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Featured Candidates & Positions

December 2020

Happy Holidays!

Season's Greetings to you from the Tier One team! We'd like to take a moment to thank all of our clients, partners, candidates, colleagues and you, our readers, for being a positive presence during an unforgettable year. For our final newsletter of 2020, we'd like to share some words of encouragement with you as we continue to wade through these uneasy waters. But first, please see our Featured Candidates and Positions.


Featured Candidates for Employers

Candidate 1: Japanese Speaking Sales Director, Automotive OEM and OES

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This candidate has a long list of successes across multiple product areas. This American candidate is fluent in Japanese and English languages and has sold products to US, Japanese, Korean, and German OEMs for both vehicle content production parts and automotive service parts. The candidate has had tremendous success in winning new programs including bringing one Japanese customer from less than $1 million in annual revenues to $95 million in annual revenues in less than four years time. Currently based in the western USA, this individual is able to relocate anywhere in the USA. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ext. 102.

Candidate 2: Vice President of Quality, Asia Pacific

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This candidate is an outstanding senior quality leader, and is currently leading a large team across China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and India for a USA based MNC. This candidate has broad experience in quality leadership across automotive, aerospace, chemicals, and consumer products manufacturing industries. In their current role, this individual has made measurable improvements across all quality metrics and has lead efforts resulting in saving the two largest customers globally. This candidate is accustomed to reporting back to the USA and leading divers, multi-cultural teams within manufacturing quality, customer quality, and advanced design quality. This person has a masters in mechanical engineering from a top university as well as an MBA from a US school. Currently based in Singapore, but relocatable anywhere in the APAC region. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ext. 102.


Featured Positions for Job Seekers

Position 1: Audit Manager (CPA) – Commercial (Manufacturing & Distribution)

In this role, you will be joining one of the world’s largest global accounting networks, which has nearly $1 billion in revenue. Our client company is known for having a strong focus on corporate culture, as well as a commitment to internal career growth for its team members. This has resulted in the firm being routinely recognized as a “Best Place to Work”. The company provides audit services to both private and public entities, but this role in particular would be focused on managing the audit process for their commercial clients, within their Manufacturing & Distribution practice. With over 75 years of experience serving over 2,000 M&D companies of all sizes around the world, the company brings an impressive set of metrics and knowledge of best practices. This role can be based out of Columbus OH, Indianapolis IN, Tampa FL, or Fort Lauderdale FL. Please apply only if you are a current CPA. Email or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.103 for more info.

Position 2: Senior In-house Legal Counsel, Global Manufacturer – Metropolitan Detroit Area

In this role, you will provide counsel and advice to various internal business units and senior management. In addition to managing legal activities and corporate governance responsibilities, you will be interacting with outside legal groups and government agencies as needed. The company is the global leader in its technology area and you will be joining a winning team with booked business to capacity for the next six years. This In House Legal Counsel is expected to manage compliance issues and ensure government responsibilities are being met by establishing and directing the organization in best practices. Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 103 for more information.

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A Positive Note, At the End Of a Tumultuous Year

After facing situations of extreme adversity and challenge, it is said that we grow stronger. Collecting insights and experiences while overcoming hardships and difficulties lends to our fortitude, endurance, perseverance and and resilience. This holds true in both our personal lives and in our professional lives.

This year, most people saw their place of work go through radical change - unlocking a whole new level of stress and anxiety. It is easy to simply operate in "survival mode", however this is not an effective long-term business strategy. Instead, this is an opportunity to nurture our resiliency, both in ourselves and in our work environment.

Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. It is not only our ability to cope with crisis, but to thrive and flourish in the aftermath. It is the reduction in our vulnerability to stress and the impact of a stress-inducing event.

Resiliency in the workplace lends to a stronger morale, higher employee retention rate, improved performance and competitive edge. Best of all, resiliency is a skill that can be learned and adopted with some effort and focus on our attitudes and behaviors.

Here are some factors that help to cultivate resilience and fortitude not only within yourself, but in your fellow employees and work culture as well.


Reminding yourself that the current state of difficulty you are experiencing is a temporary state and that things will get better is a good way to build resiliency. Look for the positives in every situation and be grateful for them. To generate optimism within your team, have regular check-in's and talk about your team mates' successes. Share positive feedback from your customers/clients with your team.

Achieving Balance

Leave time for health and wellness. Taking preventative measures for physical and mental health has never been more important. Allow yourself the time to meditate, exercise, eat healthy and sleep well. Also, as a leader, allow time and opportunity for employees to participate in social responsibility programs, mentorship programs, or other wellness programs. Know the signs of someone suffering from mental health issues and connect them with help when they need it.

Managing Strong & Difficult Emotions

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict ( Like resiliency, emotional intelligence can be learned and developed. Consider implementing programs or providing access to resources that operate as tools to practice and improve mindfulness, self awareness and social awareness.

Sense of Support

Relationships with colleagues can be a source of strength. Those who demonstrate resiliency tend to have a strong social network of support. Encourage casual meetings and talk about non-work subjects. If staff are working from home, make the extra effort to ensure a solid connection. Keep the communication and words of encouragement flowing. Make yourself approachable - let employees know that they can come to you with a problem.

Stay Consistent

Continuing your company culture when everything else has changed encourages resiliency and fortitude. Company culture is based on a set of principles that are the foundation of your business. Keep them in view of yourself and your team. Company values such as trust, respect, accountability and inclusivity must be shared, agreed upon by all, communicated regularly and embodied by leaders.

Above all else, this year has taught us the value of resiliency. This quality certainly stands as a factor in determining the success of a company - especially during trying times. The strength of a company comes from the strength of its employees and steps can be taken to build on this strength.


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