Lead consultant: Adrienne Howlett
Division: Food & Drink Manufacturing

 

About them…

Pumpkin Tree Organics is on a mission to provide 100% organic snacks for children that are 100% healthy and always taste 100% delicious. 

Their snacks include Fruit and Veggie pouches as well as SUPER Oats & Seeds pouches – all with natural ingredients, gluten and BPA free.

What did they need? 

PT Organics had a Supply Planner based in their San Francisco office who decided to move onto pastures new. This provided them with the opportunity to open a candidate pool to include both the US and the UK, specifically the Norfolk area where their UK HQ is based. 

The directors wanted their new Supply Planner to be able to get involved in strategic planning as well as day to day responsibilities. Culture, attitude and work-ethic would also be fundamental in the selection process. 

Finally, due to the locations of some of their sites throughout the US, their new hire would have needed to be open to working flexible hours. 

What did we do? 

PT Organic’s Director, Amanda Pead, had previously worked with our co-founder Charlotte Cooper therefore, when this role became available, she reached out to our current Food Manufacturing team. Our Food Manufacturing team leader, Adrienne Howlett, arranged to meet with Amanda to fully understand the processes and to gather as much information about the role as possible to feedback to her team based at our HQ in Bury St Edmunds. 

Amanda made us aware that another recruitment consultancy in San Francisco would also be sourcing potential candidates and an agreement was made between us to be entirely open and honest about our progress. 

We agreed on a timescale with PT Organics as well as a 4-stage interview process to ensure that the candidate could understand the business from different viewpoints and allow PT Organics to make the right decision.

We then sourced high-quality candidates and provided the selected profiles to Amanda by our agreed deadline. This included a broad range of people to show them what they could expect from the local market with regards to experience and salary expectations. We then briefed and interviewed each candidate before they met with Amanda. 

Our team managed the offer stage throughout including pre-closing candidates to help streamline the process from both sides. It was important for PT Organics to be open with each of the candidates about their decisions and we supported this by passing on their honest feedback. 

We are delighted that the successful candidate has settled well into the business and is delivering the same high standards that PT Organics have set for themselves. 

What they said... 

"We have worked successfully with Cooper Lomaz on many occasions in the past but this role was a little different in that we were open to candidates from both the UK and USA. Also working with a recruiter in America; not every agency would be flexible enough to manage that. 

From the start Adrienne took the time to listen carefully to our requirements, really understand the role and business and together we agreed on a project plan and timelines, which I am delighted to say we kept to. 

Adrienne and her team were excellent at keeping in touch with us, providing feedback and supporting the candidates throughout. Overall a very successful and stress-free project. 

Thank you, Adrienne and the Cooper Lomaz team for your expertise, professionalism and support."