On this occasion, I needed a Head of Planning and Performance, someone who could oversee the logistical systems of the business while staying aligned with our overall strategy and financial aims.
The process took quite a while in the end, with a fair few iterations along the way. During the first wave, for some reason, there was a disconnect between EBP and our HR team with only one of the five candidates put forward to me being remotely suitable.
We ran the process again and soon found a suitable candidate but unfortunately, they pulled out of the hiring process at a very late stage. It was back to the drawing board with EBP saying “let’s get a coffee and we will sort this out”. Their keen desire to land this particular role gave me the confidence to afford them another shot at it. It was shortly before this that John Cockburn had joined EBP and he took over responsibility for the process on their side.
John got up to speed with the background of the search quickly working out what previous candidates had lacked (and in the most recent wave what attributes appealed), so that we found the right candidate as quickly as possible without any compromise.
It was important that the person who came in had some aptitude around presentations. It’s a proven way for a candidate to demonstrate both their written and verbal communication skills and show how adapt they are at clear simple messaging.