Enterprise Architecture

Situation: A global telecoms manufacturer had decided to change their business model away from traditional handset manufacture to embrace the development of apps and to market their phones and products through a network of stores rather than just through the traditional re-seller model.

Task: To fulfil the brief above the client were looking for a group of Enterprise Architects with specialist skills in the following areas: Retail Store Infrastructure, E-Commerce, Security, SAP, Business Intelligence.

Action: Synapps consulted extensively with the Head of Enterprise Architecture to ascertain the business requirements and advise on the potential target candidates and where they may already be working. Synapps did not advertise any of these roles but decided to target specific candidates at suitable donor clients.

Result: Through specific targeting within our network and directly approaching suitable candidates via social media all six roles were offered and accepted within four months.

Project/Programme Management

Situation: One of the big four was in the early stages of planning a global technology transformation. With 150,000 employees in over 140 global locations this is no mean feat.

Task: Help them by providing a small team of highly experienced contract Programme and Project Managers with experience of planning and delivering global technology change projects including: Cloud, messaging & collaboration, applications rationalisation and data centre consolidation. We consulted very closely with the Global Programme Head to ascertain exactly what the business required.

Action: Synapps used advertising, our extensive network and social media to headhunt appropriate candidates who were willing to embrace the travel profile.

Result: Through extensive candidate screening Synapps presented relatively few but highly suitable candidates who were interviewed are still working on this large programme of work.

Subject Matter Experts

Situation: Synapps were already assisting one of the big four with a global transformation programme. A need was identified for an Oracle Fusion and Universal Method expert.

Task: To find an Oracle Fusion and Universal Method expert. Candidates with these skills are scarce, even on a global scale.

Action: Synapps have an extensive network of Oracle resources as this was the initial specialism Synapps had when the business started. Through this network we identified probably the only suitable candidate available globally. The candidate has worked with Synapps previously on a number of other client engagements.

Result: The candidate identified by Synapps was offered the role and completed a long term contract with the client.

Big Data

Situation: One of our Insurance sector clients decided to change their use of data to embrace “Big Data” ideas and the use of analytics and data science to gain competitive advantage.

Task: To find them an Enterprise Architect with very strong experience of applying ”Big Data” to help the business baseline their current data structure and create the technology roadmap going forward to successfully include the use of unstructured data techniques. The client is based in a remote UK location and we impressed on the client the need for a reasonable relocation package.

Action: Instead of advertising, as the client wanted to maintain confidentiality, Synapps embarked on a headhunting campaign, approaching people via our extensive network and via social media.

Result: We developed a shortlist of potentially suitable candidates who were commutable from the client’s location and those with genuine reasons to consider re-location. From a small selection of highly motivated and suitable candidates, one was offered and accepted the role.