As the demand for Electronics Engineering skills continues to outpace supply, many of our customers are experiencing even greater difficulty finding and retaining good Embedded Software & Hardware Engineers. Recruitment processes are taking longer, good candidates have more options, successful placement ratios are diminishing, salary expectations are increasing and even attrition rates are rising faster than ever. CIS are helping our customers tackle these issues by introducing a number of innovative outsource workforce solutions.
Embedded Software Engineers - Firmware Engineers – Test Engineers - System Engineers - Analog & Digital Designers – Verification & Test Specialist – System Architects - Concept Engineers – Technical Consultants – Subject Matter Experts - Team Leaders
Our Outsource Workforce Solution (OWS) is designed to be a seamless extension of your existing R&D or project facilities, where you can retain complete control over all our resources in order to achieve your desired goals. We will identify and recruit engineers as permanent employees of CIS, to work in our offices in Valencia, specifically based on your requirements. The services are provided on a flexible basis, offering you the opportunity to cancel any individual resource on one-month notice for any reason, without penalty.
This offers our customers the opportunity to expand and contract their R&D engineering activities, with far greater flexibility.
Valencia is a low cost European City with a great supply of engineers looking for opportunities to work with leading international electronics organisations, without having to relocate.
Unlike traditional outsourcing options, OWS is designed as a ‘workforce only’ solution where we can manage all the recruitment, personnel management, human resource activities and take on all the associated risks under the CIS banner. Our solution is designed to act as a seamless extension of your existing team, offering the opportunity to work on the same projects, in tandem with your in-house expertise or passing certain development or testing activities out to the extended team here in Valencia.
This avoids all the typical upfront activities usually associated with outsourcing such as bid management, definition of independent tasks, milestones, deliverables, acceptance criteria, guarantees, warranties and conducting complex price negotiations. We provide our services on a simple price per person, per day basis. This eliminates the need for built-in costs to cover the risk of non-acceptance, late delivery and other risks. In today’s technology market this is often no more than a ‘perceived risk’, as many projects are so susceptible to change during the project lifecycle that no supplier is likely to be left with enforceable penalties for non-delivery.
We have designed a standardised framework for the implementation of our new solution, while retaining a certain amount of flexibility to customise the final solution, based on our individual customer’s needs. We can provide teams of engineers with various levels of experience including team leaders, who can report directly to your in-house management team. This allows you to retain the flexibility to change or enhance your project plans on a regular basis without having to renegotiate contracts with outsourced suppliers.
CIS customers begin by identifying key areas of expertise in which they can benefit from long-term additional support. CIS will then go to the market to identify and recruit the best talent available as permanent employees of CIS and assign these engineers to a team to support you in your required functions. In some cases, CIS may already have existing engineers available, who are ideally suited to your projects and can be assigned easily to the new team.
We can provide teams of any size, starting with a hands-on technical team leader(s) who would act as the primary interface to your technical management. This team leader will also play a key role in the final selection of additional team members, as may be required. Larger projects may include additional team leaders or even project management capability, if required.
Each team is comprised of engineers with three basic levels of experience (junior, mid-level and senior / team leader). Each ‘Team Leader’ will act as a mentor and trainer to each Mid-Level Engineer, who in turn will act as a mentor and trainer to each Junior Engineer, in order to provide a comprehensive structure to enable the on-boarding of as many Junior Engineers as possible to gain maximum value from the overall program.
Step by Step
Our Virtual Centre of Excellence (Vcentre) is designed as a fully integrated modular solution, built around our core Outsourced Workforce Solution CISOWS.
In addition to the core Outsourced Workforce Solution, we can add expert ‘independent contractors’ on a modular basis from across the globe, to assist with rare skills requirements and subject matter knowledge. This will help to reduce project timelines, raise quality standard and accelerate the development and capability of the whole team.
CISOWS acts as the central hub and we can add specialist expert contractors from any of the categories below to assist with rare skills requirements and subject matter knowledge.
CISXperts working on-site in Valencia in conjunction with our central OWS team
euroXperts working remotely, after initial period on-site, with ongoing visits to our central hub, as may be required
globalXperts working fulltime remotely from anywhere across the globe allowing us to secure the very best talent at great value for money
CIS Work Package Solutions (Wpak) offers our customer the opportunity to outsource some of the more standalone tasks as independent Work-Packages or ‘Statements of Work’ (SOW). These Work-Packages are agreed on case by case basis with our customers, in order to define certain tasks, milestones, deliverables and acceptance criteria required under the service agreement.