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Contract wins 23.11.17


Poole-based TeamJobs has placed 200 new staff at one of the region’s fastest growing companies.

The multi-award winning BOFA International Ltd, based at Creekmoor Industrial Estate in Poole, is a world leader in its field, producing fume extraction systems for the laser, automotive electronics, printing, pharmaceutical and dental industries.

In this, its 30th year of trading, it was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation for its Intelligent (iQ) Operating System. This follows the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Export Trade, which it won in 2012.

During the last 18 months TeamJobs has placed 200 people at BOFA, in positions ranging from assembly/wiring to sheet metal workers and office staff including purchasing and credit control. This has helped BOFA continue its rapid expansion. 

Paul Hine, operations manager, explained, “BOFA is unrivalled in the fume extraction industry with over 90 per cent of our sales made internationally, in over 100 countries.

“We operate 48,000sq.ft of factory space across four buildings at Creekmoor, as well as running our American subsidiary sites in Illinois and Hamburg.

“And we continue to grow at a rapid rate. This year we have opened offices and warehousing in Germany, with further expansion planned for Poole in 2018.

“Central to our current and continued growth of course is sourcing the right staff, in all areas of our business, from the warehouse and shop floor to sales - and that is where TeamJobs is frankly excelling for us.”

TeamJobs industrial consultant, Yasmin Cottrell, said, “TeamJobs has partnered with BOFA since 2014, providing local market intelligence and our network of quality temporary and permanent staff to support this growing local business.

“BOFA currently employs 240 people in Poole and with TeamJobs’ help this is set to grow further in 2018

“It’s hugely satisfying to be helping one of Dorset’s leading companies to blaze a trail in the world market and also to be providing a high number of mainly local candidates with such rewarding careers.”

TeamJobs - Dorset Company of the Year 2015 – has doubled its Industrial division targets in the last 18 months.

TeamJobs industrial manager, Vicki Reeks, explained, “In 2016 we expanded our team and this has resulted in a phenomenal period for both our Industrial and commercial divisions sourcing contract and temporary staff as well as permanent production and factory staff.

“We will continue to grow this area of our business significantly in 2017/18.”


NRG has been chosen to partner with the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) to recruit senior executives.

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) is a forward-thinking, innovative organisation with a wide portfolio of services and purpose to support a better NHS. It is passionate about making a difference in the wider healthcare system and having a positive impact on society as a whole, through driving change and influencing patients, customers, partners and other stakeholders. 

The newly formed leadership team, led by chief executive, Alistair McDonald, operates a business model that will collaborate more with clients and reduce bureaucracy throughout the NHS to enable it to concentrate on providing excellent patient care. With challenging targets, the organisation encourages an open and honest approach, which empowers individuals to make decisions and take responsibility. 

McDonald is looking for two executive directors to share this vision and help lead the business into the future.

The executive search team at NRG are working with NHSBSA on their journey of change.  Scot McHarg, executive managing consultant is leading the search and selection for two strategic roles; director of strategy, business development and a director of finance & commercial services. Both posts will work closely with the new Leadership Team and Board, to help deliver strategic goals and ambitions of NHSBSA and secure their position as the delivery partner of choice for the NHS.

McDonald commented, “We have an exciting future ahead of us and we are keen to find ambitious candidates who are like us, are passionate about making a difference.”

With offices and processing centres around the UK, Newcastle upon Tyne is home to the NHSBSA’s Head Office and is proud to be attracting talent to work in the North East Region.

Therese Liddle, CEO of NRG, added, “The strength of our knowledge in the North East recruitment market and experience in working with highly legislative, regulated sectors was attractive to NHBSA.  Our desire to develop a deep understanding of their business culture and ambitions was key. We’re excited to be working with such an influential business.” 

InterQuest Group

Merton Council were in the process of implementing the finance module of Mosaic within Adults and Children’s services using a combination of in-house and temporary resources. The Council soon realised they needed the assistance of an organisation to take ownership and transition Merton into a position for go-live. InterQuest Group, in partnership with BetterGov, were awarded the contract in October 2016 and mobilised an initial seven person strong implementation team, each specialists within their own field of Mosaic.

