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Pauwels Group

Pauwels Group is one of the leading manufacturers of innovative, three-phase distribution and power transformers, operating manufacturing plants and subsidiary companies on three continents, producing more than 30,000 transformers every year.

With a significant increase in market share and a desire to further expand the business internationally, Pauwels quickly identified a gap within its leadership team. Subsequently the role of Global Engineering Manager was introduced and here Koen Van Peteghem, General Manager of the T&D systems division explains the steps the organisation took, and how Executives Online played a key role in finding exactly the right candidate for the job.

After five months of failed recruitment searches, Pauwels turned to Executives Online and provided the fast track headhunting company with a detailed brief of their requirements. Five to ten years experience in the specialised sector that the organisation operates in was vital as well as the ability to speak English fluently. As Global Engineering Manager the potential candidate needed to support the rapid growth of the company whilst overseeing individual turnkey contracts worth up to £10 million. Pauwels also wanted to feel confident that the candidate could manage and motivate the individual, engineering teams located in different parts of the world including Belgium, Kuwait, Hungary and Indonesia.

Through its Fast Track Search methodology which is part of a unique, three stage process, Executives Online was able to search its global talent bank of pre-screened candidates in order to identify whether an existing optimum-match already existed. This process was further complemented by a comprehensive digital search of candidates using its online acquisition engine and web search tools. After a matter of weeks Executives Online was able to submit a short list of best match candidates for consideration. Its understanding of the requirements and the culture of Pauwels' organisation meant that Executives Online provided Van Peteghem with a strong short list where one particular candidate stood out. With previous experience working as a lead electrical engineer in high voltage substations coupled with specific expertise working on international projects in the Middle East and the US, Shantanu D was considered to be exactly the right candidate for the job. With continuous support from Executives Online a series of face to face meetings and interviews took place to clarify that Shantanu was indeed the right fit for the organisation and as a result he was offered the role which he accepted.

Executives Online has proven that it has the capability to quickly source exactly the right candidate, regardless of where they are in the world

Daryl Stickland, Senior Recruitment Consultant, explains: "The main challenge we faced with this placement came after Shantanu accepted the role. There was an extensive amount of administrative work which had to be completed before Shantanu could start his new role in Belgium including the successful application for a work permit and visa. Relocating to a new country can often be extremely daunting if not carried out properly and we made sure that we liaised with Pauwels relocation experts in Belgium to ensure this was as smooth a process as possible."

Shantanu also comments: "The team at Executives Online was extremely professional in their approach. They really did go the extra mile to make sure that they spent time with me and my family to better understand how we were all feeling about this new and exciting journey and eradicate any worries we had – all of which created a huge impact for us."

Van Peteghem comments: "Due to our growth plans and success there is no doubt that we will have requirements for senior executives who have had international exposure and Executives Online has proven that it has the capability to quickly source exactly the right candidate, regardless of where they are in the world. Working in such a specialised sector requires us to work with a recruitment partner who fully understands our business whilst providing ongoing support at every stage – we are confident that Executives Online can continue providing such a personalised service."