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Hiring a Team of Seven for Johnson & Johnson's New HR Model

The Challenge

Johnson & Johnson embarked on a new HR transformation journey across the globe and as part of the new HR model, there would be a recruitment specialist group in each country across three key sectors.

This aim of this new model was to increase and enhance synergies in the way the company attracts new talent and explore methods of increasing both the hiring manager and candidate experience as well as building on the employer brand.

The implementation across the UK took six months, harmonising best practice and policy across the three sectors and all of the operating businesses. This process included identifying, attracting and employing externally a brand new team of seven UK based recruitment professionals to start within three months. 

After reaching out to Hudson in Reading Johnson & Johnson decided to partner with Hudson HR who understood the project requirements, timelines and desired candidate personality. Even though Johnson & Johnson were looking for experienced professionals, it was equally important to hire people who would be a great fit for the company, looking to build careers within the organisation and who would bring fun and new ideas to the table.

The Solution

Hudson took the time to understand the initiative and how the model was going to work, and agreed timelines and process up front.

By getting to know the hiring manager, Hudson thoroughly understood what would be important and how the virtual team should be motivated and work together.

Hudson met with all of the candidates and due diligence was conducted in understanding the organisation but taking into consideration Johnson & Johnson’s values and Credo.

The Results

The EMEA Director of Resourcing was amazed at how a complete team was hired in time for training with the US. For Johnson & Johnson it was very unusual for any expansion country to ‘go live’ with a full team hired on the same day. 

Hudson helped manage all the negotiating around start dates and training commitments which relieved the hiring manager. After four days together on training, the team had bonded and settled in well. 

Five months on, the team has a lot of challenges; steps which were omitted in the implementation process or training but the team take it all on board and deal with it with humour and confidence. 

The team has had impressive feedback from the rest of the Johnson & Johnson business on how professional they are and how the team understands the business and industry. Line managers enjoy recruiting again because they work with business partners who understand their needs and want to make it a great experience.


"Hudson set the standard very early on, we saw the majority of candidates we extended offers to within the first seven days of interviewing."

Global Recruitment Lead - UK & Ireland at Johnson & Johnson

Project Snapshot


  • New HR model to be implemented resulted in recruitment requirements
  • A brand new team of seven UK based recruitment professionals to be employed
  • New team required to start within three months


  • Requirements of roles, candidate personalities, approach and timelines agreed from the outset
  • An understanding of the business, any challenges as well as team/cultural fit was also key


  • The complete team was hired within deadline
  • Hudson helped manage all the negotiating around start dates and training commitments which relieved the hiring manager
  • The team have bonded and settled in well together
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