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The Business Pain

After finalizing a company merger, our client, Office Depot, wanted to integrate the people, processes and accounting functions into one cohesive entity by combining both headquarters in Florida. The relocation and consolidation would require two different accounting systems to run parallel until a structure integration was complete — a challenge further complicated by significant attrition due to the relocation requirement. Office Depot needed to immediately hire temporary accounting and finance professionals.

The Solution

Our existing partnership with both companies allowed us to proactively track the evolution of this program for more than three months prior to launch. First, we scheduled a meeting with Office Depot’s project director to understand the project objectives and learn who the key decision makers were. The client’s emphasis on speed to market was clear — quickly recruiting top talent was essential to the successful launch of this project. We began proactively sourcing and screening candidates to build a pipeline of qualified individuals, ready to go at a moment’s notice.

The Results

Office Depot released a total of 58 requirements for mostly senior and staff accountants. Our recruiting team worked around the clock and throughout the weekend to lock down potential candidates. In fewer than five days, we submitted a total of 58 resumes, compared to a combined 20 from our competition, and by the end of the second week, we had a total of 112 submittals. During the first round of candidate interviews, Office Depot hired 14 out of 15 of our candidates to fill the senior positions.

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