Contractors

Our capability in Contracting executive search

Contracting is a dynamic industry that is constantly evolving. The government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure projects has provided a boost to the industry, with major projects across the Transport & Infrastructure markets creating a whole host of opportunities. In addition to capital programmes, there is an ongoing need for maintenance and renewal of the UK’s existing, ageing, infrastructure.

The adoption of new technologies and techniques is transforming how the industry operates, with an increased focus, driven by major clients, on carbon reduction, social value and environmental impact. As contractors continue to adapt, finding the best senior level talent can be a challenge. With a highly competitive market and a shortage of skilled professionals, identifying and attracting the right candidates requires specialised knowledge and expertise. That’s where our Executive Search offering comes in.

Our team of experienced executive recruiters has a deep understanding of Rail, Aviation, Ports, Highways, Energy, Utilities and major Building contracting. We have a wide network of industry professionals and a thorough screening process, ensuring that we are able to identify the most qualified candidates for our clients’ senior level positions.

  • Civil Engineering
  • Tunnelling & Ground Engineering
  • Term Maintenance Contractors
  • Rail Systems Contracting
  • Building Contractors
  • M&E Contractors
  • Major Projects
  • Management Contracting
  • Specialist Sub-Contractors
  • General Management & Operations
  • Project Management
  • Commercial Management
  • Health & Safety & Quality
  • Procurement
  • Bid Management & Work Winning
  • Business Development & Strategy
  • Engineering & Technical
  • Planning & Estimating
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Plant
  • Finance & Human Resources
  • Managing Director Water – Civil Engineering Contractor
  • Energy Director – Infrastructure Contractor
  • Preconstruction Director – Major Projects Contractor
  • Highways Sector Director – Infrastructure Contractor
  • Managing Director, JV – £ billion Rail Upgrade
  • Managing Director – Family Owned Civil Engineering Contractor
  • Managing Director, Building & Development – Top 30 UK Contractor
  • Managing Director, Construction – Central London Management Contractor
  • JV Director – MEICA Contractor
  • Non- Executive Director – Civil Engineering Contractor
  • Operations Director, Building – Top 20 UK Contractor
  • Operations Director, Power – Infrastructure Contractor
  • Operations Director, South East – Civil Engineering Contractor
  • Operations Director, Water – Civil Engineering Contractor
  • Project Director – £ billion Rail Upgrade Programme
  • Construction Director, HS2 – Major Civil Engineering Contractor
  • Project Director – Family Owned Building Contractor
  • Sector Director – Water Contractor
  • Business Development & Strategy Director – Utility Contractor
  • Business Development Director – Civil Engineering Contractor
  • Chief People Officer – Family Owned Civil Engineering Contractor
  • Civils & Structures Director – Specialist Contractor
  • Commercial Director – Utility Contractor
  • Construction Director – Major Tunnelling Project
  • Design Director – M&E Contractor
  • Director, Transportation – Middle East EPC Contractor
  • Engineering Director – £ billion Portfolio of Rail Electrification Upgrades
  • Framework Director (South West Water) – Water Contractor
  • Group Finance Director – Top 10 Civil Engineering Contractor
  • Group Finance Director – Utilities Contractor
  • Group Head of Estimating – Top 10 Civil Engineering Contractor
  • Group HSQE & Sustainability Director – Family Owned Civil Engineering Contractor
  • Head of Electrical Engineering – Water D&B Contractor

Since taking over as the CEO of Crossrail I have put a lot of effort into establishing the right leadership team to complete the project. Newsom Consulting have been a great partner in this work. Together we have worked to assemble a great new team with the right energy and capability for one of the worlds most complex projects.

Jim and team are a real pleasure to work with; responsive and sensitive to our unique circumstances.

CEO, Crossrail

Newsom Consulting are incredibly well connected to the industry and very quickly understand our needs. They take time to understand the role profile, the culture and challenges of the organisation, and then hand-picks the shortlist. This process works really well and saves time and money in the search.

