The pfj network is on target to achieve a turnover of over £10million and has been a Bond customer for over a decade but believes that the recruitment industry is now beginning to see the effects of the second wave of technological innovation and needs to work with a robust and flexible partner to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise.
Chris Chandler, Managing Director of the pfj network explains, “The recession was an obvious time to review our cost base, processes and infrastructure. It is also a great time to look to the future and make long term investments that can give you a competitive edge. Any major investment needs careful consideration so we retained Kamanchi, as a third party who specialise in recruitment database systems, to help us map out what we needed now and importantly what we wanted to build for the future. We are not IT experts and we wanted to make sure that not only were we equipping ourselves with the very best tools, but also that we were relying on suppliers that were stable enough to not pose a risk to our own business.”
Chandler expands, “After a period of consultancy and evaluation, there were a number of key differentiators that made the final decision for us. Most important was the approach taken to customisation. Most software packages claimed to be adaptable, but where Bond Adapt Version 11 was superior was in the ability to configure any area of the software or workflow immediately and according to our precise business needs. Bond’s competitors on the other hand were able to configure in some respects immediately, but for other aspects of what we required, we would have had to wait until the core software was developed and the next version was put on general release – it felt more restrictive from a timing perspective but more importantly the ideas and innovations that we will want to implement would then be available to everyone – without Bond Adapt it seemed to us that there would be no competitive edge.”
The pfj network is made up of specialist UK media, marketing and communications recruitment agencies PFJ Recruitment and RPCushing, the UK’s leading graduate recruiter, the Graduate Recruitment Company, and also ICUR, the Sydney-based specialist for media, advertising, creative and digital jobs. All four of these businesses, entailing over 70 users, will be going live with Bond Adapt Version 11 in the coming months.
Tim Richards, Managing Director of Bond International Software, concludes, “pfj have been a customer of ours for over a decade now and we are delighted to see yet another one of our customers extending an already healthy and fruitful relationship yet further. More often than not, this is a function of the close working practices we aim to develop with all of our customers, and our unswerving focus on product development – two factors that we believe set us apart.”