Breakout 02 - Why a Traditional VMS Just Wasn't Enough

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 12:20

As a growing organization with an increasing number of very high skilled consultant workers, Sage Therapeutics requires innovative technology that not only seamlessly integrates with their HCM (Workday) but gives them much more. With a vision where Talent Acquisition owns both the employee and non-employee processes, Sage needed a partner to help them realize a total talent reality. In this session, we will discuss why the existing system landscape of VMS solutions was not a perfect fit and how Sage is helping define what an Extended Workforce System is for the future of work.

You will learn:

  • Key reasons for selecting a modern alternative to a VMS
  • How to extend your Workday investment to cover the total workforce
  • Considerations when going on a journey with a new technology provider


Jessica Wall

Associate Director, Talent Acquisition
Sage Therapeutics

Jess has spent the last 15 years managing consultant workforce programs at companies such as Sage Therapeutics, CVS Health, Genzyme, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Genzyme and Bose.  She has experience which spans across a number of areas: Corporate Recruiting, Total Workforce Solutions, VMS Oversight, MSP Oversight and Recruitment Process Outsourcing Management. This experience lends itself to a well-rounded understanding of the industry. 

Erika Novak

Head of Client Services

Erika Novak is a seasoned Contingent Workforce thought leader and practitioner with 14 years of experience. She has built and evolved Enterprise Contingent Workforce programs during her time at eBay and LinkedIn, consulted Fortune 500 companies while at Brightfield, and has now moved into building products with Utmost as their Head of Client Services.

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