Follow the Leader

Carter Holt Harvey is hunting for leaders. As part of its strategy it has streamlined its recruitment process and reduced the number of headhunters it uses from 60 to eight.

“It is no longer enough to just find the most qualified person,” says Heather Miles, chief executive of CHH’s subsidiary, Mariner 7. “An employee with the right attitude and vision adds more to the value of the company.”

Miles says the company was “spreading itself thin on the ground” by using 60 recruitment agencies and reducing the number to eight gave more focus to the recruiting process and “saves us money”, she added.

CHH has chosen agencies that “have high fit with the company’s culture”, know the business and which will “bring strategic insights” to its HR and line managers. According to Miles it was also important that the agencies understood the employment market on both sides of the Tasman.

The company’s preferred suppliers are:
* TMP Worldwide eResources
* Robert Walters
* Spherion Recruitment Solutions
* Momentum Consulting Group
* OCG Consulting
* Wallace Recruitment Group
* Tanner Menzies
* Lyncroft Consulting Group.

“We are committed to building leadership capability within the group,” says CHH chief operating officer Don Matthews. “Excellent leaders are necessary to drive our costs down, manage change, generate new ideas, build new products and services and expand into new territories.

“In streamlining our recruitment strategy, we are now working with small number of highly focused consultants who are engaged in finding employees who will add real value not only to the culture of the business but also to the bottom line.”

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