Mapping and Insights Case Study: Talent Mapping senior Pensions talent for a global fashion retailer

The Problem
Our global fashion client required a Talent Mapping solution to support the recruitment of a Pensions Director and wanted to gain an insightful view of UK candidate market for this skill. Whilst technical fit was important our client was keen to ensure that cultural fit featured heavily in the applicants, as such they wanted to engage with candidates earlier in the process than usually conducted with the use of external partners.

What We Did
We conducted talent mapping of the senior Pensions professionals market with particular focus to organisations with a similar value-led culture to that of our customer. 128 candidates were identified and assessed through telephone and face to face engagement in order to present a high quality shortlist to our client. Acting as an extension of our clients business we were able to promote the business and opportunity with full exposure, enabling us to present the potential candidates with the information required to determine their expression of interest or reluctance to progress.

The Outcome
Within 2 weeks our client received a detailed mapping report comprising of 11 shortlisted candidates and other profiles of individuals who either declined interest or failed to make the final shortlist. The provision of information beyond the shortlisted candidates ensured that our client gained a broader view of the market than traditional search partners had delivered. Technical, Competency and Value responses to key questions for shortlisted candidates enabled the ranking of these in order of best fit helping the client to prioritise the order of engagement. Our client was able to conduct its market insight for just a third of the cost of the use of a head-hunter.

The depth and quality of insight provided by Cogito to assist our search for a Pensions Director has been exceptional. Their ability to understand not only the skill but type of person we needed gave us full confidence that they were the right partner. The standard of shortlisted candidates was of the highest standard and we look forward to engaging them on future mapping projectsHead of Recruitment


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