Sears Seating

Established in 1855, Sears Seating is the world’s leading manufacturer of suspension and non-suspension seating systems for the agricultural, construction and industrial equipment markets. The company has a truly global presence and manufactures its seats at its Ebbw Vale factory.

Key facts

  • Long-term Focused Recruitment client
  • Working together since 2006
  • 80% of candidates supplied become permanent

Services delivered

  • Reference checking
  • Interviewing and assessing candidates
  • Confirming suitability to work
  • Filling industrial and commercial permanent and temporary positions

Recruitment challenge

One of the challenges Sears Seating faced was securing suitable production and warehouse operatives within set deadlines. Advertising was proving to be time consuming and the company wanted to find a local recruitment agency with a strong local candidate database. In 2006 Sears Seating was introduced to Focused Recruitment.

Recruitment solution

As with all its clients, Focused Recruitment paid an initial visit to Sears Seating’s factory and continues to do so on a regular basis. These visits allow Focused to gain and maintain a detailed understanding of how the business operates and its recruitment requirements. Importantly, this depth of understanding enables candidates to be matched to jobs on the basis of a skills and cultural fit.

With a successful relationship spanning several years, Sears Seating considers Focused Recruitment an ideal recruitment source in providing support for the various production skills. Services provided include reference checking, interviewing and assessing candidates, as well as confirming suitability to work for any temporary production or warehouse positions.

Results and benefits

Sears Seating HR Manager Gail Davies says: “Focused takes on board all our requirements and endeavours to match individuals with the right skill sets to our vacancies. The communication they maintain with us is always extremely professional, prompt and proactive. We’re never left in the dark and Focused communicates regularly with updates on progress and the timescales involved in securing suitable placements. As well as providing reassurance and clarity, this makes recruiting as smooth as possible.

“Importantly, Focused as a result of their comprehensive candidate database has a sufficient amount of well-matched candidates available to meet the requirements of the vacancy.

“Focused has also developed a thorough understanding of our requirements over the past few years so they consistently deliver for us. The majority of the employees Focused supplies turn out to be well suited to their role and of a high calibre.

“The vast majority (around 80%) go on to take a permanent role with us when the business has a requirement. We have found turnover is low for the temporary employees, which is due in part to skills being thoroughly and accurately matched to job requirements by Focused Recruitment.

“What impresses me most is the efficiency of the service from the time the initial vacancy is placed, often at short notice, to securing a candidate on site. I also appreciate honesty and I know when I use Focused Recruitment I will always get an upfront, honest and trustworthy response.

“As the business grows we will be recruiting more members to our team. Focused are passionate about the service they provide, I am therefore confident Focused will continue to meet the needs of business now and in the future.”

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