Partner Interview Series | More than a decade of Treasurer Search proudness

22-09-2020 | treasuryXL | Treasurer Search |

Treasurer Search is founded in 2009. Treasurer Search recruits candidates for both permanent and temporary treasury positions in industry, trade, services and non-profit. They recruit treasury professionals of all levels, from young graduates to senior treasury professionals, for positions including corporate treasurer, cash manager, treasury controller, treasury consultant, treasury analyst, assistant treasurer and group treasurer.

AN INTRODUCTION TO

 

Pieter de Kiewit, Treasury Aficionado, Recruitment Consultant and Owner of Treasurer Search. His market focus is the BeNeLux and Germany, his clients are mainly corporates, non-profit and consultancy organizations. Pieter holds an MSc. in Organizational Science and has over 25 years experience in international recruitment. In many ways he contributes to the Treasury Community by connecting people, companies, education and events.

We asked him 11 questions and 2 bonus questions. Let’s go!

 

INTERVIEW

1. Can you tell us about Treasurer Search and its mission and vision?

In our vision the professional field of treasury will further evolve and serve a broader group of organizations. It is our mission to listen to treasurers, business and HR leaders and make robust matches taking everybody’s interest into account.

2. What was the main reason to start with Treasurer Search in 2009?

For me as a person, my first professional choice was recruitment. In 2009 I worked in the recruitment industry for 15 years in various roles with two international market leaders. I decided I wanted to recruit in a way that suited my clients, candidates and me best. And that an own organisation was the best structure to do so. Already early in my career I searched group treasurers and liked the job type in so many ways. With the expert combination of both recruitment and treasury, I think we can optimize our added value best.

3.  How would you describe your company in 3 words?

Results, expertise, authentic

4. Can you take us with you into your company culture? How would you describe it?

We take pride in what we do, want to show our added value and like our job. We are Dutch, direct, informal and also very much interested in you and what keeps you busy. We are here to stay and want to build long lasting relationships. And we are not afraid to try or even initiate something new.

5. What is, in your perception, the biggest benefit for clients and candidates to work with Treasurer Search?

Understanding the recruitment industry is not hard. What sets us apart from other executive search firms are our treasury expertise which enables us to dig in deeper. And our long lasting relationships. 90% of the candidates we find a position for, we had prior contact with. Over 50% of our revenue is repeat business and we are still growing. Clients like us because we find better candidates, quicker for a fair, market level fee.

6. What has been your biggest challenge since the start of Treasurer Search? And how did you deal with it?

Our USPs are stability and treasury expertise combined with recruitment skills. People who combine these aspects are few. We have taken steps not only forward but also back because new colleagues realized after a while that their motivation did not match the mission of Treasurer Search. By now we have a stable team and cautiously continue moving forward. In recruitment for our own organisation we spent even more time in informing potential colleagues.

7. What is the best learning experience you ever had as business owner of a treasury recruitment club?

The treasury community is an interested and intrinsically motivated group of people. Always willing to brainstorm and join. In order to channel positive input into plans that bring us the results we strive for, we cannot lose focus. That brings best results. Over time I better learned to avoid distractions but are not done learning.

8. In the last 10 years, what are the main differences in the world of treasury & recruitment?

Too many to make a comprehensive list. What strikes me most in treasury is that the professional level of treasurers is going up. Treasurers are nowadays educated at a higher level, better communicators and continue to invest in treasury education. Treasury is getting the platform it deserves.
Also recruitment is constantly changing. The success of a new hire will never be an exact science but we try to avoid risk. New insights and technology in our field resulted in www.treasurertest.com. In my opinion a perfect example of recruitment new style.

9. How do you see the future of the function of treasury?

I hope and expect treasurers will be able to increase their impact. In large corporates they will be able to contribute in strategy, mitigate risk better and save cost. In mid-sized organizations they will find their spot in the CFO team where they are currently not always. The impact of treasury technology cannot be overestimated, one blog is not enough to describe that topic.

10.  How important is treasury in times like these? In times of COVID19….

The cliché “profit is an opinion, cash a reality” is currently felt stronger than ever. The treasurer that cannot show his added value in these times might not be in the right position.

11. Tell us, 10 years from now, what does Treasurer Search look like?

Predicting the future in these times is more daunting than ever, we just celebrated our first 10 years… I hope 10 years from now we can still show stability, treasury and recruitment expertise. Furthermore I hope clients who currently do not have a treasurer are happy we found one for them and also many more clients who are not based in The Netherlands enjoy our services.

BONUS QUESTIONS

What makes you happy in your work?

