Investing in Expertise

Investing in Expertise

Interview with Maren Stieler, Director HR at T.A. Cook

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Who We Are

T.A. Cook is a global expert in Asset Performance Excellence. We work in the capital intensive industries to develop and implement programs to increase our clients’ profitability. With a team of 150 motivated and highly skilled consultants, engineers and trainers, we are a reliable and inspiring partner for our clients and deliver forward-thinking expertise on every level. 

Working at T.A. Cook is shaped by the experience of each individual project and partnering with our clients to find the best solutions and put them into practice. We are united by our approach and enthusiasm to explore new paths as well as the passion to deliver excellence and make a positive impact.

Why T.A. Cook

As professionals, we communicate with each other at eye level, addressing challenges in an open and esteemed manner. Expect meaningful work, talented people, constant learning and a team united by core values that promote quality, creativity and opportunity in everything we do. If you are looking for a dynamic, inspiring work environment within a continuously growing company known for its stability and success, you are in the right place.

What are the benefits

Employee Development

Develop your talent with intensive on-boarding, individual career planning, an open feedback culture and mentorship. Feel challenged with engaging work and creative freedom that ensures you can make an impact and build your skills.

Employee Benefits

Benefit from our exclusive cooperation with premium retail and lifestyle brands, travel incentives, talent scout programs, health and insurance packages and relocation services.

Work-Life-Balance

In a dynamic work environment, it’s important to pause and recharge. We offer our employees flexible working hours, summer working times, home office, a holiday-plus program and sabbaticals.

Team Spirit

Join a diverse community of smart, passionate colleagues who support each other and have one another’s backs. Whether it's the completion of a big project, an anniversary, or a special holiday, we make celebrating a priority.

Constant Learning

Feed your curiosity in a rich learning environment that offers not only inspiring project work but also leadership exchange and the opportunity to enlist for external training workshops as well as in-house seminars and digital learning.

Giving Back

Social responsibility is at the core of our company values. Each year, we make a point of donating to social and charitable projects worldwide. We also support the efforts of our employees by providing them with funds and opportunities to take action in the local communities.

What your future colleagues say

"T.A. Cook is an inspiring place to work because it gives me the creative freedom to bring my own ideas to the table. The open and honest environment helps facilitate excellent team collaboration."

Maren Stieler

HR Director and Feelgood Manager

"Being a consultant requires a lot of knowledge, skills, a strong mind and an adaptable character. I’ve been able to develop and deepen all these personal traits thanks to T.A. Cook. I love working for this company."

Alice Zhang

Project Manager, Asia

“T.A. Cook has given me the opportunity to work with some of the best talents globally. Sharing knowledge with colleagues has helped me continue to learn and grow both within the team and on a personal level.”

Matthew Popovacki

Manager, Canada

“T.A. Cook is a great company that not only looks after the bottom line, but also its employees. With a multicultural team working on a wide range of projects for clients worldwide, there’s always a new challenge.”

Gert Müller

Director Europe

“By working for T.A. Cook, I’ve had the freedom and flexibility to perform my best and combine my knowledge and customer focus within an international environment, strengthening my consulting skills.”

Bernd Zanger

Director Europe

"The strength of T.A. Cook is its people. The management team creates a flexible working environment with the aim of encouraging individual development."

Tom Richards

Business Development Manager Europe

Meet Our People

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The power of role models

Women in the process industry are still a minority – even though typically female abilities such as communicatin, reflection, or cooperation are more sought-after than ever.

A striking balance

As a native Canadian with Croatian roots, Matthew Popovacki offers the best of two worlds: North American determination combined with European nonchalance.

The road less travelled

David Woods has no time for monotony, which particularly suits his job as a consultant. It's the unpredictability that drives, and still gives him satisfaction after 20+ years

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Consultant Manager – Focus on Turnaround in chemical related industry / Houston

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In an effort to expand our team, we are seeking a Project Manager for our office in Houston. Relocation not necessarily required.

