Miramar was retained by our client, a large contributor to the science and nutrition market, to appoint the VP, Food Protection & Preservation. This executive would lead the global division matrix business and own the P&L for the food protection and preservation sector of the global business. The challenge was to find the candidate who had the required deep technical expertise within food protection technologies, but also had the relevant leadership skills as well as the commercial and market knowledge needed to build and scale the business in line with our clients growth strategy.
Food Protection itself is a narrow market sector, so we started by analysing our client’s key competitors, including each firms organisational structure, strategy and leadership to ensure deep understanding of the requirements we had and the options available to us. This led to a comprehensive market mapping of the key competitive talent across Europe & the USA. This, along with sourcing, referencing and cross-referencing, led to the identification of several candidates globally who could be under consideration for the role, bringing different experience and skill sets to the decision making process.
We partnered closely with the President and HR VP at our client throughout the search to ensure we provided market analysis, detailed reporting and informed data to support their decision making. Whilst the right blend of technical and commercial experience in Food Protection was the priority, we could not compromise on leadership skills, cultural fit, development potential and overall calibre. The outcome of our search was 72 candidates being assessed with detailed market research on each provided to contribute to future talent planning. From here, we were able to assemble a diverse shortlist of 7 candidates from both Europe and the US who were presented to the client. The client’s first choice candidate was offered and accepted. The market mapping & intelligence Miramar carried out as part of the search process are being used for future hires, supporting our clients long term recruitment goals.