Regional Head of Talent

Newly created role driven by need for company to attract, retain and engage niche skilled workforces within a highly competitive market for business and for talent and to prove ROI for all initiatives in order to move the role to a permanent salaried post.

Remit challenges - to engage a sceptical CEO and board; build sustainable talent frameworks to enable aggressive growth plans; integrate acquisitions that had been recently made; introduce talent concepts and succession planning; in an organisation that had endured historically poor service delivery from a demotivated HR team of varying capabilities; whilst introducing compliance, performance and risk management cultures, without reducing the entrepreneurial culture of the company.

Hiring challenges - finding a highly experienced professional who could open the minds and hearts of the executive team and other stakeholders; who could transact operationally in the short term and deliver tangible ROI whilst working towards a more strategic focus; ideally a professional who had a work history within both “best practice” corporates and greenfield startups; limited salary budget and hire timed for end of year with no option for stock/bonus buyout for the successful hire; and to ensure the commitment of a professional who was likely already in a secure salaried role and balance the risk of them moving to what would initially be a fixed term employment contract.

Solution - 3 professionals were recommended by Carter Morris within just 2 weeks of starting this search. The executive function were "wowed" by each and moved straight to a permanent salaried hire. The appointed professional is now a member of the ExCo and continues to be highly regarded by the leadership team.

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