The Royal Mail is an institution that we have all grown up with, and with over 500 years of service, you may have not previously viewed them at the forefront of technology. This outdated view of the Royal Mail meant that attracting talent to the teams across all levels has been difficult. Each new hire could make a meaningful impact to the business and the way we receive our letters and parcels using their vast amount of data; but this was hidden amongst old school views.
Data Idols initially partnered with the Royal Mail through our events to help increase their Tech brand, through the Data Science Festival. To date, they have been involved in 4 events, both in person and online. The first was back in 2019 where the Lead Data Scientist discussed the future of parcel delivery by efficient route optimisation.
They have also gone on to teach a hands-on Python workshop and their Head of Data has even spoken on a panel discussing how commercial technology and academia can work together. The next event is in September for the Data Idols Summer School, aimed at those who are transitioning or starting out in data.
In the meantime, the Royal Mail needed support hiring key roles. Data Idols partnered with them in this capacity to help them find a Principal Data Scientist, the job opening of which had been open for months.
We worked with the Royal Mail to deeply understand their requirements and where they were struggling to hire. Then, Data Idols took the Principal Data Scientist opportunity to our huge network of engaged candidates, as well as headhunting, to ensure that we found the very best candidates for the opportunity. Working with the Royal Mail and the candidates through every step in the process, Data Idols ensured a smooth process from beginning to end.