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How to Hire for Fast-Growth Companies

Philip Green
Former CFO at Deliveroo & Finance Director, EMEA, Amazon

Learning outcomes

  • The importance of optimising hiring for great people rather than for specific roles

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Philip Green

Former CFO at Deliveroo & Finance Director, EMEA, Amazon

Philip Green spent almost eight years at Amazon, culminating with the role of Finance Director of EU operations. He then took on the role of CFO at Groupon, followed by the role of CFO of Deliveroo. He currently is Director and CFO of theatre and entertainment producer Jamie Hendry Productions, as well as CFO of robotics and AR gaming business Reach Robotics, and advisor to several high-tech digital start-ups.Read more

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That’s really interesting. Hiring for fast growth — how do you get that right?

Absolutely, people first, not roles. Find good people, and they’ll figure out their role in the organisation. It’s one of those things where if you’re in high growth, you don’t exactly know how things are going to play out. But what you do need is good people, so go get the good people first, and they’ll figure out what to do.

If you’re drawing lines on organisation charts, you can have the most perfect lines, but if you don’t have the right people, you’re not going to be successful anyway. Whereas you could have no organisation chart, but if you have the right people, you’ll probably be okay.

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