Posts Tagged ‘jobs’

Barcelona hitech startup looking for Content Marketing Intern

26/03/2013

Fever, is a Barcelona-based tech startup that develops a ‘going-out’ app. The team is young, dynamic and full of passion about technology.

You might want to check it out if you want to work in the tech field and/or live in Barcelona.

From the job description (click to view and apply):

“What we are looking for:

  • A great person, who we will enjoy to work with.
  • Cool, collective demeanour to perform under deadlines and pressure.
  • Self-directed and the ability to recognize key business trends within the social industry.
  • A positive mental attitude coupled with a passion for providing the best product ever.
  • Someone with an engaging and outgoing personality.
  • Know how to have a good time. After all, our industry is about leisure and entertainment.
  • Thorough understanding of our product needs and potential future market opportunities.
  • Cultural fit and PR experience i.e. you get along easily with people and can perform under pressure.”

… or check other opportunities at Fever.

… or check their website

And you’re interested in this check iAgora for similar opportunities in Barcelona, in tech, or in Europe. Search smart.

 

 

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Wooga renting 20 flats for international hires in Berlin

26/03/2013

Wooga is a cool company (online gaming leader) based in a super-cool city (Berlin).

“What I thought was amazing about Wooga when I visited the company’s offices in Berlin (which, by the way, are stunning as you can probably tell from the photos embedded in this article), is just how international its workforce is – and how Wooga has managed to get this talent from all over the world interested in joining (and sticking with) them.” Read full article

So check www.wooga.com to see whether they have interesting opportunities for you.

Or better even, go to www.iagora.com and save time searching jobs at Wooga and similar companies in Europe and beyond.

 

 

Vestas – Green profits.

30/09/2009

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Is global warming – or more correctly ‘climate change’ –  really happening? Okay, the ice in the arctic and the glaciers are melting quickly but is it really due to human activity? Isn’t it possible that it’s just part of a natural cycle and that global warming would still happen with or without humans?

I am not an expert on climate change but there is a large and growing majority of experts who say that there is compelling data on global warming. The consensus is that climate change is a reality, that it’s caused by humans, and that it’s happening faster than we thought. Here is an interesting article that clarifies some important myths about global warming.

Since the industrial revolution our society has been in constant need for energy, both for our own comfort (light, heat) and to produce (factories) and sell (transport) the goods that we need or want.  So much so that many political actions have been triggered by the need to ensure energy supply. So much so that the world’s largest and most profitable companies are oil companies (#1 being Exxon). If you think that Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom or Vodafone are large companies, just consider this – in 2008 Exxon had revenues of 459 billion USD and profits of 45 billion USD. Telefonica had revenuex of 57 billion USD and 7.5 billion USD in profits…

The problem is that while the demand for energy is growing constantly we highly depend on fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas), about 84% of our total energy consumption. There are 2 problems with this, one is that  there is a limited supply of fossil fuels because they are generated by natural resources which are not renewable and are produced over hundreds of millions of years… and the other, and perhaps more importantly, is that their use threatens the climate through carbon emissions.

So there is no doubt that there is a huge and urgent need for new energy sources, and in particular for ‘clean’ and ‘renewable’ energy sources. This creates opportunities and obligations.

I am writing about Vestas because it represents a new kind of company, which is contributing to something necessary and good for the planet while at the same time it offers very solid, stimulating and challenging professional training and experience.

Vestas is the worldwide leader in Wind turbines, with 38% market share. It’s a Danish company with over 20.000 employees. The company has an installed base of 39.000 turbines in 63 countries. Together they produce enough energy to provide electricity for every household in a country like Spain.

Wind energy is growing very fast (30% per year) but it’s very complex to be able to make wind power a significant energy source. The business of Vestas is not just making turbines, but helping Wind projects around the world blossom (and still making a profit in the process). This means that they have to master all parts of the process: planning, instalation, operation and maintenance of wind farms. Those who buy the turbines require help in terms of development,  financing (private and/or subisidies) and ownership.

Well, this is a large and fast growing company which is playing a big role in something that is something good for the planet and necessary for our societies.