A go-live date was agreed within six weeks of commencing, in line with the ambitious timescales Merton required, under the advice that it was critical for Adults/Children's and Finance to be live before the start of the new financial year. Coupled with a number of varying implementation challenges faced, this  left limited time for the team to ensure the successful completion of all the  business critical tasks, such as; interfacing, purchasing and payments, training, knowledge transfer, data migration, business process analysis, configuration and reporting.

Additionally, the children’s services process, purchasing and payment areas were not well defined and required a full review. As with many other legacy sites moving to Mosaic, the existing social care application, OLM CareFirst, was not utilising workflow functionality and therefore business processes, particularly around Children's Finance, were difficult to determine. Amongst other challenges, Merton introduced a new finance system (Cedar e5) at the same time as Mosaic which created another significant dependency that needed to be managed for interface and payments/income testing and signoff.

The implementation was successfully delivered at the scheduled go-live date agreed, which including the team achieving some very early successes, such as; end-to-end Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Commitments issues, which were previously outstanding for several months.

Business system manager at Merton Council said, “The team’s extensive knowledge of social care finance, and skill in the Mosaic system, enabled Merton Council to move to a go live position fast. They were flexible, and worked with the needs of the business to deliver an end to end financial system solution.” 

Vacancy Filler

Redington has selected Vacancy Filler’s online recruitment system to help it improve the efficiency of its recruitment process, particularly for new graduates, and also make it easier for candidates to apply.

Prior to taking the system, the company was managing candidate applications - over 1000 each year - through a combination of Hubspot and Excel.  This was time-consuming and labour-intensive, so the company decided to find a more efficient way to manage applications, and at the same time, improve its recruitment analytics capability.

The company is expanding rapidly, and currently recruits around 10-15 new graduates and interns each year, largely for its client servicing departments. Redington needed a method of quickly finding graduate applicants with good numeracy and analytical skills as well as a passion for the industry. The company also recruits experienced hires, with fewer applications for each vacancy, but it was proving a challenge to share interview notes and track candidates during the various stages of the selection process.  In addition, the company has a return-ship programme, aimed at attracting applicants back to work from under-represented groups, as well as a growing number of apprenticeships.

Susan Stevens, HR project manager, said, “The system does everything we need it to do at an affordable price and the Vacancy Filler team is quick and responsive. The way Vacancy Filler will integrate with our website and branding is particularly good and very helpful for candidates.   We will be able to analyse recruitment data very easily and the system will help us create recruitment campaigns that help us spread our recruitment net more widely than before.

 “We hope to be able to drastically reduce the administrative workload, and manage candidate applications much better by making effective use of the system’s collaborative assessment/scoring capabilities. We’ll probably add further modules once the recruitment part is bedded in, including the onboarding function.”


Randstad Germany has chosen Connexys by Bullhorn as the recruitment software partner to support its future growth strategy.

Randstad Germany will use Connexys by Bullhorn, built on Salesforce’s platform, to optimise the speed and quality of its consulting services. In cooperation with its partner ecosystem, Connexys provides a solution which allows for a high degree of flexibility and facilitates a growth strategy that will enable Randstad to meet the evolving needs of its customers, candidates and employees.

Michael Eckhardt, director of IT at Randstad, said, “Our aim was to create a well-aligned, efficient and digitalised service, while giving our staff more time to focus on strategic tasks. As Connexys has a strong vision based on leading technology, we expect to be able to provide an even more professional candidate, employee and customer experience. We know which qualifications companies are looking for and we always want to be one step ahead.

“Randstad Germany’s objective was reaching a high level of transparency and alignment within the organisation,” he adds. “Connexys offers access to all data anywhere and at any time, frictionless integration of various interfaces and, furthermore, a self-explanatory, transparent handling.”

Bullhorn international executive vice president, corporate development and international, Peter Linas, commented, “Bullhorn is excited to team up with Randstad Germany and support its aggressive growth initiatives. This partnership expands Bullhorn’s relationship with Randstad around the globe and reflects our commitment to providing flexible solutions to the world’s largest recruitment enterprises.”

Ruud Claasz Coockson, regional sales director DACH at Bullhorn, added, “We are able to support Randstad Germany thanks to the great cooperation across our ecosystem partners, Salesforce, and in-market German Personnel, and we’re looking forward to partnering with Randstad as they achieve their strategic growth objectives.”

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