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Colliers International Delivers a Successful Talent Acquisition Transformation with SmartRecruiters in EMEA

This partnership resulted in $1M cost savings for Colliers just in year one.

SAN FRANCISCO, 10 OCTOBER 2019 – Colliers International, a leading global real estate services and investment management company is achieving great success with SmartRecruiters as their trusted partner for Hiring Success in EMEA. Mo Karim, Head of EMEA People Transformation, selected the SmartRecruiters Talent Acquisition Suite with the objective of accomplishing three key goals: 1) reduce reliance on recruiting agencies, 2) meet company-wide growth targets by increasing annual hiring, and 3) reduce hiring time to get talent through the door on demand.

To Mo, partnering with SmartRecruiters was a no-brainer choice. “Working with SmartRecruiters in EMEA meant accelerating our success and business growth by driving quality candidates, higher control on recruiting outcomes, reduced costs, and world-class candidate experience,” says Mo Karim.

Within 12 months of using the SmartRecruiters Talent Acquisition Suite, Colliers was able to:

  1. Reduce their reliance on external agencies from 80% of hires sourced to 5% of hires sourced
  2. Increase annual hiring by 47% (meeting company growth targets)
  3. Improve Hiring Velocity (% jobs filled on time) by 41%!

Robert Symons, Northern Europe Sales VP at SmartRecruiters, said, “from the first meeting it was clear that Colliers had an exciting resourcing transformation ahead of them. We are delighted to partner with them and provide a recruitment platform to support their journey.”

The team leveraged SmartRecruiters’ comprehensive platform to keep track of their recruiting spend, engage with talent communities, evaluate candidates, customize hiring process to local norms & law, and manage their hiring activity. They were now able to answer key business questions such as: How many vacancies do we have by team, by country, by region? What is our advertising budget? Which sources are giving us the highest quality candidates? What’s our hiring velocity?

“SmartRecruiters has provided our EMEA team with a single ‘source of truth’ so we can manage projects, source candidates, and track progress in-house.” – Mo Karim.

Now that Colliers was able to establish a foundation with a standardized recruiting process in EMEA, the team has shifted their strategy to focus on attracting quality talent by strengthening their employer brand. They plan to leverage SmartRecruiters to build out recruitment marketing campaigns & tactics heading into next year. They are also reviewing the rest of EMEA countries with the success of the 11 they have implemented thus far.

You can find the full case study here: Colliers EMEA + SmartRecruiters Case Study

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About Colliers
Colliers International is a leading global real estate services and investment management company. With operations in 68 countries, our 18,000 enterprising people work collaboratively to provide expert advice and services to maximize the value of property for real estate occupiers, owners and investors.

For more than 20 years, our experienced leadership team, owning approximately 40% of our equity, have delivered industry-leading investment returns for shareholders. In 2018, corporate revenues were $2.8 billion ($3.3 billion including affiliates), with more than $26 billion of assets under management.

Mo Karim
Head of EMEA People Transformation
Colliers International
Mo Karim

About SmartRecruiters

As a global leader in enterprise recruiting software, SmartRecruiters offers a cloud-based Talent Acquisition Suite that allows businesses to attract, select, and hire the best people. More than 4,000 companies worldwide rely on SmartRecruiters to drive hiring success, including brands like LinkedIn, Visa, Bosch, Skechers, and Avery Dennison. Built on a modern cloud platform, SmartRecruiters offers full functionality for recruitment marketing and collaborative hiring, with an open marketplace of 400+ pre-integrated vendors. For more information on how we connect people to jobs at scale, follow us at @SmartRecruiters, on LinkedIn or on

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