Archive for February, 2010

Oracle Retail Recruitment – Oracle Retail Jobs – Origin Forward Solutions

Origin Forward Solutions specialises predominately in the Oracle Retail space, we are known by our clients and candidates alike for providing a friendly, tailored and consultative recruitment service which bridges the gap between consulting firms and your average recruitment agency. We truly understand the markets we operate in and can genuinely add value to clients recruiting and candidates/professionals looking for their next opportunity.

Below are some of the openings that we currently have:

CONTRACT

Oracle Retail Invoice Matching Consultant –  3 Month Contract/1 Month Contract – Europe –  Excellent Rates + Expenses + Per Diem (We have 2 seperate clients looking for ReIM consultants for contracts in Europe)

Oracle Retail 360 Commerce POS Consultant – Europe – 3 Month Contract

Oracle Retail 360 Commerce POS Consultant – UK – 6 Month Contract

PERMANENT

Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server Consultant – United Kingdom

Oracle Retail Technical Project Manager – United Kingdom

Oracle Retail Quality Assurance Manager – United Kingdom

Oracle Retail Technical Support Analyst – Europe

Oracle Retail Strategic Manager – United Kingdom

Oracle Retail 360 Commerce POS Project Manager – United States

Oracle Retail Systems Analyst – Canada

Oracle Retail Change Manager – United States

The above roles are all open as of 17th February 2010.

Please keep in mind that not all OUR opportunities are posted on this site.

These are just some of the most recent opportunities we are currently resourcing for.

If you are currently seeking a new opportunity or would like to find out more about the opportunities that are currently open in the current market place then please get in touch.

We aim to get back to everyone who sends their CV within 48 hours (not including weekends) however if we do not meet this criteria please follow up your CV with a telephone call.

To apply for any of the above positions or to find out more information please send your CV to oracleretail@originforward.com

Feel free to follow up your e-mail with a telephone call, please make sure you send your CV initially as this speeds up the process for both of us.

My details are: Richard Twumasi – Oracle Business Development Director – +44 20 3239 5450 – richard@originforward.com.

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Oracle Retail POS 360 Commerce Opportunity – Europe – Contract

Oracle Corporation acquired 360Commerce in 2006, a privately held provider of open store and multi-channel solutions software.

With this acquisition, Oracle delivers on our vision of customer-centric retailing. The combination of Oracle and 360Commerce brings together the best merchandising, supply chain, and optimization solutions, from the enterprise to the store. The combination with Oracle’s leading database infrastructure and ERP applications provides a highly integrated solution for the customer insight-driven retail enterprise.

The combination of Oracle and 360Commerce will enable retailers to enhance customer intimacy, improve employee efficiency, and increase product availability to deliver a superior shopping experience at a lower cost of service. Existing Oracle Retail partners are expected to find new opportunities to address store applications, forecasted by industry analysts to account for the highest spend in retail over the next few years.

We think the 360 Commerce market is on fire, Origin Forward Solutions has been approached to resource for another contract engagement for a 360 Commerce Oracle Retail consultant for a short-term engagement in mainland Europe.

Position: Oracle Retail POS 360 Commerce Technical Consultant

Skills: Technical, Functional

Modules: Oracle Retail POS, 360 Commerce

Secondary Modules: SIM (Store Inventory Management), Java Development Skills, J2EE

Remuneration: Excellent

Length: 3 Month engagement

To find out more about the above opportunity then please get in touch and we can provide more information on the role such as the exact location, the project and the excellent rate being offered. We can also provide a detailed job specification for this role.

To apply for the above position or to find out more information please send your CV to oracleretail@originforward.com

Feel free to follow up your e-mail with a telephone call, please make sure you send your CV initially as this speeds up the process for both of us.

My details are: Richard Twumasi – Oracle Business Development Director – +44 20 3239 5450 – richard@originforward.com.

Good Luck and I look forward to speaking with you shortly.

To find out more information about our organisation please visit our website: http://www.originforward.com

Oracle Retail 360 Commerce POS Manager Job – United States – Permanent

Oracle Retail 360 Commerce POS Manager Job – United States – Permanent

Oracle Retail 360 Commerce POS Developer Job – United States – Permanent

Oracle Corporation acquired 360Commerce in 2006, a privately held provider of open store and multi-channel solutions software.

With this acquisition, Oracle delivers on our vision of customer-centric retailing. The combination of Oracle and 360Commerce brings together the best merchandising, supply chain, and optimization solutions, from the enterprise to the store. The combination with Oracle’s leading database infrastructure and ERP applications provides a highly integrated solution for the customer insight-driven retail enterprise.

The combination of Oracle and 360Commerce will enable retailers to enhance customer intimacy, improve employee efficiency, and increase product availability to deliver a superior shopping experience at a lower cost of service. Existing Oracle Retail partners are expected to find new opportunities to address store applications, forecasted by industry analysts to account for the highest spend in retail over the next few years.

Origin Forward Solutions currently have 2 new opportunities for Oracle Retail 360 Commerce Point of Sale professionals. Both of these positions are for permanent employees and are directly with the end-client.

