Redwave - Recruitment System
Redwave (formerly Inter-services) is an established recruitment
company for the oil, gas and energy sector based in Aberdeen,
providing recruitment support for offshore vacancies in drilling,
production and onboard vessels.
Redwave previously used Microsoft's Dynamics NAV as their
accounting software which was heavily customised to support their
front office requirements. As a result of a general evolution of
their services and a change in key staff members, Redwave had
identified that Dynamics NAV was no longer suitable for their
needs. Recruitment software had greatly improved since Redwave
started using Dynamics NAV in 2005 and it could no longer compete.
The old system couldn't store CVs electronically, or send email/SMS
messages to candidates. This meant it was extremely difficult to
quickly find the candidates they were looking for and keep up with
A number of alternative 'off-the-shelf' options were considered,
however, none of them included everything they needed in the new
system. The systems Redwave reviewed either covered front office
requirements i.e. candidate search, CV storage etc. or back office
requirements like payroll and invoicing but they couldn't find
software that did both.
We delivered a system based on our template, T1, which includes
recruitment modules. This template was used as a starting point for
the software Redwave required. Using T1 allowed Redwave to benefit
from pre-developed features that were then further developed to
create the system they needed. Whilst T1 is not a product that can
be used 'off-the-shelf', it does offer considerable time and cost
savings compared with building everything from scratch.
A period of analysis allowed us to determine the key features
that Redwave required. The new system was then developed and
integrates with Sage 50 Accounts to provide Redwave with the same
functionality contained within Dynamics NAV, along with several
important new features:
- Enhanced time and expense data input
- Scanned document support
- CV parsing (auto-extract of data from a CV)
- Store and generate Redwave's standard CV
- Advanced availability tracking
- Advanced searching
- Competency tracking
- Rapid sending of emails and text messages
The application has brought Redwave a number of benefits as
their Director, Jacqueline van den Akker, explains:
"Contacting potential candidates for a new vacancy used to take
us 3-4 hours but can now be done in less than 15 minutes. We can
send mass emails or texts informing candidates of job vacancies
related to them. This has allowed us to achieve faster response
times which sometimes means the difference between winning and
losing a job or client."
Jacqueline continues, "We can also track information better.
Knowing who we've spoken to and when allows us to conduct
performance reviews. Expenses are linked to a mobilisation so I can
quickly see what a particular trip has cost us versus the income it
has generated. It is a great cost control method."
"The best thing about the system Codify developed is the speed
in which we can get information to our clients and candidates. Now
we can keep up with our competitors. We're really happy with the
system and are delighted with how flexible it is."