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Recruitment Projects

We understand that one of the fundamental challenges when planning a significant people project is ensuring that you have the right resources at the right time to enable you to onboard, train and execute on the programme that you have committed to as a business. Our team can support you throughout your project and is equipped with the tools and skills required to fulfil challenging and complex assignments.


Our team have over 20 years’ experience successfully delivering projects across a variety of sectors. Our projects have been across regulatory change, business transformation, geographical function moves, graduate intake and business growth and have all been critical to the business we partner with. Because we take a partnership approach, we will work as an extension of your internal Talent and HR teams to create a seamless and integrated delivery.


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Recruitment as a Service

Our solution gives you the ability to scale your talent acquisition capacity up or down as commercially required. This is a unique service and is ideal for companies who need to grow quickly, but don’t want to recruit a permanent Talent Team in the medium to long term, or where you have a project which needs specialist Talent Resource and support for a specific time period. While engaged with us, we will act as your internal recruitment function, fully immersing ourselves in your business, and will treat your hires with the same care and attention as we would our own.

Flexible Project Teams (Temporary & Contractor resource)

Where there is a start and end point to a specific programme of work, which does not require permanent recruitment in the long term, we can support your business in sourcing and managing a Flexible Project Team, such as Temporary Workers and Contactors. As part of this, we will ensure all legal requirements are met (such as IR35, holiday entitlements, pension requirements, reference checks etc.) and will work with you to limit the managerial time overheads.

Permanent Projects

If you are going through a period of planned growth, where you require ongoing recruitment for a number of Permanent Candidates, our experienced team that can support you across the full project lifecycle. We work with you front beginning to end, from project commencement and agreeing a detailed project plan, right through to successful onboarding and support adhering to legal requirements. No two projects are the same so our approach will always be tailored to suit your needs.

Graduate Programmes

Our Graduate Programmes are a full-service offering, where we combine Project Recruitment with our HR for Growth services. Graduate Programmes are critical for accessing the next generation of talent, and when combined with HR for Growth, can help you build a strong employer brand in the marketplace. These programmes are highly competitive and time intensive, so our team can support you throughout the process to help you tap into a new pool of candidates.

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Our Graduate Programmes can

  • Deliver market research in terms of skills availability, market mapping and salary & package benchmarking
  • Develop your candidate attraction & recruitment journey strategy, including developing the associated recruitment collateral to deliver a best of class programme
  • Build unique selection frameworks, which include competency-based interview questions, behavioural & skills assessment, and group assessment centres.
  • Design and deliver technical and behaviour focussed learning & development
  • Provide coaching or mentoring support for your graduates
  • Measure the return on investment or return on expectation for your business
  • Ensure there is a built-in feedback loop for your graduates through the design of a graduate check-in process

Case Study

Client: Ciena


Belfast has always been a Ciena centre of excellence for Global Supply Chain, and they made the commercial decision to increase the commercial functions supported by this centre in Belfast. As part of this, they wanted to relocate their Global Order Management, Global Customer Relationship Management and Order Fulfilment which supports their Asia, Americas and EMEA clients.


We were tasked with recruiting high functioning, productive teams, with the experience and ability to add value to Ciena’s CRM and Order Management Teams. This included attracting specific language skills (including Japanese, Spanish, German), and ensuring successfully resourcing several core shifts aligned with specific geographies.


During this process, we were responsible for:

  • Working with Ciena to define the employee proposition and candidate attraction strategy
  • Defining the recruitment processes for this project, specifically ensuring the best recruitment outcomes for both Ciena and applicants, utilising competency-based frameworks as well as testing where applicable
  • Partnering with line managers and HR to ensure candidate journey and onboarding is as effective and seamless as possible

Client Feedback:

“Corvus have been our recruitment partner in Belfast for the last five years and during that time they have provided us with significant project support and senior recruitment appointments.  They have delivered two key projects recruiting over sixty staff in the last 24 months and have recruited Director level positions in UK and North America.


We have found them to be highly attentive, committed, and experienced team of recruitment professionals who have been instrumental in delivering our growth plans.”


Alison Wilson, VP Global Fulfilment Operations, Ciena.

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Get in touch with Michelle to find out more

Michelle Kearns, Director of Projects

T: +44 (0)79 6848 1753 | E: [email protected]

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Over the last three years, the company has steadily grown. Our priority was to develop team and individual skills to enable a flexible and agile team. JMG had been working on a project to capture the current and future skills, and due to the project's complexity, we recognised that we needed external experience and support.

JMG has had a long-standing relationship with Corvus People from a recruitment perspective. We value their ethics and approach to these activities and decided to explore the HR for Growth side of the business. I met with Chris, and he really took the time to understand what we needed and put forward solutions that allowed JMG to determine which direction was right for us.

Chris asks challenging questions and facilitates open discussions, enabling our team to reflect and be open to new ideas - bringing positive changes to the business and allowing our team members to have more structured development plans.

We look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with Corvus People and the quality service they deliver.

