Offerte.nl finds the right extended team fit to scale up their software development initiatives.

The story so far…

Back in August 2019, Offerte.nl was looking for 2 software developers (Full-Stack Developer and Front-end Developer) to drive forward their product development prerogatives. Offerte.nl engaged with Best4u International on the assignment of extending their software development team in Moldova, in the desired time frames without being forced to take the risk, nor invest time in getting necessary knowledge of the country’s legislation or market. Due to the successful closing of the placements, within a 4 week period, Offerte.nl has now the confidence to partner more closely with Best4u International.

BUSINESS CHALLENGES

Dealing with IT talent shortage

In light of the talent shortages associated with the Dutch IT market, Offerte.nl acknowledged the need to widen the geographical boundaries of their team. They needed a partner that could provide them a shortlist of candidates with the right professional, as well as personal skill-sets.

Freek, one of the co-founders of Offerte.nl, used to work as a consultant for many different companies. He was first doubting whether it was worth to opt for an extended team. Most of the businesses he worked for were outsourcing their software development, but it just did not work well enough to have an impact. Nevertheless, Covid made him see things really differently. The moment everyone started working from home (no matter where home was located), was the moment when Freek decided to give it a try.

Later on, he understood that EXTENDED TEAMS is a different model compared to OUTSOURCING or OUTSTAFFING

In the beginning, his concerns were mostly on the quality end. Freek is not a developer, but he understands a lot of the process. It was scary to give control to people that were not in Offerte.nl’s office.

Cultural fit

Offerte.nl is a high-growth business with a bold set of values. The company has a real focus on preserving transparency, as well as the collaborative, optimistic, and positive culture as the company continues to expand. The initial request was not just about technical skills, it was about finding a balance between experience, personality, and cultural similarities.

THE ASSIGNMENT

The initial search was for 2 experienced web developers. They needed forward-thinking individuals who could develop the product, whilst ensuring the integrity and completeness of the tasks. A strong knowledge of PHP programming language and best practices was required.

Process

Over the route of the search, Best4u International mapped the local market in search of suitable candidates. The recruitment team focused their efforts on providing Offerte.nl a shortlist of pre-screened candidates. The selection process included two-stage interviews: starting with the technical specialist & people coordinator from Best4u International and culminating in a thorough final interview with the co-founder from Offerte.nl, Freek Bos. The selected candidates had 10 years of software development experience (Full-Stack Developer) & respectively 5 years experience (Front-end Developer).

Result

Best4u International helped Offerte.nl find the requested candidates, on-time and on budget, creating an awesome first impression. As a result of the success of the partnership and the quality of fit for the developers, Offerte.nl decided to expand their extended team with a third developer along the way, one with a focus on Back-end.

Plans for the future

Freek is sure that the Moldavian team will grow. Offerte.nl plans to take their remote developers on business trips to the Netherlands, as well as travel himself to Moldova. This will ensure team bonding and culture transfer. It will greatly increase the relationship, and will translate into even better performance and productivity.

“A managed service like the service that Best4u International offers: creation of extended teams, can make your life easy. When you decide to do it, have a long term plan. If you don’t have that, it is better to opt for other services”

Freek Bos

FEEDBACK

Here are just a few features of our model that Offerte.nl has appreciated over the course of our partnership to date.

  1. Cultural fit

Offerte.nl appreciated Best4u International’s level of focus in tracking the right fit of both technical and cultural resemblance across all candidates proposed for the interview.

  1. Speed

In a fast-paced market, Offerte.nl needed to hire the developers in weeks rather than months to drive forward their ideas of innovations. Best4u International’s competence to balance the quality and speed of the process was the key to a successful collaboration.

  1. Collaboration and allignment

Offerte.nl appreciated Best4u International’s constructive assessment of the candidates and that they made sure that both parties: the partner and the candidates maintained a high level of comfort and engagement throughout the hiring process, as well as they were pleasantly surprised by the onboarding process of the selected team members.