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Dear Stammtisch Friends

We have another diary date for you for our next Stammtisch just after the Easter weekend on Sunday, 12 April. The Kaffeehaus Amadeus in Lanchester offered again to be our host for Kaffee & Kuchen between 3pm and 5pm. Could you please let me know if you’re coming by latest 9 April? Thanks!

I am currently searching for other venues in the North East where we could get German food – any recommendations that you may have would be much appreciated.

If you just fancy a drink and a bit of networking with people from all over the world, simply join the InterNations crowd on Wednesday, 25 March in the DatbAr in Newcastle from 6pm.

The travel and tourism world met earlier this month in Berlin. Over 10,000 exhibitors from 186 countries attracted 175,000 visitors to the ITB Berlin. So if you’re looking for holiday inspiration, next year’s event takes place between 9 and 13 March 2016.

Should your travels in 2015 take you to Germany, the German National Tourist Board compiled a list of the top 100 attractions voted for in 2014 and are now looking for your vote for 2015 – click here to particpate.

If you want to combine languages and holidays, why not explore the country while joining one of the many language schools. The University in Jena recently sent us information on their Summer School. If you’re not sure, which school – try the Langwhich website that gives you information on providers across the country.

And if you are already fluent and you’re looking for a career move, the website ‘Treffpunkt Fremdsprachen’ may also give you some ideas of jobs in Germany and abroad.

Nigel Wright Recruitment are currently working with a successful North East Manufacturing business to recruit a German speaking Export Sales Manager.  This is a newly created role within the business and creates an excellent opportunity for an experienced sales or key account manager to join a growing business.

The role will be focused on developing sales within Europe, mainly through Agents or the companies own sales offices.  The export sales manager will support agents in customer visits, train them on products and feed key market intelligence back into the UK based manufacturing site.

It is essential that candidates are:

  • Fluent in German and English.
    • Able to develop excellent relationships, both with agents and end customers.
    • Experienced in key account management.
    • Experienced in working within a manufacturing / industrial business.
    • Flexible in terms of regular European travel.

If you are interested in discussing this opportunity in further detail, please contact Elaine Tulip-Johnson on DL 0191 2690713 or at Elaine.tulip-johnson@nigelwright.com

A German company that has done extremely well exporting in many countries is Thomas Sabo. Established in 1984 in Lauf near Nuremberg, the jewellers now has 247 shops and 2,600 jewellery and retail partners worldwide. You may also be interested in a smaller German jewellery designer I recently came across in Saunders & Pughe in Corbridge. ManuSchmuck was founded by Hameln based Ilse & Horst Eber over 25 years ago and design sophisticated, modern silver and gold jewellery.

I look forward to seeing you again soon and until then enjoy the first spring days & the forthcoming Easter weekend.

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Point Pleasant, a Newcastle based PR and communications company, is currently looking for a Marketing Assistant for Germany. They work with a range of clients in the North East and internationally, with around 70 percent of business coming from the entertainment sector. A tight-knit team with a passion for simple and effective communications and Point Pleasant work hard to excel on behalf of their clients.

Due to a recent new contract with an entertainment business that’s expanding into the German market, they’re looking for a German native or someone who speaks the language fluently to help them manage the launch. A key part of the job description will be copywriting for the website and marketing materials, with PR, IT, marketing and business development elements also included in the day-to-day role.

Ideally the successful applicant will have German as a native language or be fluent enough to write copy in a local style. The copywriting role will include a mix of translation and original text, so a good knowledge of formal and informal German, colloquialisms, etc would be a distinct advantage. The role will initially be on a short-term internship basis, although longer-term opportunities may exist for the right candidate.

Full guidance will be provided on the client and the website, including target customers, the products to be featured and the style required. The opportunity will also exist to get involved with PR and marketing activities for the client if the successful candidate wishes to enhance their skills in these areas.

Key requirements

• Excellent knowledge of German (Native or fluent)
• Some copywriting experience
• Team player with strong work ethic
• Enthusiastic and willing to learn
• Organised and self-motivated
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
• Basic knowledge of PR and the marketing mix
• An interest in betting and gaming is an advantage, but not required

For further information, contact Nick Kemp either via email nick@nickkempassociates.co.uk or call 0191 2759779.

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Newcastle based company is looking for focused, ambitious candidates to work buoyant technology recruitment markets in Europe.

£18K – £25K base. £50K first year OTE.

Are you a recent graduate? Do you have a work record since graduating that shows grit and initiative? If not a graduate, do you have good B2B sales/research/account management experience?

If so, it’s time to take your seat at the table: bright minds, fantastic offices and close quarter contact with market leading consultants. If you want to work for a truly exciting brand in global recruitment utilising your knowledge of German speaking markets, this is what you need to know.

You only have to build your practice once in recruitment. Why not join a company small enough to put you in daily contact with its senior players, yet strong enough to compete on the global stage? Working across niche technology markets, our client needs German speakers to join an expanding delivery and recruitment team. These are strong areas within anti-cyclical markets, not bound to current UK economic conditions.

You’ll be researching, following leads and picking up the phone to source candidates/leads for the sales team, aspiring to join that team yourself by showing ingenuity and producing results. For those with excellent client handling skills, you could move into a pure account management role at an early stage.

Show an awareness of where candidates for roles can be located and how they can be prised from embedded positions. Building a big and clever database full of great leads will bring promotion and bonuses.

What type of person do you need to be?

• Smart but not overly academic
• Business credible – articulate and persuasive on the phone
• Accountable – you’ll need the maturity to own up to your mistakes and shortcomings
• Resilient
• Ingenious

EXCELLENT BUSINESS ENGLISH IS ESSENTIAL

If you see yourself in these lines, apply.