Debbie O’Brien - JMG Systems

We identified a complex role within the business that required a demanding skill set. Finding the right person for this role presented us with a challenge - we had specific criteria that could be tricky to meet.

We had a relationship with Corvus People in the past and were keen to explore their more recent Corvus Assured offering, which is unique in the market and provides a different approach than traditional Executive Search services.

The role was difficult to fill, but our Consultant, did a fantastic job and was very responsive to our requests. The attention and customer service were great, and after some searching, they identified the right candidate who relocated internationally for the role. I would recommend this service to anyone who has hard-to-meet criteria or is looking for a different, more in-depth recruitment process.

Maria Deaconviney - MDC Precision

In the current climate it is difficult to recruit quality candidates. Corvus have so far delivered us with two excellent senior members of staff who have elevated the business to another level, and we have third member starting shortly arranged through Corvus.

When Michael initially made contact with me it was evident that Corvus recruited people differently to most other companies. They attempt to place people who they recognise exactly suit the role, where others would be guilty of just throwing CV’s at you. I have only every received quality candidates through Corvus.

The quality of the services has help me to grow my business, and Michael, Ian and Helen have been very supportive and friendly throughout the process.

Construction Measure

We have been facing ongoing challenges within the recruitment process, which has been the case for the past 18 months. Unfortunately, this has not been specific to one type of role or region. Attracting well-matched candidates and avoiding 'time-wasters' has been difficult. It has meant that, on a few occasions, we have had to restart the process from the beginning, taking a lot of resources from our team.

I had an existing relationship with Helen from my previous company, and when she reached out I had no hesitation in trusting her with the vacancy. The candidate who was placed is a great fit for the business and is coming with the right amount of relevant experience that we were looking for. Helen listened to what we wanted and found us the perfect fit! I would have no hesitation in choosing Corvus People for our next vacancy.

Laura Cassells – Acheson & Glover

My client required a Sales Executive but after posting the role through their own channels, they became overwhelmed by applications that didn’t fit the brief. We identified the need for a more personalised service with a well-filtered candidate list that best suited our requirements.

I knew Michael through business networking and liked how he and his team do business - they offer a personalised, professional, and high-quality service. Some other agencies send over several CVs without necessarily matching them with the job specification or client requirements, which is not the case with Corvus People. My client has benefitted from reduced time on recruitment, and I can recommend an efficient recruitment solution to my clients. I would recommend this service to anyone who wants to take the hassle out of recruitment.

Kerry Spence Consulting

Our business is continuing to grow, and we needed help attracting the best surveyors and project managers to join our team. We have an amazing staff retention rate and want to ensure we were hiring people who would love working with us. We needed assistance with shortlisting and used Corvus People’s behavioural bench-marking tool to help us target more relevant candidates - it helped us understand which potential team members were the best fit for us from a cultural perspective.

Corvus understood that we weren't just trying to put bums on seats and wanted to hire employees who would grow alongside us. We talked a lot with Corvus about our company’s ethos and felt they were able to convey this to potential hires effectively. We love that Corvus took the time to get to know us and our business.

We have successfully placed several employees with the help of Corvus People, and we continue to work with them.

They are enthusiastic, proactive, and caring, and it is a pleasure to partner with their team.

Claire Mullan – ESC Construction Consultants

Corvus People were recommended to me by a trusted friend and business advisor to recruit for a high-level role within the business. The recruitment of this role needed to be carefully administered and Corvus People were the team to ensure that. From the offset, everything was friendly, professional, and programmed. The level of service from the beginning right through to aftercare has been exceptional.

As a face-paced, proactive, but also very reactive business, the level of support and service that Corvus People offer is second to none. They were exactly what we needed to progress with the hire while we could focus on the day-to-day and give our input when required.

Corvus People will be looking after all our recruitment needs moving forward, and we look forward to working with them again.

Conor Cole - Cole Groundworks Contracts

Having worked with Michael and Michelle from Corvus I found them extremely professional, They worked very closely with us to not only understand more about the role we were looking to fill but also the nature of our business and people. I can highly recommend the whole Corvus experience.

Woodland NI

I have used Michael’s services for business recruitment and personal career change. Michael is highly professional, intuitive and knowledgeable across several business sectors to assist with finding the right candidates for the right roles. Highly recommended!

Babcock International

Working with Michelle Kearns at Corvus has been a pleasure, there was regular contact, honest and transparent conversations about what I was looking for and what the company was able to offer. If I requested more information about any particular points Michelle provided robust and concise feedback with all the detail needed and would often check-in to see if there was any further support I required. I was in the process of moving country and Michelle also understood the pressures this involved and would give me time to think about any offers made and also helped accommodate support within that offer for the relocation.

Michelle was very professional in how she handled my case and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to make the next move in their career. She has demonstrated a high standard of work and negotiation to get me the package that best suited my circumstances and I am very grateful for all her hard work.


Excellent to deal with and very helpful. Kept constantly in contact to keep me up to date with how things were going and was very helpful both prior to and after getting my offer!

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