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iPS magazine 2015

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iPS magazine 2015

  1. 1. CLIENTSWHAT OUR CLIENTS AND EMPLOYEES HAVE TO SAY INTERNATIONAL CREWING AND RECRUITMENT 2015 EDITION PEOPLENEW COLLEAGUES FOR iPS MEDIAiPS’ APPEARANCES ON RADIO, TV AND IN THE PAPERS PROJECTSAN OVERVIEW OF iPS’ PRIME PROJECTS
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  3. 3. It is a great pleasure to present our second ‘iPS glossy’ as a magazine which gives an overview of the projects our ‘Powerful People’ contributed to in 2014, together with a snapshot of the iPS machine-room which works out of our offices world-wide. 2014 kicked-off with the acquisition of Seacontractors. The integration of this business within our system was quickly and smoothly accomplished due to the professionalism of the iPS staff. Our ambition to serve our customers world- wide has been highlighted by the establishment of iPS Qatar. This is a rapidly growing area of the world where the focus is on industrial expansion and infrastructure optimisation. In order to take advantage of the business opportunities created by energy reforms our affiliate business in Mexico has opened a new office in Ciudad del Carmen. Closer to home a series of prestigious off- shore wind farms are under development and we are proud to be a leading supplier to the innovative equipment used for example at the Luchterduinen project. Towards the latter half of this year the year the extension of the Suez Canal increased the heartbeat of our Maritime colleagues and we are now in the process of supporting our long list of dredging customers with their requirements. Our contribution to the London CrossRail metro extension, expanded even more in 2014 with the sourcing of additional professionals from mainland Europe. Our problem solving attitude together with a ready-for-action mentality is well respected within the industry and has proved invaluable to customers. On various occasions we were able to mobilize several squads of professionals within 48 hours for clients with urgent problems, in the Middle East, Africa and the North Sea. These achievements are just a glimpse of the services iPS has provided to its customers. The photographic impressions and stories contained within this magazine not only give an amazing insight into the world of our candidates but also of our customers. 2014; ANOTHER YEAR OF SUCCESSFUL GROWTH AND OF FULFILLING CUSTOMERS AND CANDIDATES AMBITIONS! AFTER CELEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF iPS POWERFUL PEOPLE IN 2013, WE STARTED 2014 WITH RENEWED AMBITIONS TO STRENGTHEN OUR POSITION IN KEY MARKETS. DESPITE THE GENERAL ECONOMICAL STAGNATION, WE CONTINUE TO SEE GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR BUSINESSES. WORLDWIDE TRENDS WITH REGARD TO ENERGY CONSUMPTION, URBANIZATION, POPULATION GROWTH AND CLIMATE CHANGES DO FORM A HEALTHY BASIS FOR SOLID GROWTH. Rob Kooijmans Jack Richards Jack Richards Rob Kooijmans Director Director PREFACE a word from the management By fulfilling our commitments, supporting growth and innovations we ensure that our business values and professionalism are not compromised: - We strive for customer satisfaction - Integrity and responsibility in everything we do - We work in an open climate - We develop people’s talent We have been delighted to meet with quite a few of our customers and candidates personally during a series of events and exhibitions throughout the year. We have been present at all the major industrial exhibitions on all continents where we were able to meet excellent professionals eager to contribute to our company and explain our philosophy to (potential) customers. We are proud of our mentality which allows us to help our customers push their boundaries. With our problem solving approach, we strive for an optimal utilization of the knowledge of our people and the creation of professional added value to the projects our people are working on. We are thankful to our customers, all our Powerful colleagues; those who worked for our customers as well as our internal staff. Together we have continued the iPS journey by offering both personnel and industry experience to one of the most exiting industries in the world. We hope that you will take the time to relax and learn more about the past year by reading this magazine and we look forward to your future support in this special industry.
  4. 4. 2 what it is all about TABLE OF CONTENTS PROJECTS IN FIGURES iPS takes part in numerous large projects. Sometimes it’s not entirely clear just how vast these projects are. For this edition of the iPS magazine, we have highlighted three of our recent projects and, next to their description, we have supplied a set of (staggering) figures, complete with infographics to to illustrate just how impressive these projects really are. While people make the world go round, iPS makes people go around the world! And we have been doing so for over 25 years. To be able to do that, you need a team of dedicated, hard working and reliable people. Meet the Powerful People that are the driving force behind iPS! PAGE 14 PAGE 22 Projects Port of Lomé, Togo 14 Luchterduinen, the Netherlands 16 Crossrail London, England 18 PROJECTS PEOPLE Employees Peter Hinssen 24 Fabian Wouden 24 Alex Frölich 25 Bernardino da Luz 25 Ron de Vries 25 George Xanthos 26 Mario Okkerse 26 Martin Spijker 26 Mike Riley 27 Norbert Hempenius 27 Staff Andre Silva 30 Attila Csizmarik 30 Dimitris Galantis 31 Willemijn van Eijck 31 Gertjan de Mare 32 Hugo Passchier 32 Ilse Bakx 33 Kasper Koel 33 Lieke Schroeten 34 Marit Brunklaus 34 Thomas Joyce 35 Natasja Baker 35 Pim Hooghart 36 Sharon Brouwer 36 Taco Engelaar 37 I look at every challenge facing me as an oppor- tunity to learn, keeping an open mind regarding new ideas.
  5. 5. 3 HOW WOULD YOU RATE OUR SELECTION OF CANDIDATES? ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH YOUR CONTACT/CONTACTS WITHIN iPS? Very Satisfied Satisfied Neutral Dissatisfied Very Dissatisfied DOES iPS HAVE SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE 0F YOUR INDUSTRY? ARE YOUR CONTACTS EASY TO REACH WHEN YOU NEED THEM? 3% 12% 85% 2% 5% 56%37% 2% 8% 70% 20% 2% 3% 52% 43% INSIGHTS INTO iPS How much time do we spend on the phone on average? How many e-mails do we send and receive each year? How much water do we drink yearly and how many cups of coffee does it take to run a company like iPS? Find answers to these questions and a few more on pages 20 and 21. PAGE 4 PAGE 38 iPS is currently busy with solidifying its brand value. To further grow into a house hold name, we utilise a number of channels. We have done interviews for TV, radio and the news papers and we were present at trade fairs. We are also further developing our visual identity. See what our people in the communication department have been up to! Without feedback, how would we improve? We value our clients’ opinions, so we asked them to provide us with feedback. It turns out that our clients are quite satisfied with us. To see exactly how satisfied they are, go to page 28. All work and no play would make iPS a dull company. So we make sure to get out of the office every now and then. We would like to share our pictures of the iPS International week, our trip to the Dredging Museum and our annual bowling competition. COMMUNICATION FEEDBACK FESTIVITIES FACTS FIGURES World Wide Network 8 Finance Payrolling 12 Babies 41 Photo contest 42 Colophon 44 Editor’s Note 44 FURTHERMORE 67 34,8 22 PAGE 28 PAGE 20
  6. 6. 4 covering multiple media channels iPS IN THE MEDIA COMMUNICATION WHAT HAPPENED TO US IN THE LAST YEAR A lot. We participated in several international exhibitions with a stand, sent out big news using press releases and covered the media in publications, television and radio. It all started with a radio interview in the WerkenFm studio when Director Rob Kooijmans and Communication Officer Hugo Passchier were invited to talk about iPS’ work within the recruitment industry. This was followed by an interview in Dutch Review and by The Telegraaf newspaper. We continued the series with a company presentation on television, another interview in Waterkracht and an interview in Nicaragua. We are proud of those accomplishments and we would therefore like to share them with you. iPS WINS DOHA CONTRACT RELEASE 2ND EDITION iPS25 MAGAZINE iPS was broadcasted on Werken FM (radio) Business News Radio (BNR) iPS was interviewed for Dutch Review and TheTelegraaf newspaper Presentation of the new iPS overalls iPS was present at several trade fairs PRESS RELEASES Have a look at the press releases and interviews which gave us some free publicity. We would like to thank the media for helping us to share the news. Press coverage in Nicaragua
  7. 7. 5 2ND OFFICE MEXICO iPS’ TRADE MISSION TO NICARAGUAiPS’ NEW OFFICE IN QATAR …and Ondernemend Nederland (tv) iPS was mentioned in Waterkracht
  8. 8. 6 what our people in the communication department have been up to APPEARANCE COMMUNICATION EVOLVING OUR CORPORATE IDENTITY Being a results-orientated company, we never stop developing. Our businesses are changing rapidly and we have to grow along with them. In order to keep up with requirements, the communication department has been working on the improvement of iPS’ look and feel. These promotional materials show the fresh PRINT Each division has its own folder. They fold back to conveniently fit into one’s pocket. A quick scan of the QR-code reveals the most recent vacancies. vibes that we are receiving from the various industries. Nowadays you have to be modern and fresh, without forgetting the core. We believe that our new image is doing exactly that. Our well established petrol blue and orange colours together with powerful messages will help you to emphasize the value of our services. We are very curious what you think about it and please feel free to contact your consultant if you would like to receive your own hardcopy of our folder or calendar.
