CCL Industries is the world’s largest converter of pressure sensitive and speciality extruded film materials.

They provide innovative solutions to the Home & Personal Care, Food & Beverage, Healthcare & Specialty, Automotive, Electronics & Consumer Durables, Government Institution and Retail & Apparel markets worldwide.

The Challenges

CCL Labels Food and Beverage division were looking to hire a European Sales Director to manage sales  across Europe for the sleeves division, with a team of Sales Directors. The division consists of 6 plants and 4 sales teams, covering Europe, Russia, and CIS regions.

Every Sales team has a Sales Director whom they report into and they in turn currently report into the Managing Director/Country Manager, this structure has evolved due to several acquisition’s that have been made over the years. The new structure will include the European Sales Director taking on responsibility for the Sales operations and reporting directly into a new Managing Director who will move into his new role early Q1.

The successful candidate will be strategically focused, adaptive, commercially savvy, an excellent communicator, have excellent management skills and a proven experience of bringing teams together. In terms of the current management style the senior team within the business are able to operate very autonomously.

Our Service

What is our approach?
We recommended an Executive Retained Search campaign for this position. The search would focus upon identifying suitably qualified, high calibre individuals with the requisite skills for the position. We recommended the use of the following supporting activity, which is exclusive to a retained assignment and differentiates from our competitors.

Supporting Activity:

  • Candidate Briefing Pack – Background and History of Company, overview of business culture, breakdown of the position, reporting structure and required skill set
  • Job Description – As a business we can work with our client to create a suitable job description to fit the needs of the client whilst being attractive to the candidate market place
  • Progress Reports – Reports on a weekly basis will be provided in order for the client to understand what progress is being made, along with feedback from the market and any challenges or thoughts thus far.

Once suitable candidates were identified we conducted extensive interview discussions to refine our shortlist for the position. We retained confidentiality on this role as it was not announced internally at the time, which ensured absolute confidentiality until we reached the shortlist stage. It is an option to build the business brand within the market through a comprehensive advertising and networking campaign also. After the initial stages had been completed we submitted detailed reports on those individuals we considered were most suitable for the role, until the best and most accurate shortlist is found.

We will also manage the logistics of the interviewing process, providing feedback both ways, as the assignment progressed. After 2 interview stages which we guided CCL throughout there were two candidates remaining in the process, we then took 360 degree referencing on each potential candidate which gives a holistic review of the candidate from a peer, a client and a superior combined. We maintained complete discretion and confidentiality at all times to ensure that sensitivity was not breached during the process.

Client profile

CCL Industries is the world's largest converter of pressure sensitive and specialty extruded film materials and provides innovative solutions to the Home & Personal Care, Food & Beverage, Healthcare & Specialty, Automotive, Electronics & Consumer Durables, Government Institution and Retail & Apparel markets worldwide.

The Company is divided into four reporting segments: CCL, Avery, Checkpoint and Innovia. The company is partly backward integrated into materials science with capabilities in polymer extrusion, adhesive development, coating & lamination, surface engineering and metallurgy.

With approximately 19,000 dedicated employees, CCL operate 146 state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. The business is headquartered in Toronto and has 20,000 employees with a turnover of approximately CDN$4 billion globally.

Helen has supported me in a very professional manner during the whole process starting from the clear and transparent first contact.

Konstantinos Mazarakis – Director Sales and Marketing Europe & Russia bei – CCL Industries

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After the final meeting and when our contact in CCL had decided who they were going to employ we worked closely with them to devise an attractive offer which we then delivered to the candidate. There were some negotiations managed by Hudson James/Vitae but the role was concluded successfully.

This project was not a database hire, nor did it rely on referrals alone. It was a multi-faceted methodology which ensured that the market was discreetly saturated and any appropriate candidates were approached. We gave honest, clear feedback throughout, not only on our own efforts but also on the market. The method employed a total of 12 different search techniques to ensure we cover the ground thoroughly and it is estimated that typically in a search we will speak with between 50 and 100 potential candidates.

The Result

The candidate is operating very effectively and has been with the business for over 18 months and is developing the markets and the team extremely successfully.

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