Scaling from 15 to over 150 people

Success story: Contentful

Contentful is an API-first content management system platform that lets developers and designers build innovative things – not just websites and apps, but the technology that powers virtual reality, cars, ships, the internet of things, and more. You name it, Contentful supports it. As the world realised the value of Contentful’s services, the demand for their product grew, and so did their recruitment needs.

The challenge

Contentful needs to hire world-class engineers and product owners at a rapid pace. But equally important – if not more so – is culture: Contentful’s unique and vibrant culture requires very intelligent but low-ego candidates, who thrive in Contentful’s product-focused environment.

The result

ACELR8 sent two Talent Partners – Isabel and our founder, Michael – in-house to help Contentful through two pivotal stages of growth as they expanded from 15-150 people over the course of two years. Our service included:

  • Creating a talent acquisition strategy
  • Using a data-driven approach to optimise the cost effectiveness of the hiring process
  • Giving advice on employer branding to increase inbound applications
  • Providing recruitment training for Contentful employees
  • Growing teams in engineering, sales and operations

One thing we were particularly proud of at Contentful was our efforts to encourage the engineering and recruitment teams to work together more closely. This meant that engineering managers were more hands-on and involved in the hiring process, allowing their hiring needs to be met faster and more effectively. We achieved this through training engineering managers on how to recruit effectively, giving them a better overall understanding of the recruitment process.

ACELR8 still has two Talent Partners inhouse, to provide in-house recruitment support as Contentful continue to expand into the next chapter in their story! So keep posted!

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