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SEARCH: VP Group Quality - Packaging - Germany

Quality needs a real voice, and a seat at the table.

Search overview

The company

  • Leading provider of sustainable, innovative, and versatile aseptic packaging solutions.
  • Working in partnership with customers to bring food products to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable, and affordable way.
  • 770m revenue, business, split into packing and filling, installing solutions at customer sites, a large part of the business within maintenance, performance, operational excellence, and field service

The search

The brief was that Quality needs a voice, and a real seat at the table. Influential leadership paramount is in this role due to matrix organisation, superior stakeholder management dealing with internal and external stakeholders, and being the voice of quality externally for the firm.

Melium Consulting invests heavily to ascertain the foundations for success, with a clear understanding of the AS-IS and TO-BE states. From our initial consultation it was clear we needed to probe the following areas;


-         Historic leadership style, action, and results

-         The current quality assurance culture

-         Corporate values, organizational vision, and com pany culture

-         Growth, transformation, and investment agendas

S-CAP Tools deployed

  • Operational Maturity Assessment
  • Cultural Assessment
  • Leadership Dynamics 

Mutually agreed Search approach

  • Critical success factors and desired future state outcomes
  • Competency matrix definition (Technical and Behavioural)
  • Designed bespoke evaluation assessment from S-CAP inputs
  • Value proposition creation to attract passive candidates.
  • Project plan the process, stakeholder accountability, and route to success


Research & Outreach

  • Mapped relevant industry manufacturers of comparable, complexity, and maturity.
  • Lens on service and maintenance business models
  • Scope encompassing R&D/ Service Engineering/Operations / Customer and suppliers
  • Learn what quality structures prospect organizations have - Design/ Manufacturing/ Supplier/ Customer
  • Burning platforms within Production and Design Quality
  • Conscious of Germanic language and cultural sensitivity to drive change
  • Highlighted specific “People of interest” and mutually agreed on NORTH STAR profile.
  • Solidified long list through a range of data-lead, industry-leading tools and headhunting techniques
  • Candidate universe defined – Commenced 4-tier confidential outreach, headhunt &evaluation campaign


Phase 1 – Value prop delivered – (Stress test)

Phase 2 – Exchange of information under NDA – (Stress test)

Phase 3 – Competency interview -  (Stress test)

Phase 4 – Behavioural assessment - including cultural fit, leadership style, personality, EQ/IQ

 Shortlist delivery of six candidates within the agreed timeframe accompanied by a detailed search report and SWOT analysis for each prospect against technical and behavioural competency matrix


The result came from the least expected industry/company. We thrive from creating lightbulb moments by showing our clients options outside of the box. Melium Consulting successfully identified and attracted a VP of Global Quality in line with the initial candidate profile and mutually agreed competencies,


-         Advisory and guidance to select focus three candidates

-         Melium provides client-side support to design and run the internal interview process

-         Commercial negotiation assistance to ensure a “right first-time” offer


The individual is the high-hand man for the CSCO, frequently interacting with other board members and the CEO to share the future strategy for Quality across the organisation within is growing substantially by acquisition and green field sites.

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