Crown accepts applications for Forward Initiative

Crown Europe has begun accepting applications for the third cycle of its Forward Initiative.

Developed to train qualified engineers for future leadership positions within the company, Crown is seeking ten qualified candidates with experience in operations/engineering, supply chain management and sales. Prospective candidates can apply via the Careers section of Crown’s website.

Designed to identify, recruit and train candidates that possess key foundational skills, the Forward Initiative aims to help prospective employees grow their professional network, accelerate their career and learn the inner-workings of a leading manufacturing company. Programme applicants will be formally assessed during a meeting in France in April 2018, and selected candidates will begin the programme in June 2018.

Sjoerd-Jaap Schaaf, HRD recruiting, succession planning and functional support at Crown Europe, announced: “To ensure candidates are well prepared for these management roles, we’ve designed the programme to be immersive in various environments where candidates will learn the skills needed to succeed in jobs before they have to perform them.

“By laying a strong foundation for the future now, our goal is to provide long-term stability for our customers and to maintain the agility we need as a business as we continue to expand our technologies and services.”

The programme exposes participants to various assignments that span different countries and disciplines over a 24- to 36-month period. Each selected participant will be given three assignments in at least two countries and will be exposed to at least two operations departments including continuous improvement, quality, manufacturing and engineering. Throughout the programme, a mentor and local “buddies” will help participants adapt to new roles and environments. As done in previous programme cycles, Crown will work with each candidate as they complete their rotation to select a permanent destination based on performance and vacant opportunities.

“After three years as a manufacturing engineer, I realised that I wanted to experience a broader set of challenges and different industrial environments. The Forward Initiative has given me all of this and more,” said Vito De Leonardis, a Forward engineer based at Crown’s CMB Engineering facility in Shipley, UK. “It offers an accelerated growth path and development opportunities that no other position would have given me.”

As of December 2017, Crown Europe employed 11 full-time staff members who are former Forward Initiative participants and have been hired as a result of the programme and their respective efforts.

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