Results. See that my colleagues are happy in their job and help candidates and clients moving forward.

What are you most proud of in your career at Treasurer Search?

That clients call us again because they like the candidate they hired through us before. That candidates are happy in their job we found them, and for a long time. That we created an organization with employees that like coming to work to a job that pays mortgages and children’s shoes. That the treasury community knows us and knows how to find us.

 

Treasury Manager – Full Time (Dutch) – Rotterdam

| 06-11-2019 | treasuryXL |

Our partner Treasurer Search is looking for a Treasury Manager (Dutch speaking). Anyone? Read the profile in Dutch:

FUNCTIEPROFIEL TREASURY MANAGER

Als Treasury Manager ben je verantwoordelijk voor het opstellen en uitvoeren van treasury beleid op groepsniveau. Binnen de verantwoordelijkheden van de functie vallen de deelgebieden corporate finance, bankfunding en bankrelatiebeheer, cash management en hedging van financiēle risico’s: rente-­ en valutarisico. Daarnaast zul je mede verantwoordelijk zijn voor het inrichten en beheren van een nieuw TMS en geef je leiding aan de Senior Cash Medewerker.

IDEALE TREASURY MANAGER

De ideale Treasury Manager is in het bezit van een Master diploma op financieel gebied en heeft minimaal 5 jaar werkervaring op het gebied van Treasury. Je bezit over goede analytische en communicatieve vaardigheden en beheerst de Nederlandse en Engelse taal goed.

ONZE OPDRACHTGEVER
Onze opdrachtgever is een internationale handelsorganisatie met haar wortels in Nederland en een omzet groter dan € 1 miljard. De bedrijfscultuur is hands-on, ondernemend en erg direct.
ARBEIDSVOORWAARDEN

Afhankelijk van de specifieke kennis en ervaring van de kandidaat is het salaris voor deze functie maximaal €80K. Voor geinteresseerde kandidaten die voldoen aan de eisen is er een uitgebreidere functieomschrijving beschikbaar.

LOCATION
Omgeving Rotterdam
Contact person
Kim Vercoulen | Recruitment Consultant
T: (020) 6586 118
M: (06) 2467 9339
E: kv@treasurersearch.com

The 2019 DACT Treasury Fair: it’s time to connect

| 01-11-2019 | by Kendra Keydeniers |

The DACT (Dutch Association of Corporate Treasurers) is organizing their annual Treasury Fair at Hotel NH Conference Centre Leeuwenhorst in Noordwijkerhout on November 14th and 15th 2019. The DACT treasury fair is the most important annual treasury event in the Netherlands.

Practice-oriented workshops and specialist presentations on trends and developments. Information on the latest solutions, products and techniques in your professional field. And plenty of room for interaction with colleagues and peers. This is the successful formula of the DACT Treasury Fairs. This year, DACT is organising the 16th edition!

Exhibitors

There are more than 50 exhibitors present at the Treasury Fair. You can see an overview of all exhibitors here.

We are thrilled to highlight the treasuryXL partners who will host a booth at the expo and organize a product demo:


ILFA Group
ILFA Group supports companies and civil society organizations in obtaining financing and managing their treasury.
Product demo 17:
De obligatielening 2.0
Time: 13:00 – 13:30
Presenter: Irma Langeraert – ILFA & Jasper Verhoog – AKD

 

 

BELLIN | ENIGMA
BELLIN is the global leader in technology for corporate banking and treasury.
Product demo 11:
Tm5 – SWIFT GPI functionality / Company case: Darling Ingredients Int.
Time: 11:30 – 12:00
Presenter: Hien Dijkstra, Darling Ingredients Int.l | Bas Kolenburg & Roderick Kroon, Enigma Consulting

 

 

 

Treasury Intelligence Solutions GmbH (TIS)
TIS is the leading cloud platform for managing corporate payments, liquidity and bank relationships worldwide.
Product demo 8:
TIS Corporate Payment Solutions
Time: 10:40 – 11:10
Presenter: Luuk Linssen and Jörg Wiemer – TIS

 

 

Cashforce
Cashforce is a smart cash flow management and cash flow forecasting platform for working capital intensive businesses.
Product demo 6:
Cashforce
Time: 09:50 – 10:20
Presenter: Nicolas Christiaen, CEO Cashforce / Bart Messing, European Treasury Manager Dawn Foods

 

 

Treasurer Search
Treasurer Search finds candidates for both permanent and temporary positions in industry, trade, services and non-profit.

You can find their booth at the beginning of the expo.