MD, Transport Infrastructure, Amey

We have used Newsom Consulting extensively for a number of years, we have always found them responsive and great to work with. Their understanding of the brief and our business has always resulted in a shortlist and successful candidate that meets our requirements.

Chief Executive, Murphy Group

We recently retained Newsom Consulting to recruit a key strategic Director for BAM Nuttall. It was a very professional service, they fully understood the brief and delivered against it extremely well. They kept us informed throughout the search, providing a really good shortlist of candidates. The shortlist included a consultant’s report on each candidate that was informative, honest, with insightful analysis. Newsom Consulting had their finger on the pulse of what was going on in the market and we got the right candidate out of the process

Managing Director- Transport & Regions, BAM Nuttall

Heathrow have partnered with Newsom Consulting to recruit several key leadership roles for our Expansion team. On each search they have been successful in providing an excellent shortlist from which we have appointed a high-calibre candidate. Jim has worked with Heathrow for a number of years and has developed a good understanding of our business, and we have recently appointed Newsom Consulting as an executive search partner for the Expansion programme.

Expansion Programme Director, Heathrow Airport

UK Parliament retained Newsom Consulting to help us recruit the Managing Director for Strategic Estates. This was a good experience and we were well supported throughout the recruitment process. Newsom provided a great deal of industry specific knowledge. The advice and support at the early stages of the process, and specifically helping us define our candidate spec to get what the business really needed from the hire, was invaluable

Director General (Operations), House of Commons

Exceptional knowledge of the industry and thoroughly professional service.

Managing Director UK Engineering, SYSTRA

We have worked with Newsom Consulting on a number of successful senior searches. They listen carefully to assemble the right brief and have identified strong, well targeted shortlists. Their written documentation on the search and shortlisted candidates is informative and insightful.

Managing Director Rail, WSP

Jim has worked with us to source and secure leading talent for 15 years and his commitment to understand our business needs and proactive nature underpins this successful relationship with Newsom Consulting.

CEO, Steer Davies Gleave

We retained Newsom Consulting to help us find and attract several new Directors for our Public Sector Transport practice. Jim and his team really listened to what we needed, understood our values and the expectations we have for anyone joining our team. They cut to the chase on any thorny issues, which speeded up all our interactions and decision-making. We were able to hire several high-calibre candidates from the search.

Partner & Public Sector Transport Leader, PwC

ACE partnered with Newsom Consulting to assist us in recruiting the newly created position of Director of Communications & Marketing. We were seeking a unique blend of skills and experience, and were very pleased with the selection of candidates on the shortlist and ultimately the chosen candidate we were able to appoint. Jim and the team were enjoyable to work with, they took the stress out of recruitment and provided a personal service and genuinely cared about us finding a good quality candidate with the right culture fit for our organisation

Chief Executive, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)

ACE retained the services of Newsom Consulting to help us recruit our next CEO. They really listened and took our requests on board, were proactive and pushed the process through efficiently. Their candidate reports and shortlisting process were clear and helpful, with a high calibre of candidates presented, enabling us to hire a great candidate. They made the recruitment process easy for us and were a real pleasure to work with.

Chairperson of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering 

Case Studies

Flowbird Global Sales & Marketing Director

Flowbird Group are a leading transport technology provider, recently rebranded from Parkeon, in the growing market of Smart Ticketing. They retained our services to recruit a Global Director of Sales & Marketing for the Transportation business unit.

SWR Chief Operating Officer

South Western Railway retained our services initially to recruit an Operations Director. In this role, the successful candidate would be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for c3,000 staff across all activities related to train service delivery, customer service onboard trains and operational safety.

PwC – Director – Public Transport Consulting Practice (UK)

PwC’s Public Transport practice needed a strong candidate to come in and build the practice.

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Latest Opportunities

Head of Passenger Proposition

West Coast Partnership Development has retained our services to recruit a Head of Passenger Proposition WCPD. This is an exciting opportunity to join the WCPD Programme Management Office team (Accepted Programme).

