Our team

We would like to
introduce ourselves

Ernst Jan 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.

Joost van der Laan

CxO Search X
+31 6 17878742

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.

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 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.

Claude Gemerts

Strategic Account Executive
+31 6 81968131

Pure honesty and discretion, put together in one person, that’s Claude. Private and business are no different for her, so you are always sure to have the most sincere Claude possible in front of you. Injustice and gossip are big no-nos to her and she doesn’t hide it if she spots some of it. For over 25 years, she seizes every opportunity she signals and with her own approach and personal touch, she already got very far. Now it’s her turn to get Search X even further. One thing we have in common: with a “try me”-attitude, you can reach a lot.

Sjak will first ask about you before talking about himself. It’s a quality few people share. Every conversation with Sjak is one that stays with you because his attention to you is genuine. With his expertise in IT, he can always actively contribute to discussions about what you need. Sjak doesn’t work in a cutthroat manner, with only eyes on the prize. He believes a foundation of trust works better. What he trusts the most? The karaoke microphone when “Unwritten” starts playing…

Carine Veldhuisen

Marketing Lead
+31 6 23836597

The day hasn’t started for Carine until she had her first cappuccino. But that’s not the only thing she wants in a day. A big marketing campaign, using multiple disciplines and every billboard possible, that’s the goal. Preferably created with a team that she puts together and coaches herself. At everything she sees, Carine thinks: how can I do this for Search X and how can I automate this? Those continuous thoughts could be exhausting, but the opposite is true: it doesn’t feel as work. Despite that, even Carine goes on holiday, on real adventures. Trying out new things, that’s a returning drive in work and private life. But hopefully, she doesn’t try out a new employer and keeps building here for years.

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!

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.

Herre chases his dreams. After finishing his studies Environment Economics, he wanted to do something that makes a difference. And as the loyal leader 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.

Misha wakes up with recruitment, eats commerciality for breakfast and brushes his teeth with consultative selling. And that’s before he’s even arrived at the office. Recruitment runs through the veins of this experienced headhunter. He knows what drives him now: helping people a step forward, without them even realising it was possible. That’s how Misha accomplishes extraordinary things and could show much more here. But on saturday night, when he’s behind the bar or playing in his band, he’s temporarily unavailable. Relaxation by exertion.

Ask Bilal about any movie, and he knows it. Make a request for Bilal to write a poem, he makes two of them. And if you call Bilal to find a new job for you, you know it will be taken care of. He finds the recruitment business particularly intriguing because it’s influencing such an integral part of people’s lives. It’s like a game that you never finish, as it always starts anew. And the better you are at your job, the better the match for both the candidate and the employer. That’s why he has been successful in recruitment for years and continues to seize every opportunity to improve.

Luca Massaro

Executive Search Consultant
+31 6 42183512

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.

Floris Minkjan

Executive Search Consultant
+31 6 30052342

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.

Lieve Sterke

Executive Search Consultant
+31 6 25594892

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
+31 6 36554282

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, just married, 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.

Rémi van IJsseldijk

Executive 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.

Since Youp walks around in this office, our plants seem to be much happier. It even looks like there are more of them, but that’s possibly an illusion. However, it’s thanks to Youp. But he is more dan a plant-lover, because he can debate like no one else. As a fan of politics, he brings his verbal skills to the test in all his conversations with candidates and clients. A continuous search for what’s important to someone and creates true value, that’s what he pursues. And he finds it as well.

Sterre Haenbeukers

Corporate Recruiter
+31 6 38340629

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 Creator
+31 6 81162469

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 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!

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.

Louie, Junior Recruitment Dog, has everything under control. He is curious, smart and a bit stubborn. He goes where he wants to go, but stays right next to his boss most of the time. Except when people are kidnapping him for cuddles.

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