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Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). What exactly is it?

9th August 2023

Have you maybe heard the term “RPO” buzzing around, but not 100% sure what it means or entails? Don’t worry; you’re not alone. It might sound like an exotic dish or the latest acronym in the business world, but fear not – we’re here to serve up an easy-to-digest explanation of what RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) truly is. Let’s delve into the world of RPO, using various similes to bring it all to life (because we are feeling creative)!

  1. RPO: Unravelling the Abbreviation Enigma

The world of acronyms – it can be confusing, can’t it? RPO stands for “Recruitment Process Outsourcing.” But what exactly does that mean? It’s like hiring your very own dream team of recruitment experts who handle the entire talent acquisition process for you (or maybe just certain parts of it, is that’s what you require), from crafting recruitment strategy to sourcing the perfect candidates to managing the entire hiring lifecycle. Think of them as your HR secret agents, working behind the scenes to bring perfectly-matched talent right to your doorstep.

  1. Why RPO? Because Talent Acquisition Deserves a Specialist

You wouldn’t hire an astronaut to bake a cake, right? Just like that, FMCG companies often turn to RPO providers like Seven because they are specialists in not only talent-hunting, but everything that goes with it. We possess the expertise, technology, and experience to work with your hiring managers  and HR teams on everything from succession planning to salary benchmarking and employer brand development. And when it comes to finding the right talent and building teams, we have an unrivalled network of candidates across the industry that we have built over the last 20 years. With RPO by your side, you can focus on your core business while the experts find the perfect fit for your team.

  1. The RPO Journey: From Dating to a Successful Marriage

Let’s liken the RPO journey to a love story. The relationship begins with a deep understanding of your company’s needs, culture, and job requirements. They’ll court the talent pool like a smooth-talking Casanova (minus the cheesy lines) to attract the best and brightest. Once they’ve found “The One,” they’ll manage the dating process (interviews) and handle all the paperwork, so you can escape the administrative maze.

  1. Tailored Suit or One-Size-Fits-All: The RPO Advantage

Now, picture your recruitment process like clothing. Would you rather have a custom-made suit that fits your needs perfectly or a generic, one-size-fits-all outfit? RPO is like the bespoke tailor of recruitment, crafting a process tailored specifically for your business. For example, we have worked with Hovis for the last 5 years building processes and educating internal teams on best practice. Say goodbye to ill-fitting processes and hello to a well-oiled machine.

  1. RPO: Cost-savings galore

You know that feeling when you bag yourself a fantastic deal? RPO can provide you with the ultimate savings. By outsourcing the recruitment process, you eliminate the need for costly in-house HR infrastructure, recruitment advertising, agency fees and the time-consuming candidate screening process. The result? A cost-effective solution that’s as satisfying as a discounted pair of shoes.


And there you have it – RPO demystified and served up to you on a plate. Recruitment Process Outsourcing is like having a secret sauce for your talent acquisition, making it efficient, cost-effective, and tailor-made to your needs.

If you’re an FMCG business seeking recruitment solutions, we would love to help you out. Get in touch and chat to one of our team!

Want to find out more about the world of RPO and talent acquisition outsourcing? Download our RPO guide.

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