  9. 9. 7 CALENDAR And of course, our annually released calendar has also been brought up to par with our new style. DIGITAL In order to provide a much better service, we have started to digitalise our communication material, like our folders and magazines. They can now be accessed via computers or mobile devices. Please visit www.ips25.com to stay up to date as more will follow in the near future. You can also follow us on Social Media.
  10. 10. 24/7 service OFFICES WORLD WIDE NETWORK 8 BELGIUM UNITED KINGDOM MEXICO MEXICO CITY, CIUDAD DEL CARMEN. P: +52 55 5534 5162 E: Guido@fullcrew.com.mx Av. José Maria Rico 121 - PH – Oficina 3 Colonia del Valle, 03100 México City, México MEXICO-MEXICO CITY P: +52 938 3 82 82 00 E: Guido@fullcrew.com.mx Av. Aviación 125, int. 5 Col. Aviación, CP 24170 Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche Mexico MEXICO - CIUDAD DEL CARMEN P: +61 (0)4 52 578 004 E: J.McMurray@ipspowerfulpeople.com Level 3, 267 St Georges Terrace 6000 Perth 60000 WA Australia AUSTRALIA P: +971 (0)4 450 9600 E: M.Vanderwey@ipspowerfulpeople.com Tameem House, Suite 1203 1204 Tecom C , Dubai United Arab Emirates DUBAI
  11. 11. 9 NETHERLANDS CAPELLE AAN DEN IJSSEL, THE HAGUE, DEN HELDER. GERMANY SOUTH AFRICA JOHANNESBURG, CAPE TOWN. INDIA AUSTRALIA QATAR PHILIPPINES UNITED ARAB EMIRATES DUBAI, ABU DHABI. INDONESIA LITHUANIA RUSSIA P: +31 (0)88 447 94 94 E: info@ipspowerfulpeople.com Rivium Boulevard 46 2909 LK Capelle aan den IJssel The Netherlands THE NETHERLANDS - CAPELLE A/D IJSSEL [HQ] P: +31 (0)88 447 94 94 E: denhelder@ipspowerfulpeople.com Luchthavenweg 6 a 1786 PP Den Helder The Netherlands THE NETHERLANDS - DEN HELDER P: +31 (0)88 447 94 40 E: N.Spies@ipspowerfulpeople.com Hellingweg 96 J 2583 WH The Hague The Netherlands  THE NETHERLANDS - THE HAGUE P: +370 671 70 747 E: G.Usas@generalcrewing.com 3floor, MEGAPLAZA, 21 H.Manto str. Klaipeda, Lithuania LITHUANIA - KLAIPEDA
  12. 12. 10 24/7 service WORLD WIDE NETWORK OFFICES The partnership with the company ‘General Crewing’ made it possible to provide iPS with local insights within the Baltic countries. The Founder of General Crewing Mr. Gediminas Usas explains, “General Crewing is still a young company, but has overtaken many similar companies and has become one of the leading recruitment companies in Lithuania”. Bringing speed, flexibility, humanism and help for both clients and candidates alike has earned General Crewing a respectable reputation in the Baltic region. The main goal for establishing the partnership with iPS was to create a representative company who would ensure that the right human resources are supplied from the Baltic nations, including fulfilling crew management, implementing payroll systems, arranging trainings and providing other necessary services. “General Crewing fully assists in all applicable activities.” In order to expand and enhance the partnership with iPS, General Crewing has clearly defined future plans which will improve their operations and commerce. Their plans for the next year start with implementing their own transport service, which will lead to more efficient and secure transfer services for iPS and their employees within this region. The General Crewing story started in March, 2014. After researching a solution to needs of seafarers wich was missing in other crewing agencies, Gediminas decided to convert his dream into reality. “Ambitions, innovations and experienced support from iPS has created foundations which are growing every day. Today I am proud of people who helped to convert my dream into reality and I am very happy that the partnership with iPS has been established. Many thanks to them!” LITHUANIA (GENERAL CREWING) The iPS affiliated company, Full Crew S.A. (Mexico) expanded its operations in 2014 with the opening of their second office in the country. “Due to the growth over the last years, an office in Ciudad del Carmen was the next logical step”, Full Crew’s manager Guido van der Zwet explains. The majority of the offshore oil and gas business comes from the Campeche area, and the main port for crew changes and logistics go through Ciudad del Carmen. The office has space for growth as the Energy Reform in Mexico promises a growth in exploration and production, which attracts scores of new companies, as well as expansion for established companies already in the area. “The office has all sought-after amenities such as meeting rooms, a waiting room, expanded office space and a van for transport of personnel and goods.” The office is run by a local team of Mexican nationals, who are responsible for operational excellence and are the eyes and ears for Full Crew. MEXICO (FULL CREW) CIUDAD DEL CARMEN OFFICE
  13. 13. 11 iPS – Powerful people provides services in the United Arab Emirates supported by our sponsor Mr Khalid Mohamed Al Qubaisi – Managing Director of Al Yaseah. In 1981, Al Yaseah embarked in the energy sector under the guidance of the late Mohamed Bin Helal Feraih Al Qubaisi. By 1999, the company completely transformed itself from a supply company to an organization that deals with Integrity Maintenance Services, Fabrication Mechanical Contracting, Engineering Consultancy and Aviation Services. The same year Khalid - an experienced aircraft maintenance engineer, took over and developed Al Yaseah into a group of 17 big international companies based and working in Abu Dhabi today. Khalid:“ I strongly believe that the appreciation of human talents and abilities is the key to success. Successful talent management ensures The local identity of iPS – Powerful People in Qatar is made possible with the support of our sponsor Ali Al Misnad of Al Baida group. Ali: “Al Baida group is one of the leading business conglomerates in the state of Qatar and was established in 1970. It is classified as Grade A contractor for infrastructure road works. The group is ISO and OHSAS certified and employing more than 1800 employees in various business sectors such as: construction, transportation and logistics, recruitment and engineering.” The group operates under the clear vision of its chairman Eng. Ali Abdulatif Al Misnad, who is a very well-known high profile business Entrepreneur in the State of Qatar with over 30 years of vast experience in Engineering, Construction Management Business Development. He is very well connected with the a successful family business! We will proceed to respect the tradition and inherited values and keep the business in the family, for generations ahead.” The cooperation between iPS – Powerful People and Al Yaseah was established three years ago. Theo Wanders, a co-founder of iPS and Director Rob Kooijmans had the opportunity to meet Khalid at the time when the company was already working with Khalid’s partners in Abu Dhabi. “Making a good selection of qualified people is hard nowadays. iPS is well experienced within Government authorities whilst being among the high rank decision makers in the State of Qatar. Al Baida recently entered into a partnership with iPS – Powerful People to cover the incremental local demand of professionals in various infrastructure and engineering projects in Qatar. “The State of Qatar has been chosen to host the 2022 World Cup, creating a wide range of business opportunities. The Arabian Gulf country plans to spend up to $100 billion in infrastructure projects between now and the Games in 2022, including roads, bridges, highways, railways, ports, and other related engineering services”, Ali explains. One of the key projects targeted by the Al Baida and iPS partnership is the Qatar Rail and Metro Project. Four multi- billion Riyal contracts were awarded in 2013 (with a the fifth for the construction several industries and is able to fill the existing gap. Simply we were the right people, in the right place at the right time” “Khalid explained to us. Al Yaseah will keep searching for the best companies in a niche market focused mostly on maintenance or management within the Oil Gas industry in the United Arab Emirates. “That is why we are happy to have iPS with us to take care of the delivery of high qualified people.” of the Gold Line awarded in late 2014 to follow) for the design and construction of the Doha Metro’s tunnels and stations. These contracts relate to the first 130 kilometers of the railway, of which 99 kilometers will be underground. “iPS to make sure that every single kilometer will be build by the best qualified workers.” UAE QATAR
  14. 14. 12 developments in our finance department FINANCE DEPARTMENT FINANCE PAYROLLING £ € $ $ € FINANCE DEPARTMENT If we look at the Finance department of iPS there was a lot going on in the past years, our strong growth in turnover, the extended focus on compliance and customer needs went hand-in-hand with making efficiency improvements. Within the department we split the tasks and responsibilities into three sub- departments, named Accounting, Wages and Payroll Solutions. Those three sub- departments are built to work closely together in order to ensure the quality, compliance and timing in our work. Our team at the headquarters in Capelle aan den IJssel consists of 12 colleagues, assisted by local administrators located in the UK and in the United Arabic Emirates. Our main targets within the department are the accuracy, efficiency and quality of our work. The Wages department strives for employee satisfaction, which means that our seconded employees receive the correct salary on time and quick answers to all their payroll related questions. The Accounting department strives for as quick and accurate invoicing as possible, conducting a careful bookkeeping system and managing the collection process as fast as we can. The Payroll Solutions department is responsible for ad-hoc calculations and our internal margin control. We have succeeded in attaining stability and reducing vulnerability within our department and have managed to build a strong team capable of supporting the commercial departments. Management Reporting was further improved by the introduction of Jet Reports, a faster and accurate reporting tool. This enables us to provide our Management Team and Directors with every report they require in order to control and manage the business. During the first half of 2014 we further embarked on our paper reduction initiative, this is a mutual target for the whole department in which every member takes individual responsibility. Time-sheets and pay slips have been digitally filed. Invoice scanning is introduced and we have expanded our own electronic invoicing to 100%. Despite the increased workload, both for the