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RPO case study: expanding operations during the COVID-19 crisis.


A leading safety and production manufacturer opens two new N95 plants in just five weeks with recruitment process outsourcing.

Randstad Sourceright COVID-19 response case study

challenges & goals

To help meet critical demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 crisis, the organization needed to stand up two new N95 production facilities in two locations, and quickly. The company hoped to ramp up hiring in just two weeks as machinery was being prepared for operation. In order to be operational, talent acquisition needed to be complete in just three weeks.


As part of its recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) talent acquisition model, a recruitment team and Project Manager were assigned to the project in order to meet strict deadlines. The RPO deployed digital recruitment strategies to engage talent quickly. This included Skype interviews, prescreening and on-site interview scheduling. An on-site Randstad branch resource assisted with contingent hiring and special projects.

key results

  • New facilities opened in just five weeks, much shorter than the typical 9 month ramp up time.
  • 50 individuals were hired in Rhode Island through May 4, with an average time to fill of 12.5 days. 
  • 127 individuals will be hired in Arizona through May 18, with an average time to fill of 11.4 days.

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