November 24, 2015 – Oil and energy focused executive recruiting firm Petroplan has appointed James Monaghan as recruitment manager for its Houston office. In his new role, he will be responsible for expanding the firm’s footprint throughout the U.S. while leading a team of recruiters specializing in construction, commissioning, engineering, HSE and project services.
Mr. Monaghan brings a decade of experience to the role and joins Petroplan’s Houston office from NES Global Talent. Prior to that, he was a senior recruitment consultant with finance-focused executive search firm Sellick Partnership.
“Our success is driven by hiring and developing exceptional talent like James who truly understands the complex nature of the energy industry – this underpins our ability to offer clients solutions tailored to their recruitment needs,” said Huw Rothwell, U.S. regional director for Petroplan.
“I’m delighted to be joining the Petroplan team,” said Mr. Monaghan. “Globally, the company has a fantastic reputation in both energy and recruitment, and I hope to apply my knowledge and experience to reinforce that position here in the U.S.” Petroplan’s local offices across Europe, the Middle East, North America, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Australasia support projects throughout 40 countries.
A report issued by ManpowerGroup, ‘Strategies to Fuel the Energy Workforce,’ found that 58 percent of energy executives said they struggle to find the talent they need and 74 percent believe the problem will worsen over the next five years. Job categories identified as being in greatest demand included field workers, skilled trades, and highly educated professionals.
The study also found that the talent shortage may already be slowing growth and expansion throughout the sector. By some estimates, there will be three million energy sector jobs by 2020. In the utilities subsector, where half of the workforce is already over the age of 40 — 100,000 net new jobs are projected. Many of the positions will require tech-savvy candidates to keep pace with future developments.
In response, a number of headhunting firms have been growing within the energy sector to fill critical roles for clients. Korn Ferry recently bulked up its staff in the sector, naming former Heidrick & Struggles recruiter Chad Hesters as managing director of the firm’s Houston office and a senior client partner in its energy search practice.
Heidrick & Struggles, in turn, strengthened its oil, gas and power expertise in the firm’s global industrial practice with the addition of David Pruner. He joins the firm from Wood Mackenzie, a global research and strategic advisory firm specializing in the energy, chemicals, metals and mining industries, where he has been a senior vice president for the past 12 years.
Extract Talent opened its doors to serve clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to startups. The firm concentrates in the downstream sector of the oil, gas, chemicals, and catalysts industries.
In July, Diversified Search appointed Guy Sava as a managing partner and natural resources practice leader. Mr. Sava, who was with Heidrick & Struggles, has worked with global manufacturing, chemical, materials, energy and other industrial sector clients.
Jim Aslaksen recently joined ZRG Partners as managing director to further build out that firm’s global industrial practice. He has over 20 years of experience in leading assignments for CEOs, board directors and other senior level executives for global industrial organizations, frequently working within the chemical and process industries markets.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media