Accounting and Wages departments, we have maintained quality and will improve further. We are constantly updating our internal control and compliance framework, by implementing procedures and performing internal audits. PAYROLLING We have been involved with cross-border employment since 1988 and based on this we are expanding our payrolling service to clients employing people who work all over the world. Although working with colleagues from diverse cultural backgrounds can be beneficial, there are always complex issues that accompany this. Staffing in general and managing a payroll is our specialty. iPS has in-depth knowledge of all tax and social security issues that might arise from working abroad. We do not only take away the worries of complex international tax and social security issues but also ensure that clients are fully compliant with all aspects of the applicable law and regulations. iPS provides a full range of services for payrolling. Obviously, we can offer digitally rendered pay slips, but we can do much more than that! With the payrolling services offered by iPS, our clients are: • Relieved of the administrative burden of payrolling; • Fully compliant with relevant and applicable law and regulations; • On top of fiscal opportunities; • Able to lower their payrolling costs significantly. It is quite significant that a company the size of iPS has such in-house expertise and knowledge to be able to make such a difference to employees and clients alike. Patrick Mans iPS IS ON THE RISE AND THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL INTERESTING CHALLENGES IN THE PAST YEAR. LOOKING FORWARD, THERE ARE STILL A SERIES OF CHANGES TO COME. PATRICK MANS, MANAGER FINANCE EXPLAINS:
  15. 15. ADVERTORIALS 13 Our vessels operate worldwide. There are circumstances, such as numerous extra activities or a country’s special requirements, when we need to hire extra/local crew. iPS / Full Crew is able to move quickly and knows exactly what we are looking for. They are very flexible and provide accurate advice when needed. We are always very confident that everything will run smoothly. Tideway Offshore Solutions is a Dutch offshore service provider for the energy industry, with more than 300 employees that support offshore vessels. Tideway’s high-tech DP2 fall pipe vessels Rolling Stone, Seahorse and Flintstone, are able to execute rubble work at water depths up to 2,000 meters with great precision. This is possible because these vessels are equipped with an advanced fall pipe system including an active heave-compensated Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) at the bottom of the pipe. Tideway also uses dredgers and backhoe dredgers in relation to the installation of pipelines, such as the leveling of the seabed and dredging trenches. Additionally Tideway constructs landings of oil and gas pipelines. IPS / FULL CREW – MOVING QUICKLY TOGETHER IS IMPORTANT TO US. DAMEN.COM/CAREER Dare to discover the best years of your life At Damen, it’s all about ships - it’s what we do, it’s who we are. We design them, we build them, we service them. We like them! Our unique culture of entrepreneurship and business thinking combined with a ‘can-do’ mentality is why we are so successful. Damen stands for challenging jobs, personal and professional development, and for numerous career opportunities. And above all it’s fun to work for Damen. Damen is looking for maritime professionals, team players who work independently, think critically and want to take the lead. Discover more about Damen at www.damen.com/career adv2014_038 career IPS Magazine 230*165mm v2.indd 1 22-09-14 15:04
  16. 16. 14 projects we are proud of MARITIME PROJECTS Manager Maritime: Boudewijn Blatter p: +31 (0)88 - 447 94 10 m: +31 (0)6 55 161 344 e: B.Blatter@ipspowerfulpeople.com latest generation of container ships and encouraging the development of transshipment operations in the direction of neighbouring ports. This construction will require over 250 highly qualified personnel and for this reason iPS was requested to be in charge of the recruitment process. region are seeing significant growth, but the port infrastructure facilities do not have the capacity to manage it. New capacity needs to be developed. The Port of Lomé does benefit from major assets: its central location in the region and the natural depth of its port, meaning it will be able to accommodate large carriers. With this extension, Togo will have one of the most efficient ports in West Africa, capable of handling the iPS has already supplied many people for diverse projects, but Port of Lomé in Togo is special. West Africa needs to meet the increase in its trade by developing its port infrastructure. This terminal will act as a hub port that will serve secondary ports in the sub-region more effectively. Trade in West Africa has reached an epic turning point. Trade volumes in the PORT OF LOMÉ, TOGO
  17. 17. 15 500 m 10,000 TEUs 12 HECTARES SOON TO BE 35 HECTARES 1,900,000 m3 OF DREDGING WORKS 450 m Total wharf length = 2,500 TEUs Quay wall length Full container storage capacity (approx.) Container yard Annual volume: 230,000 TEUs, 1,500,000 Target 1 Ha IN FIGURES • Total wharf length: 500 m • 450 meter long quay wall • 1.900.000 m3 of dredging works • Ongoing extension: construction of a third wharf with a length of 450 m • Draught: - 12 m (-15 m planned) • Container yard: 12 hectares (soon 35 hectares) • Full container storage capacity: nearly 10,000 TEUs • Annual volume: 230,000 TEUs, target capacity of 1.5 million TEUs • 250 people needed • iPS delivering: - Captain - Dredgemasters - Project Manager
  18. 18. 16 projects we are proud of OFFSHORE PROJECTS Division Director Offshore / Oil Gas: Nick Spies p: +31 (0)88 - 447 94 40 m: +31 (0)6 55 161 373 e: N.Spies@ipspowerfulpeople.com Five years after the completion of the last Dutch offshore wind farm, the Princess Amalia, construction commenced in 2014 of the Luchterduinen Wind Farm. Van Oord will deploy the transport and installation vessel ‘Aeolus’ to install the windmills which will be located off the Dutch coast between the cities of Noordwijk and Zandvoort. After completion the wind farm will generate green electricity for nearly 150,000 households and help to reduce thousands of tons of CO2 per year. The electricity will be transported to the shore by a long cable embedded in the sea floor. The onshore section of this cable will run from the beach to a transformer, where it will be fed into the national grid. The entire length of this cable will be located underground. At its peak there will be a total of 300 people working in order to complete this project by the end of summer 2015. LUCHTERDUINEN, THENETHERLANDS
  19. 19. 17 IN FIGURES • 450 million Euro • 23 Kilometres of 150 kV cable (8km onshore) • 25 km2 • cable installed underground at a depth of 20 to 25 metres • 135,000 households • 170.000 ton CO2 reduced per year • 43 windmills with each 129 MW • 300 people in peak periods • iPS delivering people: - Lifting supervisors - Rigger foremen - Riggers 170,000TON CO2 REDUCED PER YEAR 23KM OF 150kV CABLE =10,000 Households =10,000 Households =10,000 Households 420MILLION IN PROJECT COSTS OF WICH KM RUN ON SHORE8 135,000HOUSEHOLDSPOWERED 129MW THAT PRODUCE EACH 43WINDMILLS
  20. 20. 18 TUNNELLING projects we are proud of PROJECTS More than 150 years ago the original London ‘Tube’ System was inaugurated and two years ago an equally ambitious construction project was started: ‘Crossrail’. ‘Crossrail’ will create a system of tunnels allowing larger trains and increased capacity to transport people from one area of London to the other. Twenty-one kilometres of new twin- bore tunnels are being constructed to deliver new rail tunnels. Eight giant tunnel boring machines are being used to construct the new tunnels. Each TBM weighs approximately 1000 tons and is capable of drilling at depths of up to 40m. Teams of dedicated construction workers are working 24 hours a day to complete the tunnels for Europe’s largest civil engineering project. iPS is very proud to have been chosen to deliver qualified staff for such a prestigious project. CROSSRAIL LONDON, ENGLAND Manager Tunnelling: Barrie Willis p: +31 (0)88 - 447 94 55 m: +31 (0)6 21 221 582 e: B.Willis@ipspowerfulpeople.com
  21. 21. 19 IN FIGURES • 18,85 billion euro • 42 Kilometres (21 km twin tunnel) • 7.000 professionals • 1.000 ton each TBM • depths of up to 40m • iPS delivering: - Fitters - Electricians (PLC) - Welders - Erector Operators - (Leading) Miners - Plant Operators (underground) - Pump Men - Pitboss - Hoist Operators - Sprayers / Nozzlemen INSIGHTS • Sponsored TUCA • Joined Tunnel skills Committee: Sr. Consultant Tunnelling Keith Gill is now on the management committee • Joining BTS British Tunnelling Society • We are now at ninety-three and always striving to reach the magical one hundred people. • Highlights, supplying people to Tottenham Court Road, winning the best international project under one hundred million GBP • Also winning the opportunity to supply to all the major contractors Bidding for Thames tideway super sewer • People are asking clients to be placed with iPS, clients are saying iPS people are happier and have less complaints than other workforce suppliers 18,85 BILLION IN PROJECT COSTS 1,000TON 2x21KM TWINTUNNEL EACH TBM WEIGHS APPROX. TUNNEL BORING MACHINES METRES DEPTHS UP TO (over 13 stories) WERE REACHED 2 40
  22. 22. BEING SOCIALOur consultants are very social. Each consultant is working at least 1,100 hours with LinkedIn, Facebook and/or Twitter a year. This in order to find the perfect match. 20 insights into iPS FACTS FIGURES INFOGRAPHICS 468.277 emails 219.249 emails. E-mails coming in: 468,277 E-mails going out: 219,249 WE’VE GOT MAIL There’s a lot of e-mail traffic during the course of a year. iPS sent and received a staggering 687,526 e-mails last year. Every envelope in the graph presented below represents 1,000 e-mails. = 1,000 e-mails. iPS’s ratio male to female, including office and interim staff is 42% male to 58% female. iPS’S MALE/FEMALE RATIO 42% 58% 67 34,8 22 The average age of our office staff is 34,8 years, with Lieke being the youngest and Keith our most senior staff member. HUGE GULPOur staff LOVES water. On average, they drink up to 500 cans of sparkling mineral water a month. Times twelve makes 6,000 cans a year. But this is not all we drink. On a yearly basis we are drinking 3,000 liters of still mineral water, supplied in huge bottles of 19 liters. OF ALL AGES 6.000 cans Sparkling mineral water. 3.000 liters still mineral water.