Contact: Pieter de Kiewit, owner Treasurer Search

 

 

 

Would you like to connect with one of our partners? I recommend to schedule your appointment in advance to ensure your spot. You can contact me directly for assistance. Of course you can visit their booth at the expo anytime, don’t forget to mention treasuryXL.

Connect with treasuryXL

treasuryXL ambassadors Francois De Witte and Marco Lassche will be visiting the Treasury Fair on Friday, November 15th. Would you like to meet one of them and learn more about the treasuryXL mission and partnership options? Don’t hesitate to contact them directly and schedule your appointment today!

 

Marco Lassche
Ambassador

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François De Witte
Ambassador

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Treasury Fair programme

Thursday, November 14

Time: 19.00 – 23.30

EAT, MEET & GREET | info here

Grand Café Roundabout

Friday, November 15

Time: from 8.00

Registration, Expo, Workshops, Product demos, Master Class

Time: 16.00-18.00 Drinks

You can find an overview of the full programme here.

About the DACT

DACT, Dutch Association of Corporate Treasurers, is the professional association for (corporate) treasurers and treasury professionals in The Netherlands. It has 600+ members, employed by multinationals, large and midsized companies, but also working in public sector and nonprofit organisations.

As a professional association DACT stimulates the professional development of its members, offers a network that connects treasury professionals and facilitates a platform for the exchange of information and development of knowledge.

Kendra Keydeniers
Community & Partner Manager at treasuryXL

Cash Manager, Spanish speaker @ Treasurer Search

| 25-09-2019 | treasuryXL |

TASKS CASH MANAGER

  • Monitor and manage global liquidity;
  • Communicate frequently with finance colleagues of global subsidiaries, banks and auditors, especially but not only in Spanish speaking countries;
  • Manage compliance with internal and external regulations. Give extra attention to KYC, AML and sanctions;
  • Big ticket payments and monitoring of other payments, analyse flows, analyse and report;
  • International bank relationship management, build and maintain the banking infrastructure;
  • Help managing the various international credit lines;
  • Back up of colleagues and various projects.

IDEAL CASH MANAGER

The profile of the ideal candidate for this position covers at least three aspects. First he has experience in (most of) the described tasks in a corporate environment. Bankers will be considered. Second he is a strong communicator with a strong sense of responsibility and flexibility. Third he is a Spanish speaker.

OUR CLIENT

Our client is a small headquarter of an industrial company with operations on four continents. From a banking and treasury perspective our client works in demanding environments: currencies, infrastructure and legal requirements are different from what we know from our Wester European market. The small team is stable, committed and non-Dutch (though the team members do speak English and often also Dutch). Team members cooperate but also have their individual tasks they can focus on.

REMUNERATION AND PROCESS

The expected maximum base salary for this position is €60K. The cash manager can pick up extra tasks over time, our client will support training. Climbing the hierarchy is, given the size of the entity, not to be expected.

LOCATION

Amsterdam

CONTACT PERSON

Pieter de Kiewit
T: +31 (0)85 086 67 98
M: +31 (0)6 1111 9783
E: pdk@treasurersearch.com

Spotlight: Treasury Operations Associate @ Treasurer Search

| 18-09-2019 | treasuryXL |

TASKS TREASURY OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

From the bank’s back office you will be in constant contact with the front & mid office, legal, finance and risk. You will manage a variety of financial market products like bonds, swaps, spot and NDF transactions. You will do payments, settlements and collateral management using various systems. All this in various, sometimes very exotic countries that use international and local regulatory standards.

IDEAL TREASURY OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

The ideal candidate for this position has at least two years of relevant back office and/or treasury accounting experience. His track record covers extensive systems experience and he is a skilled Excel (and preferably VBA) user. He is ready to take initiative and cover a broader set of tasks. He is interested in financial markets but does not want to work in the front office. Communication with in- and external parties is easy for the ideal treasury operations associate and routine is not what he is looking for.

OUR CLIENT

Our client is an international niche bank, big enough to operate professionally and small enough so staff members can have real impact. Helping the world developing in a better place is what this bank is about, the company culture is different from the bigger banks.

REMUNERATION AND PROCESS

The expected maximum base salary for this position is €60K. Our client offers excellent fringe benefits. Our client is open for candidates with all nationalities but expects them to already live in The Netherlands. A more extensive job description is available for candidates that are interested and a match.

If you want to apply, please inform us extensively about your systems experience.

