In recent years, the automotive industry has turned towards connected car technology, electric mobility and autonomous driving in order to maintain a secure position in international markets. To make this happen, Research & Development divisions of some suppliers and OEMs are being increasingly subsidised. Our client, a renowned strategy consultancy with over 10,000 employees worldwide, has been looking at ways to significantly grow its Automotive Research & Development division.
Industry based candidates in addition to candidates from the consulting environment were included in an upfront mapping exercise. From looking deeper into the intellectual property within the R&D department, it was decided this approach would give the client the advantage of a comprehensive knowledge apparatus – from shop floor to top floor. psd sector specialist consultants quickly generated a market overview including a strong shortlist of candidates which were sourced through our global network.
From a detailed brief, face-to-face interviews were conducted with the 10 strongest candidates. In addition to technical expertise, cultural fit was evaluated as it is a vital component in the consulting business. Industrial candidates also underwent a detailed and critical assessment to determine suitability for consulting, which included discussions around moving across sectors and changing work environments. Thorough referencing was also conducted and is a key component of the psd search process.
Four weeks after the assignment briefing, interviews with all shortlisted candidates were carried out at the client’s firm and resulted in not only one, but several placements. The combination of new industry and consulting hires enabled our client to act with more credibility during lead generation and in a very short time aided a fast growth in the practice group.
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