C-LEVEL IT EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Indigo is an executive search company focused on the recruitment of Chief Technical Officers and Chief Product Officers. We engage with our clients’ board of directors, to whom we provide consultancy and executive search for C-level IT positions.

We currently partner with clients in Finance, Medical/Pharma, Education, Cloud, Marketing, Energy and Datacenter area. Most of our customers deliver SAAS based offerings and are in the scale-up or corporate maturity phase.

C-LEVEL IT EXECUTIVE SEARCH

Indigo is an executive search company focused on the recruitment of Chief Technical Officers and Chief Product Officers. We engage with our clients’ board of directors, to whom we provide consultancy and executive search for C-level IT positions.

We currently partner with clients in Finance, Medical/Pharma, Education, Cloud, Marketing, Energy and Datacenter area. Most of our customers deliver SAAS based offerings and are in the scale-up or corporate maturity phase.

OUR CUSTOMERS

OUR CUSTOMERS

EUROPE AND SOUTHEAST ASIA

Our offices are based in Amsterdam and we have built and cultivated an extensive network of highly experienced CTO’s and CPO’s in Europe and Southeast Asia. In 2021 we expect to open our office in Singapore to better serve our growing customer base in Southeast Asia.

Our expansion to Southeast Asia happened organically through some of our clients setting up in Singapore. We believe the enormous growth in Southeast Asian IT companies will create an ever-increasing demand for C-level IT leaders.

EUROPE AND SOUTHEAST ASIA

Our offices are based in Amsterdam and we have built and cultivated an extensive network of highly experienced CTO’s and CPO’s in Europe and Southeast Asia. In 2021 we expect to open our office in Singapore to better serve our growing customer base in Southeast Asia.

CTO AND CPO POSITIONS

Indigo assists software companies in finding the right C-level IT leaders. Specifically, we focus on Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Chief Product Officer (CPO) roles. These roles have evolved over the years and naturally overlap in responsibilities. For our clients, CTO and CPO candidates usually qualify as follows.

CTO positions

End-responsible for technological vision and execution, highly experienced (10-20+ years) in leading, building and optimizing technical teams. Challenges CEO, CPO and other board members on the technological impact of their plans. Interfaces with international clients and partners on key projects, smooths over problems and guarantees delivery. CTO’s need to have respect at engineering and board level. For that reason we prefer to work with candidates with an engineering background that grew into management positions.

CPO positions

End-responsible for product-market vision and product roadmap. Has a track-record in steering, optimizing and changing product direction based on data-driven market research and vision. Comfortable with organizational change, able to effectively challenge and convince fellow board members. Understands technical and organizational challenges that inhibit growth and works with CTO toward a realistic roadmap. Has 5-10+ years experience in leading and organizing product and technical teams. As most companies require constant adaptation, we look for individuals that are intrinsically comfortable with change and bringing others on board. The CPO and CTO need to work as a team that can depend on and challenge one another.

METHOD

The search for CTO and CPO candidates typically takes us between 3 and 4 months to complete. In this process we ask for access to the board, HR department and direct colleagues to our candidates. Once we have commitment to our hiring plan we commence the search and keep at it until we find the right candidate.

We invest time to speak to all stakeholders in the recruitment process. Through extensive conversation we create a 360 degree view on which we base our hiring plan. Once we have commitment, we start our search process.

Typically, we speak face-to-face with 10 – 15 candidates per role in our offices and introduce 4 – 6 suitable candidates in the first round. Should the right candidate not be found, we reiterate this process until we are successful.

We plan evaluation moments after our clients have completed the interviews with the first 2 candidates. We do this to make sure all stakeholders in the process are satisfied with the candidates.

After placement of the candidates, we like to be kept in the loop to help onboard our candidates and ensure success.

Fee structure

Our fee structure involves 3 parts.
Our pricing for C-level is 35% of the base salary + holiday allowance. For mid-level roles we charge 30% and engineering roles 25%.

1/3

UPFRONT FEE

1/3

AT SIGNING OF THE EMPLOYEE CONTRACT

1/3

UPON COMPLETION OF THE PROBATION PERIOD

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

Testimonials Indigo Recruitment

These guys can add huge value

In partnership with Indigo we hired a CTO and CPO in the last 3 months. We really connected with the Indigo teams passion for recruitment, their utmost professionalism and their sense of urgency. They made an effort to understand our business upfront and they were really responsive to feedback. They gave us a personalised customer experience which is rare in the talent acquisition world. In a highly competitive technology talent landscape, these guys can add huge value to your business. I would not even refer to them as “like minded partners” but rather as part of the Lobster team!

