The Challenge
Dialog Semiconductor, a UK manufacturer of semiconductor-based system solutions, has a global presence. In 2014, Dialog decided to expand its footprint by upsizing its existing design centers and adding a new location. However, the highly specialized Analog and Mixed Signal engineering skills that Dialog needed to develop its business meant few geographies had a sufficient talent pool.

Dialog turned to its talent acquisition partner, Cielo, to not only attract new talent and increase product development engineering capability across its existing sites, but also to provide insight into the best global locations for a new facility so that new products could be successfully developed and brought to market.

The Solution
Cielo’s Talent Intelligence experts created a project plan to map the talent available to Dialog in selected locations in Europe and the U.S. that matched the initial assessment criteria. Eleven potential locations underwent a more rigorous SWOT analysis, resulting in a shortlist of five locations selected for further due diligence. In addition to research on the available talent pool and competitor presence, the location’s infrastructure, transport and University links were also considered. In keeping with our WE BECOME YOU™ brand promise, on-site visits were performed by the Cielo team.

From our final shortlist of three locations, the clear frontrunner was chosen as the home for Dialog’s new facility.

The Results
Less than six months after the kick-off date, a team of 25 highly specialized product development engineers began work at the new site, increasing Dialog’s global footprint and successfully upsizing its design capability. The new site is now home to more than 60 engineers with plans to double in size again by 2018.

Cielo’s Lead on the project was awarded Dialog’s annual HR Service Excellence award, becoming the first ever non-Dialog employee to receive this recognition – true evidence that WE BECOME YOU.

Hear from Dave Carter, Director of Talent, on how Dialog Semiconductor’s broader Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) partnership with Cielo has helped the company expand into 38 locations.