LOCATION

The Hague

CONTACT PERSON

Pieter de Kiewit
T: +31 (0)85 086 67 98
M: +31 (0)6 1111 9783
E: pdk@treasurersearch.com

In the spotlight: Treasury Manager @ Treasurer Search

| 11-09-2019 | treasuryXL |

TASKS TREASURY MANAGER

The treasury manager is a prominent member in a large, globally acting treasury team. His responsibilities cover both complex operational & coordination tasks as well as project management. Functionally, he covers trade finance, cash, operations and risk management. Successful communication with internal and external parties is essential in this position.

IDEAL TREASURY MANAGER

A relevant academic degree is a must-have for this position, as is a solid track record of about 7 years in corporate treasury or treasury consultancy. It is to be expected that the ideal candidate has thorough TMS expertise. As a person, the candidate sets ambitious goals and does not consider this his final career step. He is not afraid to be demanding on himself and the people around him. As a colleague and manager he has shown to be able to communicate with people with various backgrounds.

OUR CLIENT

Our client is a very prominent and successful company with a global presence. The company culture is highly competitive, employees are proud and strive for continuous improvement. The global corporate treasury team radiates this same ambition.

REMUNERATION AND PROCESS

Our clients expects above average and rewards accordingly. Staff is hired for a career, investments in education and personal development are facilitated. For candidates that are interested and qualify, a more comprehensive job description is available.

LOCATION

Eindhoven Region

Contact person
Kim Vercoulen | Recruitment Consultant
T: (020) 6586 118
M: (06) 2467 9339
E: kv@treasurersearch.com

How do you find your Interim Treasurer?

| 09-09-2019 | by Pieter de Kiewit |

Treasury recruitment organisations and treasury consultants are both involved in interim treasury assignments. They often approach the same candidates but work with a different cost structure. Expertise of the service provider and interim manager are always important. If capacity is most important in your assignment, a recruiter might be best. If the project result dominates, a consultant.

Between the times of life-time-employment and the current flexible employment contracts some decades have passed. The Dutch have been among the trailblazers in making the labour market more flexible. These developments are being applauded by some and regretted by others. In our niche, corporate treasury, employers and employees are mainly positive. In this article I want to focus on two channels through which you can find your interim treasurer.

In my opinion the underlying agreement for labour, contractor or consultancy is secondary to what the company is looking for. If they are looking for a long term (a year or more) solution with a predictable set of tasks, an interim solution is not appropriate. Interim will not offer the stability and will cost too much.

Obvious reason for choosing an interim solution is the temporary need for capacity and/or expertise. This can be because you are looking for the permanent solution or the regular employee has taken a time-out. Also when you are shutting down your organisation, capacity is the dominating factor. In a build-up, implementation or crisis transition skills are important. In all described situations specific expertise, measured in experience and education, is a must. How does this help you choosing between a recruitment or consultancy firm?

When to use a treasury recruiter to find an interim treasurer
As treasury recruiters we find candidates for interim positions in various ponds. First there is a group of independent contractors with a track record in interim management, with a legal entity that can hit the ground running. Next to this group there is a group of candidates that are between jobs or just before retirement. Knowledgeable and motivated. Some of them can work from their own company, others will work through payrolling solutions we can provide. This second group is not always best in hitting the ground running but does have the knowledge level. Some of them can make the transfer from temporary to permanent employment. Most of the times the second group comes at a lower rate but sometimes need more time to bring the same results.

When to use a treasury consultancy to find an interim treasurer
Most professional consultancies work with the idea that they will solve the problems of their clients. In fee structure it is even possible to define a project and agree upon the cost in advance. A recruiter will not be able to do this. An interim manager working through a consultancy can do so with shadow management: he can call colleagues if he lacks knowledge. Furthermore the infrastructure and support is more substantial. All these benefits come at a price: the average hourly rate of a consultant is often 50% higher than an independent interim manager with a similar profile would charge.

Where recruiters and consultants overlap
In competition with consultants we often notice that we (recruiters) approach the same candidates and ask a lower price. Also it happens that an independent senior interim manager is compared with a medior consultant who is on the payroll of the consultancy. In that situation the client has to decide if he prefers apples over oranges.

Final remark and what to do?
Often all parties pretend recruitment (and other) processes are 100% rational. They are not and that is not a bad thing. You should choose for the interim manager and service provider that makes you feel good and who solve your problem. Sometimes a high hourly fee and few hours is better than a low hourly fee and many hours.

It is not rocket science but do think before you act. If you want to only steer upon results and high expertise, a consultancy is best, in other scenarios a recruiter might offer a better solution. What is your experience?

