International VP HR

HR professional to work directly with an international business President and his leadership team, whilst managing a HR team to support niche, specialist workforces across a multitude of countries with minimal HR frameworks in place regionally.

Remit challenge - to effect cultural and organisational change after a significant acquisition, and retain and engage the newly acquired workforce.

Particular focus on leadership development given 9 of the team of 12 execs were new appointments into the company. There was also a priority to focus on talent - after the recent acquisition there was a need to identify who to retain, what skill gaps were missing within the teams, attracting new talent in a highly competitive market for the niche skills and experience required, and developing the workforce and improving productivity to achieve double digit growth plans.

Hiring challenges - finding a HR leader with both strategic and operational capacity, to work in a "perform or exit culture", with unusual language skills, and experience supporting both manufacturing and scientific communities in a highly regulated environment; and who had lived and worked extensively across continents (rather than just a local national); but who would be based from Sweden with high levels of international travel.

Solution - 4 HR professionals were recommended by Carter Morris within just 3 weeks of starting the search. The successful candidate accepted the employment offer with no quibble (all mitigating negotiation factors had already been identified, tested and rechecked by us); and the candidate has proceeded to achieve the highest possible performance ratings since commencing.


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Miko Coffey