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Six years ago, Andreas Fischer, Laura Reisdorf, Torsten Fischer, and Christian Schmitt established the Germany-based consultancy firm Element GmbH. Each founder had previously worked for an English recruitment agency. Today, Element GmbH focuses on permanent and freelance roles within the finance, SAP, IT, engineering, and healthcare industries. The company is headquartered in Frankfurt and has a second office in Berlin.
Element GmbH has always demonstrated a firm appreciation for active personal support. In today’s recruitment industry climate of short-term profit, this is a commendable feat. The company specialises in empathy and respect, and it guarantees feedback to its extensive network of over 30,000 candidates following the interview and placement process.
Each of the founders of Element GmbH had an ingrained appreciation of the value of a good CRM tool from the very beginning – they’d each worked with a CRM system at previous jobs. Thus, when establishing the foundations of the business five years ago, one of the founders’ first and most important decisions was to get a CRM system in place.
To begin with, Element GmbH adopted a CRM system from a company in Germany. This CRM was a customisable tool that “worked very well at the beginning,” according to Reisdorf. But within a couple of years, it became evident that this tool was unable to maintain Element GmbH’s expanding database and corresponding relationship management. As time passed, it became clear that the CRM’s performance was poor and lacking in consistency.
Shortly after deciding to review CRM systems from companies in the UK, the founders of Element GmbH found Bullhorn and were immediately impressed. They were taken by Bullhorn’s customisability, especially when compared to that of other systems on the market. They also appreciated the fast and professional nature of the system, along with its connectivity. Said Reisdorf, “You do one step, [and] it affects the candidate, the client, the company…it’s a very global system.”
The Germany-based consultancy firm now finds it “much easier to use the data” that it already possessed. With Bullhorn, Element GmbH has more flexibility, “more possibilities to run searches,” and many more possible ways to customise workflows.
Since implementing Bullhorn, Element GmbH’s workforce has been able to “put all the information into one system,” giving the whole company, across all departments and all German offices, a holistic view of each candidate and client in real-time. Reisdorf made particular reference to Bullhorn’s email integration tool, which has made it easier for the firm’s consultants to concentrate on forming and building relationships, as opposed to manually inputting relationship correspondence into a system. For GmbH, the main benefit of Bullhorn is that the company now has “a global system, which is more or less perfectly integrated into its workflow.”
The future is bright for Element GmbH and Bullhorn. Having just implemented Bullhorn’s Enterprise Edition, Element GmbH plans to push the use Bullhorn’s dashboards to become more analytical. The firm aims to move past CRM use by junior consultants and basic KPI management to in-depth use by executives. This has the potential to be a very advantageous feat, given that KPI management is not as prevalent in the German recruitment market as it is in the UK. Element GmbH is “looking forward to 2016,” and the company is planning for even greater success than in the previous year. With Bullhorn, Element GmbH plans to open another office in Germany by the end of the year, and there are plans in the works to expand across Europe with Bullhorn at its side.
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SVP Product, Executive Search
As Bullhorn’s SVP Product, Executive Search, Richard drives the company’s product strategy and initiatives for the executive search sector and the Invenias product. Richard joined Bullhorn as part of the Invenias acquisition in 2018, where he one of the founders and spent 14 years as the Chief Product & Technology Officer and a Board Director.
Richard brings over 25 years of business, technology and product leadership, with broad industry experience that spans the full spectrum of the staffing industry, with specific focus on executive and retained search. Prior to Bullhorn, Richard was central to the successful growth and development of the Invenias business globally, from its inception to becoming the market leading provider of executive search software.
Team Lead – Enterprise Solution Consultant, APAC
As GM for Bullhorn’s APAC business, Aaron McIntosh oversees all business functions in the region. He also leads the solutions consulting team locally, ensuring our customers have an incredible experience when transitioning to Bullhorn. He has over 20 years working various roles within the technology industry and joined Bullhorn in 2013 in the London office before relocating back to Australia in 2015. During his tenure, he has helped numerous customers make the move to Bullhorn including Kelly Persol, Ambition, Hudson, and many others. He is passionate about technology and in particular how technology can be used to solve business issues and problems that are inhibiting growth within recruitment businesses.
He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Computing) with Honours from Monash University in Melbourne.
Senior Vice President, Customer Success
As the Senior Vice President of Customer Success, Tamsyn leads Bullhorn’s Services and Customer Success teams. She is responsible for successful delivery of all products and services globally and is committed to creating and maintaining incredible long term customer experiences in the candidate to cash process. Tamsyn has been delivering implementations for over 25 years with companies such as SAP, Ariba, Zuora: specialising in HR, Payroll, Procurement and Quote To Cash capability. She trained as a software engineer after studying Maths, Statistics, and Computing in England.
Director of International Marketing
As the Director of International Marketing at Bullhorn, Catherine is responsible for all international marketing efforts across EMEA and APAC. Catherine has been with Bullhorn based in the Boston office since 2010 and has recently relocated to London. Over her tenure, she’s overseen several marketing functions including demand generation, marketing operations, and events. She is passionate about marketing technology, building high-performing teams, and leveraging both to drive for results. Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from Providence College.
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Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and International
Peter oversees Bullhorn’s international operations outside North America in his role as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and International. Peter joined Bullhorn in 2009 and was responsible for its highly successful UK launch and continued expansion internationally. Peter has grown the international team to over 100 staff, established Bullhorn as the UK’s market leading recruitment software and has expanded Bullhorn’s reach into EMEA and APAC, achieving a user base of more than 30,000 international users. Prior to taking on the launch of Bullhorn International, Peter spent 20 years working in the recruitment industry and held a number of senior director roles before moving into the technology space.