MIT & Global Technical Talent

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a world-class educational institution whose mission is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. MIT is independent, coeducational and privately endowed. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

The Challenge

Similar to its counterparts in the enterprise world, even academic-focused entities where learning, rather than commerce is crucial to success, demand an agile and stable infrastructure plant.Serving as MIT’s central IT department Information Services and Technology (IS&T) ensures critical day-to-day business operations by working with the Institute’s faculty, students, and staff to maximize the value of information technology to their work.

Categorized as a Directorate within IS&T, Student Administrative Information Services (SAIS) bridges technology and business expertise in diverse functional areas including financial, logistics, and human resources. Its core purpose is to provide outstanding service around high impact, enterprise-wide and departmental business solutions.

Although SAIS relies heavily on its legacy infrastructure solutions, in recent years it has turned its efforts to recruiting experienced web-based database, Java development and data warehousing professionals. This includes IT professionals with applied knowledge of both Hibernate object-relational mapping (ORM) and the Spring Framework, an open source application for the Java platform and .NET framework.


In selecting candidates for placement that best fit these criteria, Global Technical Talent needed to first identify IT individuals with top-notch emerging technologies expertise who also offered a solid education background and life cycle development experience. In addition, a candidate comfortable working with MIT’s polyglot of legacy and emerging IT solutions—was also desired.

By applying its proven internal recruitment methodology Global Technical Talent was able to respond almost immediately (typically 24 hours) with three qualified candidates. As part of this process Global Technical Talent presented IT experts that, in addition to highly polished IT skills, were also able to “fit in” to an education-based environment where the capacity to seamlessly navigate competing business and technical priorities is highly prized.

Global Technical Talent has done an outstanding job in providing highly qualified candidates in an impressively prompt manner. Even within MIT’s strict selection process for locating staff augmentation personnel, Global Technical Talent has consistently provided preferred resources.

— David Orr Consultant, Student Administrative Information Services (SAIS)

To ensure that outcome on a consistent basis Global Technical Talent presented MIT only with those potential contractors that were best suited for the responsibilities of the intended role. For example, whether for MIT or other clients, multiple resumes are never conveyed to a hiring manager. Rather, each candidate behind that resume has discussed the position, in full, with the Global Technical Talent recruiter to assess best fit as well as availability for and interest in the position. As a result, the ratio of quality candidates presented to the SAIS hiring manager to interview, make an offer and ultimately have that candidate become part of that team exemplifies Global Technical Talent’s “best-of-the-best” professional IT commitment to its clients.

The selection process used to evaluate and place candidates sometimes results in additional benefits to clients. In the case of MIT, for example, a consultant’s expert IT skills were applied to technical projects that, although different from the role for which they were initially recruited, proved beneficial to the school’s long-term infrastructure vision.

Global Technical Talent has rapidly become a valued partner to MIT, providing on-demand, highly-responsive recruiting services for SAIS including sourcing a consultant for the Quality Assurance team in less than one week’s time from screening to acceptance.

Positions Filled

Filled over 200 positions Since 2001, Global Technical Talent has placed over 125 people at GEICO, including 20 management-level professionals. Some of the more significant positions include:

  • QA Tester
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Software Developer (Java, web-based technology, data warehouse, security, systems administration)