We recently spoke to Julie Watkins, HR Director at UniSuper about the challenges of sourcing experts when she needs them.
Prior to joining Uni Super, Julie held senior HR Executive leadership roles in a number of well known organisations including HESTA, AIA, Treasury Wines and GSK. We asked Julie about her experience using CircleSource to help, find, engage and manage specialist business service providers.
Here's what Julie had to say:
What’s been your experience finding and engaging independent experts and specialist service providers?
In the past I’ve had to meet with 3-4 different suppliers for an hour each to explain the context of the engagement and what I need.
How is CircleSource different?
With CircleSource, I can easily create a brief setting out my needs and provide this in one document; pitching it out to suppliers I choose who have the expertise and capability I need and then wait for their response to come in. CircleSource provides me easy access to multiple expert profiles where I can compare ‘apples to apples’ more readily.
How do you believe CircleSource can help organisations?
It’s just a simple way to access capable independent expert suppliers quickly. It allows you to be specific about your scope and budget and then make a considered choice of the expert you want to engage based on the proposals and responses. CircleSource provides you procurement governance and data.
What’s been your experience using CircleSource?
It was easy to use and navigate, enables quick responses from suppliers and already provides a good breadth of available expertise in the marketplace to choose from.
How would you use CircleSource in the future?
I’ll continue to utilise CircleSource definitely within the HR space however I can see opportunity for other functions too like IT, Change, Projects, Risk, Strategy, Communications and Marketing.
Would you recommend other organisations give CircleSource a go?
Yes. Save yourself time sourcing suppliers and give it a go. If they don’t have some of your preferred suppliers on it now, ask them to join up.
What types of services would you like to see more of in CircleSource?
It’s meeting my needs currently.
Join Julie and many others giving CircleSource a go as an alternative to current manual processes and as a resource to find and connect with independent experts and suppliers to help your business.