Russell Zaple, Allied Bakeries | Different from your average recruitment agency

Russell Zaple“Anne Corder Recruitment are different to your average recruitment agency,” explained Russell Zaple, general manager for the Stevenage and Norwich sites of Allied Bakeries.

Russell’s journey with Anne Corder Recruitment began when Allied Bakeries’ sister company passed on a recommendation. Having previously  had a positive experience working with ACR, the group had recruited for a wide range of roles – particularly in the HR function.

Before bringing Anne Corder Recruitment on board, Russell had started by managing the recruitment process for a new HR manager internally, resulting in a shortlist of two candidates.  However, after a lot of careful consideration Russell felt that neither was quite right for Allied Bakeries. He was faced with the daunting prospect of going back to square one:

“When I decided to begin the recruitment process over, it was clear that there was going to be a lot of work involved as I was effectively going back to drawing board,” said Russell.

That’s when he was recommended to get in touch with ACR, “in finding out more about Anne Corder Recruitment I realised they were HR specialists and found that hugely reassuring. It gave me real confidence in their abilities.

“Anne and Joanne from the agency came to visit me in Stevenage and spent well over an hour with me. They were genuinely interested in understanding the culture of the business and getting to know me and what I was looking for in a HR manager.”

With the brief in hand, Anne and Joanne set to work selecting some great HR candidates. The result was that Russell received a very carefully chosen shortlist of three candidates.

“With other agencies I always felt like I was doing all the leg work, sifting through CVs that they had simply forwarded on to me.

“With ACR it was a completely different story. The three candidates they put forward showed it had been a highly selective process.”

For Russell, this process made all the difference to his final hiring decision:

“Anne and Joanne did such a good job in finding the right fit. Andrea has now been our HR manager for three months and has settled in really well. She’s getting stuck in and I have every confidence she will make a real difference. They found someone that was suited to Allied Bakery and all my dealings with them have been extremely professional and polite.”

If you would like to find out more about how Anne Corder Recruitment could help your recruitment, get in touch with us today.