Our team

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Ernst is the last one to be mad at you. He sails this ship as one of the three captains, and never loses speed. With over 13 years of experience in the field of recruitment, he knows better than anyone how the market works. His enormous drive ensures extraordinary results, and Ernst answers the phone all day, every day. But watch out, because he’ll threaten to use embarrassing footage from Friday parties against you if you don’t work hard enough. Thus undersigned.

Thanks to Joost, we keep thinking big, but stay on the ground with both feet. As one of the founding fathers, he’s been contributing in the big success of Search X from the very beginning. But that success doesn’t make Joost any less motivated. In fact, his drive keeps growing every day. The three-headed management team would lose loads of effectivity and experience if Joost will ever leave. Lucky for us, he doesn’t plan to. As the owner of office-dog Harley, he still recieves gratefulness. The bill for the carpet will come later.

Michel Bruins Slot

CxO Sales, Marketing and Renewable Engineering

With his smart, stubborn and loyal character, Michel completes the leading trio to what it is now. As a co-owner, he is responsible for the Sales, Marketing and Renewable Engineering divisions. He is a real entrepeneur, with his strengths in setting up businesses and creating new business opportunities. He never loses sight of personal contact with his colleagues, business relations, and clients. He connects with people through his enthusiasm and will always go the extra mile. Ask him for an anecdote en you’ll get a dozen of them. You’ll get him quiet for about 5 minutes only when you win a game of pool from him.

Margot Crebolder

Operations Excellence Lead
+31 (0)20 7782393

There’s a solution for everything. With that mindset, Margot is the most enthusiastic internal coach we could wish for. She turned her weakness into her strength and even made it her job. Her quest for structure and efficiency is a product of her once chaotic character. And that’s precisely why Margot is the ideal person to make our growth scalable and clean. She puts everyone in their power thanks to her group sessions and individual coaching. To make things fall into place, that’s what she comes to this office for—walking, of course. Except when it’s raining. Or when it’s a bit cloudy.

Lotte van Houten

Account Executive
+31 6 34584660

Lotte made some big steps in her life and she enjoys it visibly. She constantly works on relations: with her colleagues, with clients, within her family. That’s simply what makes her happy and it’s not without results. Lotte likes to surround herself with people who say what they think and she’ll always be straightforward herself. With her motto “you can say anything, but it’s about the way you say it” she always approaches people in a positive way. Whether you’re in line at the supermarket or when you have a final call with a (potential) client.


Roy has the lucky possession of the triple S-combination: smart, sharp, speedy. But with a keen eye for careful approach and a “think before you do”-mentality. The open approach and unstoppable drive makes Roy the guy his colleagues like. Hit the gym together? Let’s do it. In for a walk? Count him in. Little chat in the meeting room? Roy gets the coffee.


Laurens Jacobs

Account Executive IT Secondment | Data , Business IT & Applications

+31 6 81748626

Every day in Laurens’ life has a goal. Sitting still is not an option, except when he’s on the couch with a cat on his lap. When he smells even the tiniest opportunity somewhere, he can’t let it go. After just one week, he was almost too busy to have lunch. It’s no coincidence that he is responsible for taking big steps as a company from the start of his journey with us. This true salesman brings the ideal experience to enter a new future with Search X. But if he wants to take a step back to add a new episode to his series of beautiful trips, he certainly will have the space to do that.

Ryanne Aarens

Office Manager & Managing Assistent
+31 (0)20 7782393

No one has ever seen Ryanne sitting at her desk for longer than ten minutes. She is always going around the office managing all kinds of projects, and with success. Because on day 2 of her work here, she started planning parties. That’s how you make friends! As a lover of the South-European culture, she still keeps the Dutch way of sober thinking and working, and a siesta or late lunch isn’t an option. A getting-things-done mentality with a sense of style; we can appreciate that.

When Jeroen enters the room, he brings movement and energy. Not surprising when you consider that he has energy for 10. Through years of experience in recruitment, he has a keen instinct for commercial opportunities. “Success has always been a child of courage”, that is his motto in life and that is also what the customer and candidate appreciate in him. He is sincere and open, wears his heart on his sleeve, humor is the cement. In addition to the recruitment life, Jeroen is a youth coach at a football association. All in all, this makes him a real team player and a true coach!

