Head of Innovation, European Listed Speciality Chemicals

Sector: Head of Innovation, European Listed Speciality Chemicals
Location: Europe

The challenge

Miramar was retained by a global market leader in specialty chemicals to recruit their new Global Head of Innovation Portfolio. Following an internal transformation, this newly created position would be expected to play a pivotal role in globally integrating the innovation strategy, accelerating execution, and ensuring a better alignment with the business’s strategic objectives. The challenge was to find a profile with the right blend of technical depth and commercial expertise, that could effectively partner with the business leadership team in developing the global growth strategy and delivering on the key initiatives.


The solution

We were looking for a technical expert in plastics, additives, adhesives, or coatings, our approach to market targeted all chemicals companies active in this space with R&D/ Innovation centers in Europe. From a geography standpoint, we prioritized Germany and Switzerland as key markets as these were the preferred locations where the profile should be based. We then gradually extended our reach to source exceptional candidates regardless of location who could consider a move to the aforementioned countries.



After engaging with more than 100 candidates at various levels of expertise, Miramar presented a strong shortlist of 6 profiles with excellent technical credentials and the commercial expertise required for the role. Client interviews were completed, and an offer was made 11 weeks from the start of the mandate (over the Christmas period). The candidate was in position within one month of the contract signature.


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