Merito is a matching platform between point of sale managers and salesmen looking for a job opportunity. Thanks to the community and its feedbacks, it enables managers to easily hire qualified professionals. Cooption, recommendation, evaluation and trust are at the heart of this concept, envisioned by its 3 co-founders. Pierre Maury, who learned recruiting at Michael Page and Hays ; Marion Nathan who is a former point of sale manager and entrepreneur, and Edouard Baudry, developer, with a great track-record in startups and bigger companies.
“I met Marion during a startup week-end. She had just left from 5 years at Capgemini and 1 year at Leroy Merlin as a manager, and she had one idea: to create an interim agency that would use previous managers feedbacks to recruit the best applicants. With my experience as a recruiter, and Edouard’s one as a developer, we had all the arguments needed for creating Merito. And we did! As Edouard started to code the platform, Marion and I spent our days meeting candidates and prospects” Pierre Maury explains. The project was born in november 2015.
Merito, the platform that systematizes recommendation
“We focused on limited-term contracts and short missions. At the moment, we have plenty of students and young graduates on the platform, and some experienced salespersons who want to work more.”
According to the three partners, recommendations enable to match at best the salespeople with the stores they fit with. Merito already works with global firms such as Lacoste, Alain Figaret, Pimkie or Decathlon. Every new recommendation improves the reputation of the applicants and meliorates the matching.
3 indicators enable the community to identify the best profiles:
– recommendations from former managers.
– sponsorship between candidates: a good candidate can recommend his friends and previous co-workers.
– the online form the applicant fills, that enables to know the candidate better
A pilot project in retail centers thanks to Unibail-Rodamco
The startup is accelerated since november 2016 by UR Link, Unibail-Rodamco’s corporate accelerator.
“We got in touch with UR Link thanks to our network. We had some apprehension before starting the program, as it is never easy for a startup to work with a big corporate, but we loved their team. We have access to experts in various fields, such as finance, marketing and law. As soon as we have a question, we can easily find an expert to advise us and orient us”, Pierre attests.
The startup launched a 4-months pilot project in Parly-2 to test their concept on the ground. Two coaches have been nominated to help the startup fulfilling its mission: one collaborator from Unibail-Rodamco’s commercial operations department, and Parly-2’s manager. Thanks to their help, Merito tries to support the most businesses that struggle finding good profiles to be hired.
The three partners keep working on developing Merito on a national and international scale. They already think about the next steps: entering new markets and becoming leaders on the staff recruitment market, and more!
What we loved with Merito, is their ability to answer to one of the most fundamental needs of our retailers, with a tool that matches the right candidate for a given position. With startups like Merito, UR Link can offer innovative HR solutions to our retailers.”Matthieu Nicoletti