Chief Operating Officer Search & Recruitment

The Challenges of Searching For Your Next Chief Operating Officer (COO)

The husband and wife founding team of a self-funded accounting SaaS company engaged N2Growth to find its next Chief Operating Officer. The ultimate goal of this search was to have the placed Chief Operating Officer later become the Chief Executive Officer of the business as the Co-founders worked to remove themselves from the day-to-day operations over a one to two-year period. The Co-founders were specifically looking for an executive with a strong operations background, SaaS expertise, and a leader who could grow their business from $20m in revenue to $50m in a three-year period.

The Mission

Our client, an accounting SaaS start-up with a mission to help accountants raise their value and relevance, required the addition of a Chief Operating Officer. The Co-founders had self-funded the business after a previous successful exit, and they had built a second technology company with $20m in revenue and a 30% profit margin. Given the company’s current position in the market, they needed a Chief Operating Officer who could come in and help grow the business 2.5x in three years. In working to find the client’s COO, N2Growth played a pivotal role as an advisor to identify the best leader to grow the company, fit the company culture, and lead the Co-founder’s second company towards another successful exit.

The Result

By heavily investing time, energy, and resources at the beginning of the search, and by gaining clear insight into what our client was looking for in a Chief Operating Officer, our team was able to recruit the candidate that would ultimately get the position in the first three weeks of the search. The candidate that was later hired was part of the search team’s first group of new candidates introduced to the client. The client is headquartered in the greater New York City Metro area, and the N2Growth team worked in partnership with the clients to determine the safest and most effective interview process to achieve an outcome that resulted in the execution of an employment agreement with a candidate introduced to our client in the first round.

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