Comensura, the market leader in the procurement and management of indirect services, has recently signed a 3-year contract with the City of Melbourne for the supply and management of temporary, permanent and contract agency recruitment services.
It is anticipated that Comensura will deliver savings in the region of 5% per annum while widening the supplier network and improving transparency of organisational spend through smart technology.
City of Melbourne HR Manager, Mike Dawson Smith explains, “We recognised internally that the panel agreement was not meeting our core needs and wasn’t a sustainable long term option. By selecting Comensura’s Vendor Neutral model we are reclaiming the balance of negotiating power, improving transparency, reducing cost, widening agency choice and giving suppliers an equal chance to prove they can meet our needs.”
Comensura’s successful mix of managed services and technology has delivered savings in excess of $30 million on $ 1 billion spend under management in 2008 for local government organisations here and abroad.
By using a sophisticated technology platform to streamline and manage the end-to-end recruitment process from approval of an order to online timesheeting, the City of Melbourne is expected to improve compliance and visibility of spend. Unlike the classic supply model – the panel agreement – the built for purpose technology and procurement solution opens the door for Recruitment Agencies of all sizes and capabilities to submit quality candidates on an equal footing.
In a time of economic downturn where many small Recruitment Agencies are struggling to keep their businesses afloat, Comensura coordinates access to a pool of vacancies online in real time without the cold calling. It means consultants focus their time on candidate sourcing and matching, increasing their own in-house talent pools. HR teams no longer have to spend time fielding cold calls, reading unsolicited resumes or negotiating rates with individual suppliers.
“Not only does the Comensura system remove much of the time consuming administrative burden associated with temporary recruitment it also provides management with much greater control of and visibility into recruitment spend,” says a key client, ”As it is a vendor neutral solution it has the added advantage of providing a much wider choice of candidates.”
Jamie Horton, Managing Director of Comensura urges HR, Finance and Procurement specialists to take a fresh look at supply chain management during the economic downturn. “Australian businesses must look at new ways of recruiting that reduce the cost of supply for both the client and the recruiter to remain competitive in tough times. Our solution delivers cost reductions and process efficiencies that many businesses desire but don’t know how to achieve,” he says.