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Professional services firm, KPMG has successfully streamlined its entire recruitment process by embracing e-Recruitment technology and moving its recruitment process online. The details of this major project, from implementation to results will be shared in a keynote case study session at the forthcoming Softworld HR & Payroll event (6 – 7 February 2002, ExCeL, London).

The session will be led by Jackie Weston, Resourcing Manager at KPMG and will give visitors an end-user perspective of how the online technology was selected and implemented, as well as the benefits it has had for the organisation.

The system, entitled: ‘Global Successor’ is completely web-based and relies on supply chain principles. The key features of the system include:

· Automatic publication of vacancies to multiple sources (corporate intranet and website, recruitment agencies, job boards etc).
· Candidates (internal & external) can create a profile allowing the system to advise them automatically of suitable vacancies.
· Development and management of internal and external ‘Candidate Talent Pool’ which can be searched by internal ‘Headhunters’.
· On line interview scheduling by interviewers and candidates in the ‘interview zone’.
· On line testing (Skills, Psychometric etc) & ranking of candidates.
· Recruitment agency ‘Extranet’ allowing two-way communication, access to candidate progress, on line interview booking and offer processing.
· Real-time management reporting functionality, which provides
detailed cost analysis, supplier performance information and
facilitates continuous process improvement.

“GlobalSuccessor has revolutionised HR at KPMG, recruitment time has been slashed and we’ve seen a huge reduction in admin, allowing HR personnel to be able to spend more time focusing on the candidates – rather than all of the paperwork that goes with them. Our applicants have also noticed the benefits of the new streamlined process which has reduced waiting times for interviews and feedback” commented Weston.

The state-of-the-art system was developed for KPMG by software suppliers i-GRasp, after KPMG assessed a range of e-enabling projects. The installation took place in June 2000, and within two months a pilot scheme had been set up in the North of England. It went national earlier this year. Training the 150 HR staff took a day and a half each, and the 450 line managers involved had two hours of training.

“In this keynote session we will show visitors how we got from the implementation process to the point of going live, the UK communication strategy for the roll out of the system, both internally and externally and a look at the benefits versus the cost of the project” Weston continued.

The case study keynote sessions are a new feature for the 2002 educational programme, with one HR and one payroll-specific session taking place each day. Graeme Howe, Deputy Managing Director at event organiser Imark Communications said: “The main aim of the Softworld educational programme is to offer information and advice to visitors, no matter what stage of the buying cycle they are at. By introducing case study based sessions we hope to offer visitors a chance to learn from real-life working examples, so that they can learn which potential pitfalls to look out for and try to avoid them.”

Masterclasses are free to attend and the KPMG session will take place on day 1 (6th February 2002) at 11.30 am. For more information or to pre-register for the event, please visit: or telephone: 07000 763 896.

Notes to Editor
1. Imark Communications (Europe) is a B2B media company which specialises in producing highly focused trade exhibitions for the information technology and telecommunications industries.
Imark’s differential is its intellectual approach to interactive marketing. All Imark events have a high degree of educational content – developed by Imark’s conference producers in consultation with leading industry analysts and consultancy firms, such as Andersen, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG Consulting. This makes attending an Imark event a highly productive experience for both exhibitors and visitors alike.

Software and e-Business events for professional business communities.
o Softworld Accounting & Finance (March & October)
o Softworld HR & Payroll (Feb and October)
o Softworld Supply Chain (March)
o Softworld Enterprise Application Integration (October)
o Softworld Customer Supplier Technology (October)

2. Imark is owned by VNU Business Media Europe – one of the world’s leading media and information companies. Its core activities are marketing and media information, business information and directories. VNU is active in more than 100 countries, spread across all continents. The company employs over 35,000 people and has annual revenues of approximately EUR 4 billion.

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