PE backed Sports Retail Apparel, VP, HR

Sector: Sports Retail Apparel Manufacturing
Location: United States


Miramar was retained by its client, a sports retail apparel manufacturing organisation as well as its Private Equity backer, to appoint a VP of HR for the organisation. Historically the HR function had not been heavily invested in and was failing to support its employees. The previous incumbent hadn’t optimized the HR function and it subsequently gained a negative  reputation as being a “hiring and firing station” rather than a place for employees to go for career development, support and advice.



Reporting to the CEO and President as part of the company’s leadership team, the VP of HR is a critical role in helping to transform the function’s reputation into one that employees view as an important resource. We delivered a focused strategy to target individuals with a solid understanding and training in all areas of HR; specifically, candidates with experience in a manufacturing and/or distribution center environment. Candidates were assessed using a specific criterion based on their proven ability to implement compliance procedures and consistent workflow processes. It was also paramount for our client to employ a candidate with experience of utilizing and improving HRIS software companywide, transition management and driving cultural change.



It was imperative that we delivered a high-caliber slate of candidates and have the position filled by January 2023 which gave us a tight deadline of 8 weeks. We created a shortlist of 4 candidates within 3 weeks and the company selected all 4 candidates for interview. We supported the organisation throughout the interview stage, and they swiftly offered the position to the most suitable candidate for the role. The candidate has since joined the organisation and has made some good headway already towards implementing consistent processes and standardizing the HR function. Overall, the process was delivered within 6 weeks thus achieving the January start date deadline.


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