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VP of Sales, Artificial Intelligence Company in San Francisco

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a growing sector and there have been many executive placements recently. For this search, we were asked to consider specifically a VP of Sales for an early stage AI company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our analysis uncovered 386 projects performed by 17 firms that do this type of work. From that data, we were able to surface an Outperformer who stood out. Let’s take a look at how they compared to the industry averages.

Placement Rate

vpsales_earlystageai_pr-1The average PR for this particular type of search is 83%, which is above the overall average. However, the Clockwork Network recommended search firm has a track record of making a placement every time. Their PR is a perfect 100%, truly an Outperformer.

Days to Placement

vpsales_earlystageai_dtpThe average DTP for this particular type of search is 123 days, which is in line with typical executive roles. The Clockwork Network Outperformer has a DTP of 102 days, three weeks faster! Combined with the perfect PR, they're the best firm for this specific search.

CMO, Consumer Apparel Company in Chicago

A CMO at a consumer apparel company in Chicago is a very specific role and one could imagine finding the right person would be a challenge. Our analysis uncovered 92 projects across 23 firms that do this type of search work. Let’s take a look at the data and see how well the Outperformer does at this type of search.

Placement Rate

cmo_consumerapparel_prThe average PR for this particular type of search is a very low 64%. More that one third of these searches fail to place a candidate! In contrast, the Clockwork Network recommended search firm for this analysis had a PR of 83%. They're the best search firm to use to beat the odds for this type of search.

Days to Placement

cmo_consumerapparel_dtpThe average DTP for this particular type of search is 131 days. This length is a bit longer than typical executive searches. Indeed, the low PR and longer DTP indicates this type of search is a difficult one. The Clockwork Network Outperformer for this search has a DTP of 115 days, placing candidates 16 days faster on average. 

VP of Engineering, IoT Company in San Francisco

Not surprisingly, placing engineering talent in the San Francisco Bay Area is very challenging. Layer on finding an executive in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) industry and the challenge becomes exceptionally difficult. Our analysis uncovered 80 projects performed by 13 firms that do this type of work. From that data, we were able to surface an Outperformer whose performance stood out. Let’s take a look at how they compared to the industry averages.

Placement Rate

vpengineering_iot_prThe average PR for this particular type of search is a terribly low 42%. More than half of the time, these searches fail to place a candidate! This PR is by far one of the lowest we've seen and demonstrates the challenge in filling this type of role. In contrast, the Clockwork Network recommended search firm for this analysis had a PR of 88%, truly an Outperformer.

Days to Placement

vpengineering_iot_dtpThe average DTP for this particular type of search is 126 days. This length is in line with typical executive roles. The Clockwork Network Outperformer places 11 days faster on average, but the clear driver to success for this type of search is the placement rate.

CEO, Consumer Apparel Company in Los Angeles

The CEO is such a crucial hire for companies. It can represent an investment in the future performance of the company. The PR and DTP can greatly influence the time-to-value for that investment. For this specific analysis, we looked at firms that could place a CEO at a consumer apparel company in Los Angeles. We found 88 projects performed by 7 firms that do this type of work. Let’s take a look at the data.

Placement Rate

ceo_consumerapparel_prThe average PR for this particular type of search is 73%, in line with typical executive searches. In contrast, the Clockwork Network recommended search firm consistently places for this type of search every time. They had a PR of 100%, truly an Outperformer.

Days to Placement

ceo_consumerapparel_dtpThe average DTP for this particular type of search is whooping 178 days! This DTP is nearly 2 months longer than what we typically see for executive searches. Fortunately, the Clockwork Network Outperformer places 20 days faster on average, with a DTP of 158 days. Knowing in advance that this search will run long is a big help with planning and forecasting a company's success.

VP of Marketing, B2B SaaS Company in Boston

There are a number of good VPs of Marketing out there, and many have experience at B2B SaaS companies. But the Boston executive market is unique and combining all of these factors makes for a very specific search. They analysis uncovered 83 projects performed across 19 firms that specifically do this type of search work. Let's take a look at the performance results.

Placement Rate

vpmarketing_b2bsaas_prThe average PR for this particular type of search is 72%, which is in line with the overall industry average of 71%. The Clockwork Network recommended search firm for this analysis consistently outperformed the other firms with a PR of 86%.

Days to Placement

vpmarketing_b2bsaas_dtpWe found that this type of search tends to run long with an average DTP of 147 days. In contrast, the Clockwork Network Outperformer here places in 121 days on average—nearly 4 weeks faster. Getting a key hire in place faster can be a big advantage by providing value sooner.

CFO, Consumer Apparel Company in Chicago

This search project analysis is different than many of the others in every criteria: seniority, department, industry, and location. It shows the breadth of the Clockwork Network data set. Our analysis uncovered 75 projects performed across 23 firms that specifically do this type of search work. Let's take a look at the performance results.

