March 2, 2017 – London-headquartered search firm Spencer Ogden has launched a new office in Mannheim, Germany. The firm has appointed Thilo Grams to serve as director of Germany and lead the new office, which will focus on providing recruitment services for the renewables, power, built environment, technology and R&D sectors.
Mr. Grams brings over 13 years of international recruitment experience and throughout his career has held key leadership roles across the IT, construction, property and engineering sectors. Previously, he served as head of life sciences at Hays, where he also launched four business units in Germany and the U.S.
“Our performance across the U.K. and Europe was excellent in 2016 and our Mannheim office will add considerable sales value from a local stand point,” said Bradley Lewington, chief executive officer of Spencer Ogden. “Our presence in Mannheim will enable us to deliver bespoke end-to-end manpower solutions across Germany and wider Europe.” Mr. Grams said he is looking forward to leading a team that will boost existing business and win new projects through active relationship management throughout Europe.
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Spencer Ogden recently expanded its offerings to include engineering and infrastructure recruitment with the launch of its new rail, automotive and built environment practices in addition to its energy division.
With a presence in all the major energy hubs, including the U.K., Scotland, the Middle East, the U.S. and Asia, the firm specializes in finding energy executive for clients internationally within oil & gas; power generation; nuclear; renewables; smart energy; finance & trading; and mining.
The German Market
Germany is the largest national economy in Europe, and the fourth largest by nominal GDP in the world. The country’s service sector makes up 70 percent of its GDP and nearly 40 percent of Fortune Global 500 companies are headquartered here. But Germany is facing severe economic prospects, as the country comes to grips with a growing immigration and migrant crisis which is expected to challenge every corner of its society, from education and healthcare infrastructure to jobs.
Nevertheless, Germany continues to attract recruiters. And other London-based search firms like Spencer Ogden are turning to Germany, as well as to France and the U.S. as potential markets to sit out the uncertainty and after-effects of Brexit in the U.K. until a clearer way forward surfaces.
Well known companies in the country include Mercedes-Benz, BMW, SAP, Siemens, Volkswagen, Adidas, Audi, Allianz, Porsche, Bayer, BASF, Bosch, and Nivea. As such, it is an important base of operations for all of the major global search firms, including for Egon Zehnder, Spencer Stuart, Boyden, Russell Reynolds Associates, Heidrick & Struggles, DHR International and Korn Ferry.
But the market here is not just limited to those key players. Any number of smaller, highly specialized boutique search firms have been expanding into Germany in recent months. Here’s a look at just a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
- London-headquartered executive search firm Caissa Global opened a new office in Berlin in the heart of the German capital to better serve its local clients. “Being on the ground in Berlin makes it easier to work more closely with our clients here as well as with local job candidates,” said Konstanty Sliwowski, Caissa Global founder and managing partner.
- Amrop named Jan Derk Bauerman as a principal and head of the firm’s real estate practice in Germany. He has more than 12 years of executive search experience having worked with clients across the real estate, financial services and private equity sectors. He started his professional career as an associate at Heidrick & Struggles, later joining Kienbaum as a senior consultant in Germany.
- ZRG recently added Philipp Sturm as a managing director and country head of Germany. He works out of the firm’s office in Frankfurt and will also serve as a member of the its global industrial practice. Mr. Sturm brings a decade plus of solid and relevant executive search experience to ZRG. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at Korn Ferry in its global industrial practice.
- London-based Dunleavy White opened a new office in Frankfurt. “Germany has a large and thriving travel and aviation sector,” said managing partner Rick White. “The opening of the Frankfurt office is an important extension of our EMEA network to better support our existing client base in Germany and surrounding countries.”
- U.K.-based executive search firm ERSG opened a new office in Hamburg and appointed Taimur Malik as country manager. Mr. Malik brings with him a wealth of recruitment experience gained at S3 Recruitment. During his time with S3 he successfully opened and developed four divisions, playing a highly significant part in the overall growth of the firm.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media