  23. 23. 21 WE COFFEE! Each month, our staff uses around eight 1 kg bags of coffee beans. Each bag makes 130 cups of coffee. That’s 1,040 cups a month. Times twelve, makes for 12,480 cups of coffee a year! 8 KILOS OF COFFEE BEANS EACH MONTH 130 CUPS IN A KILO WHERE WE TRAVEL Europe: 73.7% Far East: 10.3% Central + South America: 4.8% Middle East: 5.0% Europe: 73.7% Far East: 10.3% Central + South America: 4.8% Middle East: 5.0% Afrika: 4% North America: 1.8% Australia + Pacific: 0.5% Number of out-going phone calls: 34,068And the duration in hours: 1448:06:26 Number of incoming phone calls: 26,779And the duration in hours: 1021:04:10 HOLD THE LINE To work at iPS, means to spend a lot of time on the phone. Each year we make and receive over 60,000 phone calls. MAKES FOR 12,480 CUPS OF COFFEE EACH YEAR
  24. 24. PEOPLE 22 PEOPLE the men and women that are iPS OUR POWERFUL PEOPLE page 24 PETER HINSSEN HR Manager 2nd Suez Canal Project iPS PEOPLE MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND “People Make The World Go Round”. That is what the The Stylistics sung back in 1971. And it is still true today. But where people make the world go round, iPS makes people go around the world! And we have been doing so for over 25 years. To be able to do that, you need a team of dedicated, hard working and reliable people. From the staff that works in the offices and agencies all around the world, to the determined, certified and flexible men and women who actually get the job done on site. Read on and meet the Powerful People that are the driving force behind iPS! page 25 ALEX FRÖLICH Mechanic/Operator page 25 RON DE VRIES Captain page 25 BERNARDINO DA LUZ Cook page 26 MARTIN SPIJKER Ships Electrician page 26 MARIO OKKERSE Operations Technician page 24 FABIAN WOUDEN Buyer page 26 GEORGE XANTHOS EPB Operator page 27 NORBERT HEMPENIUS Backhoe Operator page 27 MIKE RILEY PLC Electrician
  25. 25. 23 page 34 LIEKE SCHROETEN Assistant Commercial Backoffice page 37 TACO ENGELAAR Business Development Manager page 31 WILLEMIJN VAN EIJCK Jr. Consultant Recruitment page 34 MARIT BRUNKLAUS Jr. Consultant Recruitment page 33 KASPER KOEL Jr. Consultant Maritime page 30 ATTILA CSIZMARIK Sr. Consultant Energy page 36 PIM HOOGHART Jr. Consultant Maritime page 33 ILSE BAKX Jr. Consultant Tunnelling page 30 ANDRE SILVA Sr. Consultant Offshore / Oil Gas page 35 THOMAS JOYCE Offshore Maritime Business Development Consultant page 31 DIMITRIS GALANTIS Jr. Consultant Offshore / Oil Gas page 35 NATASJA BAKER Salary Officer page 32 GERTJAN DE MARE Corporate Lawyer page 36 SHARON BROUWER Jr. Consultant Maritime page 32 HUGO PASSCHIER Communication Officer
  26. 26. 24 PEOPLE meet the people who represent iPS on site COMPETENT EMPLOYEES My dream is to keep growing and eventually turn into a tactic buyer on a strategic level. Fabian has a passion for purchasing and prefers to work in the maritime industry. Born in Surinam, Fabian’s parents immigrated to the Netherlands with him at the age of five. After his study in Logistics Transport Management Fabian gained his first experience in the work field as a buyer for a large dredging company. “I have worked for this company for four years and I decided it was time to broaden my horizon. I started searching fo searching for another opportunity.” Luckily, iPS Consultant Femke van der Willigen was able to offer him a new and challenging position at Damen Shipyards: “Currently I’m working as a buyer at one of the main shipbuilding companies in the world. Here I can develop myself and gain more experience and knowledge of this beautiful and complex industry”. Even after a few months, Fabian is already facing a lot of responsibilities working on a international production scale: “I am responsible for the purchase of the necessary components from China and to negotiate a good price- quality ratio. I have to make sure these components will be delivered on time in order to prevent any delay and to successfully continue the process. I’m doing this for several ships now and my long term goal is to manage a significant part of our fleet.” Fabian appreciates iPS for its short lines. “Everything runs smoothly and the communication is outstanding. iPS has an understanding of the desires of it’s clients and has great knowhow of all their industries”. Fabian has high ambitions and wants to become a valuable coordinator: “My dream is to keep growing and eventually turn into a tactic buyer on a strategic level”. FABIAN WOUDEN BUYER Peter is what they might call an ‘early bloomer’ as he was already combining his academic studies with work and was living on his own by the age of sixteen. “I always had multiple and diverse jobs when I was younger. I cannot recall a time without work”, Peter says. Peter had his first experience with the HR industry when he started to work in a hospital during his Legal studies. After his graduation he kept on working there, but put an end to it after eight years: “I wanted to step out of the non- profit sector and make my career in a commercial company.” This brought him to a big cosmetics brand and later to a major Japanese company, known for its cameras. Within this company he was given the responsibility for hiring 1.600 people within three years. Peter: “It was an PETER HINSSEN HR MANAGER 2ND SUEZ CANAL PROJECT immense undertaking with my team and adding the amusing integration of the Japanese culture within the company, it were surely twelve years to remember. However, it was time for me to move forward.“ His next step: managing a group of HR managers at a global dredging company. “My task was to crew several projects. This is interesting as you can see this as a small company at site”, Peter explains. He is able to match the right people for these projects. This is shown by his achievement in Qatar where he crewed 3.000 people on short base. After an offshore project in Brazil, iPS assisted Peter with his new adventure as HR Director for the 2nd Suez Canal Project. We wish Peter the best of luck in his new role and we expect to remain in good collaboration for future crewing solutions in which iPS is a global leader.
  27. 27. 25 Alex has been working for iPS since May 2014 as a Mechanic/Operator. Alex, “It has always been very important to me to keep developing myself. Before joining iPS I worked as a process operator in the food industry, where I earned my Vapro B certificate. I am currently studying for the Operator C certificate. The reason for the change in direction, “I was looking for a position with a company which could offer me better future prospects. The offshore industry due to its operational diversity proved to be the most suitable option”. Alex was assured by iPS Den Helder that he would be able to continue his training within the industry because there are a lot of similarities in the production process. What Alex also appreciated was that he very quickly became a full member of the crew and that his working schedule is 14 days on/14 days off. “You get used to this pretty quickly, especially the part that you are at home!” Bernardino, who comes from Cape Verde, worked on various ships around South America before finally settling in the Netherlands with his family. He has been employed by iPS as a cook for the last seventeen years and has worked on dredging vessels for some of the largest companies. Bernandino’s goal is to make people happy by cooking for them. “I like to cook for people on the bigger ships, partly for the company but also because it is very impressive to see lots of people working on large projects all over the world. It is literally ‘all over the world’ as his work has brought him to almost every corner, “I have worked in Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, Guatemala, Dubai, Italy, England, Qatar and Russia amongst others. While I am working abroad, and if time allows, I like to explore the surroundings”. The two weeks on/two weeks off schedule means ALEX FRÖLICH MECHANIC/OPERATOR BERNARDINO DA LUZ that he is never too long away from home and the family. He is, however, always available to make people happy with his cooking anywhere in the world. It has always been very important to me to keep developing myself. COOK Since Ron moved to Argentina he has had difficulty finding work which met his preferred rotation schedule. This came to an end when he joined iPS in 2005: “iPS has given me the opportunity to work at my own pace and comfort.” He is loyal to iPS as he likes the friendly climate and the contact with iPS consultants; “in particular Joke Schroeten”, Ron says. He is also pleased with his salary: “I receive a standard salary regardless of the project”. Ron enjoys ‘hopping’ from one company to another, this means working on various types of different vessels. He has more experience however with hopper dredgers and likes this ship type the most. Especially on short, small projects: “I like to work on smaller vessels. It brings me to tiny bays or harbours and it allows me to work more with the resources of the vessel”. Ron continues; “In my opinion, the ambiance is also friendlier on a smaller ship. A very important element as it is all about working closely together.” As a Captain he feels responsible for the team on board. He tries to stimulate teamwork; “only with a team and good team spirit can you make sure the job gets done properly”. This keeps him highly motivated. Working for iPS has brought him all around the world: “I have worked in Russia, Siberia, the Caribbean, South America, West- and South Africa and many more countries, as well as various places in Europe. I prefer to work in the Caribbean and South America region as this is relatively close to my home. I have to say that iPS does take this into account”. RON DE VRIESCAPTAIN While I am working abroad, and if time allows, I like to explore the surroundings. iPS has given me the opportunity to work at my own pace and comfort.
