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International IT provider Steria contracts UK recruitment to Ochre House

International IT services provider, Steria, has selected the rapidly expanding recruitment outsourcing specialist Ochre House to manage all permanent recruitment for its divisions and companies within the UK. Under the three year contract, Ochre House will be responsible for sourcing around 300 roles per annum in a wide range of professional services areas from SAP consultants, project managers and practice heads to technical architects and analysts to legal and finance staff and new graduates. Ochre House will also provide consultancy services aimed at maximising the effectiveness of all Steria’s ‘talent management’ processes.

When Steria acquired the UK technology company, Xansa, in October 2007 the two established recruitment processes needed to be combined into one. “The new combined UK business at Steria had legacy suppliers which had been in place for some time” says Jean Hopkins HR Director for Steria in the UK. “It was a great opportunity to look carefully at what processes and strategies we needed to implement in order to attract and employ the best talent for our businesses.”

“We looked carefully across the industry for a recruitment partner that really understands our business,” she continues. “In the end we were unanimous in our decision because Ochre House demonstrated that they could deliver exactly what we needed and we, quite simply, liked their approach, which seemed based on looking at what we wanted rather than what they had to offer, they really understood what it meant to be a Steria person.”

“Steria put us through a very exacting procedure where we had to prove ourselves every bit as much as if we had come to the table without any previous history,” says Ochre House director, Sue Brooks. “What marked their team out as experienced evaluators was the way they went beyond the formal process and technical data to really get to know us as people. By constantly pushing us, putting us under pressure and getting away from obvious lines of questions, I think they got a much clearer picture of what they were buying than if they had kept things strictly formal as some potential clients do. When you are dealing with serious players in the RPO arena, it’s often not the technical or price issues that shape the buying decision, it’s the ‘intangible’ element – the feeling that you are going to be able to be more comfortable working with one supplier than any of the other parties involved.”

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About Steria: www.steria.com

The leading end-to-end IT services provider in Europe for companies which consider new technologies a vital part of their business strategy, Steria focuses on setting up strategic partnerships with its customers in each of its key markets: the public sector, finance, telecommunications, utilities and transport. Steria offers customers integrated services including consulting in core business processes as well as the development and operation of their information systems. In October 2007, Steria acquired the British firm Xansa. The new group employs over 19,000 staff in 16 countries, including 5,000 in India. On December 31, 2007, Steria revenue amounted to €1.4 billion (€1.9 billion pro forma). The Group, headquartered in Paris, is listed on the Euronext Paris market.

About Ochre House: www.ochrehouse.com

Ochre House is a leading recruitment process outsourcing provider and talent management consultancy, which works with major companies across the EMEA region.

Sam Woodward
BlueSky PR
Tel: 0845 130 8290
Email: sam@bluesky-pr.net
www.bluesky-pr.net

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