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Procom Hiring – Proposal Manager

Posted by sweens on July 29, 2010

Position: Proposal Manager
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Duration: Permanent

Job Description: Procom is searching for a Proposal Coordinator to lead in the design and development of winning responses to client request for proposal competitions. The successful candidate will assume a leadership role in the RFP process and be an essential member of Procom’s business development team.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

  • Take ownership of the RFP process and work with Sales and Recruiting counterparts to develop excellent responses to client RFP processes.
  • Chair proposal kick-off meetings and run opportunity assessment matrix process.
  • Writing of tailored proposal responses, and working with client service teams to develop their proposal responses according to the prospects expectations.
  • Ensures the consistent delivery of compliant responses to an RFP on time and within budget. This includes coordination of bid writing activities and schedules so that proposals are developed, reviewed and signed-off in a timely manner. Prepares a schedule of bid activities identifying key milestones and delivery targets;
  • Assisting recruiters on qualifying candidates and ensuring compliance (generate recruiting checklist, candidate matrices, candidate tracking sheets, etc.)
  • Remain current on all proposal amendments and modifications, and ensure that the proposal is updated accordingly using quality grammar and content.
  • Coordinates the proposal production process, including word processing, graphics, proofreading, and production of all proposals to ensure consistency of language, formats, and graphics and an overall high standard of quality.
  • Creation and application of proposal development tools, such as compliance matrices, evaluation criteria weighting, proposal outlines, proposal templates.
  • Monitoring opportunities on various bid sites
  • Such other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time which are compatible with the position.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree preferably in, English, communication, journalism business or other related industry. • Have a solid understanding of Government procurement processes and policies, proposal processes and excellent teamwork.
  • Significant experience in proposal development including – proposal preparation, reviewing costing sheets, review and approval process.
  • Skill requirements include good organization and planning, problem solving, analytical skills, in-depth product knowledge, attention to detail, research, and excellent written and oral communication. Ability to prioritize multi-tasked functions and work under deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office business applications
  • Must be a team player and have a strong desire to support internal/external customers
  • Desirable
  • Knowledge of technical skill sets and IT terminology
  • Ability to become Secret-cleared.

PROCOM is a leading provider of IT services in North America, PROCOM and PROCOM SERVICES currently have more than 3500 consultants on assignment and place hundreds of people in permanent positions annually. For over 30 years, we have been finding high-quality jobs for our candidates. Our policies of maintaining open communication with both clients and candidates consistently make us the IT Firm of Choice. PROCOM and PROCOM SERVICES are committed to employment equity and make every attempt to allow equal representation for all within the workplace.

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Procom is Hiring

Posted by sweens on June 4, 2010

My office is looking for another recruiter to join our team as we continue to expand…  If your interested please reach out to me.

Recruiter  – Government & IT Consulting

Procom is seeking a recruiter with a proven track record in government recruiting to join its growing Ottawa consulting team.  As a Government focused recruiter you will be involved in managing the complete recruitment cycle and assisting Procom’s client’s in identifying top talent for their business needs. 

Why join the Procom team?  Procom is the largest IT recruitment firm in Canada and has been consistently recognized as one of Canada’s Best Small & Medium Sized Employers by Hewitt & Associates.  Procom’s Federal Government practice continues to grow, resulting in a need for experienced and highly motivated recruiters that are interested in competitive compensation. 

