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Featured Candidates & Positions

July 2020

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On a daily basis, we are presented with information. Some of this information is factual, some of this information can be misleading, and some information can be false. We look to experts to give us the facts but what qualifies an individual as an expert? There are no guidelines that makes one an expert and not another. Companies might seek an expert when looking to innovate a product or process or to find a solution to a problem. For this month's newsletter, we discuss ways to identify a subject matter expert. But first, please see our Featured Candidates and Positions.


Featured Candidates for Employers

Candidate 1 - Accomplished Global Supply Chain Leader

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This candidate has successfully led all areas of the supply chain and operations from manufacturing to demand management as well as organizations with full P&L responsibility. In their most recent role for a large automotive tier 1 manufacturer, this individual reduced working capital by more than 10% in 6 months through overhauling the planning processes and introducing advanced analytics. The candidate acquired highly transferable skills including international leadership, strategic sourcing, and supply chain optimization in industries as diverse as automotive, equipment manufacturing, electronics and renewable energies. Among the most notable achievements are 20%+ material cost reductions, raising parts availability to over 98%, and saving over $2M in capital investments. This hands-on leader is tri-lingual and a citizen of the USA and Germany. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 102.

Candidate 2 – Senior Patent Attorney

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This candidate graduated from a top ten US law school and spent 6 years in private practice prior to coming over to the in-house side. Prior to law school the candidate obtained a mechanical engineering degree from a top tier technical university and has 11 years of experience with a global manufacturer in a broad range of portfolio products including mechanisms, mechanical assemblies, electrical and electronic components. Willing to relocate anywhere in the lower 48 for the right opportunity. Please email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 102.


Featured Positions for Job Seekers

Position 1: Materials Planning and Logistics Manager, Large Global Manufacturer

In this role you will be responsible for the tracking, benchmarking and the long-term optimization of internal and external supply chain functions that include perfect order fulfillment, order fulfillment cycle time, upside supply chain flexibility, upside and downside supply chain adaptability, supply chain management cost, cost of goods sold, and cash-to-cash cycle time. This role will also prioritize activities to ensure that manufacturing can meet deliveries to all customers. Additionally, this role will counsel and train associates assigned to report to this position on an as-needed basis for this sizable manufacturing business of over 1000 associates. Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.102 for more information.

Position 2: Chief of Engineering, Global Automotive Supplier

In this role, the successful candidate will lead all aspects of engineering including product design/development, advanced R&D, and current product engineering. In this role you will manage a global team of technical professionals in North America, Europe, and Asia in the development of metallic structural components and smaller sub assemblies. You will also lead a team of PHD Engineers in the research and development of new product portfolios and technology. It is essential that you have an advanced engineering degree within mechanical, material, or metallurgical science, with a preference given to a PHD level education. Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.102 for more info.

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Identifying an Expert for Your Business Needs

Whether you are looking for help with innovation, seeking solutions to a problem, or facing an important decision, the hiring, consulting, or requesting of opinion from an expert is your logical next step. But how does one measure the expertise of an individual? There are no official guidelines that labels someone as an expert and an expert might not even proclaim themselves to be one.

"Expert" is defined as "a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area." Assessing the amount and quality of knowledge someone has is not something that can be quantified. Therefore, the title of "expert" is a relative one and what we must do is assess credibility.

The first thing you need to do is look at the reasons you are seeking the input of an expert. Understand what kind of insights you are looking for and what kind of information you expect the expert to have. From there, you must decipher what kind of qualifications, successes, experience and other credentials your expert might have.

At Tier One Executive Search, we help our clients identify the experts that they need to advance their business. There is no specific formula that works to uncover experts - each scenario is different. The following list of qualities is not all-encompassing but an individual should have at least a combination of a few:

1. Knowledge
Knowledge can come in the form of education or accumulation of working knowledge. An expert might also have some specialized certifications or licenses of a certain professional standard. An expert will know the proper resources to use if they do not have the knowledge.

2. Experience
An expert will probably have spent a significant amount of time applying their knowledge to the real world. Look at the person's career and the number of years they have spent in a certain line of work. From lengthy experience, an expert will have intuition. They will be able to apply their knowledge successfully to new scenarios and accurately anticipate results.

3. Acknowledgement from Peers
Respect from peers is a key piece of evidence. You might already have an expert or expert-in-the making on your team. Ask your team members who they go to for knowledge. After asking several people, you might hear the same name over and over. This would be your internal expert.

For an external expert, think of the person you know with the most expertise on the subject. Ask that person who they know that has more expertise than they do. Go to that person and ask the same until you can go no further. This will be your top expert.

4. Communication
Analyze how the person communicates their knowledge. Are they eager to share their knowledge? Can they share their knowledge in a way that is easy to understand? Do they convey some level of authority in how they communicate? Do they share evidence to support what they are communicating?

5.Personal Qualities
An expert usually does not claim complete and sole authority on a subject. They are usually aware that there is always more to learn. They accept that they could be wrong or make a mistake. They are open to opposite opinions and they tend to promote their field of work rather than themselves.

There are always exceptions to the rule. Not every expert will have all of these attributes. These are just general guidelines to help you find the expert that will help your business. If all else fails, consider reaching out to an expert in finding experts: Tier One Executive Search.


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