Principal (m/f/d)

Lead into the Future: i-potentials is the executive search boutique for the leaders of the future. We work with entrepreneurial C-level decision-makers who dare to take risks – from medium-sized market leaders or DAX companies on the move, to VC and private equity investors and fast-growing scale-ups. Our clients and candidates think differently about business models and drive innovation.

Together with them, we build the executive suites of the future by designing suitable executive search strategies and optimal organisational architecture – with our award-winning consulting approach developed from the digital economy. Most recently, we were named top recruitment consultancy with top marks by WirtschaftsWoche for the 5th time in a row and received the German Excellence Award as well as the Headhunter of the Year award.

We are driven by the ambition to shape the European economy with our appointments and the passion to bring people together to move the world forward. To strengthen our team in Berlin, we are looking for a

Principal (m/f/d).

As a Principal at i-potentials, you will be responsible for the entire executive search process for 1st and 2nd management level mandates – from the initial consultation during the acquisition process to the search strategy and decision-making. You will be the first point of contact and sparring partner at eye level for your clients and translate the requirements into clear targets for your searches. You manage your project team consisting of (senior) consultants and market analysts at all times with a clear eye for the highest quality and efficiency, while using your expertise to advance the content of a search.

You proactively and transparently advise clients and candidates on the digital candidate market and the corresponding profiles for their respective business models. By using your expertise, you will constantly maintain and expand your strong network and your high-calibre client and candidate base. With “client success” always in mind, you focus on sustainable, trusting relationships with the aim of long-term cooperation.

At the same time, you will share your knowledge and wealth of experience with (senior) consultants in particular and thus play a decisive role in building the team and further developing our corporate culture.

Your tasks at a glance

  • Filling first and second management level mandates by managing and implementing executive search projects as a client consultant and project manager
  • Transparent client consulting on the candidate market and search strategies within a project as well as on further organisational architecture
  • Establishing and expanding your own client portfolio through consulting activities, targeted networking and key account management as well as responsibility for the entire sales process within your projects
  • Establishing and expanding your own expert status and relevance in the network through confident and professional external communication
  • Supporting the operational implementation of projects (incl. capacity and process planning, reporting, KPI tracking and profitability analyses)
  • Supporting the recruitment, onboarding and development of (senior) consultants
  • Prospective management of an internal practice and continuous knowledge transfer

Your profile

You are a confident leader (m/f/d) who approaches project work with an analytical eye, entrepreneurial thinking and a keen sense of customer needs at decision-maker level. In addition, you have a deep understanding of business contexts and relevant digital and market trends. You are able to think your way into a consulting organisation with a boutique character and combine resource-oriented, hands-on project management with the quality standards of a high-level search process.

You are competent and open in your dealings with clients and know how to confidently navigate decision-making situations thanks to your experience. Whatever you do, you do it with the highest quality standards and the will to create added value, be it in sales and networking or in project and team work. Expertise paired with high emotional intelligence is your recipe for success. You enjoy sharing your knowledge and networking insights with the organisation and are passionate about developing and learning through new input and regular feedback.


  • At least 8 years of professional experience, including at least 5 years in managing customers and leading employees and teams with different levels of experience and seniority
  • Track record of relevant digital experience or experience in the premium consulting/headhunting sector
  • Resilient and collaborative leadership personality with strong emotional intelligence
  • Strong analytical and conceptual mindset, paired with high implementation strength and strong quality awareness
  • Confident, authentic communicator at eye level combined with excellent project and multi-stakeholder management skills across all levels
  • A resilient and extensive network in the digital environment as well as with corporations and medium-sized companies resulting from extensive experience in customer acquisition
  • Profound understanding of the digital economy, digital business models and modern organisational designs (incl. leadership approaches) as well as the motivation to continuously expand this understanding

What you can expect

  • As a Principal (m/f/d) at i-potentials, you will be part of a strong, innovative network that spans the entire digital economy – from digital pure players to medium-sized companies and DAX-listed corporations.
  • You will work with us on core digitalisation topics in people strategy and organisational architecture projects on a daily basis and have the opportunity to actively shape the future of companies and i-potentials as a consultancy.
  • You can expect an extremely successful consulting business with a future and an attractive, entrepreneurial salary.
  • Your individual and our joint further development are a matter close to our hearts, which is why we organise your career path with us hand in hand with the possibility of becoming a partner at i-potentials in the future.
  • You will work in a dynamic and fast-growing environment and network in which ownership, willingness to learn and personality count.
  • At i-potentials, we live personal responsibility, which is why we offer you a high degree of flexibility and freedom.

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