Finding Europe’s Energy Storage Talent

Finding Europe’s Energy Storage Talent

David Hunt 07/05/2018

We have recently won a number of international assignments partnering with companies trying to identify and recruit candidates for European roles.

One of the biggest areas of activity is, not surprisingly, Germany, often the first place organisations go when looking at developing their presence in the European or EMEA region.

A good example of this is the Korean conglomerate LG Chem which has retained Hyperion Executive Search to lead the process of finding a Sales Manager for the DACH region (made up of Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

LG Chem is the largest Korean chemical company and is fast developing an already strong reputation as a global industry leader in the area of largescale and residential energy storage batteries.

We are delighted that LG Chem has chosen Hyperion to partner with them on this search and, hopefully, others in the future. The more obvious option would have been to go for a local recruitment supplier in Germany, but LG Chem was impressed by our specialist knowledge of the energy storage market and our extensive network of contacts across Europe and beyond.

In a similar vein, we have been retained by one of the world’s leading PV inverter/storage manufacturers, which is successfully building its profile across Europe via a network of field offices.

It is not surprising that organisations operating in the energy storage sector look to Germany as a natural launch pad into Europe. Having successfully moved away from nuclear energy, Germany is now hugely reliant on renewables for electricity generation. So much so, it now produces more than five times as much as it did a decade ago which means that energy storage is increasingly high on the national agenda.

Of course many successful German companies are expanding their wings also, we were recently retained by sonnen to recruit a UK Country Director to set up their operations in the UK. The UK itself is also becoming an important market with its own market leaders, such as flow battery company redT for whom we’ve also been engaged to deliver industry specific talent.

We are looking forward to attending Energy Storage Europe in Dusseldorf (March 15-17) where we already have a number of meetings in the diary with existing clients, contacts and candidates. It will be a good precursor to Intersolar and ESS in June.

There is a real buzz around developments in energy storage and there are a number of companies, many US-headquartered, looking at spreading their wings on to the Continent.

The challenge they face is being able to find the right talent to help them establish a presence in a new territory.

Because Hyperion works exclusively in the clean energy sector, we pride ourselves on the strength of our network and our knowledge of the different markets in which our clients either already operate or want to operate.

In a still emerging sector, good talent is scarce and often hard to reach unless you know where to look. This is where we can help.

If you are open to a move there are a number of exciting roles, both commercial and technical, on our website. See our latest jobs here

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David Hunt

Energy Expert

David Hunt is a prominent figure and thought leader in the clean energy sector. Hailed as a leading green entrepreneur by the Financial Times, David also presents at industry events such as EcoSummit, Energy Storage Europe and Fully Charged Live. David is a frequent contributor to trade publications such as Energy Storage News, Solar Power Portal, PV Tech, Clean Energy News and Smart Cities World. His industry insights have been quoted in UK broadsheet newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph and the Sunday Times. Being well versed in business and economics, he has also lent his voice to the likes of BBC Radio Four and ITV’s 6 O’clock news. A cleantech expert and industry insider, David specialises in the clean energy and eMobility sectors. His drive to accelerate these growing markets led him to set up Hyperion Executive Search Ltd, a talent acquisition company specialising in the clean energy space that incisively places talent where it’s needed. Hyperion has been helping businesses grow and succeed since 2014 and recently expanded its operations in Europe with a new office in Munich. David’s headhunting team now operates across EMEA and the US. Before this, David co-founded an award-winning multi-technology renewable energy installation business, sat as a policy board member with the UK Renewable Energy Association, and was a member of PRASEG (Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group). The ‘This week in cleantech’ podcast is a platform for David and invited experts to share and review the biggest, and most interesting news stories in the cleantech sector each week, providing expert opinion, analysis and insight. It is anticipated that the podcast will be a catalyst for the further growth and development of the cleantech revolution.

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