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Passport: Job market for highly skilled internationals booming across Europe

The amazing news right now is that Europe’s job market is booming with more opportunities for highly skilled internationals than ever before. At the same time, the Trump Administration is closing the door to highly talented internationals. 

Guess who wins ….

The San Jose Mercury, the main newspaper of the Silicon Valley region, has an interesting editorial pointing out that about half the founders of The Valley’s billion-dollar tech companies were born outside the U.S. including Elon Musk (South Africa) and Sergey Brin (Russia).

We’ve analyzed FB group expat pages from Spain to Bulgaria, and it’s clear careers and housing are at the top of the list for many expats. Yes, there’s more to life than working … but the expat lifestyle can be expensive to maintain in the style to which you are accustomed. And for highly skilled internationals, this is the time to make crazy money.

Which is why we added Passport … to aggregate the info you need not just in your city, but across Europe.

So, let’s start with jobs this week. If you have a position to fill or you’re searching for just the right job, register on Passport here.

We’ve noticed moderators of group Facebook pages for expats increasingly try to shut out commercial posts.

We welcome them … and anything else you want to post that’s not illegal or inflammatory.

Of course, all social media platforms have a chicken-or-the-egg dilemma: How do you attract the first users?

We have an advantage in that Dispatches already has tens of thousands of readers each month.

So we’re going the Quora/reddit route, populating Passport on the way to achieving critical mass … and connecting English-speaking expats not just in one city or one country, but across Europe.

The Web is a big place … and a great place to look for career options.

Some big news for those qualified to earn big money with big corporations:

Trivago CEO Rolf Schrömgens made waves last week when he told CNBC he was having a lot less trouble recruiting global tech talent now that Trump is actively blocking highly-skilled internationals from the United States.

Trivago, a travel-booking website owned by New York-based Liberty Interactive mogul Barry Diller (didn’t know that, did you?) has a workforce of about 1,100 employees representing 50 nationalities across Europe in Amsterdam, Palma, Düsseldorf and other cities. We counted at least 120 job openings including positions for full-stack developers, data visualization designers and machine learning data scientists. Trivago also has a lot of non-tech jobs in sales & marketing, advertising, HR and other areas.

You can see them all here.

• Last month, Coventry, England-based Jaguar/Land Rover announced it would hire 5,000 engineers in the UK as it strives to pass Volvo, Mercedes and BMW in the self-driving/electric lane. Jaguar, which has a lot of multi-national project teams, announced it would increase the number of cars it builds in Britain to 1 million by 2020 from about 544,000 in 2016.

You can see Jaguar’s career opportunities here.

• Danish-born, Silicon Valley-based tech-based company Zendesk announced it is adding 300 people in Dublin during the next three years. Dublin is Zendesk HQ not only for Europe but for the Middle East and Africa as well. The majority of the new jobs will be in engineering, but there will also be new positions in other areas including sales and finance. The customer-relations software firm also has operations in The Valley and London.

Here’s the link to the open jobs in Ireland.

That’s just the beginning.

In a quick sample, we found more than 5,000 jobs across Europe requiring English fluency. Just a quick search on LinkedIn shows that Amsterdam, Berlin and Frankfurt are the hottest markets for English speakers right now.

Here’s a quick sample of the more interesting possibilities we found. (All positions require English fluency.)

Let’s start with tech, because in 2017, it’s all about acquiring relevant skills. We’ve noticed a lot of posts on the Berlin Tech Startup Jobs Facebook page from Big Cloud, a London-based firm that recruits top tech talent in Big Data. Here’s one Big Cloud posted last week:

• Senior Deep Learning Engineer, Berlin

Key responsibilities:

  • You’ll work with state of the art Deep Learning and AI technologies to lead the full development of this disruptive product, from research through to production;
  • You’ll design, implement and deliver scalable, automated and highly available services based on information extraction, OCR and image processing techniques;
  • You will also collaborate with leading research institutes on your research questions.

Who you’ll be

  • You’ll be a bright academic, with a BSc/MSc/PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or similar field;
  • You’re a machine learning magician who has experience working with Deep Learning, Deep Neural Networks or NLP.
  • You know the software development lifecycle like the back of your hand, and know your way around system architecture with your eyes closed;
  • You eat Python and Java for breakfast, and wash them down with some algorithm design and complexity analysis;
  • You love getting your hands dirty with cutting-edge technology, and are in tune with the latest and future trends;

You can apply here.

• Tommy Hilfiger needs a Digital Social Media specialist in Amsterdam

Key responsibilities

  • Define the Affiliate and Partnership Strategy, analysis and planning for Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein across all EMEA+ markets.
  • Drive the growth of Tommy Hilfiger’s content led Pan EU digital partnership (affiliate) marketing program, including strategy, planning and execution.
  • Work daily with existing technology partners and agencies to implement and optimize campaigns.

Key qualifications:

  • Strategic and organized
  • Resourceful
  • Highly executional
  • Has 3 year’s experience in affiliate marketing, managing affiliate partners and implementing an international content focused affiliate marketing strategy.
  • Has a university or similar degree in marketing or communications.
  • Has experience with digital program management or business partnership development.

You can apply here on the Tommy website.

• Cartier is looking for a Communications & PR manager for Benelux and Scandinavia.

(This job is based in Amsterdam.)

This is a top job, so just the job description alone is more than 1,500 words. Here’s an excerpt:

Key responsibilities – Definition and implementation of the strategic plan for communication. The Communication & PR Manager is responsible for elaborating and implementing the communication, PR and event strategic plan.

Key qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Communications & PR.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a Communication & PR management function in an international environment preferably in the Luxury industry.
  • Contemporary knowledge of Communications, PR & Media in Benelux & Scandinavia both traditional and digital.
  • Advanced Excel skills.
  • Fluency in English both verbally and in writing (Dutch and/or French is a plus).

You can apply here on the Cartier website.

• Careem is looking for a Senior Tech Recruiter, Berlin

Key Responsibilities – Senior Recruiter who will partner with our Director of Engineering to expedite the ramp up of Careem’s tech function through sourcing, recruiting and hiring the best talent globally.

You will develop and implement innovative recruitment campaigns and go to market strategies to position Careem as an employer of choice. The role joins our Engineering hub based out of Berlin, Germany, and will play a pivotal role in ramping up our highly talented development team in the region.

Key qualifications:

  • Technical recruiting experience (both internal recruitment and agency)
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, relationship building skills
  • Demonstrable commitment to continuous improvement with a high degree of initiative
  • Exceptional organisation skills
  • Experience working for a startup or other high-growth tech company
  • Experience in creative and digital recruiting

You can apply directly from the LinkedIn link above.

These are all on the Passport page, which we’ll be upgrading with a feed on our landing page. Stay tuned …..

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