Your responsibilities
  • Conduct analysis/audits of organizational structures, operational procedures/performance and the use of IT & Management Systems
  • Development and evaluation of key levers for efficiency and increases in productivity
  • Design and manage implementation process including the establishment of quantitative and qualitative targets to achieve agreed performance objectives
  • Tracking and measurement of performance improvements
  • Preparing and presenting regular status reports
  • Steering clients through the implementation process and managing expectations
  • Lead workstream
  • Identification of more-work opportunity and development of proposal
  • Dynamic leadership of the consulting team in project
Your qualifications
  • Economic or engineering degree or equivalent business experience
  • At least 5 years of professional experience as a consultant or in an industry company
  • Excellent knowledge of performance drivers in production, maintenance and  turnaround, preferably in a chemical related industry.
  • Hands-on mentality paired with a professional, approachable and engaging demeanor
  • Proven ability to assist clients through implementation projects in a goal-oriented manner and to communicate with all stakeholders
  • Excellent fluency in speaking, reading and writing English
  • Excellent MS-Office skills; ERP or special system knowledge skills a plus
  • Willingness to travel within North America
  • Excellent English written, verbal and sketch communication skills
  • Experience with IT based toolsets common to the system safety discipline
  • Competent in the use of MS-Office applications
What we offer

We offer a diversified and self-dependent employment within an implementation consultancy undertaking international expansion. A committed and competent team will conduct your “on the job” training. Whilst you do not have a specific client assignment, you are free to work from a home office. If flexibility, resilience, being a quick learner, working independently and the ability to integrate into an international team are familiar to you, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Senior Consultant – Focus on Maintenance in chemical related industry / Houston

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Your responsibilities
  • Conduct analysis/audits of organizational structures, operational procedures and operational performance (including use of IT & Management Systems)
  • Development and evaluation of key levers for efficiency and increases in productivity
  • Establish and agree quantitative and qualitative targets with responsibility for realization
  • Prepare and deliver implementation plans to achieve targeted goals
  • Sole responsibility for managing parts of a project during implementation and/or turnaround
  • Preparation and execution of workshops including training and coaching
  • Preparation and management of status meetings and reports
  • Be part of all maintenance day to day activities
  • Understand work process to minimize cost and maximize safety and productivity
Your qualifications
  • Economic or technical degree or equivalent business experience
  • At least 5 years of professional experience as a consultant or in an industry company
  • Excellent knowledge of performance drivers in production and maintenance, preferably in a chemical related industry
  • Experience in mechanical maintenance, reliability and condition monitoring, predictive/preventative maintenance, and maintenance systems (CMMS).
  • Proven ability to quickly penetrate complex issues and to develop practical solutions
  • SAP maintenance activity experience is highly beneficial.
  • Able to communicate at ease with all stakeholders
  • Hands-on mentality paired with professional and engaging presentation skills
  • Excellent fluency in speaking, reading and writing English
  • Excellent MS-Office skills; ERP or special system knowledge skills a plus
  • Willingness to travel within North America
What we offer

We offer a diversified and self-dependent employment within an implementation consultancy undertaking international expansion. A committed and competent team will conduct your “on the job” training. Whilst you do not have a specific client assignment, you are free to work from a home office. If flexibility, resilience, being a quick learner, working independently and the ability to integrate into an international team are familiar to you, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Reliability Specialist / Project Engineer - Focus Plant Reliability & Risk Mitigation / Houston

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The task is to conduct equipment reliability assessments, conduct hierarchy creation/optimization, perform equipment criticality rankings, generate failure mode analysis, and create maintenance plans with preventive and predictive tasks. The candidate should have a maintenance and reliability engineering background with relevant technical expertise in mechanical, electrical or instrumentation equipment.

 

 

Your responsibilities
  • Determine client current state through the evaluation of site Master Data and work order analysis as part of equipment reliability assessments
  • Development and delivery of equipment strategies including hierarchy, criticality, failure modes & effects analysis (FMEA), preventive / condition-based maintenance tasks, spare parts and BOMs
  • Analyze equipment failure data to identify bad actors and establish corrective actions to resolve
  • Focus on mitigation of production downtime, meeting critical schedules and resolution of complex technical and operational performance problems
  • Review, development and revision of procedures, standards, trainings and equipment specific documents as required to support client and project requirements 
  • Participate in incident investigations through facilitation of Root Cause Analysis, assist in the identification of corrective actions and follow-up implementation
  • Contribute troubleshooting skills to assist maintenance, turnaround and operations teams to resolve equipment related risks
  • Facilitate workshops, validation, upload and review of developed deliverables to include client feedback and drive implementation

