PDO accelerates recruitment with Sniperhire

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has implemented an online Applicant Tracking System (ATS) from Sniperhire. The solution helps the oil major tackle the often-daunting task of processing the thousands of job applications it receives via post and e-mail each month.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  July 29, 2004

|~|benfawcett_md_sniperhire1.jpg|~|Ben Fawcett, managing director of Sniperhire. |~|Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has implemented an online Applicant Tracking System (ATS) from Sniperhire. The solution helps the hydrocarbon exploration and production company tackle the often-daunting task of processing the thousands of job applications it receives via post and e-mail each month. In addition, the ATS 2.8 recruitment solution should help PDO optimise and accelerate every phase of its hiring process, as it allows candidates to apply for vacancies displayed on the Omani firm’s website. “The Sniperhire solution is the gateway through which candidates and interested prospects find their way into PDO,” says Badran Hinai, head of recruitment, PDO. “Prior to using Sniperhire we accepted paper resumes and e-mails. The ATS has now become the standard for line managers and our HR Team to build and promote graduate and experienced hire vacancies on the internet. Now we want all people seeking jobs at PDO to go through the ATS. It’s crucial as the first touch, the gateway for interested parties,” he explains. Prior to rolling out the Sniperhire solution, PDO had deployed SAP R/3. As part of this project, the Omani oil & gas giant implemented the enterprise resource planning (ERP) application’s human resource (HR) module. By integrating the Sniperhire ATS with this application, PDO has been able to further increase its efficiency by reducing the repetitive and manual activities associated with the use of multiple applications requiring identical data. It has also been able to eliminate the manual re-entry of candidate information from SAP. The six-week project involved the integration and transporting requisition and candidate data between the ATS and the SAP HR module. Sniperhire technology also integrates with PDO’s existing management systems, thus ensuring that candidates who are successfully evaluated and approved by HR and line managers automatically move to PDO’s SAP HR module for payroll purposes through native XML. In addition, ATS 2.8 supports interfacing with third-party service providers, allowing a company to perform skills assessments, reference checks and psychometric testing. It also extends the human supply chain by integrating HR suppliers and specialised job boards to help PDO’s management monitor and measure the effectiveness of their recruitment strategies, including the performance of its HR suppliers. The recruitment software is Windows-based, SQL database driven. ASP.Net server has been integrated into PDO’s website at www.pdo.co.om, which allows job seekers to apply for jobs online, as well as registering speculative interest. This allows PDO, which accounts for more than 90% of Oman’s crude-oil production and nearly all of its natural-gas supply, to build a pool of applicants that it dips into as soon as a position becomes available. The system can also send information on any role that might be of interest to the potential applicant as it becomes available. To ensure potential PDO employees are informed regarding the progress of their application, ATS 2.8 sends updates. Applicants can also store their resumes online, so that they have easy access to apply for any future positions. “Our solution has significantly improved the recruitment experience for the PDO applicant. It enables PDO to evaluate applications quickly and filter out unsuccessful applications so that PDO can focus on a target pool of qualified candidates. As new vacancies arise PDO will have access to this ready database of qualified contacts, saving time and money on searching speculatively for new candidates,” says Ben Fawcett, managing director of Sniperhire. The solution has been customised to match PDO’s market and requirements. For instance, field templates have been adapted to suit particular cultural requirements and custom reports developed to satisfy the reporting demands of Oman’s ministries. Moving forward, PDO’s recruitment division is now planning to install computers across Oman’s business development centres so job seekers will be able to access the PDO website. In terms of percentage, 70 to 75% of applicants are currently processed by the system from requisition to the actual interview stage and payroll, thereby slashing PDO-applicant processing time from eight weeks to four days. “It is very exciting and will revolutionise the way we recruit in PDO. [The ATS] is as beneficial to those looking to work in PDO as much as for our managers who wish to fill vacancies,” says Hinai. “Besides being cost effective, the new system will drastically reduce the administrative effort involved in processing applications. A system like this is available to all job seekers and all our employees — it’s how we receive all future candidates and turn them into employees,” he adds. ||**||

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