In search of a product leader who could take a v1.0 product and develop it into a robust solution.

The Search Statistics 

  1. Number of days to the first round of resumes: 14
  2. Number of candidates considered: 9
  3. Number of candidates interviewed: 8
  4. Number of business days to complete the search: 77


The Search

Mariner Partners engaged us to recruit a Product Management leader who could take what was a v1.0 product (in the energy management category and with 6 customers) and develop it into a robust solution. The ultimate goal of this position was to lead the Shift Energy business unit.


The Client 

Mariner Partners was founded in 2003 as a provider of innovation and enterprise-grade software solutions and services. Based in Atlantic Canada, they are privately held and Founder-led with 4 business units, including Shift Energy.


Search Requirements 

Our client was interested in a senior-level candidate with experience building an enterprise B2B SaaS business. The ideal candidate would have experience working in the energy management category; however, the client was willing to consider candidates outside of that subject matter.

They recognized the need to consider candidates who were business-oriented and capable of engaging with customers and partners while also building and leading the Product Management function.

Although they are based in New Brunswick, they were willing to hire the best possible candidate and interviewed candidates across Canada.


The Hire

This candidate has over 20 years of employment experience with 15 years in UX Design and Product Management. Experience with multiple product experiences including, B2B SaaS with enterprise applications and fintech and payments. Previously, scaled a product team from 5-25 people and was part of a company’s SLT, driving strategy, and go-to-market planning. A champion of Product Management best practices and an active speaker/participant in the product community.


"Both the depth and breadth of product talent Martyn Bassett Associates was able to present was fantastic. I was connected to professionals I would have never been able to find on my own." 

–– Shelley Wood, VP Human Resources

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Co-Founder/CEO, Strategyzer

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Roger Barlow
CEO & Co-Founder, Diversys

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Erin McLean
SVP, Marketing & Human Resources, Herjavec Group

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VP Marketing, Roadpost