Case Study

Search Details

Job Title: VP of Global Supply Chain
Seniority: Executive level
Search Type: Retained search
Job Location: Carbondale, CO, USA
Link to job description

Our Client

Company: Mountain Bike Company
Company Industry: Outdoor Sports (Mountain Biking)
Company Type: Private Equity backed company
Client contacts: Chief Executive Officer, Board Member

Company Description

Our client for this VP of Supply Chain search was a leading manufacturer specializing in the design and production of high-performance mountain bikes. Committed to precision engineering and innovative technologies, they delivered cutting-edge solutions that redefine the standards of the cycling industry. Positioned at an early stage of growth, they are poised to evolve into a $100MM+ organization, with the role playing a pivotal part in scaling their operations.

Search Overview

The imperative for business expansion has prompted the recruitment of a dynamic Vice President of Supply Chain for this premium Mountain Biking company. Collaborating closely with the CEO and the leadership team, the appointed individual will drive growth initiatives and construct a scalable infrastructure for the mountain bike company’s progression.

ACCUR Recruiting Services was retained for this search to identify candidates that implemented the best practices in procurement, logistics, inventory, and production to facilitate substantial growth, scale, and profitability.

Search Challenges

The key challenges in the search encompassed the necessity for biking industry expertise, considering the diverse array of gears constituting a bike. It also involved leading the establishment of international operations in Taiwan and relocating to the company’s headquarters in Carbondale, CO. Candidates were deterred by the significantly higher cost of living in Carbondale, prompting hesitation about the prospective move.

Our Executive Search Strategy

  • essential experience in the supply chain of the biking or outdoor industry
  • a focus on collaboration with global manufacturers, particularly in China/Taiwan
  • demonstrated expertise in building and optimizing supply chain and operations for substantial growth
  • being located in or relocated to Carbondale, CO.

Our Executive Search Process

  • Kick off call with CEO/Founder of this premium Mountain Biking company and a Board Director/Investor representing the Private Equity firm.
  • Creation of a list of target companies in the Biking and Outdoor industry
  • Identification of most current and recent Directors, VPs and SVPs in Supply Chain and Operations
  • Bi-weekly progress calls with our contacts to calibrate the search, and discuss recent and future interviews

Final Outcome

  • “long-list” of 280 relevant executives
  • 27 candidates interviewed by ACCUR’s Managing Partner
  • 12 candidates submitted to the client
  • 6 candidates interviewed by the client

-> Final result: the hired candidate comes from a global supply chain & manufacturing solutions provider followed by 10+ years in various operations, supply-chain and procurement roles from Aerospace and Consulting firms

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