Placement Rate

cfo_consumerapparel_prFinance roles often have some of the highest placement rates. The average PR for this particular type of search is 94%. It's not surprising that the Clockwork Network recommended search firm for this analysis has a flawless record with a PR of 100%.

Days to Placement

cfo_consumerapparel_dtpWhere this recommendation becomes interesting is with the DTP. We found that this type of search tends to run very long with an average DTP of 150 days. In contrast, the Clockwork Network Outperformer here places in a staggering 87 day average. That's a 2 month differential and represents a huge opportunity to start realizing value from a key hire much sooner.

VP of Sales, Consumer Internet Company in San Francisco

As one might expect, the VP of Sales talent pool in San Francisco is quite large. However, this search was specifically for a consumer Internet company and that detail makes it a challenging one. The Clockwork Network data set included 56 search projects across 22 firms for this specific type of work. Let's take a look at the performance results.

Placement Rate

vpsales_consumerinternet_prAs you can see, the PR for this specific search is a very low 57%. It's crucial for this search to find a firm that understands the specific  industry sector. The Clockwork Network recommended search firm does, and has consistently placed for this type of role every time, for a flawless PR of 100%. The are, without a doubt, an Outperformer for this type of search.

Days to Placement

vpsales_consumerinternet_dtp We found that this type of search tends to run a bit longer than the overall average with a DTP of 132 days. In contrast, the Clockwork Network Outperformer here places in 116 days on average. That's 2 weeks faster, but the real advantage here is the PR.

VP of Marketing, CPG Manufacturing Company in Philadelphia

This search project analysis is different than many of the others in every criteria: seniority, department, industry, and location. It shows the breadth of the Clockwork Network data set. Our analysis uncovered 28 projects performed across 7 firms that specifically do this type of search work. Let's take a look at the performance results.

Placement Rate

vpmarketing_cpgmanufacturing_prThe average PR for this particular type of search is 83%, which is better than the overall average. the Clockwork Network recommended search firm for this analysis does even better and has a flawless record with a PR of 100%.

Days to Placement

vpmarketing_cpgmanufacturing_dtpWe found that this type of search typically takes 123 days, in line with the overall average. In contrast, the Clockwork Network Outperformer here places in 102 days on average, 2 weeks faster.

VP of Engineering, Tech Manufacturing Company in San Francisco

Not surprisingly, placing engineering talent in the San Francisco Bay Area is very challenging. For this search, we're looking at a VP of Engineering for a tech manufacturing company. Our analysis uncovered 33 projects performed by 8 firms that do this type of work. From that data, we were able to surface an Outperformer. Let’s take a look at how they compared to the industry averages.

Placement Rate

vpengineering_techmanufacturing_prThe average PR for this particular type of search is a low 65%. About one third of the time, these searches fail to place a candidate! This PR demonstrates the challenge in filling this type of role. In contrast, the Clockwork Network recommended search firm consistently places for this type of search every time with a flawless PR of 100%, truly an Outperformer.

Days to Placement

vpengineering_techmanufacturing_dtpEven more interesting here is the DTP. The average DTP for this particular type of search is an incredibly long 175 days. The Clockwork Network Outperformer places in 106 days on average, saving over 2 months! Choosing the wrong search firm for this type of search definitely has a big risk of failure.

CMO, Internet Software Company in San Francisco

A CMO search for an Internet software company in the San Francisco Bay Area sounds straightforward with a healthy talent pool. Let's take a look at what the data shows. Our analysis uncovered 99 projects performed by 12 firms that do this type of work.

Placement Rate

cmo_internetsoftware_prThe average PR for this particular type of search is 83%, above the overall average, showing that this type of search is indeed relatively 'easy'. The recommended search firm for this analysis had a PR of 89%. Likewise, there is a spread with some of the firms fall below average. Even for relatively 'easy' searches, the Clockwork Network approach to selecting a retained search firm still provides value by increasing your odds of success. 

Days to Placement

cmo_internetsoftware_dtpThe average DTP for this particular type of search is 123 days, spot on with the overall average. The Clockwork Network Outperformer places in 110 days on average, nearly two weeks faster. Again we see the value of the Clockwork Network analysis even for a relatively popular search.

VP of Finance, CPG Manufacturing Company in Philadelphia

Finance roles often have high placement rates but take longer than average to place. For this search project analysis we looked at a VP of Finance placement at a CPG manufacturing company in Philadelphia. Our analysis uncovered 25 projects performed across 9 firms that specifically do this type of search work. Let's take a look at the performance results.

Placement Rate

vpfinance_cpgmanufacturing_prInterestingly, the average PR for this specific criteria of 75% is not as high as most finance roles. This effect is likely due to unique factors in play in this industry or region, which underscores the need to find a search firm that excels in this area. The Clockwork Network approach uncovers such a search firm, the recommended search firm for this analysis has a flawless record with a PR of 100%.

