Hey, @Andrew McCutchen132 congrats on starting this journey. It's a game changer.
Your starting point for the A/C is that you have three major functions: sales/mktg, ops, and finance/admin.
It's very common for some of these functions to be split into multiple boxes -- sales/mktg can turn into a sales seat and a marketing seat, finance/admin is often split into several, and in cases like yours where you have distinct lines of business the ops seat can be split (into engineering services, contract manufacturing, and staffing).
So splitting seats is very common, but combining the distinct functions into a single seat is not something I've ever heard of. I think the pure EOS protocol is to leave the seats separate and maybe you'll have someone dual-hatted.
A couple tips:
- One person can sit in multiple seats. So it's possible that your best sales leader is also the right leader for another function. Dual-hatting is really common especially for companies just starting out with EOS.
- Use your bullets as a sanity check.
- If you can't summarize a role in about five bullets, you're probably looking at multiple seats (or you're creating a job description rather than an A/C).
- If the bullets don't naturally lump together, you're probably better off to list them as multiple seats.
Remember you have to think STRUCTURE not PEOPLE. To do this effectively, everyone in the room has to detach themselves from their ego and their current role. Start off the exercise by adopting the mindset of a consultant who is fluent in EOS and also an expert on your industry and offering. No one has a role -- create the structure and then hire the right people into the roles.
Hopefully the implementers on the board will also weigh in. Happy to help further if I can.