SVP, Supply Chain

Major Tier One Aerospace Supplier

Who our client needed

This large manufacturer made up of many highly decentralized companies urgently needed a supply chain expert and leader to drive the transformation of a centrally led, locally executed supply chain strategy.  Without sacrificing the entrepreneurial spirit the company was founded on, this leader would need to bridge the gap and find a balanced way to drive centralized processes and savings.

Reporting directly to the CEO, the successful leader would need to demonstrate executive presence, excellent influence skills and a strategic vision that others would follow.  Our client required a top-level supply chain generalist who was energized by the challenge of driving significant change.

The search

We know aerospace and the supply chain function incredibly well.  Our team has led many supply chain searches over the years, providing us with clarity and confidence as we approach the marketplace.  With an established network and respected reputation among supply chain leaders at all levels, we were quickly able to identify the few who were capable of succeeding in this challenging role.

The final fit

After a thorough vetting process with the senior leadership team, we hired a sitting Division President with another large aerospace company who had exceptional supply chain and transformation expertise.  This was a leader who others had followed their entire career.  He was passionate about how to strike the "just right" balance between centralization and decentralization. What's more, earlier in his career he had coauthored and implemented the supply chain strategy and process at one of the most respected tier one suppliers in the industry.  

Through a change in CEO's and major organizational transformation, our candidate continues to be sought out as a key member of the leadership team and the transformation effort.  His signature style of partnership and transparency has been well received, even by those skeptical of a centralized approach.  With leaders like him, change is happening and this company is going to succeed in a big way.