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Emerging technology: Finding talent in hybrid automotive


1. The Challenge

A start-up, hybrid powertrain manufacturing firm were having difficulty attracting talent to their fledgling organisation. The senior management were handling all of their recruitment personally. They were finding that they were no experts in recruitment and their attempts to recruit high calibre niche engineers’ was proving ineffective.

They had spoken with other generic recruitment agencies along with a number of ‘specialist engineering recruitment agencies’ though all had shown an inability to truly grasp both the demanding and technical nature of the roles as well as the start-up environment of this hybrid specialist.

2. Our Approach

Our approach from the off was highly consultative, taking the time to meet with the client listening and confirming our understanding of both the highly technical nature of their hybrid powertrain product, the role, and company culture along with defining the desire outcomes from the job role.

In the words of our new client until our encounter, “… other recruiters just simply didn’t get the calibre of person needed to thrive in this type of high tech engineering organisation”.

Ripe4 bucked the trend, demonstrating our proactive, agile and professional approach and the innate ability to get to grips with hybrid automotive engineering subject matter, this all in addition to the complexities of working with start-ups quickly and effectively.

3. The Result

Ripe4 has since forged a long lasting partnership with the client and have been selected to represent the business as a retained search partner. Over a year and a half later, when asked for his opinion of Ripe4, the CEO said “Ripe4 was quick to respond to our needs, professional in their work throughout often challenging assignments with finite talent pools, their perseverance and capacity to think outside the box meant we have managed to ramp up production and deliver a quality product to our growing customer base. The reports internally from management and externally from candidates about their experience partnering with Ripe4 has been glowing – I would highly recommend their services for those looking to build or strengthen their technical or operational capability.”

Our solutions have allowed the business to expand their workforce dramatically, through providing access to our talent pools on a global scale, and gave management the confidence that recruitment is being handled effectively so they can focus on growing their business.


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