  28. 28. 26 After a beautiful intensive on the job training period I wanted to continue in the offshore industry. iPS helped me to accomplish this dream. meet the people who represent iPS on site COMPETENT EMPLOYEES PEOPLE Mario is a satisfied employee of iPS and has been working on the L9 gas platform since April 2014. Mario, “I got to know iPS Den Helder ten years ago when they introduced me to the oil and gas industry. Through his intercession I ended up working as a Jr. Plant Technician. “After a beautiful intensive on the job training period I wanted to continue in the offshore industry. iPS helped me to accomplish this dream. In the meantime I have gained extensive experience in gas dehydration facilities, dry and wet desiccants, gas compression and oil extraction plants. “The L9 is a gas platform where we produce more than two million cubic meters of gas per day and transport it to Den Helder through the Nogat pipeline. Martin is an experienced Ships’ Electrician and has been working for iPS for many years. Martin, “iPS is well known in the dredging industry and they have given me the opportunity to work for various clients worldwide”. Nowadays, Martin is working in the European offshore industry. The reason for his change of direction: “I wanted to try something else. The fact that iPS is becoming more and more known in the offshore industry made me decide to go for it and make this move”. During the last year Martin was working for Nam Shell on a production facility as well as onboard the Seafox 4 and Seafox 5 for iPS’ client Workfox Contractors. “I am very pleased with his move to the offshore industry and the work schedule that comes with it.” Here I am part of the permanent crew as an Operations Technician “The accessibility and contact with iPS has always been very good. There is always a quick response to questions and any additional training courses are encouraged.” iPS is happy to be able to show our clients in the offshore industry that our candidates, with a dredging background, also have the relevant experience, quality and attitude required for their industry. MARIO OKKERSE OPERATIONS TECHNICIAN MARTIN SPIJKER SHIPS ELECTRICIAN Although George’s roots lie in Greece, he was born and raised in Sudan. At eighteen, when he had finished high school, he went to Greece where he completed a two-year course in Machine Maintenance. “My first project was in Belgrade, Serbia”. But this is not the only country George has been to, “I have worked on projects in Egypt, Israel, Ireland and there are many more to come. I love the different countries and the changing personalities. I am proud to say I have been with iPS since 2011.” iPS is a stable company with good communication and friendly people. “This is evident from the fact that iPS made it possible to keep my family (wife and two-year old son) close to me during the project in Ireland. Machines, mechanical equipment and the industry have always been a big attraction. “I love the tension and it is fulfilling to work hard and successfully complete a project. Micro-tunnelling is very technical which makes it necessary to be precise and deliver quality and this is exactly what I want to do.” GEORGE XANTHOS I love the tension and it is fulfilling to work hard and successful complete a project. EPB OPERATOR
  29. 29. 27 Mike is originally from the UK, but has lived in France for twenty years. “I was visiting France helping a friend renovate a house and I immediately felt at home there”, Mike explains. He started his tunnel career at iPS as a PLC Electrician in February 2007. “I had worked as an industrial electrician before, so tunnelling was compatible with the experience I had gained.” Afterwards he was given the opportunity to train as a PLC Electrician while working on the Hallandsås project. ”It was a great opportunity to develop a new skill set and it was a challenge to work on a TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine). I really liked the work and working with international colleagues.” Mike left Hallandsås in 2013 and went to Iran for a new challenge as a PLC and Electrical Supervisor. “Iran was definitely a challenge, both culturally and technically.” After this project was finished he went to China and then on to Sydney in order to MIKE RILEY iPS is a very well organised company, has the power to listen and is able to solve problems right away. move together with the company. “I like it here in Australia, but I hope my next project will be closer to home”. Mike adds: “iPS is a very well organised company, has the power to listen and is able to solve problems right away. Combined with the niche market of tunnelling it is the perfect fit for me.” It is a cool job and I am happy doing it for iPS. Norbert started working in the dredging industry when he was nineteen years old. Norbert, “I began as a lubrication assistant, but by asking questions I learned a lot over the years and developed myself into a crane operator.” Norbert is currently working as a backhoe operator for iPS and has been for over fifteen years. “In these years I have worked in many countries like Germany, Argentina, Chili, Peru, Panama, Dubai, Kazakhstan, Iran and Australia.” He may also add Brazil to this list as, while we were interviewing him, Sabine Steijger told him to take a flight to Brazil that afternoon. “A perfect example of how fast it can go in this business. I like these spontaneous developments.” Sometimes it is hard to leave but it is good to come back home: “I have much more quality time with my family than parents with office jobs”. NORBERT HEMPENIUS BACKHOE OPERATOR Norbert likes the diversity of his job: “The most fun of my job is that I have to do everything myself. It is like a hobby to me.” This is important, as it is hard work, “You work twelve hours a day, seven days a week. WOULD YOU ALSO LIKE TO BE HIGHLIGHTED IN OUR MAGAZINE? Please contact us via: magazine@ipspowerfulpeople.com PLC ELECTRICIAN
  30. 30. 28 QHSE maintaining a high level of quality and safety FEEDBACK HOW WOULD YOU RATE OUR SELECTION OF CANDIDATES? ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH YOUR CONTACT/CONTACTS WITHIN iPS? DOES iPS HAVE SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE 0F YOUR INDUSTRY? ARE YOUR CONTACTS EASY TO REACH WHEN YOU NEED THEM? 3% 12% 85% 2% 5%2% 8% 20% 2% 3% 52% 43% HOW WOULD YOU RATE OUR SELECTION OF CANDIDATES? ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH YOUR CONTACT/CONTACTS WITHIN iPS? DOES iPS HAVE SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE 0F YOUR INDUSTRY? ARE YOUR CONTACTS EASY TO REACH WHEN YOU NEED THEM? 3% 12% 85% 2% 5%2% 8% 20% 2% 3% 52% 43% Very Satisfied Satisfied Neutral Dissatisfied Very Dissatisfied In order to maintain these certificates, we need to maintain a constant focus in order to improve our level of quality. “These certificates are an achievement, but definitely not the end of a journey” says Nienke Dollee, QHSE Officer. Nienke: “Within iPS everyone is very much aware of the importance of iPS’ Company Management System. Each department has its own specific tasks and responsibilities and they are an integrated part of our procedures company wide”. During the course of a year several external parties, such as Classification Societies and major clients, visited iPS to have a close look at the QHSE system in place. During these audits, colleagues from several departments explain and show their daily tasks and responsibilities. Another year went by without major non-conformities, a result iPS is exceptionally proud of. “I am so pleased to hear when an auditor specifically compliments the entire organization for it’s enthusiasm and hospitality. Showing the right attitude is such an important part of iPS’ values” Nienke says. She further explains: “That’s when our procedures FOR OUR CLIENTS, AS WELL AS OUR EMPLOYEES, QUALITY AND SAFETY HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PRIORITY. iPS COMPLIES WITH THE HIGHEST HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS AND IS PROUD TO HAVE ACHIEVED VCU, ISO:9001, OHSAS 18001:2007 AND MLC:2006 CERTIFICATION. Nienke Dollee
  31. 31. 29 Very Satisfied Satisfied Neutral Dissatisfied Very Dissatisfied DOES iPS HAVE SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE 0F YOUR INDUSTRY? ARE YOUR CONTACTS EASY TO REACH WHEN YOU NEED THEM? 85% 2% 5% 56%37% 2% 8% 70% 20% 52% 43% Very Satisfied Satisfied Neutral Dissatisfied Very Dissatisfied DOES iPS HAVE SUFFICIENT KNOWLEDGE 0F YOUR INDUSTRY? ARE YOUR CONTACTS EASY TO REACH WHEN YOU NEED THEM? 85% 2% 5% 56%37% 2% 8% 70% 20% 52% 43% Very Satisfied Satisfied Neutral Dissatisfied Very Dissatisfied It speaks for itself that iPS has all relevant certiciations and mission and vision statement really come together”. An important part of our QHSE system is continuous evaluation and improvement. Our yearly Customer Satisfaction Survey is a critical part of this process and gives our clients the opportunity to reflect upon our work. The survey was sent to all iPS’ clients from the past year. The results are very valuable to us, as they help us to develop ourselves further by answering questions like: How can we improve our services in those areas that mean the most to our clients? “We take the outcome of the survey very seriously and discuss this with every department within iPS” Nienke explains. She continues: “Over 90% of our clients are satisfied with iPS’ services, which is an amazing result!”. Being a transparent company, we would like to share the most important survey results with you using the diagrams shown in this article. We may say that we are proud that the average result is more than 90% satisfaction, but we continue to aim for higher results. Our ultimate goal is to reach 100% and we therefore invite you to share your thoughts with us at any time.
