Topps Tiles had recently recruited a Retail Operations Director, a new appointment to the Board. Whilst not unusual with any new appointment, a few stones were lifted and an up-skilling of the Regional Manager capability was essential.
Berwick Partners was chosen to handle this appointment as we were able to demonstrate our understanding of the position, of previous assignments we had handled in this area, and sample candidates we already knew. Coupled with this, we would approach the market proactively to source as broad a candidate selection as possible.
Using an online advert, our in-house database and direct approach work into a number of agreed suitable organisations, we interviewed 14 candidates that on paper looked suitable. This was reduced to four that we felt were suitable for first interview to the Retail Director, of which two were then taken forward to a second interview and a meeting with the Managing Director. We also provided psychometric testing and references were taken.
Whilst the assignment was not without some challenges, a great candidate emerged early in the process and we were able to provide Topps Tiles with a Regional Manager from a competitor business who was very motivated by their entrepreneurial leadership and the investment the business was making in both its people and the infrastructure of the business.