Profile of an excellent candidate

  • A proven capacity to manage and deliver the full life cycle of recruiting responsibilities, including but not limited to, sourcing, screening and interviewing candidates, developing references and managing salary negotiations
  • Strong knowledge of Federal Government procurement practices and commonly used IT consulting procurement vehicles.
  • Strong ability to complete candidate matrixes and scoring candidates to verify compliancy of submissions.
  • A track record of proactively developing relationships with passive and active candidates using a variety of methods, including cold calls, emails and referrals.
  • Utilize internal and Internet databases to source and identify candidates for current and future needs
  • Demonstrated competence in using in using cutting edge recruitment methods and tools in order to remain at the forefront of the recruitment industry and deliver the best possible experience to Procom’s clients and consultants.
  • Knowledge of the IT labour market and the ability to communicate trends and recruitment challenges to internal and external stakeholders
  • Working knowledge of IT systems and technologies and the ability to translate client technical requirements into a targeted consultant search strategy
  • Working experience with an applicant tracking system (CRM, Taleo, Bullhorn, MaxHire, PC Recruiter, etc)
  • Experience in recruiting consultants for complex ERP opportunities, including PeopleSoft, SAP and ectera
  • A positive attitude and strong commitment to providing our clients and consultants excellent service.
  • Career growth tasks such as market experts in industry sectors, mentoring junior recruiters etc
  • Such other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time which are compatible with the position.

Skills and Knowledge Required

  • University Degree or relevant experience
  • 2 – 3 years IT recruitment experience
  • Ability to handle pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize
  • Good interpersonal skills

General:

  • Such other duties and responsibilities may be assigned from time to time which are compatible with the position.

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Procom – Recognized by Branham 300 for Industry Leadership

Posted by sweens on April 1, 2010

 Branham Group published its annual Branham 300 List today and Procom was recognized as a leader in its industry for another consecutive year.  

On the list announced today, Procom was named 6 on the list of the Top 25 It Professional Services Companies and 22 on the list of the Top 250 Canadian Tech Companies, taking the number one spot amongst its competitors.

Published annually in Backbone Magazine and circulated in the National Post, the Branham 300 List recognizes Canada’s best performing Information Technology firms. The rankings, which are based on revenue growth, recognize Canadian IT firms for their strong performance and industry leadership. It is considered one of the premier industry performance metrics.

“Recognition by Branham is a significant honour” says Procom’s President & CEO Frank McCrea. “We believe that our commitment to integrity, flexibility and responsiveness has created a strong foundation upon which our company is built and it is this strong foundation that allows Procom to leverage its core competencies and experience continued growth.”

Procom – Procom Consultants Group is a leading IT Staffing & Project Solutions firm in North America and for 4 consecutive years has been named one of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada. Procom has 12 office locations, over 2800 IT Consultants and is responsible for the delivery of hundreds of IT projects annually. Procom offers its clients customized services in IT Staffing, Payroll Administration, and IT Project Solutions.

For more information visit: http://www.procom.ca or www.branham300.com

For additional information please contact:

Allison McCrea
Procom Consultants Group Ltd.
1-800-461-4878 ex 600
allisonm@procom.ca

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Procom – One of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies

Posted by sweens on February 16, 2010

 Toronto, February 16, 2010 Procom is pleased to announce that it has been honoured for the fourth consecutive year as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.

Established in 1993 by Deloitte & CIBC, Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies is the country’s leading business awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices.

“Recognition by the leading firms that sponsor the program is a significant honour and appreciated greatly by myself and the entire team at Procom,” says President & CEO Frank McCrea. “We believe that our consistent application of best practices has created a strong foundation that has enabled us to weather the recent economic downturn and emerge stronger than before.”

In 2009 the IT staffing industry experienced a downturn affecting the demand for Procom’s core services. By reacting to the market and adapting its offerings Procom overcame economic adversity and developed closer relationships with its clients. The award is validation of the strong leadership and vision of Procom’s management team. Procom would like to thank its clients, consultants and employees for their continued support.

About Procom – Procom Consultants Group is Canada’s leading IT staffing firm. Canadian-owned and operated, Procom has 12 office locations, over 2800 consultants on assignment across North America and is responsible for hundreds of permanent placements annually. Procom’s service offerings include contract and permanent IT staffing, payroll administration, vendor management and IT project solutions. Procom is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. For more information visit: http://www.procom.ca or http://www.canadas50best.com.

