Odeon Cinemas

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ODEON Cinemas is the largest cinema chain in the UK and employs more than 5,500 people across 100+ locations. They have selected Jobtrain’s online recruitment software and support service to manage all UK recruitment.

Overview of ODEON’s recruitment before using Jobtrain

ODEON launched a brand new recruitment website (www.odeoncareers.co.uk) which enabled the company to have an online recruitment presence and had commissioned a bespoke candidate management system to handle online applications.

The system was basic however and ODEON were managing much of the recruitment administration manually, which was costly in time and resource. Going forward it was decided that they required a more cost effective and sophisticated tool to help manage and support their resourcing activity.

ODEON had the following objectives:

  • To manage high volumes of applicants effectively and professionally.
  • Be able to create ‘talent pools’ of candidates thereby reducing overall recruitment spend.
  • Reduce overall administration costs and time by introducing an automated internet based candidate management system.
  • Enable candidates to deselect themselves from the process allowing the stronger candidates to be forwarded for further consideration and assessment.
  • To allow them to track candidates throughout each stage of the recruitment process.
  • Excellent functionality, allowing managers to review applications from a remote portal.
  • A candidate side website design that is consistent with the ODEON employer and corporate branding.
  • A solution that allows effective candidate data capture and information reporting so they could measure and evaluate applications.
  • A solution that was flexible to grow and evolve with the ODEON organisation.

The ODEON recruitment solution

Bespoke ODEON branded job listing, content and search pages

Seamlessly linked from ODEON’s internal and external careers sites, the separate portals enable ODEON to publish all their live internal and external vacancies.

Candidates and employees can review and apply online for live vacancies, register their interest for future opportunities and refer vacancies onto friends and colleagues.

Online scored assessment forms

ODEON use our scored assessment form builder to automatically screen candidates according to core requirements for each role. This greatly reduces time spent reviewing candidates that aren’t suitable for the role they have applied for.

Cinema Manager access

Every Cinema Manager has individual access to the Jobtrain system to manage their hiring more effectively, reducing time to hire, improving communication and ensuring consistency. All managers have access to our comprehensive phone and email support service.

Email and letter functions

The communication tools enable ODEON to communicate with candidates, individually or en-masse, including the facility for candidate responses to be stored against their profile.

Comprehensive database and talent pools

ODEON have instant searchable access to every candidate and employee that has applied online, including role, salary and location matching to save time, money and improve overall talent management.


ODEON have access to comprehensive reports on any aspect of their recruitment activity, saving time and driving cost efficiencies.

Comprehensive support

All ODEON users have unlimited access to a dedicated Client Success Manager via phone or email, supported by online help within the Jobtrain system. All candidates can access a similar phone and email support service should they require help with applications.

Giles Heckstall-Smith from Jobtrain, commented:

“ODEON reviewed a number of candidate management system providers as part of a thorough tender process and we’re very pleased to have been chosen as their partner. We pride ourselves in providing solutions that are flexible, easy-to-use and comprehensively supported by HR/recruitment experts and these factors are central to the time and cost benefits ODEON will realise through bringing their resourcing online.”

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ODEON selected the Jobtrain applicant tracking system to manage its recruitment as it was flexible, efficient, professional and cost effective. The Jobtrain solution fully meets with ODEON’s business requirements and after three years in partnership with them we are completely happy with their product and service. The support we receive from Jobtrain is excellent and the team are always on hand to guide us in our recruitment strategy. We have found Jobtrain to be an innovative organisation as it is always looking to improve its product.