cinfo, Adrian Marti
Challenging new assignment from a dynamic Swiss foundation.
cinfo has been extending its active sourcing activities to respond to organisation/client requests for executive search support for senior and middle management functions.
In 2018 cinfo successfully assisted Fondation Botnar in recruiting for three positions in Basel. This led to cinfo being asked to support the recruitment of five members of the high-level Expert Committee, which started its work in mid-2019.
Fondation Botnar was looking for leaders in their field who could dedicate around 20 days a year to the organisation as it ramped up its programme around the world. This included positions in cutting edge fields like artificial intelligence/social entrepreneurship and digital health.
Our services included: finalising the job advertisement; international recruitment outreach; active sourcing, primarily using LinkedIn but also directly contacting candidates suggested by the Botnar ecosystem; the management and triage of applicants; holding first interviews and setting up a short list; doing reference checks on the final candidates.
After a worldwide search we were able to find excellent candidates, allowing Fondation Botnar to hire an innovative group of specialists. Constructive, responsive communication with the senior management of Fondation Botnar allowed us to respond quickly to new needs and was crucial in successfully completing this executive search.
One of the challenges was employer branding: Fondation Botnar is quite a new player, so convincing some excellent candidates to apply was one of the executive search functions we were involved in.
At cinfo we showed that we can recruit internationally for positions with new exciting skillsets, and that our mix of channels for reaching candidates ensures we have results.
All in all, an exciting experience which was a win-win for both sides. cinfo is looking forward to future cooperation with Fondation Botnar.