Marzanne Oppel - Global HR Director at Ecolab / Lobster Ink, Lobster Ink

Intrinsically committed to find win-win situations

Willem and Jaap are intrinsically committed to find win-win situations for their customers and candidates. Their personal approach ensured they really understood my abilities and motivation. Combined with their vast network, this resulted in them making a great match in no-time. Thanks to Indigo I have found a challenge that fits, both from a technical and organizational perspective.

Thomas Bergman - Head of Digital, Guidion

I highly recommend the Indigo team

It has been a pleasure to work with both Jaap and Willem on my next career move. They have been fully committed, accessible, and supportive throughout the entire recruitment process. It resulted in the right opportunity with the right company. I highly recommend Indigo team to help you progress in your executive career.

Cyprian Vero - CPO, Lobster Ink
Personal and committed way of working

I have worked with Indigo both as a candidate and in the capacity of hiring manager. I have appreciated the personal and committed way of working and would highly recommend their services.

Rutger Pannekoek - CTO, FranX

Reliable, trustworthy partner

Indigo helped me find a company that not only was a match for me, but that I matched with. Along the way, Indigo was in constant contact helping with interviews, negotiations and small details that usually make finding a new job stressful and complicated; but that was completely handled by their professional expertise. I’m glad to have found a reliable, trustworthy partner that will look out for both me and my future company to ensure the fit is right for both them and me when it comes to a long term partnership.

Andy Repton - Lead Service and Site Reliability Engineer, Aidence
High level of personal involvement

Through our former Chief of People we were introduced to Indigo. Jaap and Willem helped us to find a new Head of Digital that could ready Guidion for international expansion and further professionalize our development organisation. Before starting their search, Indigo conducted thorough interviews with the management team, challenged the lead developers on their views and succeeded in aligning all stakeholders. Throughout the process we experienced a high level of personal involvement from Jaap and Willem.

Jasper van den Driest - CEO, Guidion

Refreshingly different

My experiences with Indigo have been refreshingly different from many of my experiences hiring senior engineers. They managed to create a solid connection with the engineering community in Dublin and were extremely clear in matching the interviews in Dublin and Amsterdam. There was never any confusion or unmet expectations. They followed up throughout the interviews to make sure we were in sync. I recommend them highly and would use their services again without any hesitation.

Peter Siepel - previously Cloud Director at Schuberg Philis, Schuberg Philis

Empathetic and personal experience

I had a truly amazing, empathetic and personal experience with Indigo. This has been the best recruitment experience I’ve ever been through. Willem and Jaap made sure they hooked me up with something that matches me completely. I was very specific with the company profile I was looking for and they made sure they found me a job I love in an environment where I thrive. The recruitment process was smooth, quick and painless. Give these guys a shot.

Pedro Campos - Senior Backend Engineer, Aidence
Perfect and professional recruitment” 

Perfect and professional throughout the whole recruitment process considering we started with a job opportunity I would compare to Mission Impossible to get. In short period of time we managed to understand the needs and expectations of both myself and future employer which with well navigated strategy by Indigo ended up with getting the job.

Rafal Pienazek - Mission Critical Engineer, Schuberg Philis

OUR TEAM

Willem ter Harmsel

Willem is co-founder of Indigo and responsible for day-to-day management.
Willem@indigo.amsterdam
+31 6 52 30 89 51 

Indigo Recruitment Team Willem
Indigo Recruitment Team Jaap

Jaap van Goch

Jaap is co-founder of Indigo and responsible for the day-to-day and financial management.
Jaap@indigo.amsterdam
+31 6 28 90 23 19

OUR TEAM

Indigo Recruitment Team Willem

Willem ter Harmsel

Willem is co-founder of Indigo and responsible for day-to-day management.
Willem@indigo.amsterdam
+31 6 52 30 89 51

Indigo Recruitment Team Jaap

Jaap van Goch

Jaap is co-founder of Indigo and responsible for the day-to-day and financial management.
Jaap@indigo.amsterdam
+31 6 28 90 23 19