Ultra Electronics

Kallidus Talent software helps retain 97% of high potential employees, with 70% of key leadership positions filled internally


Ultra Electronics manages a portfolio of specialist capabilities for the defence, security, transport and energy markets across 30 autonomous businesses worldwide. Managing talent and succession planning is vital for Ultra’s continued success, but with a growing workforce of over 4,500 and hundreds of employees within the overall corporate succession plan, the company found they could no longer manage succession and development plans manually using Microsoft® Excel.

Why Kallidus?

In 2011, Ultra Electronics chose Kallidus Talent to help them to meet crucial HR challenges, aligning, developing and retaining global talent for sustained company growth.

The organisation wanted to allow autonomous teams with unique business requirements to maintain control over their own strategic HR information, whilst automating management processes through a single system. Kallidus Talent offered a smart and simple way to manage talent and succession, saving time and money whilst accommodating business growth.

The results

The benefits of Kallidus Talent have been significant. Most importantly, confidence has been maintained across the workforce that Ultra is investing in their careers, meaning employee retention rates for key talent have soared to 97%.

  • The software provides the flexibility to identify worldwide job opportunities within the group, which is particularly attractive to employees. “We can now find the right candidates for the right roles quickly and effectively. Over 70% of our high level vacancies are now filled internally, which provides great career progression but also saves us significant recruitment costs.” Keith Thomson, Group HR Director

  • Tracking talent is now more streamlined, saving valuable management time and resources. When Chief Executive, Rakesh Sharma visits offices worldwide, he is confident that he is meeting candidates who are part of a robust leadership pipeline.

  • When an additional business was created within the Group, Kallidus Talent was used to identify the right people to fulfil key positions, with eight out of the ten Managing Director appointments made internally.

  • The intuitive reporting capabilities have also proved invaluable across the company in identifying and proactively managing areas for improvement. Leaders can swiftly enhance personal development plans where needed, and use visual succession plans to successfully manage talent gaps.

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"Our working relationship with Kallidus is a genuine partnership. From the outset, they took time to understand our business needs and, when we need it, the support they provide is fantastic"

Emma Rolfe, Group HR Manager

Customer testimonial: Ultra Electronics

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