Executive recruitment, London UK

UK Retail Bank

This major financial company was transforming its procurement function and, as a result, identified the need to hire 15 procurement professionals (2 Directors, 5 Category Managers and 8 Category Buyers) across two locations (one in North and one in Scotland).

Bennell Associates designed and delivered an end-to-end programme which included advertising in National Press and on specific internet job boards and networking and sourcing candidates via a process of referral and recommendation.

The candidate pool numbered 365 individuals and a database was built in order to track and manage individuals progress.

Initial candidate screening included personality assessment and detailed competency based interviews, before selected candidates were assessed at client sites over five assessment events (which included case study, interview, ability tests and discussion).

The first assessment event was held less than 5 weeks after the date of publication of the first advert with 90% of hired candidates joining within a three month period. Three out of every five candidates assessed were offered roles within the organisation and via careful candidate management only 3 candidates rejected offers. Bennell Associates went on to identify further individuals as replacements.

Bennell Associates managed the entire front end of the project; developing (in collaboration with media partners) an advertising campaign that would attract the correct calibre of individual and reach optimum numbers. Candidates were interviewed against client competency framework and first stage interview was aligned to the assessment phase. Personality profiling was handled by Bennell Associates.

Candidate travel and accommodation for assessment was also taken care of, as was the delivery of detailed individual feedback to each and every candidate regardless of success.

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