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We’ve acquired DevSkills + Christoffer Norman joins Alva as new Chief Operating Officer

Alva DevSkills acquisition

In 2017,  we embarked on our mission to help recruiters qualify and compare job candidates with leading psychometric assessments. Today, we’re one major step closer to creating equal opportunities for all in the job market.

We’re thrilled to announce that Alva has recently acquired DevSkills, a Stockholm-based coding test creator for evaluating developers' technical competence. The acquisition has been driven by Christoffer Norman, Alva’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) who joined in September 2022.

This collaborative move will enable our customers to access DevSkills’ coding tests through the platform, strengthening our product offering as a digital recruitment tool. Together with DevSkills, we are committed to prioritising candidate experience with user-friendly assessments, helping candidates find the job that’s right for them. This brings us one step closer to fulfilling our ambition of becoming an end-to-end solution for recruitment.

Alva’s co-founder and CEO, Malcolm Burenstam Linder, comments:

 ' We are delighted to announce our acquisition of DevSkills, a company whose testing excellence, passion and company values match our own. The addition of coding tests to our platform takes our digital hiring solution to the next level and allows us to tap into the rapidly growing sector of developer recruitment.'


What is DevSkills?

Ex-Klarna engineer, Anton Fenske, founded DevSkills in 2020 after experiencing first-hand how difficult it was to hire the right software engineers with the required skill sets.

With over 86% of recruiters admitting how challenging it is to find and hire software engineer talent, Devskills meets this gap head-on, offering a suite of practical coding tests that helps assess a candidate’s technical skills.

The tests give engineering teams a leg-up against the dev hiring competition, enabling teams to simulate real problems developers face every day.

How it works: Each DevSkills test is available across most programming languages and tech stacks, allowing customers to also create bespoke coding tests that match their requirements.

Given the recent surge in demand for developer talent, Alva’s acquisition provides an opportunity for DevSkills tests to reach a much wider global audience.

The drive behind the DevSkills acquisition

Alva’s early investor and the Chairman of the company board, Christoffer Norman, has been the leading force behind the DevSkills acquisition, prompting him to join Alva as Chief Operating Officer (COO) recently.

We are thrilled to have Christoffer onboard and can’t wait to see what he will bring to product, finance, and strategy going forward, with the DevSkills acquisition marking his first milestone in the role.

Christoffer first invested in Alva Labs in 2017. Before that, Christoffer worked as COO at the world’s most visited classifieds marketplace Avito, helping grow revenues from 10M USD to 300M USD over 5.5 years.

Expand your talent pool and hire great engineers

Hiring engineers is notoriously difficultand only getting more so.  High-caliber engineers are in high demand. What's  more, engineering candidates can cherry pick which roles to apply for. For organisations, this presents a pressing challenging.

How do you attract top engineering talent and encourage them to join your company?

In our upcoming free webinar, hear from three brilliant minds on this topic: Anton Fenske, Founder and CEO of coding test platform DevSkills, Lisa Sindsjö Grahn, avid tech recruiter and Talent Acquisition Manager at Alva Labs, and Andreas Gabrielsson, CTO at Alva Labs and the brain behind our own tech recruitment process.

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