  32. 32. 30 POWERFUL PEOPLE PEOPLE meet the new iPS talents Andre was born and raised in Portugal and moved to England when he was fourteen. Upon the completion of his studies in Business and Spanish he joined the English recruitment industry. He was subsequently approached by a Dutch recruitment company and arrived in the Netherlands in December 2007.  Two years later Andre started working in the oil and gas sector and was running and coordinating a disciplined specific desk for a Major EP client within the company. He was recruited by iPS in May 2014 after having been found on Facebook. He was happy to say yes: “I was already familiar with the sector. I liked the environment within the office in The Hague and iPS has the potential to expand further”, Andre explains. Andre would like to extend his specific markets and increase his client base. “I want to bring the quality and class of iPS to other industries. I can use my eight ANDRE SILVA SR. CONSULTANT OFFSHORE / OIL GAS There is never one hour alike in this industry. This makes it truly exciting. years of experience to attract and develop new clients.” He also enjoys the diversity of the industry, “Everything can change in one hour, which makes it really dynamic. ”The international and multicultural atmosphere is fantastic, “It is all about qualities and experience and not your origins. Everybody gets the same chances; you just need to show your skills.” Attila’s roots lie in Hungary and he has an “in-field, hands-on” mentality. He worked in a commercial/service role for an importer of side-loaders (a specialist forklift for long loads) for 13 years. Following this all-round experience he wanted to work as an account manager, but this was not possible at the time and so his search brought him to the offshore industry. Within four years Attila had been promoted to operations manager. He joined iPS in April 2014 and found it challenging to help start up a new office for iPS in Den Helder. Attila, “iPS Den Helder might be small but with its expertise in multiple industries it is a worthy competitor for the larger names within the business”. ATTILA CSIZMARIK SR. CONSULTANT ENERGY Making the perfect match between people and projects is the most beautiful job in the world. “It is a pleasure to go to work every day. The atmosphere within’ iPS is good. Everyone works together and everyone is eager to make a success of each project.” Attila, “It is also very interesting to work on different levels. One day you are interviewing possible candidates and the next discussing possibilities with the CEO of a company.” He enjoys being the go-between and placing the right candidate for the project. “My goal is to make iPS one of the top three preferred suppliers to the main companies. I think we can make a difference by being creative in finding solutions and always being one step ahead.”
  33. 33. 31 Willemijn studied European Studies with a specialisation in Corporate Communication and Public Relations. During this study she gained her first work experience: “I set up a foundation in real estate”, Willemijn says. When she finished her study she worked as a Marketing and Communication Specialist for a real estate company before she decided to search for something new. “I wanted to work more closely with people.” Willemijn started at iPS in March 2014. “Here I could fulfill my dream to interact with people while exploring this new industry. An industry which goes on 24/7 and where no two days are alike.“ She enjoys bringing the right people to the right place: “I like to help someone find his or her new career and thereby change their life in a good way. This is really rewarding.” To her, iPS is very different: “iPS is a big company, but it feels cozy and personal. There a lot of young colleagues with energizing vibes.”Her goal is to become more involved with projects in the Middle WILLEMIJN VAN EIJCK JR. CONSULTANT RECRUITMENT East as this is a relatively new market, but with huge potential.“This area is developing with an amazing pace and will bring lots of possibilities for iPS. I would like to be part of this.” I love to help and work with people and be a part of the fantastic industries of iPS. Dimitris, the son of a Greek father and British mother, was born and raised on the island of Rhodes in Greece. Following seven years of working in the tourist industry, a spell in London in 2011, he returned to Rhodes, but finally ended up in the Netherlands. “I came to the Netherlands for holidays in 2012, but I liked the direct and friendly approach of the Dutch mentality so much, that I decided to come back two years later for more.” Dimitris joined iPS in February 2014. Like Andre, he was also recruited via Facebook: “I was given a lifetime opportunity to build a new career. ”He joined iPS because he was impressed by the enormity of the industry. “It is challenging and fulfilling to help people get a job during the global recession.” He likes to be part of the Oil Gas industry and especially the wind energy DIMITRIS GALANTIS JR. CONSULTANT OFFSHORE / OIL GAS world. “Finding the right people for the right positions in this industry, gives you the opportunity to help make this world a bit better.”He enjoys the atmosphere and loves his team at the office in The Hague: “We work really fast, but we have a very high quality time. This keeps everyone I really like the way that the Dutch do business. I respect it and it feels great to be part of it. constantly motivated.”Dimitris expects a challenging future: “There will be lots of competition in the near future. I want to make the most out of it and I am positive that iPS will keep on growing. I’ll do my best to keep this going.”
  34. 34. 32 meet the new iPS talents POWERFUL PEOPLE PEOPLE Gertjan’s family own a flower export company and that is where he gained experience in sales and administration. At the same time he also managed to obtain a truck driver’s license which enabled him to deliver flowers during his studies. He had always been interested in legal matters and therefore decided to do two Masters, namely in Civil and Corporate Law. Hoping that this would increase his employment prospects. Since joining iPS in May 2014 he has also become involved with the payroll guide team and the tax control aspect of the business. Prior to his arrival at iPS the company was divided into commercial and financial sectors. GERTJAN DE MARE CORPORATE LAWYER Born and raised in Delft, Hugo studied commercial economics. After his study he started working abroad: “I wanted to work and travel at the same time, which brought me to Hungary and France where I worked as a Manager in the catering industry”, Hugo says. When he came back he joined a big travel agency to work as a Brand Manager. He ended this experience by travelling around the world, “I got a chance to travel to Australia and combine this travel with work. In total I traveled for nine months before returning to the HUGO PASSCHIER COMMUNICATION OFFICER Netherlands.” Hugo started in the year 2014 by joining iPS after having worked in the television business for several years. “iPS is a very interesting company with spontaneous colleagues and operating in captivating industries.” He never realised how big the coverage of these industries actually is, “for example maritime, it is all around you. Almost everything you see, everything you touch and everything you eat is brought to you by this industry.” Hugo is responsible for the whole communication spectrum of iPS. “My goal is to introduce iPS to people who have not heard of us yet, as well as improve our presence for those who have.” He gets his joy by getting the best return on investment: “a cat and mouse game is what I call it. Trying to gain the most publicity for the least amount of investment, that is what it all comes down to.” Because of his function Hugo has contact with every department. Hugo, “It is really an advantage to work with all my colleagues and try to help them where needed. This is a good way to get to know the business as I am able to learn from the best.” His target is to promote iPS as much as possible by delivering more structure within the company, communication wise: “I like to be the thin line between different departments.” “Legal affairs were always somewhere in the middle, but now that there is a dedicated legal department this enables the other departments to concentrate on their own particular sector.” His target is to deliver more structure within his department: “my goal is to level up the quality and streamline it with the rest of iPS.” I like the fact that my work is never the same. I like to dive deeper in cases and find the red line. It is not about ideas, it is about making ideas happen.
  35. 35. 33 Kasper is very keen on sports. During his study in Sport Management he organised multiple sports events: “Organising events was good fun as I received many compliments and you actually see the results of your efforts. Another aspect was that you could see the pool of volunteers grow due to the good hospitality you could offer during the events”, Kasper says. He dreamed of working in the sports industry within a coordinating role: “I have always been busy with sports, like football, snowboarding and going to the gym from time to time”. After his study he started working as an account manager at a big crewing agency in the Oil Gas industry. After working there for more than two years he decided that it was time to travel: “I went to Vietnam as I had always dreamed of driving across that country by motorbike, it was truly impressive”. Kasper joined iPS in July 2014. “I immediately liked the informal but professional atmosphere within the office. Also the industry seemed really interesting to me as I had always wondered how all the big projects worked. It is amazing to be a part of this now.” Currently he is working in towing and salvage: “I am currently ILSE BAKX JR. CONSULTANT TUNNELLING KASPER KOEL JR. CONSULTANT MARITIME Ilse first experienced the recruitment industry during her Business Administration studies at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. An internship with a major recruitment company formed a part of her studies; “at this internship I learned what a fascinating business it is. I was encouraged to follow on with a Masters (MSc.) in Human Resource Management”, during which she was fortunate to be offered a second internship in the consumer goods sector, as part of the Human Resources Department. Commencing work for iPS in April 2014, Ilse says choosing iPS was an easy decision: “It is an interesting and dynamic company, where there are many opportunities to grow” Ilse explains. I want to operate both strategic as commercial in order to deliver the full package. learning a lot about this industry”. He is trying to find the right people and make sure that projects will end successfully. “Teamwork is really important, but it is good to have your own responsibilities as well”. He likes iPS as he finds the industry is very fascinating: “also, the friendly colleagues make it a pleasant place to work at”. Kasper is eager to develop himself into a major consultant, “I would like to go beyond the mediation stage and become a full-service contact that can help the clients in a mutually beneficial and efficient way”. On top of this she says that “the environment within the office is really friendly and comfortable”. There are two sides to her job: Clients and Candidates, Ilse loves the challenge of correctly understanding the needs of our clients and searching for matching candidates.” This is pivotal to maintaining a professional relationship between all parties.” The Tunnelling industry is a niche market where it is important to keep up with developments and maintain our database, this helps with finding the right people and our strategic future planning. “My colleagues are really open which makes it easy to get along and learn, they are really helpful”, Ilse says. Ilse shares the responsibility for monitoring our occupational health programme, which is designed to ensure that our employees receive the best care during their employment with iPS. I look at every challenge facing me as an opportunity to learn, keeping an open mind regarding new ideas. She is a woman who does not accept second best. “I constantly want to improve the quality and level of our service to both candidates and clients alike, focusing on always doing my best is important to me”.