They offer plenty of exciting opportunities like University Programmes, a Graduate Programme and many job opportunities.

International Red Cross – Protecting Lives

08/09/2009

I have been working now for several years and my meaningful professional experiences range from a large bank (Société Générale in New York), the French Embassy in Stockholm,  a multinational industrial company (Procter & Gamble in Geneva) and finally for iAgora.

Although I have always had the deepest respect for people who devoted their lives to others I never really considered a career in a non-profit organization. However, over the years, I have learned through others how fulfilling and challenging those jobs can be. Also, these jobs are the ultimate international jobs, working in remote places or large cities with people from all over the world, leveraging language skills… and just making a real and direct impact in people’s lives.

If I started all over again I think I would consider that option more seriously, but of course there’s still plenty of time and opportunities for me to get involved and I will give it a real shot sooner or later.

If what motivates you is an inspiring mission statement here is a meaningful one, that of the International Red Cross: “To stand for the protection of the life and dignity of victims of international and internal armed conflicts”

The International Red Cross was started by a Swiss businessman who was utterly shocked by the horrors that he saw at the battle of Solférino. He then dedicated a significant amount of time, money and energy to convince governments about the need to set up voluntary relief organisations to nurse the wounded on the battlefield. He also fought for the establishment of international treaties to protect the neutral medical staff and organisations. The International Red Cross came into being in 1863 in Geneva.

Today the International Red Cross is one of the largest humanitarian organisations:

12,184 staff members in more than 80 countries
Expatriates: 1,453 people
Men: 56% ; Women: 44%
Over 100
different nationalities
Delegation employees: 9,908 people
823
staff at headquarters in Geneva

There are  ‘field’ jobs in conflict areas where the staff works in a delegation in permanent contact with local ICRC offices and headquarters. On the other hand there are headquarters jobs which provide support to the delegations and work to get political support from international governments.

Quoting the ICRC  website:

“ICRC staff members work in sensitive, tense and sometimes dangerous situations, and in a wide range of settings, from government offices to the rudimentary facilities of camps for displaced persons. They move without pause from distributions of food rations to high-level negotiations with the military authorities. They are in constant contact with people of all kinds: the powerful and the powerless, the victims and their aggressors, diplomats and humanitarian volunteers.

The job requires human qualities that at first glance appear contradictory: ICRC staff must be tenacious yet flexible, creative but methodical, at one and the same time curious and discreet, sensitive but able to control their emotions. The job allows them to make a profound personnel commitment. It affords a unique human experience, enabling staff to make a direct contribution to humanitarian action by exercising a profession that is based on knowledge and experience and is constantly being reshaped by events.”

There are plenty of job opportunities to browse through.

And here is one for an IT Systems Engineer

Red Bull – The best of PR

03/09/2009

“No other product has ever failed so convincingly. ” said the market research firm.

How would you feel if you are thinking of launching a new product and the market research firm tells you that consumers say that the thin colour of the new drink is totally unappetizing, the sticky mouth feel and the taste is ‘disgusting’?

It was in 1987 and Dietrich Mateschitz was thinking of launching his new drink, named Red Bull. He saw a great opportunity because the results were polarizing: 50% hated it and 50% loved it.  Now it seems he was right: in 2006 he sold 3.000.000.000 cans of Red Bull, over 8.000.000 cans per day…

I think Red Bull is a fascinating marketing success story.

During a business trip in Thailand an Austrian executive discovers a strange product that helps him get over his jet lag, he talks with the company that makes the product and they set up a partnership to launch the product in Austria. The product is named Red Bull, the translation of the original Krating Daeng.

Not only do customers give a lot of negative feedback in market research but it takes them 5 years to get approval to launch this product that contains a lot of Taurine and Caffeine and after that only gas stations want to sell the product.

Suddenly clubbers and snowboarders discover the product and the vodka-Red Bull mix is born… and sales start to boom. Then international expansion follows. And today Red Bull controls 70% of the energy drinks market and is leader in 12 out of 13 markets where it competes.

I don’t know if I am more impressed by the perseverance to overcome the difficulties and the market resistance of the early years… or by the ability of Red Bull to successfully resist the attacks by the giant drink companies like Coca-Cola.

