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Callidus was established in 2010 and is a hybrid executive search agency and consultancy specialising in pharmaceuticals and energy recruitment within German-speaking markets. Although it began as a 2-person recruitment agency, Callidus experienced exponential growth in a short amount of time and currently boasts over a dozen consultants who possess highly specialised and valuable industry knowledge. As a young and agile company, Callidus was searching for an ATS that matched its own speed and potential.
The Need for a Competitive Edge
In order to maintain its lead over the competition, Callidus required an applicant tracking system that was an asset rather than a liability. Callidus was originally using Meffert — the most popular recruitment software in Germany. However, Meffert’s limited functionality and lack of scalability proved to be a hindrance. “We decided to extend our search outside of Germany and German-speaking counties,” said Ron-Arne Sydow, Managing Director at Callidus. “We were looking for one of the bigger players. Meffert had 2-3 developers and limited manpower — its support was very unpredictable.”
Callidus searched for an ATS/CRM with a solid technology base, one with global reach and size. Additionally, the software needed to offer scalability. “Meffert worked well for 3 or 4 users, not 30 or 40, and our ideal solution would need to work in 5 years’ time and accommodate our growth,” remarked Sydow. Callidus also wanted recruitment software that incorporated cutting-edge technology, preferably a cloud-based solution that would enable seamless, automatic upgrades. After considering a shortlist of solutions and seeing various demos, Callidus ultimately selected Bullhorn.
True Efficiency and Speed through Technology
Bullhorn provided an ATS that was easy to implement and allowed the team at Callidus to focus on staying ahead of the recruitment game rather than performing software installation, data entry, and maintenance. “Bullhorn offers us the ability to do our jobs without any hassle. We always know exactly what we’re doing in the system. We have visibility into our recruitment processes and can identify areas for improvement.” commented Sydow. In addition, Bullhorn’s APIs (application programming interface) enable Callidus to customise the product to fit their needs. “With our old software, we had to adapt our work around it, but Bullhorn lets us work the way we want to and we adapt Bullhorn to meet our needs,” commented Sydow. “It’s a huge benefit.”
Bullhorn’s Marketplace offers a wealth of innovative turnkey solutions, several of which Callidus use in order to address specific business needs and gain a competitive advantage. “We love InsightSquared, and we love the fact that partners work so seamlessly with Bullhorn,” Sydow stated. “Bullhorn does all the background work for you.”
With the Bullhorn ATS, Callidus recruiters can easily access placement metrics and track success. Additionally, Bullhorn’s reliability and responsiveness empowers Callidus to leave its competitors in the dust with lightning-fast speed. “Google goes offline more often than Bullhorn does,” Sydow said. “Bullhorn is fast, especially considering that it is Web-based. We were very surprised by its speed.”
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SVP Product, Executive Search
As Bullhorn’s SVP Product, Executive Search, Richard drives the company’s product strategy and initiatives for the executive search sector and the Invenias product. Richard joined Bullhorn as part of the Invenias acquisition in 2018, where he one of the founders and spent 14 years as the Chief Product & Technology Officer and a Board Director.
Richard brings over 25 years of business, technology and product leadership, with broad industry experience that spans the full spectrum of the staffing industry, with specific focus on executive and retained search. Prior to Bullhorn, Richard was central to the successful growth and development of the Invenias business globally, from its inception to becoming the market leading provider of executive search software.
Team Lead – Enterprise Solution Consultant, APAC
As GM for Bullhorn’s APAC business, Aaron McIntosh oversees all business functions in the region. He also leads the solutions consulting team locally, ensuring our customers have an incredible experience when transitioning to Bullhorn. He has over 20 years working various roles within the technology industry and joined Bullhorn in 2013 in the London office before relocating back to Australia in 2015. During his tenure, he has helped numerous customers make the move to Bullhorn including Kelly Persol, Ambition, Hudson, and many others. He is passionate about technology and in particular how technology can be used to solve business issues and problems that are inhibiting growth within recruitment businesses.
He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Computing) with Honours from Monash University in Melbourne.
Senior Vice President, Customer Success
As the Senior Vice President of Customer Success, Tamsyn leads Bullhorn’s Services and Customer Success teams. She is responsible for successful delivery of all products and services globally and is committed to creating and maintaining incredible long term customer experiences in the candidate to cash process. Tamsyn has been delivering implementations for over 25 years with companies such as SAP, Ariba, Zuora: specialising in HR, Payroll, Procurement and Quote To Cash capability. She trained as a software engineer after studying Maths, Statistics, and Computing in England.
Director of International Marketing
As the Director of International Marketing at Bullhorn, Catherine is responsible for all international marketing efforts across EMEA and APAC. Catherine has been with Bullhorn based in the Boston office since 2010 and has recently relocated to London. Over her tenure, she’s overseen several marketing functions including demand generation, marketing operations, and events. She is passionate about marketing technology, building high-performing teams, and leveraging both to drive for results. Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from Providence College.
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Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and International
Peter oversees Bullhorn’s international operations outside North America in his role as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and International. Peter joined Bullhorn in 2009 and was responsible for its highly successful UK launch and continued expansion internationally. Peter has grown the international team to over 100 staff, established Bullhorn as the UK’s market leading recruitment software and has expanded Bullhorn’s reach into EMEA and APAC, achieving a user base of more than 30,000 international users. Prior to taking on the launch of Bullhorn International, Peter spent 20 years working in the recruitment industry and held a number of senior director roles before moving into the technology space.