Guidant Global with The AA take home Onsite RPO In-house Recruitment Team Award
Tom Brooks

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Guidant Global with The AA take home Onsite RPO In-house Recruitment Team Award

Guidant Global onsite at The AA beat off tough competition from Cielo onsite at O2 and Lorien onsite at ReAssure to be crowned champions in the Onsite RPO In-house Recruitment Team category at the In-house Recruiter Awards! 

The awards 

Held on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at the glamorous Park Plaza, London, the In-House Recruitment Awards celebrate and showcase the increasing achievements of UK In-house Recruitment Teams and the individuals who go above and beyond to deliver these successes. With 24 award categories covering the entire in-house recruitment landscape and over 800 recruitment and HR professionals in attendance, the In-House Recruitment Awards is considered by many as the highest sign of recognition of individual or programme excellence in the world of UK in-house recruitment.

The Onsite RPO In-house Recruitment Team category

For our category, the judges were looking for entrants who have accentuated the RPO model and are able to evidence how their service improved the recruiting process for the organisation it serves. Above and beyond this, judges were adamant that the RPO provider must demonstrate a strategic partner working approach as well, and crucially be able to tangibly showcase this through technology, methodologies, and reporting which resulted in the improvement of measures such as the candidate pool, costs and governmental compliance.

Up against tough competition

Going into the awards, with the judges looking for examples of excellence in service improvement and must for demonstrating strategic partnerships, we knew our entry would be up against tough competition – only the very best would be shortlisted, which made for a very nerve-racking run-up to the award announcement I can tell you!

This culminated in making our eventual win of the award all the more sweeter (I have to say personally I was on cloud nine, beaming ear to ear when our name was called!) when “Guidant Global on site at The AA” was announced as the winner of the category. We knew we had an excellent programme and example of a class-leading RPO service with the AA, but the award signified to both Guidant and the AA this is one of the very best programmes currently in the UK, of which everyone involved should be incredibly proud of.


A snapshot of the AA RPO programme

Guidant Global’s dedicated AA account team of four, headed up by Neil Logan are based permanently on-site within the AA’s head office and UK office locations. Guidant provide an end-to-end service, from role approval to hiring/on-boarding. This means we ensure consistency in candidate experience, supply chain management and hiring quality, along with 100% compliance and governance standards.

The MSP/RPO programme  delivered an impressive cost-saving of over half-a-million in the 11 months between August 2017 and June 2018, although the AA’s procurement department forecasted that strategic saving to the business over this period is in the multiple millions.

Craig Morgans, Head of Talent Acquisition, HR Shared Services, Learning & Development at the AA, has this to say about the success of the partnership:

“In a nutshell, the implementation of the Guidant / AA model is a story of consistent, significant business impact.

Originally selected due to their experience in implementing first generation models and unique collaborative approach, due to the immediate success of the tailored solution we’ve already evolved the model despite it still only being 12 months old.

The implementation phase (over a period of three months) was seamless, risks managed and the project delivered ahead of schedule. Since then it’s continued to be an effective partnership with Guidant delivering operational excellence, whilst bringing best practice to the table and challenging us as a business to think differently.

Put simply, the team have over-achieved against every expectation. I really don’t know how we operated without them.”


The AA shortlisted for additional awards

The AA weren’t only shortlisted in the Onsite RPO In-house Recruitment Team category, they were also shortlisted for categories Career Site; In-house Recruitment Manger (Craig Morgans); and Recruitment Team – more than 1,000 employees. 2018 was obviously a hugely successful year at The AA, and Guidant are truly grateful to be partnering with such forward-thinking, high performing clients and individuals.

Congratulations to fellow Guidant Global clients

A huge congratulations also go out to another Guidant Global client, Heathrow Airport for their shortlisting in the hugely competitive Graduate Recruitment Strategy category, and success in winning the Diversity & Inclusion Strategy category. Very well done Heathrow!

Looking for a class-leading RPO provider?

If you’re looking for an RPO provider who understands the value of a true partnership and a collaborative approach, or if you’re simply wanting more information on the benefits RPO can bring to your business, please drop me an email on


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