Data Idols partnered with Royal Mail to help increase their tech brand

The technology teams within the Royal Mail focus on delivering high-quality products and an outstanding digital experience for their customers with cutting-edge technology at the heart of what they do.

4
in-person and online events

2
weeks - start to finish hiring

48
hours - until high quality CVs landed

The
challenge

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 This outdated view of the Royal Mail meant that attracting talent to the teams across all levels has been difficult.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.

The solution

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Adam supported my decision, and I accepted an offer to start a new role at Royal Mail, working with highly competent professionals under good leadership.

Annelies Gerber
Senior Data Scientist

The results

Involved in in-person and online events

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.

Filled a key position in two weeks

Data Idols partnered with Royal Mail to help them find a Principal Data Scientist, which they had been struggling with for months. After an in-depth briefing, high-quality CVs were sent within 48 hours, interviews took place a week later and tests and the final interview happened the week after that. The same day, an offer was made and accepted! This means a start to finish hiring process of just 2 short weeks! 

Improved their tech brand

By showcasing the interesting data projects the Royal Mail have to offer through in-person and online events, it has enabled them to prove to the industry that tech really is at the heart of their business, improving their tech brand and enabling them to be in a better position to hire directly

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