  36. 36. 34 POWERFUL PEOPLE PEOPLE meet the new iPS talents I find it really interesting to work with all the different personalities within the industry. Coming from the south of the Netherlands, Lieke gained experience in the hospitality business during her study in Facility Management. Lieke: “I liked the personal contact with people”. Lieke joined iPS in January 2014 to fill in for a colleague who was absent due to maternity leave. It was an obvious choice: “My sister was already working for iPS as a consultant. Also, I could start right away and there are lots of growth opportunities.” Nowadays, Lieke is still working for us in the Commercial Back Office. Next to her Backoffice work, she also helps the directors’ secretary with facility management. Lieke: “this connects with my study which makes it interesting. I am also enjoying assisting people and doing diverse procedures”. LIEKE SCHROETEN ASSISTENT COMMERCIAL BACK OFFICE As mentioned, she likes to have close contact with people: “I want to make them feel comfortable.” She also enjoys working with several projects in order to get to know the people of the industry. Marit was born in Argentina and due to her father’s work was raised in various countries throughout the world. At the age of ten she came to the Netherlands. After graduating from her study in Human Resource Management in Rotterdam, she worked as a Human Resource Administrator at a large insurance company. Marit’s dream, however, was to work more closely with people, and thus she kept an eye out for a new adventure. Marit found this new adventure at iPS in March 2014. Another major attraction in iPS for her was the international aspects of the job, “I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in an international environment”. Currently, she is mainly working for clients in the Middle East: “the cultural aspects of my job make it very multi-dimensional. For example, the types of projects are different than we are used to in Europe which makes MARIT BRUNKLAUS JR. CONSULTANT RECRUITMENT it really interesting.” She is happy being the intermediate, “I love to connect candidates and clients and help them realise their expectations to make a perfect match”. She loves to make people happy, and she lights up both by working with the clients as well as with her co-workers: “It does When there is a mutual happiness between the client and the candidate it is fireworks and you know you did your job well. “The open climate of iPS and the different characters within the industry is really fascinating.” Lieke is determined to ease the collaboration between the departments: “my goal is to make everything within the office go as smooth as possible so that the commercial departments can focus on their core business”. not feel like working with colleagues, it feels like working with friends and this is very important to me.” Marit has a clear vision of her next goals: “I want to develop such partnerships that go beyond helping with candidates by also providing strategic insights, and thus making iPS indispensable”.
  37. 37. 35 It is really a fulfillment to help employees in a way so they don’t have to worry about their payments. After studying International Business, Natasja started working at a recruitment agency as a recruiter. “Within this function I found out that I really liked to work for such a company.” After one year she joined another recruitment agency in the Oil Gas industry to work as a finance assistant. After six years with that company she was searching for a new career step, “I wanted to specialise in salary administration”. This brought her to iPS in May 2014: “I had the feeling that iPS could give me what I was searching for, a focus on salary administration in an international environment.” Natasja continues, “the fact that iPS works in multiple interesting industries, makes me want to learn all about these industries. The informal ambiance within the company is also very nice”. Natasja is comfortable with a hard working company: “I feel at home with NATASJA BAKER SALARY OFFICER deadlines and like to work with targets. Also the diversity in conditions per employee makes it a contrasting day, every day. No contract is the same and this requires more attention”, this is what she finds important. Within iPS I have the freedom to develop myself along with the growth ambitions of the company. “At iPS every industry is different and attracts different people, this is very interesting and it creates a very dynamic atmosphere”. Her ambition is to grow within the function and work more with international taxes.“I would also like to have more direct contact with the employees to get to know them better and be able to help them more efficiently” Natasja says. Thomas roots lie in the UK, but he was born and raised in the Arabian Gulf region. When he was 18 years old he came to the Netherlands for his university education. Thomas: “I studied Business Administration and was often combining this with several part-time jobs at the side.” After his graduation in 2012, he started his first fulltime job as a Procurement Analyst with a global Chemical Distributor located in Rotterdam within the Shipping department. Thomas liked the Shipping aspect of the business and decided to develop himself further in that direction. ”I moved to a position at Marlow Offshore, where I underwent comprehensive training and learned a lot about crewing within the Offshore Oil Gas industry”, Thomas says. Two years later, iPS offered the opportunity to open doors towards THOMAS JOYCE OFFSHORE MARITIME BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT large ‘turn key projects’ within multiple business sectors such as Offshore, Dredging, Maritime, but also more niche sectors such as Tunnelling. “Currently I am responsible for full Maritime business development within the European operations region. In particular the offshore sector in Scandinavia is a strong focus point.” Thomas enjoys his current role as his function provides him a lot of freedom within the company to organise, assess and bring improved efficiency to the business, much to the benefit of our clients and candidates. “iPS is willing to take the risk to explore industry opportunities in innovative new sectors, this motivates me to explore new ideas and business channels.” Thomas continues: “My personal ambition aligns perfectly with the aspiration of iPS as a company to grow and develop in new business areas and in the Offshore sector in particular“.
  38. 38. 36 meet the new iPS talents POWERFUL PEOPLE PEOPLE Pim studied Safety Security. During the last two years of the course the weeks were split between four days work experience and one day school, which meant that Pim was able to gain work experience whilst studying. After his graduation he pursued his hunger for travel and went touring through Asia for five months. “Once I came back to the Netherlands I did some temporary work to kill time whilst applying for a fulltime job.” iPS hired Pim in December 2013. It was a good choice for him: “our work is interesting as the industry is relatively new and is currently growing a lot. I grew up with boats and was always fascinated with anything related to water. It makes me happy to work in this environment”. Pim likes the fact that he is able to work with big companies and become a part of well known projects. The contact with PIM HOOGHART JR. CONSULTANT MARITIME candidates and clients gives the most joy. “My job is two sided: I am placing someone and I am simultaneously helping the company by doing so.” Pim continues: “it is an open company that works hard and every single colleague is trying to get the best results. This climate is really important and satisfying to me”. Sharon lived in Belgium for five years before she followed two studies in the Netherlands: Hospitality Management and Human Resource Management. “My first study, Hospitality Management, took me to the United States where I stayed for one year. While in America I came in contact with several Human Resource disciplines which made me decide to follow an extra study: Human Resource Management.” This extra study paid off as she followed up by working as an international recruiter and HR manager in the Care Industry for three years. After searching for a new job opportunity she found iPS, where she started in February 2014. Sharon: “It was a good choice. I really like to work in a fast growing and international industry.” Especially working for iPS makes her smile: “From the first moment it felt like home, the ambiance is truly amazing”. Sharon is mainly focused on the dredging SHARON BROUWER JR. CONSULTANT MARITIME industry. “It is a dynamic industry which changes a lot. It is full of challenges as there are many factors which you have to take into account”. She enjoys the combination of interacting with people and commerce. This commercial side is quite new for her and it is a skill she wants to develop. “There are lots of opportunities to grow within the company. I like the fact that we work as one team.” Her other goal is to act more on projects in the dredging industry and as well to learn more about other industries like towage, offshore and merchant: “these are really interesting industries”. Next to this her ambition is to focus more internationally: “I am not tied to the Netherlands so they can send me anywhere if needed”. I get energy from the friendship and contact with colleagues together with placing people. For me, teamwork is an important key to success. His goal is to strengthen the team in respect to the upcoming Suez Canal Project: “I want iPS to become the preferred supplier for this impressive project. At the same time I try to raise the quality level.
