Case Studies Big Four Talent Pipeline Sourcing

Big Four Talent Pipeline Sourcing


Our client is a world-renowned global brand – one of the “Big Four” accounting and tax firms and one of the world’s largest technology consultancies. With more than 150,000 employees worldwide and FY 2013 revenues in excess of $23 billion, it is a massive firm experiencing double-digit growth. Our client is faced with major recruiting challenges globally, owing to a combination of key talent scarcity and their sheer volume of hiring activity. U.S. recruiting within their industry is fiercely competitive. Starting in 2012, the U.S. division needed to expand its hiring rapidly as commercial clients began to emerge from the global recession and seek technology assistance.

Our client’s recruiting leadership determined the best approach would be a combination of core salaried recruiting leadership and staff, offshore volume/low cost search for certain positions, and partnering with an RPO vendor in the U.S. able to aggressively source for the most challenging positions. This approach allowed the firm to gain flexibility in its staffing footprint while ensuring standards of quality were maintained.

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@Orchard worked closely with the client to design an approach that focused our team on the most mission-critical hiring positions, regardless of level, skill set, or geography. Over an 18-month period, the project was so successful that demand for our services within the client skyrocketed. From an initial 40-hour-per-week proof of concept, the assignment has grown to average a Full-time Equivalent (FTE) of more than 15 and has supported every aspect of the client’s consulting business, as well as Corporate, Tax and Audit.

The flexibility inherent within our strategy combined with @Orchard’s deep understanding of the culture and profile for a successful Big Four hire has led to a seamless alliance. We deliver assistance most effectively when either skill requirements or tight time constraints stress the core recruiting function and generate scarcity. The @Orchard team has supported searches ranging from enterprise IT and infrastructure to financial management, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), Cloud, and other emerging technologies. We have delivered candidates across the country at every level, from associate to director, both technical and functional, and we have drawn praise and thanks from hiring managers, partners, and our recruiting colleagues within the firm.

Our client now utilizes @Orchard as a strategic partner in the complete overhaul of their business development team, a tiger team supporting a massive staff ramp-up on a Federal engagement, as well as a trusted source for numerous sensitive director-level positions in key markets and industry verticals. Our services are now requested by partners within the firm, and even recommended by partners to sub-contractors on engagements who are struggling to meet their staffing obligations.

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