 

 

Your qualifications
  • Engineering degree (Engineering Science, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, and Reliability) or Bachelor's degree in Engineering requiered; Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial or similar Engineering degree is preferred
  • A minimum of 3 years plant reliability engineering experience within desired industry verticals of refining, petrochemical, chemical industry, pharmaceutical, mining or pulp and paper
  • Management consulting experience is a plus
  • Knowledge of Engineering Safety Management
  • Working knowledge of Maintenance and Reliability Engineering for major plant equipment classes such as cooling towers, pumps, finfans, compressors, heat exchangers, blowers, HVAC, instrumentation, analyzers, etc.
  • Must have a working knowledge and ability to develop RCM-based maintenance plans
  • Must be able to facilitate Hierarchy analysis, Criticality ranking, Root Cause Analysis (RCA/RCFA), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA/FMECA), Maintenance Task Analysis (MTA), and other Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) analyses 
  • Must be proactive, solution oriented and be able to utilize experience, knowledge and skills to carry out efficient delivery of assigned tasks 
  • Familiarity with SAP PM or similar CMMS is a plus 
  • Troubleshooting, root cause analysis, and in-field plant experience required 
  • Strong communication, presentation skills, interpersonal skills, initiative, follow up, analysis, and problem assessment skills 
  • Advanced knowledge and application of Microsoft office, particularly in Excel and PowerPoint
  • Reliability consulting experience, Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP), Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), and knowledge & application of Condition-Based Monitoring is a plus
What we offer

We offer a diversified and self-dependent employment within an implementation consultancy undertaking international expansion. A committed and competent team will conduct your “on the job” training. Whilst you do not have a specific client assignment, you are free to work from a home office. If flexibility, resilience, being a quick learner, working independently and the ability to integrate into an international team are familiar to you, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Executive Assistant / Houston

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The ideal candidate will provide top-level assistance for high level executives with10 years plus experience in working as an Executive Assistant in a professional corporation. They should be well-organized and be comfortable scheduling meetings and responding to emails on the executive's behalf. Lastly, this individual should be able to draft documents and help the executives with any necessary meeting preparations.

Your Responsibilities
  • Calendar management for executives
  • Aid executive in preparing for meetings
  • Manage the back office
  • Responding to emails and document requests on behalf of executives
  • Draft slides, meeting notes and documents for executives
Your Profile
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience in managing multiple priorities, administrative coordination, and logistics
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, ability to multi-task with great follow-up skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
What we offer

We are offering an opportunity for development within a fast-paced and sometimes pressured environment. You will take on full responsibility for your portfolio of conferences and develop into your own area of expertise within a growing team.
If flexibility, being a quick learner, working independently and the ability to integrate into an international team are familiar to you, then we look forward to receiving your application including CV, credentials, earliest start date and salary expectations.


Event Marketing Coordinator / Birmingham

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T.A. Cook Consultants is looking to recruit a dynamic event marketer to join its international events department. We are looking for a strong communicator and team player able to market international commercial business events through researching, compiling, developing and implementing global and regional event marketing campaigns.

Your Responsibilities
  • Build and implement a comprehensive marketing plan per event
  • Work with both the internal team and external contacts to create marketing content and ensure strategic distribution
  • Implement both digital and traditional marketing campaigns to existing and externally acquired contacts
  • Research and implement marketing partnerships with external industry contacts
  • Compile and execute a comprehensive content marketing strategy, social media strategy and PPC advertising strategy for each event
  • Ensure that each event achieves maximum exposure through the use of online event listings
  • Execute SEO campaigns for the event websites
  • Liaise with event stakeholders and partners to maximise promotion of the events
  • Work with the internal CRM system to ensure campaigns are accurately targeted and to secure the correct categorisation of captured data and qualified leads
  • Implement methods of capturing new, qualified data
  • Work closely with the sales team to ensure the conversion of qualified leads
  • Independently manage marketing budgets to safeguard return on investment
  • Analyse the results of all marketing activities, ensuring that KPIs are met
  • Strive to create and maintain communities around the events delivered
  • Maintain a working knowledge of GDPR law and contribute to ensuring that guidelines are adhered to
  • Attend international events as part of the onsite team
  • Support on ad-hoc projects relating to new initiatives, processes, strategy, operations etc
Your Profile

