Roche Goes Online To Coordinate Global Recruitment

SAN FRANCISCO and LONDON, March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Taleo Corporation , the leading provider of talent management solutions, today announced it has completed implementation into eight countries of its solution with global pharmaceutical giant Roche. Taleo has helped Roche improve the effectiveness and transparency of its global staffing by reducing costs and selecting quality candidates quickly. Roche now uses Taleo's on demand talent management solutions in countries across the globe including the UK, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Spain. Roche is also planning on expanding its implementation of Taleo throughout additional countries this year.

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is one of the world's leading research-based healthcare companies, with approximately 68,000 employees in 150 countries. Prior to Taleo, the company typically received thousands of applications per month, both online and through paper based CVs, but there was no candidate pool or systematic process for selecting suitable and talented individuals quickly. As a result, a strategic decision was made to implement Taleo's talent management solutions to assess, acquire, develop and align its global workforce.

"In the past, our recruiters were operating in the traditional and reactive way. They used to pre-screen the thousands of CVs they were receiving by using approximate key words," states Andreas Kuhlen, i-HR Project Manager, Global Talent Sourcing at Roche. "They would then print a hundred resumes and go through them manually. Today, the Taleo solution enables us to select the top profiles in a few seconds thanks to the pre-screening questions and processes we put in place, based on our business needs and our culture. We reduced agency costs by sourcing more via our careers site at '' and by proactively managing and monitoring agency submissions."

Christoph Thoma, Head of Corporate HR Planning and Controlling at Roche, continues, "Each position we have to offer at Roche should be visible on a local and global web page and, at the same time, each person interested in working with our company should be able to leave their data. We needed a solution that would enable us to find the high quality talent among these numerous candidates before they would move to our competitors, and Taleo helps us achieve these goals."

Taleo's on demand talent management solution covers the whole Roche staffing process from requisition to hire, managing all candidate activities. HR departments share a pool of candidates and have transparent staffing processes, increasing global efficiency. Roche now has 40,000 candidates a month visiting its corporate careers website to apply online rather than having to compare applications from different mediums. As a result, staffing is now viewed as a strategic asset to the company and recruiters are perceived as value-added professionals who provide line managers with the best employee quickly, whether it is an internal or external candidate.

Taleo Group Vice President Neil Hudspith comments, "Roche was facing a classic problem experienced by many large organisations, when it comes to dealing with thousands of resumes and applicants. The company has been very successful in attracting candidates, but needed a solution to coordinate and evaluate the data more effectively. Taleo has enabled Roche to save time and increase efficiency. As a result Roche has been successful in making recruitment a strategic asset for the company, and a foundation for their global talent management strategy."

About Taleo

Taleo delivers on demand talent management solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to assess, acquire, develop and align their workforce for improved business performance. Taleo's customers use its suite of solutions to improve their talent management processes to reduce the time and costs associated with these processes and to enhance the quality, productivity and efficiency of their workforces. Taleo currently has more than 350 corporate customers with approximately 500,000 registered users who use our services to fill positions in almost 100 countries. For more information visit

About Roche

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is one of the worlds leading research-focused healthcare groups in the fields of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. As a supplier of innovative products and services for the early detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, the Group contributes on a broad range of fronts to improving people's health and quality of life. Roche is a world leader in diagnostics, the leading supplier of medicines for cancer and transplantation and a market leader in virology. In 2005 sales by the Pharmaceuticals Division totalled 27.3 billion Swiss francs, and the Diagnostics Division posted sales of 8.2 billion Swiss francs. Roche employs roughly 70,000 people in 150 countries and has R&D agreements and strategic alliances with numerous partners, including majority ownership interests in Genentech and Chugai. Additional information about the Roche Group is available on the Internet .

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