DEARBORN - The STA Non-Campus Recruiting Team is being recognized with a Global Diversity and Inclusion Award for their demonstrated use of partnerships in utilizing Human Resources, Finance, the Recruiting Office and Powertrain Operations to leverage a diverse workforce and ensure the right people, skills and talents are available to support business needs.
To help lead the way in improving current and future model quality, the Supplier Technical Assistance (STA) department was approved to hire over 100 new engineers. With the support of Ford’s Human Resources and Finance groups, the team was granted funds to conduct off campus recruiting to attract the technical and diverse talent needed to reach their goal.
The team supported a total of six non-campus career events with two events focused specifically on obtaining talented diversity candidates. The Chicago Professional and Technology Career Fair endorsed by leading diversity communities such as the NAACP and the Service Community Career Fair concentrated on veterans and military personnel who are graduates of service academies like West Point and Air Force Academy.
Because STA had limited experience in non-campus recruiting, the team developed a process to support the recruiting events and, with input and assistance from the Ford Recruiting team, pulled together a display that consisted of banners from the recruiting office, a computer and screen with the “Why Work for Ford” presentation running continually.
The team utilized the career discussions to promote Ford Motor Company’s career website and diversity initiatives. For example, the service academy was supported by Ford Commodity Engineer and West Point Graduate Paul Tsatsos who was able to clearly articulate how the company supports the military and has won numerous awards for supporting employees who are deployed.
The STA Non-Campus Recruiting team also went one step further by completing a presentation on results, lessons learned, and how further improvements could be made in recruiting efforts.
“Receiving the diversity and inclusion award was a great honor for the team’s work but the greatest motivation was seeing how excited people are to work for Ford as we proudly represented the company at these events. Even people not interested in a career at Ford would stop by to say good things about the company,” said Darlene Deane, senior STA program manager, Ford.