Our Sherpas help you find your way

Like the guidance Tenzing Norgay gave Sir Edmund Hilary as he summited Everest, your dedicated Sherpa will support you as you climb and overcome your own Everest.

We start by recruiting highly commercial, top talent. Then we develop them in a three-week induction and training programme and support them with one day per month of continuous professional development. Sherpas are coached by our Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Glenn Elliott and a vibrant online Sherpa community enables them to share ideas and learnings so you get the best of a truly high performing team.

A Sherpa works directly for you, the CEO, at the heart of value creation to help you grow your business faster. Projects and priorities are decided on by you and your board – not us.

Real example projects include:

  • Leading on diligence and execution of a bolt on acquisition
  • Implementing customer success automation technology
  • Building data room and organising contract data in preparation for an exit from the Tenzing portfolio
  • Running the weekly management team meeting on behalf of the CEO
  • Taking ownership of the Credit Control team and implementing organisational and process improvements
  • Leading on and online partner development to bring in new  revenue streams
  • Increasing product up-sell by analysing customer and product data
  • Building a business plan for international expansion
  • Revamping internal technology and systems
  • Developing new pricing and subscription models
  • Vendor selection and procurement for new finance system
Richard is doing an amazing job driving discipline and execution into our expansion projects - both acquisition evaluation, partnerships and special projects. He added value from his first week. He has come down the learning curve incredibly quickly. A great find and thanks for running a great programme.”

Andy Monshaw
CEO at Ticketer

Meet the Sherpas

Highly commercial all-rounders, who we plug into your business to work by your side to help embed and execute new projects, and deliver strategic insights and recommendations, at your direction.

Sherpa at Ticketer
Richard is our Sherpa at Ticketer, where he is working on key growth opportunities. He loves working with teams to solve key business challenges.
Sherpa at Gravita
Simon is one of two Sherpas at Gravita and is leading a number of areas of their Finance Transformation.
Sherpa at MetaCompliance
Clare supports Meta’s CEO to drive growth and solidify the company’s position as the go-to solution for cybersecurity and awareness training across the whole of Europe.
Chief Commercial Officer at activpayroll
Anna started as a Sherpa and has now been promoted to be Chief Commercial Officer at activpayroll leading sales and marketing.
Sherpa-in-Residence
Min is a Sherpa-in-Residence whilst she waits to begin her next assignment. Previously, she’s worked alongside the C-Suite at Smoothwall & CitNOW.
Sherpa at Mandata
Clive works closely with Mandata’s CEO across several strategic projects, including completing a strategic review of its marketplace product offering and supporting the Directors on executing on growth opportunities.
CFO at The Mothership
As a member of the founding team, Obi leads the finance function and plays a key role in M&A diligence and execution as well as fundraising.
Sherpa at MPLC
Sayen is supporting the CEO through an exciting period driving top and bottom line growth.
CEO at MPLC
Rory joined MPLC as a Sherpa in Summer ’20 and became CEO in December ’21. He is leading the business through a period of change to improve efficiency, culture and drive growth.
Sherpa at activpayroll
Israel is honoured to be a Sherpa at activpayroll. He is the second Sherpa there following Anna Jackson who was promoted to be Chief Commercial Officer.
Sherpa at Gravita
Pauline is supporting the Gravita management team as they look to become the UK’s leading tech-enabled tax, audit, and advisory provider to entrepreneurs and SMEs.
“Obi has been an excellent addition to our management team. He's produced a great financial model and taken on all the complicated stuff surrounding stock valuations and international VAT compliance. He is getting a lot of value from the Sherpa programme and the training and development, so big thanks for all of that.”

Ben Fletcher
CEO at The Mothership

Become a Sherpa

Tenzing’s Sherpa Programme is a real accelerator to a career in PE-backed companies. Sherpas are MBA-level, whether by education or experience, and often have 2-3 years of consultancy experience followed by 3-7 years of experience in a PE-backed or VC- backed company.  We offer:

  • £130k starting package plus benefits on a permanent Tenzing contract
  • A 3-week induction programme with over 30 external presenters, 20 of them CEOs or former CEOs
  • A full day of continuous professional development every month
  • Monthly 1-2-1 and coaching with Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Glenn Elliott
  • Additionally a mentor from our Entrepreneurs Panel
  • Annual week long Sherpa Training Camp in Berlin, Germany, hosted by Glenn.
  • Membership of the Sherpa Cross-Portfolio Network to collaborate with your peers
  • Continuous training and support from our Subject Specialists
We open Sherpa recruitment once per year, normally around July / August and Glenn doesn’t interview outside of a recruitment process. 

In advance of our next recruitment window, you can read the full job advert here.
I love that my job is supporting the CEO to be as successful as possible, working closely with them on their high-priority, value creation projects. I feel incredibly lucky to be on the Sherpa programme – I couldn’t ask for a better mentor than Glenn, I have an amazing cohort of Sherpas to go on this journey with and I have access to so many inspiring and lovely individuals within the Growth Network."

Min-Hwee Lim
Sherpa at CitNOW