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Meet Caroline Devers - Director of Oliver James Antwerp

Caroline Devers

22 December 2021

by Caroline Devers

Today we introduce Caroline Devers, the Director of Oliver James’s new office in Antwerp. Caroline will focus on the engineering life cycle, matching high quality candidates with a variety of local and international companies. In this blog we delve into what the market can expect from Oliver James and what the future looks like for the Engineering market in Belgium.

Caroline, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

I am the Director of engineering for Oliver James and have worked in the recruitment industry for the last 8 years. I specialise in the engineering sector and cover the Oil and Gas, Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, and Construction sectors. I have lived in Antwerp all my life and I am really excited to open Oliver James’ latest location in Belgium in my hometown.

What made Oliver James Antwerp attractive to you?

As the central hub for engineering, Antwerp is home to some of the most established companies in the world and marks the perfect location for Oliver James’ first engineering division. Oliver James have already developed a well-established presence in the Belgium market and I am looking forward to building on the long-standing relationships and taking the engineering division forward, supporting both our existing and future client and candidate base.

As the Director of the Antwerp office, what will you be responsible for?

I am responsible for implementing the strategy to drive the business forward, whilst also growing and developing the team, ensuring best practice and a high quality service is consistently delivered.

What are your plans for Antwerp?

The opportunities in Antwerp are extensive and I'm looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in terms of the support we offer to businesses and job seekers, but also for the opportunities we will create for the people working at Oliver James. Over the next few years, we will focus on building the foundations of Oliver James Antwerp, growing a team of experienced and talented individuals with a main focus on the Electrical and Instrumentation / Automation market. In the long term, we hope to have at team of 15 by 2023 and have big plans to make Oliver James a market leader and expand into further markets with dedicated teams.

Which markets will you be serving?

Oliver James Antwerp will work to provide engineering professionals with access to the best opportunities and businesses across Europe. We cover the full engineering life cycle and work with businesses in the following sectors:

  • Oil and Gas

  • Water Treatment

  • Food and Beverages

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Construction

  • EPC Companies (Engineering Procurement Construction)

Our move into engineering highlights our continued commitment and ability to provide our existing, and new, client base with further recruitment solutions and we are confident that our service will supply the current gap in the market. 

What type of businesses do you work to work with?

We work with a variety of local businesses and bigger international companies, who look to add talent to their respective teams within the engineering lifecycle.

What can the Antwerp market expect from Oliver James?

When working with Oliver James, businesses and job seekers can expect a people focussed approach and a consistently high level of service and delivery. With an unrivalled network of highly qualified candidates, our clients can access the best-suited talent in the market and our knowledge, teamwork, technology and processes enable us to give instant access to both permanent and interim talent. As a candidate, you will be introduced to some of the most well-known and respected local and international businesses. We bring people together through building and enhancing career-elevating relationships, matching up career ambitions with lifestyle aspirations.

What opportunities are there for people wanting to work at Oliver James?

Our Antwerp office will be growing rapidly over the next few years and we are recruiting for a wide range of opportunities; delivery consultants, recruitment consultants, business development roles – there are opportunities for people of all levels and experience. As a start-up office, you will be at the forefront of growth, so the opportunities are endless.

It is a very exciting time to join Oliver James!

For more information on all things Oliver James Antwerp, contact the team at belgium@oliverjames.com