Peabody is a leading coal producer, providing essential products to produce affordable and reliable energy and steel. Their commitment to sustainability underpins everything they do and shapes their strategy for the future. Peabody are headquartered in St Louis in the United States, employing 5,500 employees worldwide. They also operate in QLD and NSW.
One of CSG Talent’s mining specialist recruiters, Evan Jones initially engaged with the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at Peabody based in St Louis. An initial meeting was set up when the CAO visited Brisbane, where the mining recruitment team at CSG Talent were then introduced to the HR Director at Peabody to work on two HR Manager positions. The HR Director had experienced challenges with recruiting these positions for some time and required the support of a specialist HR recruiter.
Addressing Initial Client Challenges:
Peabody had recruitment requirements to fill two HR Manager roles, one located in Mudgee, QLD and one in Helensburgh, NSW. Due to the complex nature of HR roles within the mining sector and remote working sites, finding candidates willing to relocate and who possess robust employee relations skills in a highly unionized environment was a challenge. Peabody's expectations were clear — ideal candidates needed to be willing to relocate to remote areas, could demonstrate effective leadership experience and a background in dealing with unions.
Strategic HR Recruitment Approach and Cultural Understanding:
Recognizing that conventional job advertisements wouldn't yield the right results, Evan embarked on a focused headhunting campaign, primarily leveraging LinkedIn. His approach transformed these opportunities from mere jobs to promising career advancements. Evan also proactively engaged with Peabody's key stakeholders to deeply understand the company's culture and values. He uncovered Peabody's unwavering commitment to training, development, succession planning, and talent management, as well as their strong emphasis on safety, environmental stewardship, and reducing their carbon footprint.
Thorough Screening and an In-depth Evaluation:
Evan's screening process went beyond the surface, delving into candidates' technical competencies and cultural alignment with Peabody's values. He carefully assessed their values, aspirations, career goals and openness to relocating. Evan's HR recruitment expertise allowed him to provide rich, specialised insights into candidates' profiles. He highlighted aspects such as the scale of the work sites they had managed, the size of teams they had led, and their experience in employee relations including performance management, internal investigations, and enterprise agreement negotiations. Whilst these HR acumens were not necessarily requirements of these roles, it allowed the client to get a full understanding of the candidates’ capabilities as a potential HR employee. Throughout the process, Evan maintained seamless communication with Peabody, facilitating interviews and ensuring that feedback flowed effortlessly.
Demonstrating Value Through Results:
Evan's specialization in HR recruitment was instrumental in the timely delivery of outcomes for the client as he was able to promptly recognise suitable candidates. For the HR Manager position in Mudgee, he presented four potential candidates within two weeks. Two of them progressed to the final stages, with one successfully placed and the other under consideration for future opportunities. In the case of the HR Manager role in South Sydney, Evan presented three strong candidates, with two proceeding to the second stage and one successfully being placed.
Evan's personalized and focused approach met Peabody's recruitment needs. It showcased the advantages of partnering with CSG Talent, where specialized HR recruitment expertise translates into a transformative and tailored recruitment experience.