Red Bull has managed to build its brand as ‘the real thing’ in energy drinks, to be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about energy drinks. They are 2 times more expensive than competition and are still the leaders. This is only possible if your brand is incredibly strong. Not only do you need to have the right product and story to tell… but also a lot of money.

Red Bull spends an incredible 35% of revenues on marketing. This is amazing when you know that large consumer goods companies spend 10% at most. But they spend their money very differently, and to me this is the key. In a way Red Bulls ‘gives money back’ to their core consumers to keep the brand fresh and cool. While competition does traditional advertising they spend all the money sponsoring events in extreme sports, party life or the edgy cutlural scene being very present in sports, arts, music and party for young people. The are in F1, in flight exhibitions, in DJ constests etc…

It’s like a virtuous cycle, if your brand is #1 you can charge higher prices than competition, then you can invest more in keeping your brand cool… But many would be tempted to invest less and keep more money for themselves…

So you guessed it, Red Bull is a company about events, about sponsorships, about Public Relations and you only need to go to their website to see this. It’s hard to find other stuff than events… but here is a direct link to some job opportunities at Red Bull.

Burton – Passion for snowboarding

28/08/2009

‘For the last 10 years I have snowboarded 100 days a winter’ . This are the words of Jake Burton, the founder and CEO of Burton, the leader in the snowboarding industry.

This is a company that is pure passion about what they do. Jake spent 10 years trying to make and sell a snowboard when the sport was starting, there were no standard snowboards and snowboards were not allowed in ski resorts. The market was so small that  “I’d go out with a station wagon full of boards and I’d come back with a station wagon full of boards, like a traveling salesman.”, Jake says. But eventually the market developped and his passion and perseverance paid off.

I am talking about this company because it’s all about passion. They are driven to develop snowboarding, not just as a sport but as a way of life, and that philosophy is perfectly captured in the personality of the founder and the way they work.

For snowboarding passionates this company must feel like home and allows the perfect lifestyle, combining a challenging work in a cutting edge company working to develop snowboarding and the possibility to go on snowboarding rides very often.

The company has a very unique culture, it encourages people to go snowboarding when there’s a ton of powder in the slopes and they allow people to bring their dogs to the office.  Many employees go for a ride in the snow before going to the office. Also, at iAgora we connect with a founder who says ‘While I certainly travel a lot, I regret the fact that I haven’t taken more time to actually live in some foreign locations. It has such a positive impact in terms of broadening your perspectives, but at the same time making you appreciate what you have at home.’  If you share their culture it must a pretty unique place to work at.

Regarding the professional opportunities, the company is owned by the founder, so they don’t disclose much business  information. However, there are reasons to believe that there are quite a few interesting opportunities. The company is firmly established in a large market like snowboarding and although growth might not be so fast and there are uncertainties about the future of industry (global warming?), Burton is diversified and is also a strong player in different markets like skateboarding and surfing.

If you are a snowboarding fanatic and are considering moving to Burlington in Vermont (United States) then you have the full range of professional opportunities in product design, product manufacturing, sales, marketing, finance, HR. The most interesting positions are likely to be in product development (making the best boards out there) and marketing (branding, snow events etc…).

Check some positions in Digital Marketing, Supply Chain, Finance here.

In Europe their headquarters surprisingly are not in London… but in Innsbruck, Austria. There are currently a few junior positions in Sales, which is a great way to get started because you see how the business works and you are in contact with the products and the clients. You develop a feel for what the market wants, you build relationships with large clients, you participate in tradeshows in ski resorts and you travel Europe and the US. There is also a position in Accounting. Check them out!

Apply to Junior Sales Manager on iAgora.

Let me share a final quote from Jake, the company founder: ” What suggestions would you give to someone who aspires to be like you?
Choose an industry with a lifestyle that you can become passionate about and don’t ever consider giving up.”

If you are interested in this company make sure you spend some time on the company website www.burton.com and read the PDF about the company history. Also, check the ‘Daily Roll‘ to get a feel of the company in real time.

KEEP RIDING!


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