Director, Original Equipment, Europe – John Crane

John Long


John Long

I’ve enjoyed working for Smiths since 2002 when I joined John Crane. I spent four years in UK Operations, followed by three years in the Czech Republic as Operations Director.

Smiths supported my career plan to move into a commercial role, and I moved to the Middle East for six years as General Manager in Saudi Arabia and then Dubai. I then moved to Canada as Managing Director, before returning to the UK after ten years of international experience, and now lead Western Europe.

I was attracted to John Crane by the level of technology as the market leader and the high quality of people in the business – a unique mix. The attraction today is the increased level of collaboration across the divisions and feeling part of a broader Smiths that is truly looking into the future.

I found celebrating John Crane’s 100 year anniversary this year truly inspiring, and knowing I’m part of a team that is the foundation for the next 100 years.

Smiths offers unique opportunities to new starters joining any of the divisions. If they’re willing to relocate and experience other locations and cultures around the world, the opportunities for professional and personal learning is really exciting!