HigoSense, our startup client, set out with an ambitious goal: they would create a medical device for remote diagnostic imaging of throat and ears, auscultation of the lungs and heart, taking of the temperature and dermatological examinations. The aim is to reduce the time needed for formulating the diagnosis and the doctor’s recommendations from an average of 2,5 hours (time measured from the moment of making an appointment at a clinic to returning home) to 40 minutes (from the moment of relaying the symptoms to receiving a diagnosis).
The Higo® ecosystem is composed of a device supported by AI algorithms and mobile- and web applications, currently available on 6 markets and designed with the support of over 50 experts from the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France and Poland. The brand is working together with large medical companies in Europe and Africa; Higo® is also used in refugee centers.
Our RF/SF (retainer fee/success fee) service model proved to be the right one for HigoSense: their Team needed our help mainly with regards to highly specialized technical roles, but without the need to support the HR Team in a broader scope.
Over the last 2 years, we’ve worked together three times.
We started with the recruitment of:
After a half-year since the position was closed, the client returned to us with the following role:
Afterwards, in that very same year, they asked us to support them in recruiting for this vacancy:
Role 1: Mid/Senior Java Engineer
Start date: November 2021
Role 2: Mid/Senior React.js Engineer
Start date: July 2022
Role 3: Senior/Lead Embedded Engineer
Start date: September 2022
It's worth emphasizing the project development stage at which our client found themselves, as it was mentioned in the job offer and role brief: "We are building the second generation of this product, much more advanced. The first one was mainly designed through outsourcing, and now we want to build value, expertise, and experience in-house, from scratch. We need to take over the maintenance and further development of the current generation from our technological partners to ourselves."
Since the recruitment processes were conducted for various positions at different times, it was crucial to maintain open communication with the client's team and accurately identify their real needs for each role. Cultivating a collaborative relationship from the very beginning was significant, and resulted not only in the client returning to us for assistance, but also made them open to our suggestions regarding the ongoing processes.
After searching for candidates and conducting initial interviews with Bee Talents recruiters, together with the client's team, we invited candidates for two meetings:
For the first two roles, the Bee Talents team was in contact with the Technical Leader on the client's side. However, during the third recruitment (Senior/Lead Embedded Engineer), the point of contact on the client's side changed, and we collaborated directly with HigoSense's CTO - Michał.
The last role was simultaneously the most challenging of all three, and limiting the location to Warsaw and its surroundings significantly reduced the pool of potential candidates. Faced with such challenges, effective communication with the client became even more critical - especially in presenting market data that showcased the current candidate situation in the market. Additionally, we decided to allocate more time to jointly analyze candidates, involving the CTO himself in the process.
Thanks to this business-oriented approach to recruitment, together with HigoSense, we developed a slightly different role description than initially assumed. We decided that a senior-level position would better address the current needs (ultimately, during the discussed period, the greater priority was placed on technical actions rather than team-building), while also allowing us to find the right candidate more quickly. In the future, the hired person can naturally evolve into a team leader.
During the first project with HigoSense, we managed to build a collaborative relationship that resulted in further joint processes.
We thank the HigoSense team for their trust and wish you the best for the continued development of your product!
I appreciate the patience and determination of the people I had the opportunity to work with the most :-) Regardless of the difficulties we encountered together in this demanding recruitment, I could always count on enthusiasm, professionalism, and an extraordinary dose of energy, which undoubtedly contributed to the final success of the project!
Michał Biernat, Co-founder & CTO w Higo®