Impala Search, specialists in recruiting software engineers for Berlin based companies, has announced the appointment of Joe Leggat as Principal Consultant as the young agency sets its sights on the Swedish market.
Leggat joins the company from tech sales recruitment firm This Is Prime, where he has spent the last four years dealing directly with recruiters and building solid sales expertise and business development skills. In his new role, Leggat will head-up Impala Search’s expansion into Stockholm, a recognised technology hub, to help drive the agency’s ambitious growth plans.
Founded in 2018, Impala Search’s focus has to date been specifically in hiring software engineering candidates for high-growth technology companies, both big and small in Berlin, a leading market for tech talent. Pan-European expansion outside of Germany is part of the start-up’s organic growth model, which will see the team move into Sweden and beyond, led by Leggat. Leading this new desk, he will be responsible for building out a team to create an unparalleled candidate database and client network in Stockholm, before moving further into the Nordics.
A specialist in hiring tech specialist recruiters, Leggat first came across Impala when he approached the founders Rob Blackburn and Ivan Lechev to pitch them candidates, and two successful Impala hires later, he decided to make the move to the other side.
Rob Blackburn, Co-Founder and Director at Impala Search, commented on the hire: ‘To say that 2020 has come with its challenges would be an understatement, but we’ve weathered the storm well, even achieving a record quarter as we continue to drive business in Berlin with an ever expanding team. We’re really proud that after only 20 months we’re in a strong position to focus on growth outside of Germany and couldn’t be more pleased that Joe is the one to help us do it.
We instantly hit it off with Joe after he placed our first two recruits at Impala HQ and so we knew he’d be a great fit for the team. He’s got an impressive track record, a brilliant sales style and approach to business. We feel he’s the perfect person for the job and can’t wait to see what his first few months bring.’
Leggat added: ‘Joining Impala felt like a natural next step for me. I have known the team for a long time and have built a great relationship – they’re down to earth, absolute experts in what they do and have a no-nonsense approach, which I really value. As I learnt more about their business model, I realised that this was exactly what I was after – a move away from rec-to-rec and into technology recruitment at a young and ambitious start up with room to grow and importantly, make a real impact. I’m really excited to join the team – even if that’s just virtually for now – and can’t wait to see what the future holds.’
Impala Search was founded in 2018 by Rob Blackburn and Ivan Lechev, who came up the recruitment ranks at HR and technology recruitment consultancy Annapurna. In two short years the team has grown from a two-man band to a successful team of seven based out of London.