Seaward Group: A time of business evolution

May 1, 2019

Established over 30 years ago, Seaward Group based in County Durham is a global force in the field of electrical safety test instrumentation. The organisation has recently undergone an exciting period of change and is currently relishing its evolution since moving away from being an owner managed business

Seaward designs and builds electrical test and maintenance solutions for the PAT, high voltage, solar and biomedical testing equipment markets; trusted equipment to keep people safe. Its commitment to continuous product development and innovation makes it a global leader in these highly technical markets. The company is dedicated to setting higher standards of quality and performance, and customer experience director, Tom Talbot, believes that the recent changes to the organisation’s structure are enabling Seaward to improve not only for its customers, but also its employees.

He says: “We were a typical owner managed business with most decision-making responsibility being held at top-level within a couple of key positions.

“Since becoming a part of the GMC-I group, we have established a flatter structure with distributed leadership responsibilities; enabling local decisions to be made by the managers at every level and creating a dynamic environment within a ‘One Seaward’ holistic philosophy.

“One member of the team, who has been with us for over five years, recently commented that Seaward is ‘simply a better place to work now’. That just proves how far we have already come, and the strides we are continuing to make.”

The evolution at Seaward has also seen some changes to its investment into people and technology. Tom explains: “GMC-I have supported our investment aspirations at every level; from the £500,000 investment into our production facility, to our ongoing investment in enhancing the working environment and benefits package for our colleagues.”

“We have a number of apprentices on site across almost every department, and a real desire to encourage personal and professional development, promoting from within whenever possible. However, where wider experience would be a real benefit, we have been able to recruit externally too.”

To assist in its ambitious growth plans, the team at Seaward appointed Newcastle-based Solutions Recruitment following a structured selection process.

The team at Seaward identified an opportunity to appoint a chief technical officer to reflect the wider remit in maximising the use of technology across all areas of the business.

Following the transition from an independent company to a group, the existing financial director decided to seek fresh challenges, which allowed Seaward to expand its search for a chief financial officer and introduce a broader skill set to the organisation at board level, which could drive strategic growth.

Tom says: “We see Solutions Recruitment as our resourcing partner. Our experience so far is that they are very easy to work with as partners, in the truest sense of the word. From the very earliest point of the recruitment process, I have never felt ‘sold to’ – they simply want to help find the best people for our company.

“They provide support, work hard, and are very open in their conversations with us, which is very refreshing.”

As Seaward continues to evolve, Solutions Recruitment will support the organisation with its growth plans and finding the right key people.

Seaward Group
www.seaward.co.uk

Solutions Recruitment
www.solrecruit.co.uk

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