Building a new flagship store app on a tight timeline

Even when you’re a large global e-commerce retailer, finding experienced mobile developers at short notice presents a challenge

Developers looking at code on a screen while one holds a bank card testing a transaction on another device

Even when you’re one of the largest e-commerce retailers in the world, finding mobile developers of quality, at short notice and in high volumes, presents a challenge. They had three apps, one for each consumer type, and needed to combine these into one for a more consistent experience for shoppers.

When SThree joined this company’s roster of recruitment agencies in May 2019 they realised there was another obstacle – an inefficient talent selection process that took around four to six weeks. Then the pandemic happened, piling even more pressure on the client’s project managers. They now needed to hire a team of project-based app developers to build a new app from scratch, rather than rework the old ones as previously planned.

Other vendors were presenting candidates without the right skillset. SThree’s recommendations were getting hired and performing exceptional work. We placed the first contractor with the client within a week of engagement. Three more were placed in the first month, then six the next month, with a total of 35 as of February 2021. These professionals brought their expertise from companies such as Disney, BestBuy, Reverb.com, eBay, Amazon, Nike, PayPal, Starbucks and more.

Having won the client’s trust, our team consulted. They studied the client’s approach to recruitment and recommended a streamlined process as well as opening the candidate pool to remote contractors. Important too was making a virtue of the challenge. Portraying the project as requiring the creative, modern, innovative work of top talent and ideal for professionals eager to exercise their passion for development was key to generating interest.

Such was the success of SThree’s placements that we became the client’s number one talent supplier of mobile development professionals. We had proven ourselves as real business solutions partners, committed to helping the client with their greater hiring needs.

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