Head of Passenger Proposition

West Coast Partnership Development has retained our services to recruit a Head of Passenger Proposition WCPD. This is an exciting opportunity to join the WCPD Programme Management Office team (Accepted Programme).

Work Winning Director

A UK subsidiary of one of Europe’s largest rail contractors’ groups has retained our services to recruit a high-calibre leader to manage their Work Winning function.

Work Winning Director

A UK subsidiary of one of Europe’s largest rail contractors’ groups has retained our services to recruit a high-calibre leader to manage their Work Winning function.

Commercial Director

A leading infrastructure business in the UK have retained our services to recruit a Commercial Director for their Rail division, which focuses on rail systems projects. The role will be responsible for leading their commercial function with a team of Quantity Surveyors and Procurement professionals.

Commercial Director

A leading infrastructure business in the UK have retained our services to recruit a Commercial Director for their Rail division, which focuses on rail systems projects. The role will be responsible for leading their commercial function with a team of Quantity Surveyors and Procurement professionals.

Director of Parliamentary Maintenance

UK Parliament invites applications for a Director of Parliamentary Maintenance to be a part of the In-House Services team.

Director of Parliamentary Maintenance

UK Parliament invites applications for a Director of Parliamentary Maintenance to be a part of the In-House Services team.

Operations & Production Director

We are looking for an Operations & Production Director to create, develop, and implement an industry-leading approach to construction delivery for the Southern Integrated Delivery (SID) alliance within the Southern Renewals Enterprise (SRE).

Operations & Production Director

We are looking for an Operations & Production Director to create, develop, and implement an industry-leading approach to construction delivery for the Southern Integrated Delivery (SID) alliance within the Southern Renewals Enterprise (SRE).

Regional Director

Our client, a utilities & highways maintenance contractor, wishes to recruit a Regional Director to manage a significant P&L.

Regional Director

Our client, a utilities & highways maintenance contractor, wishes to recruit a Regional Director to manage a significant P&L.

Commercial Lead

Our client wishes to recruit a Commercial Lead to deliver post-contract commercial management of a £multi-bn capital infrastructure programme.

Commercial Lead

Our client wishes to recruit a Commercial Lead to deliver post-contract commercial management of a £multi-bn capital infrastructure programme.

Head of Delivery – Building Design

We are retained on a Head of Delivery – Building Design position for a major construction programme. This programme is one of the largest infrastructure projects the UK has seen – comparable in size to the Olympics and Crossrail.

Head of Delivery – Building Design

We are retained on a Head of Delivery – Building Design position for a major construction programme. This programme is one of the largest infrastructure projects the UK has seen – comparable in size to the Olympics and Crossrail.

Director – Rail Infrastructure

A tier 1 rail infrastructure contractor is looking to recruit a Director to be their operational lead for the final bid phase and mobilisation of a major rail infrastructure contract and to lead bidding on another major rail project.

Director – Rail Infrastructure

A tier 1 rail infrastructure contractor is looking to recruit a Director to be their operational lead for the final bid phase and mobilisation of a major rail infrastructure contract and to lead bidding on another major rail project.

Key Account Manager

A leading supplier of intelligent systems to the defence and transport industry in the UK and Canada have retained our services to recruit a Key Account Manager, to develop and grow their transport division in London and the South-East.

Key Account Manager

A leading supplier of intelligent systems to the defence and transport industry in the UK and Canada have retained our services to recruit a Key Account Manager, to develop and grow their transport division in London and the South-East.

Director – Transmission & Distribution

A UK subsidiary of one of Europe’s largest construction groups is looking to establish a tier 1 contractor business in the UK electricity transmission and distribution (T&D) market.

Director – Transmission & Distribution

A UK subsidiary of one of Europe’s largest construction groups is looking to establish a tier 1 contractor business in the UK electricity transmission and distribution (T&D) market.

Head of Programme Services

Our services have been retained to recruit a Head of Programme Services for a major infrastructure programme comparable in size to the Olympics and Crossrail.

Head of Programme Services

Our services have been retained to recruit a Head of Programme Services for a major infrastructure programme comparable in size to the Olympics and Crossrail.

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