More Information:
Corporate Communications
Procom Consultants Group
allisonm@procom.ca

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Interesting times lie ahead for Procom’s Ottawa office

Posted by sweens on November 20, 2009

 While the effects of the recession are still in full force for the Ottawa IT market, some of Ottawa’s private sector companies are continuing to grow while others are still downsizing.  Ottawa’s unique blend of public and private sector IT business has helped mask the true effects that the recession has had on the city.  The large Government presence in Ottawa has continued to push forward with new IT projects but it has also begun to cut the budgets on some existing projects.  This has caused many IT consultants who were supporting projects to be back on the market looking for new contracts.

Labour market conditions in Ottawa have been fluctuating recently due to outside factors changing the shape of IT contracting and the vision of IT projects.  Many of our clients continue to push for contracting rate reductions as they look to get more production for less money these days.  The swine flu craze has caused the Government to throw more money at this issue which has forced them to create new projects and initiatives in the on-going effort to combat this issue.  We are continuing to experience growing pains with Government procurement methods as the push for full TBIPS compliance by all Government departments changes the landscape of procurement into the Government. 

Over the last few months we have seen increased levels of IT positions as Government employees returned from summer vacations and started getting their Q3/Q4 projects underway.  Over the last few weeks we have seen many departments looking to hire consultants prior to the Christmas break in an effort to staff their projects and hit the ground running as we enter 2010.

The Procom Ottawa office is really looking forward to sinking its teeth into the public sector once 2010 rolls around as many Government departs will look to spend their remaining budgets prior to their fiscal year end.  As we have seen many projects begin prior to the holidays we expect to see many supporting roles emerge following the holidays as our clients look for the go-to resources they are going to need to make these projects take flight.

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What’s Your LinkedIn Strategy?

Posted by sweens on October 14, 2009

Ask yourself: “What’s my LinkedIn strategy?” If nothing comes to mind, it could mean one of two things – either you lack a personal strategy for using LinkedIn or you’re not a LinkedIn user at all – worse yet, you’ve never even heard of it. Whichever category you might belong to, you need to get yourself out of it, join the masses, and create a brand for yourself online. Here’s why:

 Before I started my job here at Procom, not only was I absent from LinkedIn, but I was also an avid boycotter of all social networks, excluding Facebook. I didn’t like the idea of being “found” online, nor did I see the point of spending countless hours chatting virtually with friends that were really just a phone call away. As much as I wanted to believe that my “offline presence” strategy was benefiting me (by allowing me to be more productive with my time), it was actually doing me harm because as valuable personal and professional relationships were being formed online, I was being left behind to contemplate my “productivity gains”.

 After much deliberation, I decided to swallow my pride and join the millions of Facebook users and LinkedIn professionals, the latter network having provided me with countless career opportunities and valuable professional contacts from around the globe.  Just the other day, I was “InMail-ed” by a fellow Procom employee (whom I had never even met) for an interesting opportunity regarding my interest in hockey (details available to the public only through my LinkedIn profile). Thus my LinkedIn strategy is actually quite simple (as can be yours!):

  1. I have 100% Profile Completeness
  2. I am constantly connecting – be it with past colleagues; current friends; or contacts for future opportunities
  3. I include keywords in my profile that allow me to be “found” (ironically enough)

 Since having accepted social networking as a part of my life, I have not only recruited several individuals to join LinkedIn, but I myself have been “recruited” by others – something that my ‘real’ social network is unable to do for me – how can you compare your circle of personal contacts and friends with a rapidly expanding global network of 12million+ professionals? You can’t. Young or old, job-seeker or not, everyone out there needs to embrace social media and make themselves visible to the masses. And what better place to do it than the World Wide Web! Ignoring the power of social networking because the concept is overwhelming to you will leave you struggling to communicate in the very near future. Get out of your comfort zone and create a brand for yourself on the Web – don’t get stuck communicating the way people used to – start communicating the way people do today, for better opportunities tomorrow.

**Article inspired by Jane and Marta**

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