Sector: Property and Real Estate
Millar Cameron Fills a Niche Role for Global Property Firm
Identifying a Move and Changes Specialist for an expanding global property firm in Berlin
Organisation: Global property firm
Industry sector: Real Estate
The position: Moves and Changes Specialist
The location: Berlin, Germany
Our client’s customer was experiencing rapid growth in their Berlin campus and needed a Moves and Changes Specialist to manage the extra workflow. This role was required to ensure the accurate tracking of occupancy so that new staff and teams had the space they needed to work efficiently, alongside campus expansion.
Having successfully placed numerous candidates with this client across Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, including placing a MAC specialist in Dublin, we had an idea of the typical candidate profile.
However, this role was in a different location and required a Manager with a different skillset. After receiving the brief from HR, the search team agreed that as the Moves and Changes Specialist was a niche role, and it would be very difficult to source a direct match.
Therefore, the team drew out the key characteristics and experience discussed with HR and the Occupancy Manager to find candidates working in facilities or office management, who had experience using AutoCAD or similar modeling tools. They also needed to have the personality to fit in with the client’s dynamic culture.
Due to the unusual nature of the role and the experience it required, we began directly headhunting suitable candidates and contacted them through LinkedIn recruiter. We also reached out to passive candidates, who weren’t currently looking for a new position but displayed suitable attributes for the role.
The team were able to source an Office Manager who had graduated in interior architecture so had both the understanding of facilities management and experience using AutoCAD. They understood the need for efficient space planning - whilst also possessing the personality that the client looked for in successful candidates.
The interview process included two phone interviews, one with HR and another with the previous post holder - as this is common practice when recruiting in Germany.
Following this, there were two on-site interviews - one with a representative from the UK and another member of the team who held the same position in a different location. The final stage of the interview process saw the candidate engage in a phone interview with their soon-to-be direct manager. This was a success and meant that after a month and a half of searching, the Millar Cameron team were able to place someone into the role.
The placement of a successful candidate has enabled our client’s customer to track the occupancy of the building creating a flexibility key to their dynamic, fast moving business model.
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