  39. 39. 37 TACO ENGELAAR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Taco holds a Masters degree in International Business Administration. During his studies he worked for a Bank in the Professional Services Department for almost four years. He was also part of an exchange programme which took him to Mexico. “I liked it so much that I went back to work at the local Dutch Embassy where I was part of the Economic Department.” His tasks were infrastructure improvement and promoting relations with Dutch companies. iPS found Taco in April 2014. He was asked to help build up a new office in Qatar. “I liked the international growth ambition and the young team of iPS so I said yes.” Taco continues: “It is, of course, also a nice opportunity to help build up new businesses in the Middle East.” Taco likes the industry and wants to work together with big companies for their huge projects. “Especially Qatar is interesting. It is booming over there.” He wants to make clients’ projects a success by delivering the right people. “It is amazing to see that projects actually work. You can see it succeeding, this is really fulfilling.” Taco sees personal contact as the most interesting part of this job: “I meet smart, interesting and well experienced people who are making a success of big projects. I learn a lot from them.” A very important goal is to market iPS in the region: “I have been given the chance to introduce iPS to big companies and to develop a local office with a vast pool of candidates and clients.” It is exciting to be part of something bigger. Operating from its regional head quarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Pipeline Services LLC (PLS) provides you with more than half a century of experience, including an in-depth knowledge of the performance requirements. Our reputation is built on the commitment of understanding our customer´s needs, in order to provide reliable and safe service. The multi- disciplined staff of PLS represents the company´s success in every aspect concerning the offered services. Pipeline Services LLC (PLS) is operating in an international business, serving solutions to its costumer´s indivudual needs. Whether it is onshore or offshore, we cater to the entire pipeline life cycle, which includes pipeline pre- commissioning, decommissiong, rehabilitaion, integrity management, in-line inspection, cathodic protection and corrosion control. We were one of the first companies in the area to be specialized in the high pressure GRE/GRP pipeline works. Our attitude to work is determined by the strong belief in the usage of state-of-the- art technology and specialist equipment. PLS serves every business standard and sets itself apart from our competitors by living the company´s values and transporting them into everyday work. Regarding and taking care of the staff like a family, ensures you the best possible service available. PIPELINE SERVICES L.L.C. (PLS) P.O. BOX 4500 - ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. TELEPHONE : (971-2) 555 45 13 FAX : (971-2) 555 39 93 E-Mail : mail@pls.ae PIPELINE SERVICES LLC (PLS) ADVERTORIAL
  40. 40. 38 Festivities ONE COMPANY teambuilding is important to us Twice a year, iPS invites the managers of our international offices to the Netherlands for a mid year update. This year the 2014 mid-year evaluation took place in the summer. On day one the iPS directors kicked off the international week by presenting the iPS goals for the coming half year. This presentation was followed, the next day, by the international goals and accomplishments, presented by our managers. To break the week, we implemented some activities on day three. It was time for everybody to show who the biggest daredevils were by joining the ‘RIB-experience’. This is an attraction where very fast boats are racing across Rotterdam harbour. After this wet happening it was time for a drink. And what good timing, as the Dutch were winning their first FIFA World Cup match that night! All dressed in orange we enjoyed a drink, an exciting match and informal quality time with colleagues. The following day was marked down for our managers to gain extra insights by paying a visit to Jack-Up Barge, one of our valued clients. The last day of this international week was completely focused on our new colleagues during our half-yearly ‘Rookie Dinner’. A dinner for our new colleagues which gave them a chance to get to know the people behind iPS and get familiar with the workflow. In short, an important week and we are happy that there will be a winter edition as well. This edition will also be kicked off by presentations and targets. There will be a “stamppot festival” organised. Since ‘stamppot’ is a typical dish of the Dutch cuisine, it will be a nice surprise for our international colleagues. On Wednesday, the managers will spend their next day in the theater which will be followed by ‘glow in the dark’ midget golf. Finally the week will end, as always, with our Christmas party. iPS INTERNATIONAL WEEK
  41. 41. 39 BOWLING “IT WAS AMAZING TO SEE OUR CLIENTS FROM ANOTHER ANGLE, WHILE YOU ARE RACING OVER THE WATER.” Another example of our activities in order to build up our team spirit outside the office is our annual bowling tournament. It all started in November 2012 when our Maritime department wanted to organise more informal events with iPS’ colleagues. They initiated an evening with dinner and bowling. It was such a success that it has grown into an annual event including a challenge cup. This year we had six teams participating, and again, it turned out to be a successful evening.
  42. 42. 40 DREDGING MUSEUM Festivities ONE COMPANY teambuilding is important to us iPS started as a small recruitment agency, dedicated to the dredging industry. In order to get more aware of the knowhow within this specific industry, iPS’ new faces paid a visit to the National Dredging Museum in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands. This museum is unique in the world and offered us an opportunity to get acquainted with the future and the past of the dredging industry. The museum covers dredging from the very beginning up to the present time. It is known for their pictures, models, illustrations and original dredging machinery in- and outside the museum, like a giant cutterhead.
  43. 43. 41 BABIES the new iPS generation WELCOME TO THE WORLD NEWBORNS 2014 was a fruitful year. A lot of babies were born and a new iPS generation has begun. We have gathered all the pictures for you to see. We congratulate all the parents and we wish them lots of healthiness. Bruce Ivy Max Meagan Rainier Wrenz Luuk Jamie Ekam Kaur
  44. 44. 42 pictures from around the world PHOTO CONTEST POWERFUL PICTURES Picture by Andre Nascimento Aroujo de Azavedo Picture by Liam Harkin Picture by Joe Szamosi Picture by Joe Szamosi Picture by Danny Cornelissen PHOTO CONTEST Our industries are very diverse. This is exciting for us, but also for our candidates. Our work brings them to every corner of the world. Impressive jobs with incredible sceneries. Have a look into their world with these five winning photographs. WOULD YOU ALSO LIKE TO BE HIGHLIGHTED IN OUR MAGAZINE? Please contact us via: magazine@ipspowerfulpeople.com
  45. 45. 43 NAVINGO Powered by Career_Adv_iPSMagazineOE14_230x165mm_fc_25sept2014.indd 2 9/25/14 11:00 AM Providing global solutions for tomorrow’s needs DEME has decades of experience in its core dredging and land reclamation activities and hydraulic engineering. In support of its dredging activities, the Group offers an impressive range of services in the environmental field such as brownfield remediation, complex marine construction such as foundation and installation of offshore wind farms and sea aggregate winning. Thanks to its multidisciplinary capabilities and its integrated corporate structure, DEME has become a global solutions provider developing a whole range of new activities in the field of energy, oil gas and renewable energy. DEME N.V. Haven 1025, Scheldedijk 30 B-2070 Zwijndrecht, Belgium T +32 3 250 52 11 F +32 3 250 56 50 info.deme@deme-group.com www.deme-group.com Creating land for the future AMORAS project: construction and exploitation of a mechanical dewatering plant for dredged material in the Port of Antwerp. Construction of the C-Power offshore wind park off the Belgian Coast. Dredging of a turning basin and an access channel for a new coal export terminal in Santa Marta, Colombia.
  46. 46. COLOPHON We would like to thank everyone that has contributed to this special publication of iPS - Powerful People. We would not have realized this special project without the help of our loyal clients, candidates, suppliers and colleagues. Art Direction design: Blueboost Printing: Efficiënta Offset drukkerij BV Photography: Michel Warta Portpictures.nl Infographics: Tommy Kleyn Editors: Hugo Passchier Michel Warta Special thanks to: Danny Cornelissen Ferry Passchier Contact details: iPS - Powerful People Rivium Boulevard 46 2909 LK Capelle aan den IJssel The Netherlands Phone: +31 (0)88 447 94 94 E-mail: info@ipspowerfulpeople.com © 2014 iPS Capelle aan den IJssel BV This magazine is produced and published by iPS - Powerful People. None of this publication may be reproduced, stored or transmitted by any form or any means without the permission of iPS - Powerful People. EDITORS NOTE 44 Someone once told me that change is the only constant in life. This covers our whole company, but it is certainly true for the communication team which has spent the better part of a year working tirelessly to evolve our corporate identity for the better. You saw evidence in our magazine, when we redesigned our flyers and calendar. This time it was the magazine’s turn with our 2015 issue. We hope you like what you see. This glossy was established with the support of iPS’ staff, suppliers, candidates and clients. The tasks of copywriting and bringing together all the bits and pieces were assigned to me, Hugo Passchier. My goal is to introduce iPS to people who have not heard of us yet as well as improve our presence for those who have. The motivation behind it: show the world who we are, what we do and aim to be as transparent as possible. Like last year, this magazine is a result of good cooperation between all the colleagues of iPS, Tommy Kleyn (Blueboost), Ron Nobel (Efficiënta Offset drukkerij) and Michel Warta (iPS). From the beginning of this year, Michel has transferred the role as leading editor to me and now mainly supports the collaboration between all parties. Coming back to our evolvement one of the most involving changes are yet to come. We will show that to you in our next issue. See you then!
  47. 47. Blueboost is a Rotterdam-based design agency that specialises in graphic design, photography and illustration. Driving force behind Blueboost is Tommy Kleyn (1977). Kleyn has nearly twenty years of experience in formentioned fields. Shell, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Deloitte, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Rabobank and, of course, iPS are amongst the clients Tommy worked and still works for. Besides commissioned work, Blueboost reserves part of their time to work on non-commissioned, self-inspired projects. This to keep our minds limber, explore creativity and cultivate fresh ideas. These days communication -in many cases- consists of a combination of graphic design, photography and illustration. Blueboost masters all of these disciplines, a quality that proves to be quite convenient for our clients. And: we’re a small operation. This keeps costs at a minimum and effiency at a max. If you would like to see more of our work or get in contact with us, please visit our website at blueboost.nl or send us an e-mail at mail@blueboost.nl Blueboost made this infographic for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. It consists of 15 individual situations, spread out over 5 ‘steps’ in an improvement ladder.

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