Contact Toby Davies by email recruitment@elliottbrowne.com or call 07929 262 823.

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Dear Stammtisch Friends

It’s been a while since we last met for a Stammtisch and therefore I would like to invite you to the last one of 2013 on Tuesday, 3 December. We had a few recommendations for The Cave (formerly Krakow), 2 – 6 Shakespeare Street in Newcastle and will be our next venue. Our evening will start at 6.30pm, with dinner being served from 7pm onwards. Please email me by Friday, 29 November if you’re coming to join our Stammtisch and what you fancy on the night from the menu so that the restaurant can get organised for our group.
If you fancy some comfort food on these colder days, head to Grants Bakery in Hexham or Corbridge, where you can find some delicious European style patisseries and cakes. RTR Handelsgesellschaft, a German owned company in Gateshead, is currently looking for a Technical Sales Manager. If you have a technical qualification, work experience in a manufacturing/engineering environment and strong commercial/sales skills, click here for the full job description.
We also had an enquiry from the Head of German at St Cuthbert’s High School in Newcastle. they would like to establish some links with companies who use German in their day-to-day business, so that the boys can gain an understanding of how German can be used in the workplace.
Companies could be involved in a variety of ways, from sending brochures of the company’s work to speaking to the pupils or getting involved in a day’s activities. As St Cuthbert’s has a strong science department, and is currently planning to build an engineering block, they are keen to make the most of any companies who combine languages and science. If you’re interested, please let me know and I pass on your details.
We’re also having a night out with the InterNations crowd and will head to The Broad Chare on Wednesday, 27 November. Join expats and other international minded people from 6pm onwards for chilled drinks and tasty bar nibbles.
Our next Stammtisch will be a film viewing of the Bavarian ‘Dampfnudelblues‘. Thank you to those that have already responded and I will be soon in touch with a date/venue. The DVD will become available in December and it’s probably easiest to meet in the new year after the festive period. If anybody else still fancies coming along (I’m sure there will be subtitles for the non-Bavarians :-), let me know as the numbers will decide the best venue. Here’s a brief interview with the author Rita Falk about the movie. And yes, we’re aiming for Leberkäs and Dampfnudeln.
In the meantime, if you do fancy a bit of German food, ‘Memories of the Blackforest’ will have some Spaetzle and Sausages for you. You can generally find Gunther’s stall on Blyth market on a Friday and Newcastle Quayside on a Sunday. He will also be at the Stockton Christmas market from 27 November until 8 December and in Blyth on Christmas Eve.
Enjoy the autumn weather & see you all soon!

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Dear Stammtisch Friends

If you fancy a few ‘Steins’ of Paulaner beer, sausages, music (Oompah band was mentioned) and Lederhosen & Dirndl’s, then head to the Students Union at Newcastle University for a 3-day Oktoberfest from 17 to 19 October. Germany’s Honorary Consul in the region, Jo Chexal, will perform the traditional ‘tapping of the barrel’ at 1pm on the first day. For more information and to get tickets, click here.

If you prefer a more upmarket German meal and fancy a variety of German beers, you may want to head down to the Quayside’s The Broad Chare between 11 and 19 October for their Oktoberfest menu. As soon as I know what dishes are on offer,  I’ll share it on our Stammtisch blog. If there are a few of you wanting to go there together, let me know (incl. what dates are good) and I’ll try and reserve us a table – simply email me!

Last month, Newcastle has become an official InterNations group and we’re currently planning our next event for the end of October. Our guests generally come from all corners of the world and newcomers are always warmly welcomed.

Recruitment specialist Nigel Wright have forwarded us a vacancy for a German Speaking Team Manager in Tyne & Wear. The client for this permanent position is a leading SME energy consulting organisation and works across Germany. The team manager is responsible for the day to day operations of 15 energy consultants. For further information, see the Nigel Wright job description.

German actor Daniel Brühl (Good-bye Lenin, Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei) can be seen in two major films this autumn: Rush as Nicki Lauda and The Fifth Estate alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange. Also in time for Halloween, the Tyneside Cinema will show Murnau’s 1922 ‘Nosferatu’.

One film that most certainly won’t receive a UK release is ‘Dampfnudelblues‘, which is based on the Rita Falk book. However, as it looks super funny (and yes, my friends in Bavaria who have seen it, all recommended it), we are going to get the DVD in December and will be showing it somewhere – together with some Leberkäs and maybe even Dampfnudeln. Check out the trailer and if you fancy a bit of Bavarian crime/comedy, let me know so that I can organise our perfect venue.

See you soon!

Manuela

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Our Stammtisch member Stephanie Emde has also forwarded us a few vacancies where German is required – so if that’s of interest to somebody, please contact her or her colleague Debra directly.

J0004708: German speaking car mechanic/electrician with diagnostics knowledge, North Tyneside, permanent, full-time (Mo-Fr) £20K – £28K -> stephanie.emde@kwa.co.uk, 0191 232 2330.

J0004893: German speaking Customer Service Consultant, North Tyneside, permanent, full-time (Mo-Fr) £17K – £19K -> stephanie.emde@kwa.co.uk, 0191 232 2330.

J0004676: German speaking Sales Account Manager, Stockton-on-Tees, permanent, full-time, up to £22K basic plus commission -> debra@kwa.co.uk, 0191 232 2330.

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We have just received this vacancy from Convergys,which are based in the Quorum Business Park in Longbenton for a German Speaking Virtual Partner Account Manager. Salary starts at £16,500/pa, to increase to £18,000/pa on completion of a six month probation period, with a possible bonus payable at three months’ intervals, taking the overall salary to £26,600/pa.

To apply, please email andie.hattam@convergys.com

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