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Carter Holt Committed to Finding Great Leaders

23 April 2002

Carter Holt Harvey Committed to Finding Great Leaders

Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) has streamlined its recruitment process by reducing the number of recruitment agencies it uses from 60 to eight.

It has made this move in an effort to ensure that in today’s ever tightening and competitive economy, it finds and attracts great leaders to the company.

Chief executive of CHH’s Mariner7 business Heather Miles says, “it’s no longer enough just to find the most qualified person, an employee with the right attitude and vision actually adds more to the value of the company.”

“We were spreading ourselves thin on the ground by using 60 agencies, bringing the number back to eight gives us significantly more focus to our recruiting process as well as saving us money.”

CHH has selected recruitment agencies that have high fit within the company’s culture, know the business and will bring strategic insight to its HR and line managers. It was also important that the agencies had an understanding of the employment market on both sides of the Tasman and would deliver the results.

CHH’s preferred recruitment suppliers are:
- TMP Worldwide eResourcing
- Robert Walters
- Spherion Recruitment Solutions
- Momentum Consulting Group
- OCG Consulting
- Wallage Recruitment Group
- Tanner Menzies
- Lyncroft Consulting Group

CHH Chief Operating Officer Don Matthews says the company is committed to building leadership capability within the business.

“We firmly believe that 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 a small number of highly focussed consultants who are engaged in finding employees who will add real value not only to the culture of the business but to the bottom line.”
Background on preferred Recruitment Agency’s

TMP – Worldwide – has a strong Trans-Tasman focus with six offices in New Zealand and 17 throughout Australia. TMP are committed to providing their service using leading technology with a strong internet focused recruitment website. They’ll offer recruitment in a wide range of disciplines from Engineering to IT to admin support. With a dedicated account manager to learn about the culture of Carter Holt Harvey, they’ll be providing great people that fit into our culture.

Robert Walters Australia/New Zealand – part of a global network, this is a firm who pride themselves on developing strong relationships. With branches in the main centres throughout Australia and New Zealand, they bring with them an active database of candidates. Robert Walters specialises in finance, business support and general management recruitment.

Spherion Recruitment Solutions – provide specialist candidates in the field of Information Technology. However this agency also provides education and training facilities, as well as market research on current industry trends. They have consultants on both sides of the Tasman as well as in Asia.

Momentum Consulting Group – forges a Trans-Tasman alliance with the Australian agency Tanner Menzies. Momentum recruits both permanent and contract staff from chief executives through to HR and accounting positions. Their consultants all have previous business or extensive recruitment experience, and between them have 175 years of experience.

Tanner Menzies – is more than a straight recruitment agency, Tanner Menzies provides a customised package of services ranging from psychological evaluation, training and career counselling. This agency has branches in Australia’s capital cities which are linked by an integrated database. They’ll supply candidates in business services, finance and manufacturing.

OCG Consulting Limited – is an Auckland based consultancy works within “boutique” style, specialist teams. OCG looks to develop client relationships in order to find the best people for the organisation, and as a result have a good track record of long-term staff retention as a result of its placements. This is a consultancy that knows CHH well with 14 of its consultants having worked for the company in the past.

Wallage – is a Melbourne based consultancy prides itself on identifying exceptional talent. They recruit across the board in marketing and sales, manufacturing and operations as well as management positions. Wallage’s philosophy is to develop strong relationships with the business’s they are working for to understand the culture and then find the right people to fit into that.

Lyncroft Consulting Group – knows In a competitive business environment, the importance of providing consultants with “real world” experience. This agency recruits positions at all levels starting with administration right through to IT and management. Based in Australia, this agency is dedicated to understanding the CHH brand and finding candidates who will be a good fit.

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