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Summary

My ethos: Great jobs. Unbeatable service. I search for the best IT people from around the world for jobs in Amsterdam and The Netherlands and discuss with them the vacancies, their new employer and life in Amsterdam so that they can make an informed decision. I’m originally from Australia, but I’ve lived in Amsterdam for almost 7 years so I understand the needs of internationals here. I monitor and assist the interview process and keep everyone up-to-date throughout. Once a job offer has been accepted I also assist with relocation and can help organise work visas for the successful candidate and their family.

Work experience

Jul 2005Present

Founder

The White Door

The White Door has consistently located the best people in Europe for the most demanding IT environments in Amsterdam. We are able to rapidly respond to the changing needs of employers by quickly introducing star candidates at all levels, from a graduate Developer to the Head of Development.

  • Hyves
    • Within < 9 months I have been instrumental in helping Hyves to rapidly grow their Development team with specialists from The Netherlands and Europe. I took this on as a personal challenge and have done the majority of the headhunting, screening and recruitment myself. Hyves have now stopped using other agencies for their IT recruitment and are only working with The White Door.
    • Best results so far: Head of Development, 6x Mobile Developers, Snr PHP Developer and Linux Systems Specialist.
  • IMC
    • Recently selected to work with IMC for 2010 and beyond, along with only 3 other agencies.
  • JTeam
    • The White Door is the only agency to ever work with JTeam - they are passionately involved in the Open Source community and prefer to to their own recruitment. Their founders are part of the Java Spring Framework and write books on Java Development.
  • Javeline
    • Another Open Source organisation who has never used another recruitment agency
  • Online/Orange
    • Best results: 3 x Snr Project Managers, Release Manager and Senior Business Analyst
  • SecondFloor
    • Helped SecondFloor rapidly increase their team after winning new bids.
    • Best results: 3 x Project Managers, 2 x Systems/Business Analysts and 3 x Senior Java Developers 
Mar 2004Jul 2005

Software Engineer

SafeNet

Information Security company who's products are used in wide-area networks, wireless networks, digital rights management, and other applications.

  • Java + Mobile + OMA DRM + XSL + IoC frameworks + Hibernate + Maven + EJB + Struts
Sep 2002Jan 2004

Software Engineer

BackStream

BackStream provides cell broadcast solutions to mobile operators and governments and pioneered "Narrowcasting" - providing location and time relevant information to consumers via displays.

  • Java + Struts + XML + XSL + Content Management

Seconded to Cambridge Technology Partners on a project for Raandstad:

  • Java + EJB + Weblogic + Oracle
Aug 2001Jan 2002

Software Engineer

ManageSoft

Offers automated software management solutions for large organizations.

  • C++ + profiling tools + testing + bug fixing
Jan 2000Aug 2001

Software Engineer

Ericsson

A leading provider of telecommunication and data communication systems, and related services covering a range of technologies, including especially mobile networks. Directly and through subsidiaries, it also has a major role in mobile devices and cableTV and IPTV systems.

  • Java + XML + Mobile/WAP + Unix + Intelligent Networks (IN)

References

Lorenzo Castelli

I can definitely recommend Stefan for his great attention to your needs and his commitment to help you making the move.

Roy Tan

I am impressed with his efficient and honest approach which helped me share personal viewpoints comfortably... Get in touch with Stefan and see the results for yourself

Fabien Lemaitre

He was able to find the best job that fits my profile and expectations, and I must say that I'm still impressed by the efficiency of The White Door.

Kent Bell

Stefan was able to recognize the potential in my unique but somewhat unconventional background and was in constant contact as we sought to find the right role.

Manuel Broncano

One of the best professionals I can think of. Remarkably kind and nice, jumps over the archetypically cold and impersonal relationship to a trustfull and honest one... He is bound to become a reference for most professionals in this field.

Colm Debarra

After dealing with a lot of IT recruiters, I found Stefan to be a revelation. He made sure he knew what I was looking for, and set me up with a series of interviews which were directly relevant.

Mark Mcdonald

He was the only agency that was proactive and kept in contact with me during my travels to the Netherlands. His service level really left the other agencies in the dust.

Marcin Ostrowski

They have been almost family while they helped me with my job search. I still cannot understand how it possible to be so nice, warm, friendly and helpful. They were helping me for months to find the right job in NL, were always in touch and I could always rely on them. Sorry maybe this recommendation seems funny to you, but those guys are real professionals.

Riccardo Perrone

When the search for a job in Amsterdam began it was then that I could see the way they work, how much effort and commitment they put in to find you a great job... They never stop... also during weekends... I was amazed...

Rafael Franco

I was really impressed by the technical knowledge he had, much based on his background on IT... The White Door is without doubts the best agency I've ever worked with!

Gavin Malone

I am now working for a fantastic Dutch firm, in an amazing city and enjoying a position that has even exceeded my expectations...Stefan went as far as meeting me on arrival in Amsterdam, late on a Friday evening and physically helped to unload my furniture... I have never seen service and support like this.

Marc Wehbi

Stefan is great, managed my resume in the best way possible to provide me with the best results. I expected good service, and what I received was excellent.

Gabriel Millan

Communication was transparent and very good, it made the process of moving to a new country and beginning a new job a nice experience.

Jason Rosenbaum

He was invaluable in identifying the strengths and common threads in my resume, and in seeing how these could be best used to my advantage. He was subsequently instrumental in negotiating on my behalf for the best possible salary. I highly recommend Stefan and The White Door for superior service, personalized attention, and outstanding results.

Ernst Bekker

Stefan delivers a very professional and comprehensive service... He is the exception to the rule in the personnel business.

Alfonso Corretti

...brilliantly put the eye over me and my profile, focused on skills that no one else did previously, and took care for getting the perfect match with the right company – all this with the kindest personal attention.

John Reardon

Stefan not only found me a new role, but he really went the extra mile throughout the process to ensure that things went smoothly and that I was well informed.

Ovidiu Postelnicu

With the help of The White Door, I got a job at a very good company, even better than I had imagined... They really did a great job, assisting me all the way through the recruitment process and always keeping me informed. I truly recommend their services as the best I've encountered so far.

Gabor Krizsanits

Stefan and his team are real professionals. If you are looking for the best IT recruitment agency in the Netherlands I can highly recommend The White Door for you.

Tim Taylor

They presented me lots of options, all of which were potentially suitable, and led me straight to multiple offers. I appreciated the open communication lines and quick response times offered by these guys.

Paolo Farinella

I would recommend Stefan as one of the best recruiters I have ever worked with. He was so serious and so precise arranging for me an interview which brought me to join one of the most interesting IT companies in Amsterdam. Stefan also supported me before and after I moved to Amsterdam.

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Education

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) - Communications, Electronics and Software Systems

RMIT University

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