Sourcing Two Creative Executives to Assist Growing Design Studio
Organisation: Leading International Interior Architecture and Product Design Studio
Industry sector: Real Estate
The position: Creative Director
The location: Stuttgart, Germany
Our client required a creative professional to influence the conceptual designs in the studio, that would deliver a tailored approach to their clients on each project.
In recruiting for the new role, the studio were considering a specialised, focused strategy on concepts and client relationships, rather than a shared responsibility between the partners of the company - which lead them to two options.
The first, was to look at a Creative Director, able to deliver individualistic concepts across all industry sectors they work on. Secondly, was to look at appointing a Sector Head, specialising in individualistic concepts related to a specific sector. The decision would be determined by the people they met in the respective interviews.
The client experienced several challenges whilst attempting to source creatives through their own network.
The unique design solution offered by the company was seldom used by professionals in the country and so a lack of experience was a key theme in their talent pool. The same talent pool, limited in size provided limited options and due to the workload, the client did not have the time to dedicate to the sourcing process.
Through understanding the client’s challenges in the initial brief meeting, Millar Cameron proposed a ‘retained-based’ search, ensuring the correct resources are allocated to source a creative professional on an international level.
A detailed job description and understanding of the client’s competitive market enabled Millar Cameron to provide guidance and advice through a consultative approach on remuneration, character and background history.
Millar Cameron executed a detailed search by using a combination of social media platforms, word of mouth, networking and direct head-hunting. The search was then further tailored to highlight creative professionals with a passion for conceptual design, delivering individualistic approaches to their clients in the hospitality and retail sectors.
Through carefully understanding both parties’ needs prior to the introduction, both the client and Millar Cameron agreed on a series of questions to vet candidates focusing on their design style, resilience and adaptability in a new country. These interviews were recorded to ensure a fair process, followed by a leadership psychometric test which highlighted potential strengths and weaknesses. Following initial Skype interviews, the client selected a shortlist with confidence and tailored their final round of interviews in country as per the detailed information provided.
Millar Cameron provided the client with a shortlist of three candidates. They were able to successfully appoint a Creative Director and Head of Hospitality, aligned with their specialisation strategy. Both candidates have added ongoing value in the design process, upskilling staff and opening doors in the international market.
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