charisma, able to inspire employees, unite them around ambitious projects and encourage them to surpass themselves to achieve the objectives
  • Dynamic, assertive personality, able to speak at the highest level and represent the company both to demanding clients and to its board of directors
  • Excellent communicator, both outside and within the Group
  • Desire and taste for teamwork with a management composed of strong and competent personalities
  • Business-savvy director ready to take responsibility for the budget and financial results
  • Upright, loyal, thoughtful personality, endowed with a proven analytical mind, capable of implementing decisions
  • Good resistance to stress and available to travel (including outside Europe) about 20%
  • English is a must, French useful, any additional language is an asset

In short, a high profile, with the potential to develop a high-tech company in Europe but also in regions of the world currently experiencing very strong development. If you recognise yourself in such a profile do not hesitate to call me (+41 21 613 7000) for additional information or to apply by email (jacques.laurent@ems.ch).
  • Job title
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Sector
    Mechanical engineering / Mechanics / Automation
  • Occupational group
    Management Board
  • Region
    Vaud / Fribourg
  • Reference number
    4105.VD
  • Your consultant
    Jacques Laurent
    Jacques Laurent - jacques.laurent@ems.ch
    Lausanne
    18, avenue d'Ouchy
    CH-1006 Lausanne
    +41 21 613 70 00
Jacques Laurent
Jacques Laurent