 

 

Pieter de Kiewit
Owner Treasurer Search

 

In the spotlight: Treasury Manager – Dutch – Rotterdam

| 04-09-2019 | treasuryXL |

FUNCTIEPROFIEL TREASURY MANAGER

Als Treasury Manager ben je verantwoordelijk voor het opstellen en uitvoeren van treasury beleid op groepsniveau. Binnen de verantwoordelijkheden van de functie vallen de deelgebieden corporate finance, bankfunding en bankrelatiebeheer, cash management en hedging van financiēle risico’s: rente-­ en valutarisico. Daarnaast zul je mede verantwoordelijk zijn voor het inrichten en beheren van een nieuw TMS en geef je leiding aan de Senior Cash Medewerker.

IDEALE TREASURY MANAGER

De ideale Treasury Manager is in het bezit van een Master diploma op financieel gebied en heeft minimaal 5 jaar werkervaring op het gebied van Treasury. Je bezit over goede analytische en communicatieve vaardigheden en beheerst de Nederlandse en Engelse taal goed.

ONZE OPDRACHTGEVER

Onze opdrachtgever is een internationale handelsorganisatie met haar wortels in Nederland en een omzet groter dan € 1 miljard. De bedrijfscultuur is hands-on, ondernemend en erg direct.

ARBEIDSVOORWAARDEN

Afhankelijk van de specifieke kennis en ervaring van de kandidaat is het salaris voor deze functie maximaal €80K. Voor geinteresseerde kandidaten die voldoen aan de eisen is er een uitgebreidere functieomschrijving beschikbaar.

LOCATION

Omgeving Rotterdam
Contact person
Kim Vercoulen | Recruitment Consultant
T: (020) 6586 118
M: (06) 2467 9339
E: kv@treasurersearch.com

Spotlight day: Sr. Reporting & Cash Management Specialist

| 28-08-2019 | treasuryXL |

Tasks Senior Reporting & Cash Management Specialist

As the Senior Reporting & Cash Management Specialist, part of the treasury team, you will be responsible for:

  • liquidity management and cash forecasting
  • treasury reporting (including reporting on interest rate hedging positions)
  • funding and corporate finance related projects
  • monitor and structure bank accounts and cash flows
  • responsible for reporting and management payment flows of assets

Ideal Senior Reporting & Cash Management Specialist

The ideal Senior Reporting & Cash Management Specialist has a firm background in cash management, preferably within financial services. You’ll work within a fast changing environment where a lot of structuring still needs to take place, it’s important for candidates to be flexible and to be able to adapt fast to changes. Good Excel skills are required!

Our Client

Our client is a small (private equity owned) financial institution that has the strong ambition to develop a market leading lending business.

Remuneration and Process

This role will start as soon as possible. The expected max base salary is €65K.

Location

Utrecht

Contact person

Kim Vercoulen | Recruitment Consultant
T: (020) 6586 118
M: (06) 2467 9339
E: kv@treasurersearch.com

 

In the spotlight: Cash Manager @ Treasurer Search (Dutch)

| 21-08-2019 | treasuryXL |

Taken Cash Manager

Als Cash Manager ben je verantwoordelijk voor:

  • dagelijkse cash management en settlements
  • rapportages voor centrale bank en risk management comité
  • correct verwerken van cash management informatie in SAP
  • aanspreek punt back en middle office vragen, voor zowel intern als externe klanten

Ideale cash manager

  • relevant Bachelor of Master diploma
  • 2+ jaar ervaring in cash management
  • Als persoon ben je analytisch, accuraat en heb je een hands-on mentaliteit
  • Je hebt goede (interculturele) communicatievaardigheden
  • Beheersing van de Nederlandse én Engelse taal is een vereiste!

Onze opdrachtgever

Onze opdrachtgever is een succesvolle, internationale onderneming met vestigingen over de hele wereld. Kenmerkend voor de organisatie is de bereidheid te investeren, de complexe juridische structuur en de impact van culturele diversiteit. Treasury is gedeeltelijk gedecentraliseerd, hetgeen alleen goed werkt indien er goed wordt gecommuniceerd.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Het basis jaarsalaris is maximaal €55K. Voor geinteresseerde kandidaten die voldoen aan de eisen is er een uitgebreidere functieomschrijving beschikbaar.

Wist je dat je profiel online kunt updaten en gemakkelijk kunt solliciteren op deze functie via de “apply” knop onderaan de pagina?

Location

Den Haag
Contact person
Kim Vercoulen | Recruitment Consultant
T: (020) 6586 118
M: (06) 2467 9339
E: kv@treasurersearch.com