The ideal candidate will be highly organised and possess a confident and friendly manner with an ability to work both autonomously and together with a team. They will need to demonstrate initiative and flexibility within a busy team environment. We are looking for a candidate who is able to bring their own ideas to the table.
Of note:

  • International travel is a pre-requisite
  • Graduate calibre required with at least 2 years’ experience in a marketing role
  • Previous experience of Google Analytics, PPC advertising and SEO techniques is imperative
  • A working or social knowledge of LinkedIn and Twitter is desired. A general interest in social media would be useful
  • Some understanding or knowledge of the industry sectors in which we work in (eg. utilities, oil and gas, chemicals etc) and/or technology issues would be advantageous
  • Experience using Html and Typo3 would be advantageous
  • Mother tongue English required, and second language desirable

 

 

The right place to grow

T.A. Cook Conferences offers exactly the right mix for a fulfilling career: a high degree of freedom and responsibility combined with ambitious projects an attractive employee benefits. A broad range of opportunities which are challenging and provide the exposure you need to develop your own personal field of expertise. A fun and collegial working environment, which enables and supports long-term personal growth.

Event Registrations Assistant (6 month contract)

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We are currently looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and intelligent graduate-level individual who is looking to pursue a career in the events industry.The successful candidate will join our busy conferences and events team in Birmingham, as Event Registrations Assistant for a six month fixed term contract. The role offers the opportunity to experience life in a busy B2B events business.

Role: Event Registrations Assistant (6 month contract)
Location: Birmingham, U.K.
Start Date: January / February 2020

Your Responsibilities

This is an exciting, busy and responsible role that will be pivotal to supporting our team through a busy events season. It’s a great opportunity to gain valuable experience and will require you to demonstrate a range of transferrable skills.

If you…..

  • are educated to graduate level (minimum 2nd class degree)
  • are excited by the idea of running events and are looking to pursue a career in events
  • enjoy working with people and building relationships
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • are highly organised with strong attention to detail
  • work well under pressure and enjoy a challenge
  • have some experience of working in a busy office environment
  • enjoy international travel

…then you may be just the person we’re looking for

Responsibilities will include:

  • Handling event registrations and reporting pre-event
  • Ad hoc support to our event logistics and operations team
  • Supporting our shared services team with credit control
  • Attending events on-site to support registration and the on-site delegate experience

 

 

Your Profile

Personal attributes

  • Organised, enthusiastic and flexible self-starter
  • Professional manner and excellent client-facing skills
  • Excellent communication skills and command of English
  • Capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing tasks
  • Flexible, and willing and able to travel internationally
  • Good attention to detail in all aspects of work
  • A second European language would be an advantage
The right place to grow

T.A. Cook Conferences offers exactly the right mix for a fulfilling career: a high degree of freedom and responsibility combined with ambitious projects an attractive employee benefits. A broad range of opportunities which are challenging and provide the exposure you need to develop your own personal field of expertise. A fun and collegial working environment, which enables and supports long-term personal growth.

Events Assistant – Digital Operations

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We are currently looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and intelligent individual who is looking to pursue a career in the events industry. The successful candidate will join our busy conferences and events team in Birmingham, as Events Assistant for a one year fixed term contract. The role offers the opportunity to experience life in a busy B2B events business and will focus specifically on supporting digital aspects of our business, including event apps and social media.

Role: Events Assistant – Digital Operations
Location: Birmingham, U.K.
Start Date: January 2020

Your Responsibilities

This is an exciting, varied and responsible role that will require you to demonstrate a range of transferrable skills.
Personal Attributes…
    

  • Organised, enthusiastic and flexible self-starter
  • Professional manner and excellent client-facing skills
  • Excellent communication skills and command of English
  • Capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing tasks
  • Flexible, and willing and able to travel internationally
  • Good attention to detail in all aspects of work
  • A second European language would be an advantage
Responsibilities will include...
  • Leading on the management of our on-site event apps both pre-event and on-site
  • Getting involved in the management of other digital aspects of the event experience, including on-site event polling
  • Supporting our marketing team with the execution of digital marketing campaigns and database management
  • Being on-hand to support our event operations team with registration management and other ad-hoc tasks
  • Attendance at events on-site to support our operations team and to manage event apps
You may be just the person we’re looking for, if you...
  • Are educated to graduate level (minimum 2nd class degree)
  • Are excited by the idea of running events and are looking to pursue a career in events
  • Enjoy working with people and building relationships
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Would like to pursue a role that is project focused
  • Work well under pressure and enjoy a challenge
  • Have some experience of working in a busy office environment
  • Enjoy international travel

