Functions

Functions

The Grichan Whitestone Partnership specialises in Executive Search, Interim Management and Business Consulting with a deep subject matter expertise across a breadth of disciplines, making timely, successful placements across the following functions: 

BOARD / LEADERSHIP

BOARD / LEADERSHIP

Having the right Board / Leadership team at the helm of your business is crucial to its effective management and long-term success; efficacy of the top of the organisation determines the success and cohesion of each subsequent component part through effective management and communication of strategy, values and vision. 

Not only must the CEO, non-executive and executive functions comprise professionals of the highest calibre, they must also comprise a nuanced set of skills and personalities to suit your organisation and its specific needs.

Understanding your organisation and its objectives wholly, allows us to imbed leadership teams with the right vision, tenacity, skills and personality needed to steer your organisation in the optimal direction, driving business performance while upholding its unique values.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Strategy lies dormant without revenue-building teams that drive profit and enable growth. The best sales and marketing leaders understand how to maximise revenue while working in conjunction with business plans and goals – not just how, but why. 

They must be results-oriented and tenacious but also adept with data, utilsing business analytics to inform what’s needed for growth and increased customer engagement, and have a proven track record of leading teams that deliver exceptional outcomes. They will identify areas of revenue potential and increase brand reach while upholding its ethos.

We work with the most driven Business Development leaders who understand their markets and know how to increase business, both from existing client bases and in potential and new markets.

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OPERATIONS / GENERAL MANAGEMENT

OPERATIONS &
GENERAL MANAGEMENT

Service level agreement driven operations are crucial to the success of an organisation and is often an area where opportunities exist to increase organisational efficiency and profitability. 

Professionals who excel don’t simply manage but are constantly looking for ways to evolve, streamline processes and optimise business performance.  While markets are witnessing radical shifts, Operations & General Management in and of itself is growing in size and breadth of responsibility. 

Within this broadened scope however is the opportunity for the right individuals to thrive and make significant organisational impact, highlighting opportunities for transformation, optimising efficiencies and, ultimately, bottom line. 

Not only does it require exceptional organisation; but creative, strategic thinking.

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TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE MANAGEMENT

TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE MANAGEMENT

Transformation & Change Management are essential for keeping an organisation up-to-date and agile; true at any time but especially whilst markets are evolving quickly, such as is being witnessed now. 

Transformation may relate to any or all parts of a business, people, software and systems, mergers, and acquisitions etc.

Whatever the type, all require skilled professionals able to manage projects to budget and to steer the organisation through them smoothly, ensuring minimal disruption to day-to-day operations. 

Change specialists are often required on an interim basis; our seasoned professionals have an excellent track record of managing and delivering timely, cost-effective project outcomes, minimising disruption, and achieving, often exceeding, business goals.

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COMMERCIAL

COMMERCIAL

Commercial leaders translate board room strategy into deliverable outcomes for the business, optimising the performance of services and products and identifying business opportunities whilst doing so. 

An effective Commercial function will highlight areas for new business, customer engagement and new segments, providing the organisation with key information necessary to adapt strategies and help steer the direction of the business. 

Whether you are looking to build on your permanent team or utilise the skills of an interim executive, our networks provide ample opportunity to connect with commercial candidates whose focus is on driving results to allow an organisation to flourish.

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FINANCE

FINANCE

The role of CFO or Finance Director has evolved, from typically ‘behind the scenes’ concerned primarily with protecting bottom lines to a dynamic leader at the forefront of business strategy, increasingly important when budgets are often constrained yet expectations of performance and efficiency are higher.  

With the CFO or FD likely the close ‘number 2’ to the CEO, effective Finance leaders are as commercial and dynamic as they are adroit with numbers and bottom lines – the best finance leaders not only communicate financial information to support strategic goals, they use their insight and analysis to shape these business objectives.  

We work with finance executives who are commercially-minded, who understand and excel at business performance rather than finance alone. This means that as well as protecting bottom line they will also identify areas for growth and opportunity, and provide the optimal balance of these dependent on the priorities of the business at any given time. 

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PROJECT & PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT

PROJECT & PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT

Project & Programme Managers must understand and consistently work towards the bigger picture whilst paying constant attention to the finer details of a project.

This dual perspective means the ability to deliver exceptional, timely and lean projects able to meet or exceed the objectives of your organisation.  It requires tenacity, the ability to perform under pressure and understanding of complex processes and situations.

The best project and programme managers will deliver innovative results whilst maintaining profit margins, enabling business growth while protecting the bottom line. 

Whether you are looking for a permanent addition to your team or an interim executive for specific projects, the candidates we work with have proven track records of producing excellent project outcomes.

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PROCUREMENT & SUPPLY CHAIN

PROCUREMENT & SUPPLY CHAIN

Procurement & Supply Chain professionals are facing an increasingly challenging time; with company reliance on global supply chain alongside the potential effects of Brexit, against a backdrop of global environmental/economic/geo-political/security crises.

They must be able to tread the delicate line between optimising quality and minimising costs, all while navigating often changeable regulations and increasingly complex supply chains. 

We work with individuals able to expertly navigate this line, securing the best deals under often challenging conditions.

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LEGAL & COMPLIANCE

Greater regulatory frameworks and global operations means increased reliance on legal and compliance teams that must navigate complexities and provide knowledge and support to the board and senior leadership teams. 

Good governance and compliance is essential for an operation to mitigate risk and work effectively and also legitimately, with compliance teams assuring the financial and legal protection of the business and its shareholders.  

The role of Legal & Compliance teams is therefore crucial, with those who lead the helm detail-oriented, while understanding the dynamism of commerce and operating within industry standards and regulations.

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HUMAN RESOURCES

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resources has shifted in recent years, from a perfunctory back office function to an integral, dynamic part of a business or organisation, bringing people management in closer alignment with business strategy and goals. 

Its role is especially important in today’s climate where people’s workplace experiences and well-being are now given proper care and attention. This means greater consideration for and due diligence over inclusion, rights to flexible working and a fair work-life balance and employee mental and physical well-being.

A sophisticated HR function understands how to prioritise this while maintaining organisational agility.  processes required to for effective people management, and do so while upholding commercial objectives in mind.

Our professional network of HR leaders, both permanent and interim, understand the balance needed for these imperatives, and use this understanding to help shape highly effective teams who all share organisational vision.

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DIGITAL & TECHNOLOGY

DIGITAL & TECHNOLOGY

All sectors and organisations are influenced by technology and increasing digitisation, and this effects each part of them – from operations to customer experience to security. There will be an increasing reliance on or need for AI, big data and cyber security and effective and slick automation to match customer expectation and demand.

Navigating these swift changes requires the intellect, dynamism and innovation of digital engineers at the forefront of technologies and their profession; the swift change of pace requires continual advancement of knowledge and understanding. 

Skill shortages – where innovation outpaces knowledge acquisition – will mean continuing pressure on the Digital & Technology function for highly-skilled candidates who drive rather than follow change.

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