Days to Placement

vpfinance_cpgmanufacturing_dtpAs expected, we see that these searches typically take a long time to place, coming in with a DTP of 132 days. In contrast, the Clockwork Network Outperformer here places in 110 days on average. That's a 2 month differential and represents a huge opportunity to start realizing value from a key hire much sooner.

VP of Operations, Manufacturing Company in San Francisco

In this search project analysis we're looking for a VP of Operations for a manufacturing company in the San Francisco Bay area. The Clockwork Network analysis uncovered 26 projects performed across 11 firms that specifically do this type of search work. Let's take a look at the performance results.

Placement Rate

vpoperations_manufacturing_prThis particular type of search has a placement rate of 64%. Despite the healthy talent pool in San Francisco, the uniqueness of operations at a manufacturing company makes this search changing. The Clockwork Network recommended search firm for this analysis has a flawless record with a PR of 100%, a true outperformer.

Days to Placement

vpoperations_manufacturing_dtpFurther evidence of the challenge with this search is a very long DTP of 184 days. In contrast, the Clockwork Network Outperformer here places in 130 days on average. That's nearly a 2 month difference and represents a huge opportunity to start realizing value from a key hire much sooner.

SVP of Product, Software Company in San Diego

This search is particularly interesting for two reasons. First, San Diego is a smaller, more specific market for software and second, the role is specifically at the Senior Vice President level. The Clockwork Network has it covered, we found 39 projects performed across 19 firms that specifically do this type of search work. Let's take a look at the performance results.

Placement Rate

svpproductmgr_software_prThis particular type of search has a placement rate of 73%, in line with overall averages. The Clockwork Network recommended search firm for this analysis comes in with a solid PR of 86%.

Days to Placement

svpproductmgr_software_dtpWhere this unique seniority and location impact the search project performance is with DTP. This type of search on average runs long at 141 days. And the DTP is where this Clockwork Network Outperformer shines. They consistently place much faster with an average DTP of 82 days. That's a 2 month difference and represents a huge opportunity to start realizing value from a key hire much sooner.

VP of Sales, Retail Company in Miami

Here is another unique search, a VP of Sales for a retail company in Miami. The Clockwork Network has it covered, we found 40 projects performed across 12 firms that specifically do this type of search work. Let's take a look at the performance results.

Placement Rate

vpsales_retail_prThe graph is correct, the PR for this type of search is 50%. Half of the time these searches fail!  The Clockwork Network recommended search firm for this analysis has consistently placed with a flawless  PR of 100%.

Days to Placement

vpsales_retail_dtpAlong with a poor PR, this type of search typically runs long with an average DTP of 182 days! This combination of low PR and long DTP is one of the worst we have seen, underscoring the difficulty of this type of search and the importance of finding a firm who excels at it. The Clockwork Network Outperformer for this search consistently places much faster with an average DTP of 125 days. That's nearly a 2 month difference and represents a huge opportunity to start realizing value from a key hire much sooner.

VP of Engineering, Internet Software Company in San Francisco

A VP of Engineering at an Internet software company is a popular role in San Francisco with a strong talent pool. The Clockwork Network analysis found 50 projects for this specific criteria across 6 firms. Let's take a look at the performance results.

Placement Rate

vpengineering_internetsoftware_prThis particular type of search has a placement rate of 73%, in line with overall averages. The Clockwork Network recommended search firm for this analysis comes in with a flawless PR of 100%.

Days to Placement

vpengineering_internetsoftware_dtpThis type of search on average takes 129 days to place a candidate, also in line with overall averages. The Clockwork Network Outperformer for this type of search consistently places nearly two weeks faster with an average DTP of 117 days. While this type of search is fairly common, there still is significant benefit from choosing a search firm based on performance data with the Clockwork Network.

VP of Marketing, Ed Tech Company in Boston

Education Technology has been a hot field the past few years and Boston has been a hub for that activity. For this search, we looked at the VP of Marketing role in this industry and location. The Clockwork Network found 29 projects performed across 10 firms that specifically do this type of search work. Let's take a look at the performance results.

Placement Rate

vpmarketing_edtech_prThe strength of the talent pool in Boston, in this industry, shines here with search firms placing a candidate 89% of the time on average. Not surprisingly, the Clockwork Network recommended search firm for this analysis comes in with a flawless PR of 100%.

Days to Placement

vpmarketing_edtech_dtpThe difference here that separates the best search firms from the rest is the speed at which they place. The average DTP for this type of search takes 127 days. The Clockwork Network recommended search firm consistently places in only 65 days! That's a 2 month difference and represents a huge opportunity to start realizing value from a key hire much sooner.

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