Head of Application Development / Houston

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T.A. Cook is looking for a dynamic technology leader to head our application software development team. This role will establish and continue development of our Asset Performacne Management Suite (IoT), and mobile applications. You will guide a team of managers, engineers and software developers to improve the quality of our existing software and processes becoming more agile, scalable and predictable.

The ideal candidate must be able to work closely with engineers, customers, customer service, and other groups to help gather requirements, develop solutions, and debug issues.

Your Responsibilities
  • Manage and analyze the design, implementation and testing of cloud based software systems
  • Define user stories and control as product owner the app development
  • Evaluate final results of design and test to assure accomplishment of objectives
  • Ensure that proper documentation, such as test specifications and procedures, is generated, reviewed and released during product development
  • Lead, develop, and evaluate development team (onshore, offshore)
  • Communicate effectively to others within the organization
Your Profile


  • You'll be expected to have a good level of technical knowledge and a degree in a relevant subject, e.g. computer science/software engineering or information systems
  • App Developer Skills like Software design, backend web services knowledge, knowledge of UX and UI, unit tests, automation, and code reviews
  • App Developer Suggested Software Proficiency in AWS, Linux/Unix, Java, ORACLE
  • Creativity and brainstorming capability
  • Complex problem solving
What we offer

We are offering an opportunity for development within a fast-paced and sometimes pressured environment. You will take on full responsibility for your portfolio of conferences and develop into your own area of expertise within a growing team.
If flexibility, being a quick learner, working independently and the ability to integrate into an international team are familiar to you, then we look forward to receiving your application including CV, credentials, earliest start date and salary expectations.



Delegate Sales Advisor, Berlin

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We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate to enhance our growing team. The individual would join our successful B2B events department, based in Berlin and would be responsible for research, delegate recruitment and key account management across a portfolio of international and national events.

Location: Berlin, Germany | Salary: Dependant on experience, details on application | Position: Full-time

Main Job Responsibilities
  • Attract delegates to attend the event, selling individual delegate and group passes across a number of business conferences, workshops and seminars
  • Get involved in the end-to-end process of delegate acquisition, working with marketing, production, and registration teams to deliver a successful event
  • Take on the role of account managing our key customers, informing them of upcoming events, and being their main point of contact
  • Get to grips quickly with the content offered at our events, to determine unique selling points of each, and effectively convey these to potential delegates
  • Research, identify and build relationships with new contacts (decision-makers)
  • Continuously track conversations and results, and deliver status reports to event stakeholders
  • Commit to maintaining the quality of our database in an organized and efficient manner
  • Build a network of industry contacts with a view to developing new business opportunities
Desired Personal Attributes
  • Graduate calibre with 1 – 2 years telesales/telemarketing/customer service management experience (B2B experience preferable)
  • Organised and self-motivated with lots of energy and enthusiasm to hit and exceed targets
  • Professional manner and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and command of English
  • Enjoy being on the phone and building relationships
  • A confident communicator, able to converse easily
  • Be comfortable making ‘cold calls’ to build new relationships
  • Able to report and feed-back accurately and concisely
  • Capable of multi-tasking and prioritising
  • Willing to learn quickly and constantly develop your skills
  • Bring a tenacious and persuasive approach
  • Commercially aware with good research skills
  • Excited by working with a collaborative team
  • Keen to take ownership of the role and progress
  • A second European language would be an advantage (esp. German)
The Right Place to Grow

T.A. Cook Conferences offers exactly the right mix for a fulfilling career: a high degree of freedom and responsibility combined with ambitious projects an attractive employee benefits. A broad range of opportunities which are challenging and provide the exposure you need to develop your own personal field of expertise. A fun and collegial working environment, which enables and supports long-term personal growth.

    T.A. Cook Consultants, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

    Contact

    Our HR team is looking forward to your application.

    Maren Stieler

    Maren Stieler

    HR Director