Position 1: Oracle Retail 360 Commerce POS  Project Manager

Skills: Business, Managerial, Functional

Modules: Oracle Retail POS, 360 Commerce

Remuneration: Competitive (we always say this)

Experience: Minimum 5 years

Position 2: Oracle Retail 360 Commerce POS Developer

Skills: Technical, Functional

Modules: Oracle Retail POS 360 Commerce,

Remuneration: Competive

Experience: 5 Years experience with Java and/or 3 Years Development work with 360 Commerce Products

To find out more about the above opportunities then please get in touch and we can send a job specification as well give you information about the exact salary on offer, which state in the United States of America the opportunity is in as well as the other benefits that come with this opportunity.

To apply for the above position or to find out more information please send your CV to oracleretail@originforward.com

Feel free to follow up your e-mail with a telephone call, please make sure you send your CV initially as this speeds up the process for both of us.

My details are: Richard Twumasi – Oracle Business Development Director – +44 20 3239 5450 – richard@originforward.com.

Good Luck and I look forward to speaking with you shortly.

To find out more information about our organisation please visit our website: http://www.originforward.com

What Are You Doing To Keep Your Staff?

We’re coming out the other side of a recession but the 1st question I like to ask every employer is what are you doing to keep your staff?

During the recession the Oracle job market turned from a candidate driven market to a job led market, this gave the employer power and inadvertently  a lot of employers took their eye of the ball in an effort to reduce costs and stay competitive they handed out redundancies, froze pay, withdrew bonuses, increased hours, took away benefits which has now left a feeling of discontent among employees who have not forgotten what has happened in the past 18 months and now have their eye on the job market.

37% of IT professionals have admitted that once the recession is over they will be seeking a move, so what are current employers doing to make sure that when the recession is over that they will be able to keep hold of their staff?

Key employee retention is critical to the long term health and success of every business. Organisations know that by retaining their best employees ensures customer satisfaction, increased sales, increased morale, knowledge retention and effective succession planning. However why do employers historically put attracting new staff ahead of retaining their best staff?

By retaining your employees you cut costs via less time invested in training new staff, save money in recruitment costs in attracting replacements and save money via unquantifiable costs such as the knowledge gap left behind and the low morale left when close colleagues leave an organisation.

Also if your company has a reputation that they do not look after their best staff, word will spread quickly in the market place which will make finding a replacement altogether more difficult.

I have personally recruited for companies who have had a bad reputation of not looking after their staff or being (un)professionally rigid when dealing with employee issues that arise. The result is people talk and the word spreads to the point where everyone has heard a story about that company’s culture and then potential employees are no longer interested in working for them. To tell you recruiting for companies like them are a nightmare and to be honest why would I want to offer a candidate an opportunity in a company I know treats their staff poorly?

Top 3 Reasons why Employees leave

  1. 53% seek a better salary and benefits package (Money)
  2. 35% are unsatisfied with the opportunities for Career Progression
  3. 32% are seeking a new experience (Challenge)

So are you going to do to keep them?

Companies have to think long-term when it comes to retaining their employers and this has to be embedded in their organisational culture.

Employer Brand – Building and maintaining your corporate brand  what does your company look like from the outside? This makes sure you are hiring the right staff the first place.

Offering Competitive Salary Packages – Do not wait for an employee to get disgruntled and leave them with no option but to go to the job market before giving them their worth via a counter-offer. By this stage its usually  too late, the relationship has already been strained.

Communicate Goals –  Keep your staff informed and avoid a situation of circles within circles. Internal communication is paramount to a happy workforce.

Corporate Identity –  Have a company ethos and celebrate its unique culture and identity. This is one of the areas which makes your company different, so why be like the rest?

Fun –  Is working for your organisation fun? We all know it’s about bottom line at the end of the day but how you get there is the difference, a happy worker is a more productive and more enthusiastic worker. What is the average working day culture like in your organisation?

Involve in Decisions – Are your employees involved in the decision making process at your company or they simply told what is happening? By involving employees in the decision making process that can affect their jobs or the overall direction of the company gives your staff a sense of empowerment and belonging.

Respect – Don’t treat your staff like kids unless you want them to behave like kids. Respect should be mutual and makes for a professional working environment.

Balance Work and Life – We’re in the teenies, the invention of the internet gives us all the opportunity to work from home and/or benefit from flexible hours if your business model allows it. Give staff the option to work remotely this also shows your employees that you trust them to work at home and along with responsibility is an attribute that makes employees more loyal.

Recognise Performance –  If you don’t reward excellent performance, then excellent performers will go to an organisation to where they are recognised.

Clear Progression – Offer opportunities for career and education development, packages such as study days, compensation, advice. Also offer the chance for cross training into other areas of the business. People like to know that they have room for career movement.

Bonus potential – Lucrative bonus structures calculated by combining individual targets, department targets and corporate profits and make it limitless within company parameters.

