In the current economic climate, agribusiness is one of the priority areas for economic development. The industry has major investment projects, which are focused on creating modern and high-technology projects. Agribusiness is tasked with making breakthroughs in research and development, developing in-house genetics and seed production, and increasing logistical efficiency in agricultural production.
The growing prospects of the market and appearance of new challenges have exacerbated a systemic problem inherent in Russian agribusiness – the serious lack of qualified management. This is particularly acute for key management positions, including directors of production, chief agronomists, engineers, regional directors, etc. Accordingly, particular attention has been paid to employee management functions, implementing best HR practices, creating corporate universities and education programs, and increasing the attraction of agribusiness companies as employers.
As competition increases, the determining factors that will drive increased operational efficiency and company development will be modern technology and the ability to attract and retain the best professionals. In 2004 Ward Howell was the first company on the Russian market to open an agribusiness practice within the Executive Search sphere. We continue to build on that expertise today, focusing on the search for both local and foreign highly qualified managers in all areas of agriculture, as well as on developing talent and leaders. Our clients are large and medium-sized Russian agroholdings and leading international companies that specialize in the production and refinery of agricultural products and international trading operations.
We provide comprehensive consulting services aimed at increasing the efficiency of human capital and developing leadership within organizations. We also select highly qualified personnel for different functions and industry specializations: executives, production managers, traders and commercial directors, business development managers, financial managers, etc.
In nearly every segment of agriculture, Ward Howell has success in the search and selection of executive and mid-level managers. Working in close cooperation with shareholders, key managers and boards of directors, we also manage projects focusing on increasing the efficiency of corporate governance.