Maarten has had quite some years of recruitment experience. The sum of his spontaneous personality, positive attitude and enormous drive make him the ideal recruiter! One thing is certain, Maarten was born to do this. Maarten doesn’t like the idea of losing. As a recruiter, he will not stop until he has found the right match. A driving force and a nice colleague on who you can depend. His life motto: “Do not stop until you are the best.” With this motto, he not only keeps himself sharp and focussed but also friends and enemies!

It’s one of Sjoerds dreams to become a killer whale trainer, but yet he joined our team. It seemed to be the better choice. With his structured approach and smooth chat he wins our hearts one by one. His experience in recruitment has been noticable from the start. He makes this job a tactical masterpiece, just like he does with his favourite games poker, chess and soccer. And here you go: you can make a job out of your hobbies.

Since Tessa arrived at the office, the ambiance got even better. She wants to get shit done, which you can see in her working results, but the colleagues enjoy her organizing skills as well. She comes up with funny Friday drinks with a theme that only Tessa can invent, but everyone enjoys it just as much. On the beach in summer, playing board games in winter, and all year long, she works very hard to perfect the tricks of the trade. Because it’s almost impossible to do something perfectly. Well, that’s what she says herself.

Bastiaan Kroep

Executive Search Consultant

Bastiaan is a born salesman, but since his start, at Search X he has also acquired substance. Of course, he goes for the best result, but only with a good feeling. Feedback is a gift for him, in other words, he learns quickly and continues to surprise us in a positive way. He is a real team player and always wants to please everyone.

Floris Minkjan

Executive Search Consultant

Floris is very precise and therefore quite factual, which is why it took him a little longer to complete his studies ;). With his predilection for our planet and the environment, he focuses on the recruitment profession within renewable engineering. The human factor is very important to him and, as befits a real go-getter, he only let’s go when it feels 100% right.

Luca Massaro

Executive Search Consultant

Luca takes his tasks seriously, whether it’s about cleaning up after lunch or preparing a meeting. He’s constantly impressed by others’ work, without realizing he comes dangerously close after only a few weeks. Observing his colleagues is hard to maintain for a long time, because he’s so eager to get to work himself. And a speech or two at a Christmas dinner is inescapable with Luca, who won’t miss his chance to take the word. But when there’s someone to listen to, he is the first one to be there.

Herre chases his dreams. After finishing his studies Environment Economics, he wanted to do something that makes a difference. And as the newest member of the Renewable Engineering team, he really does that by bringing people to the best jobs in assisting to the energy transition. Reducing global warming is also out of own interest, because Herre is a real Dutch “cold-sports-guy”. With a bit of snow or ice, he swooshes away and you won’t see him back. Unless the track is in a cirkel, then you’ll see him a lot 😉 He himself is only smooth when he really has to, by the way.

Lieve Sterke

Executive Search Consultant

Lieve never has a boring day. She expands her responsibility package every month by a little bit more, which makes it the ideal job next to her study Commercial Economics. As a working student, she has already found extraordinary candidates and she understands people really well. That’s why she exceeds expectations since day one. That promises something, for when she joins us full time…

Ernst van Doorn

Executive Search Consultant
+31 6 83795244

Rotterdam incoming! As a solid member of our crew a couple of kilometers to the south, this artistic musician is always looking for a nice conversation. At home, he’s managed to create a nice mini-studio where he produces his own music, but he does more in his free time. Snowboarding and cycling are two of his favorite sports, and he even starts at classic races. Whether he still has time left to work? You’ll see that in the results. He’s available now, if you’d like to call him.

Tobias de Koning

Executive Search Consultant
+31 6 43815723

Tobias breathes Engineering. Even with a social studies background, installations and technical details are what make Tobias enthusiastic. If we say we only work for clients where we would like to work ourselves, in Tobias’ case that is particularly true. You can see that in the energy he puts into his job. With his experience at other recruitment agencies, he sees how it’s really different with us, and that human touch suits him like a tailored jacket. But if he’s yawning at his desk, it’s because he has been watching romcoms all night. That’s nothing personal 😉

Dax Louwris

Executive Search Consultant

Dax looks for a challenge every day. With his years of experience at the Department of Defence, his drive to help people in the world has been clearly visible already. Making multiple sides happy and always coming up with a solution, that’s what satisfies Dax. The possibility for personal development and challenge is what pulled him to Search X, and he proves his worth with triple-A’s thanks to his discipline, humour and ability to learn. And since he doesn’t travel so much anymore, he secretly enjoys his evenings on the couch with the cat on his lap and the dog on the floor.