Manage time –  It’s necessary to work long hours sometimes to reach important deadlines however make sure long hours are not embedded in your organisation culture. Sometimes an employee can feel emotionally forced to work long hours because everyone else is.

So what are you doing to keep your best staff, because if you’re not doing it your competitors will be!!

How to work with your Recruiter!

It’s widely reported that the employment market on the whole is on the increase. The UK is now officially out of recession 6 months behind the French and German markets and also job opportunities are on the increase for the 6th month in a row across all of Europe.

In the Oracle market non critical projects and fresh implementations, upgrade and customisation projects will be on the rise and we also have the emerging markets rising rapidly to give an overall more competitive market place with greater opportunities across the globe.

So what has the last 12 months been like?

I personally know candidates who have not had one opportunity over the past 12 months and that is through no fault of their own but the conditions of the market they were looking for an opportunity in. I have also spoken to plenty of professionals who have told me they have sent CVs to 100’s of job advertisements that they had all the skills and previous implementation experience to do and have not even had the courtesy of a reply to their application let alone a telephone call. In addition when they have phoned the recruiter who advertised the job they could not get hold of them and never get their telephone calls returned.

So what can be done about this?

Firstly, I always state to job seekers and contractors that they first have to understand what a recruiter’s job is like. Let’s forget about the bad recruiters this relates to good recruiters. A recruiter has to spend the majority of his time identifying new opportunities to present to his candidates, he also has to meet his clients to be able best represent his clients to those candidates, a good recruiter is also likely to have a large number of contractors on their books and they have to manage all the issues that each contractor faces, then when they have an opportunity from their client, that recruiter will have to find a candidate for this opportunity before his competitors do, as most of the time recruiters work on a contingency basis. This creates a job which is very fast paced in order to work faster than your competitors and is highly pressurised as there is no second prize. A recruiter will also be doing this with multiple opportunities simultaneously and at the same time seeking new business for all the applicants that sent their CVs in for their previous position. A recruiter will then have to interview his candidates as a primary screen, reference check every candidate, then they will have to manage the negotiation process and on top of that get back to every single candidate that is not relevant to a role as well as meet corporate activity targets. The bottom line is though that a recruiters worth is valued on the business they bring in to their company not their customer service and consultant skills. This is why a lot of the time getting back to unsuitable candidates who are not relevant to a job comes very low down on their list of priorities.

Once you come to terms with the above you have to think to yourself how can I make the recruiters life easier and how can I be more relevant to their opportunities.

You have to think how can I make it easier for the recruiter in every stage in the process of finding a job?  I think every person who is actively looking for a job opportunity in the Oracle market or elsewhere should be thinking about the below questions.

How can I make it easier to work with me?

How can I make it easier for the recruiter to find me a job?

How can I make myself stand out from the other candidates with similar skills?

What do I want from my recruiter?

What does my recruiter want from me?

So what do you do?

1)      Make a fantastic CV – Skills clearly displayed, core module strengths easy to identify, secondary modules identified, Industry sectors easy to identify, types of projects explained, bullet points rather than long sentences, achievements, qualifications. We will go deeper into this in a separate topic.

2)      Find a recruiter that knows your market – a specialist recruiter is likely to offer more in terms of advice and knowledge then a generalist recruiter. They’ll also have similar opportunities on a regular basis.

3)      Know what you want – It is very easy to have an attitude that you will take anything just find me a job. But this can waste valuable time further down the line when your recruiter presents you with an opportunity which you do not want when previously you said you would do anything. As a minimum you should know what location(s) you are willing to work in, what salary (rate) you are looking for, what types of position(s) you are looking for. If you don’t know what you want, how can anyone help you?

4)      Be Honest – Don’t lie about your work history, salary, job search, previous interviews or personal background. Honesty is essential in building this relationship. If you have any perceived issues, please divulge them up front so the recruiter can assist in addressing diffusing them.

5)      Keep an Open Line of Communication – Recruiters typically see hundreds of CVs a day and speak to a multitude of candidates a day about multiple opportunities. Being patient, positive, and persistent will help you tremendously in your job search. Also when finishing a call make sure there is some sort of action plan or time for a return call otherwise you do not know where you stand. Also let your recruiter know what the best time is to get in touch with you and vice versa.

If you do all of the above then the minimum amount of time will be wasted and your recruiter will appreciate it. Furthermore it will give you the opportunity to build a relationship with your recruiter which is key and once you do this anytime a relevant opportunity arises your recruiter is likely to think of you first and work harder to get an opportunity for you.

Understanding each other is fundamental.

Understand what a recruiter can do for you – Offer advice interview technique, tips on tailoring your CV, knowledge on current market conditions, who you competition for positions are etc.

Understand what a recruiter cannot do for you – Find a position out of thin air

Remember the bottom line is if a recruiter can find you a job he will because that’s when he gets paid, so you’re both on the same team.

Wish you the best of luck looking for your next opportunity and if you’re an Oracle professional looking or thinking about looking for an opportunity don’t forget to send in your CV to: origin@originforward.com


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