Client Story: VP of People Operations Autonomous Vehicle Technology Executive Search

The Challenge

A VC-backed autonomous vehicle start-up, founded to solve the unique challenges stemming from an imbalance in access to mobility within the backdrop of increasingly congested cities and towns, engaged N2Growth to find their first Vice President of People Operations. Inspired by rapid growth and strategic road-mapping after completing their Series B capital raising round, the company was looking to hire a leader for this pivotal role in order to build a positive, performance-oriented culture within an existing strong culture of equity and fairness.

The Mission

Our client, a technology-focused autonomous vehicle start-up, with a mission to transform cities through autonomous technology to create a safer, greener, more accessible world, required the addition of a VP of People Operations to enable them to meet post-Series B capital raising 18-month growth and scaling deliverables. Given the company’s stage of growth, they needed a tested leader who could oversee the formation of their Human Resources organization within the company. 

The Result

The specific insights we drew and alignment we found at the early days of this search created clarity and little need for specification iteration as the search developed. Our team rigorously mapped the market for candidates whose attributes were attuned to the needs of our client. After tens of interviews, we submitted a total of seven candidates for consideration within four weeks. By week eight, our client had three finalists. Despite beginning the search engagement within days of the global Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns in the United States, within 87 days, our client and its top candidate executed an employment agreement. 

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