Thomas Bijster

Executive Search Consultant
+31 6 23276469

The diverse career of Thomas brought him to what he has now: a house, a (future) wife, a dog and a beautiful job. This dream scenario is something he wishes for everyone to have, and that is what makes his job interesting for him. Giving people the opportunity to end up at a job where they can grow in every part of their life, that’s the challenge. But luckily, Thomas seizes challenges for his whole life already. And if he’s cleaning the house on Saturday, he rather seizes his nineties melodic techno hits. We’re all glad he doesn’t have access to the office speakers on Monday morning. Oh, and if you need any advice on liqueur-related drinks, Thomas might have a bottle in his cellar for you.

Since Youp wanders around in this office, the plants seem to be a much brighter colour green. It even looks like there are more of them, but that could be an illusion. However, you can thank Youp for it. But he is more than a plant-lover, because he can debate like it’s his second nature. As a politician, he can use his verbal talents in the best way possible during his conversations with candidates. He keeps searching for what truly adds value for someone.


Rémi van IJsseldijk

Search Consultant
+31 6 26023744

Offer Rémi a challenge and he takes it with two hands. This all-round specialist has the drive to achieve new goals every day, whether it’s on the basketball pitch, in the gym or on the phone. It looks like there are 30 hours in his day and no effort is too big to do for one another. All with the goal to chase that one unique feeling: that a match is beginning to form. To make something from nothing. That’s where the challenge is. And before he recognizes it himself, Rémi is ready for his next step.

Sterre Haenbeukers

Corporate Recruiter
+31 (0)20 7782393

Sterre found her perfect job. As a student in Human Resource Management, she still found time to work here full-time. It even motivates her extra, and we noticed that from the start. With her interest in business psychology and the personal process behind the performance, she looks beyond a profile or a resume. That matches her philosophy with ours, because character is just as impossible as skills. And that southern accent is easily changed into the Amsterdam’s tongue…

Lukas Schlatmann

Content Manager

Lukas is too busy to write his own bio. No single vacancy may be written the same. Every job is different. Let alone the employer. We always present these in a unique way in an X fact sheet. Fortunately, this is Lukas’ great passion; write. He can also row quite a bit and doesn’t turn down dance to Queen either. Please email for unique images 😉

Mariëlle Tjalsma


Mariëlle has a passion for writing, and everyone can notice it. A message that’s usually very dull, suddenly gets interesting when she writes it. And that’s what we’re looking for. Thanks to Mariëlle, we’re always ahead of our to-do-list and can look further than the absolute necessary. As a real 90s kid, when she came crawling out of the Frysian clay, she admires The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills as one of the gems from her generation. Quality looks for quality, let’s just say that. And for our Italian connections: she can answer you in fluent Italian: Se la mia nonna aveva le ruote, era una carriola!

Justin van Zon

Social Media Specialist

Justin is an allround goal-getter. As an MSc student, he is paving his way into a beautiful career. But college goes so well, that he can find space for a busy side job here. He can find his happiness in helping people to bring them to the job that really fits them. And we could use someone who can speak 20 languages… But eventually, we’ll lose him. Because on his 35th, Justin is going to Thailand to open a restaurant. Until that time, he’s more than welcome here. And after that, too, by the way.

Jakub is the creative and technical brain behind the Search X Recruitment website. As an experienced Full Stack Developer, he not only ensures that the website looks nice, but also that we are up and running 24/7 and that applications can be applied safely. Skills in which he excels are HTML5, CSS3, SASS, Gulp, Javascript, jQuery, AngularJS, PHP, MySQL, Laravel, WordPress, OctoberCMS, and Python.

Harley, Senior Recruitment Dog, part of the team since 2017. He is curious, smart and a bit stubborn. The smartest Dachshund in the world.

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