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Ryan Speed

Group Sales Director at Opus RS Amsterdam

Moving to Amsterdam gave me an opportunity to discover the different culture and recruitment market. I could quickly see that we had to offer an unrivalled service to both candidate and client – an area of the job I feel hugely passionate about.

I graduated from Loughborough University which gave me a solid grounding in Information Management and Economics and exposed me to key areas such as Marketing, Management and, most interesting to me personally, Leadership.

I then went into Sales. Despite being successful, I quickly realised that I wanted something that allowed me to bring more of my personality to work and forge strong relationships. I met with Darren Ryemill and Nigel Ramana and that allowed us to set up the business accordingly. We’re now ten years down the line. Over the last 18 months, I’ve helped to scale both Bristol and London and been involved in helping grow the Benelux offering – starting with Amsterdam.

Moving to Amsterdam gave me an opportunity to discover the different culture and recruitment market. I could quickly see that we had to offer an unrivalled service to both candidate and client – an area of the job I feel hugely passionate about. Today, we have built an international workforce (10+ languages spoken) that is genuinely making a huge difference in the tech markets we support - so much so that their growth is currently sitting at 157% against the previous year.

Everyone talks about candidate driven markets but the Netherlands is where candidate truly is king. This, coupled with how many highly skilled professionals are moving here, dictates the importance of an excellent candidate experience. We have mastered this. With so many of our employees having made the move to The Netherlands themselves, we truly understand what it takes to have a “soft-landing” into the country. The trusting relationships within our team allow us to build a trusting relationship with all of our clients.

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