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Engineering Your Career: Pathways for Field Service Professionals

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Engineering your career: Pathways for Field Service professionals 

Embarking on a career as a Field Service Engineer in Europe can be both exhilarating and challenging. To help you navigate this path effectively, let’s break down some key considerations. 

Embrace your versatility

Your skills as a Service Engineer can be highly adaptable across various sectors within Europe. Having experience in different industries, from medical devices to automotive or industrial machinery, can mean you’re a lot closer to having the key skills for a career in the Semiconductor industry than you may think. If you have experience working with electromechanical equipment, most businesses offer a strong training program to get you up to speed on the semiconductor market! 

Service management or moving into commercial positions?

This is a common question for Senior Engineers I’ve spoken with recently. They’ve often got to a point in their career where they consider becoming a Service Manager or looking into the realm of commercial positions like Account or Sales Management. The key thing here is to consider what you enjoy and what suits your life; personally and professionally.

Much like being a Field Service Engineer, Service Management positions can involve a high level of travel and being in demand a lot of the time whilst adding in the key responsibilities of looking after or building a team. You need to consider what the new challenges are that you’ll face. Looking after a team will mean taking on personnel related tasks such as personal development plans, performance reviews, health & safety processes, and key performance indicator reviews with senior management. As with many Service Engineers, you come with great people & communication skills so it’s worth considering how you’d utilise this! 

Moving into commercial positions like Key Account Management can utilise skills you have developed being a Service Engineer. Often, your understanding of the equipment and customer requirements can set you apart by being relatable. Like working as a Manager, you’re well-versed in working with different environments and people – ultimately giving you the ability to manage situations where others may not be able to. It’s important to note there is less hands-on work. Make sure this is considered as I have spoken to lots of engineers who’ve moved back to service work within 12-18 months as they miss the problem solving aspect.

Leveraging recruiters expertise 
By working with a recruiter, they can help to get you talking and thinking. Why did you get into your position in the first place, what is it that truly interests you, what have you enjoyed doing in the past and why? These are only a few questions but, in a situation, where you’re considering a change, talking to a recuirter can get you thinking and taking time to truly consider the inspiration behind your career so far. Then, you can utilise this to re-assess the path that lies before you. 

Recruiters can also provide market feedback. Tap into our knowledge of the current hiring trends, emerging positions, key sought-after skills or where your experience could be transferrable.  

Explore Europe’s semiconductor hubs 

Europe boasts many semiconductor industry hotspots, Dresden in Germany, Grenoble in France, Catania in Italy and many more. Research the areas, what are the common positions you see advertised on websites like LinkedIn or through recruitment companies – does this match your skills? Or what is less common online – just because it’s not on a company website or social media platform, it doesn’t mean the company isn’t interested in your application. The fear of rejection from a more speculative application or approach can be daunting but it can be well appreciated by businesses and if there aren’t opportunities immediately, it can often build key relationships with hiring managers for the future. Ultimately, you don’t win the lottery if you haven’t bought a ticket! 

Navigating your career path in Europe’s semiconductor industry requires thoughtful consideration and planning. By embracing your dynamic skills, understanding your personal & professional preferences, utilising recruiters’ experience and exploring semiconductor hubs, you can engineer your pathway to a fulfilling and rewarding career! 

Reach out to find out more about how Jake can support you with your next career move:

LinkedIn: Jake Harrison

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44 (0)1606 664 193

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Dresden’s rise: TSMC semiconductor factory and its impact on job market attractiveness

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Dresden’s rise: TSMC semiconductor factory and its impact on job market attractiveness

By Nathan Falconer

In recent years, Dresden has become a focal point for economic development and technological innovation, and the city’s allure has only intensified with the announcement of a planned semiconductor factory by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). As one of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers, TSMC’s decision to establish a presence in Dresden has far-reaching implications, not just for the city’s economic landscape but also for its appeal to job seekers. In this blog post, we will explore the potential impact of the TSMC semiconductor factory on Dresden’s attractiveness for candidates.

Job opportunities in cutting-edge technology: The cornerstone of Dresden’s appeal to job candidates lies in the promise of high-tech job opportunities. The TSMC semiconductor factory is poised to bring a wave of employment opportunities in fields such as semiconductor manufacturing, research and development, engineering, and more. As the demand for skilled professionals in these areas increases, Dresden is likely to witness a surge in the number of job openings, attracting talent from both within Germany and around the world.

Economic growth and stability: The establishment of a TSMC semiconductor factory signifies not only job creation but also economic growth and stability. The semiconductor industry is a key driver of technological advancements and economic prosperity. The influx of investment and the creation of a high-tech manufacturing hub in Dresden will likely have a positive ripple effect on the city’s overall economic health. This economic stability is an attractive factor for job candidates seeking long-term career prospects and a secure living environment.

International collaboration and networking: TSMC’s global presence and reputation bring with them the potential for increased international collaboration and networking opportunities. Professionals working in the semiconductor industry in Dresden may find themselves at the centre of a global network, fostering connections with experts, researchers, and businesses from around the world. This not only enhances career prospects but also contributes to a diverse and dynamic work environment, appealing to candidates with a global mindset.

Skill development and training opportunities: The semiconductor industry is known for its rapid technological advancements, and professionals working in this sector often need to stay ahead of the curve. The presence of a TSMC semiconductor factory in Dresden could lead to collaborations with local educational institutions, creating opportunities for ongoing skill development and training programmes. This is likely to attract candidates who value continuous learning and professional growth.

Quality of life and cultural appeal: Beyond professional considerations, the impact on Dresden’s attractiveness also extends to quality of life. The city’s cultural richness, historical significance, and well-developed infrastructure already make it an appealing place to live. With the economic boost from the TSMC semiconductor factory, Dresden is likely to see further improvements in amenities, cultural offerings, and overall quality of life, making it an even more enticing destination for job seekers.


In conclusion, the planned TSMC semiconductor factory in Dresden has the potential to transform the city into a global hub for semiconductor technology, with far-reaching consequences for the job market. The influx of high-tech job opportunities, economic growth, international collaboration, skill development initiatives, and an enhanced quality of life are all factors that contribute to Dresden’s increasing attractiveness for job candidates. As the city evolves into a prominent player in the semiconductor industry, professionals looking for exciting career prospects may find Dresden to be an appealing destination with a bright future.

Nathan is a Managing Consultant at Delve Search, based out of our Munich office. To discuss this further or hear how he can support you, get in touch…

LinkedIn: Nathan Falconer

Email: [email protected]

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Navigating the skills shortage in the European semiconductor industry

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Navigating the skills shortage in the European semiconductor industry: Harnessing the power of headhunters for sustainable growth

In today’s tech-driven world, semiconductors play a pivotal role in powering our everyday devices. Europe is steadfastly working to fortify its position in this critical industry through the ambitious European Chips Act. This legislative effort aims to bolster the semiconductor supply chain and enhance Europe’s global competitiveness. However, as Europe charts an ambitious course and commits significant resources, a fundamental question arises: Does the continent possess the requisite skilled workforce to propel its semiconductor industry to new heights?

The European semiconductor industry

Europe’s semiconductor sector has set its sights on doubling its market share from less than 10% to 20% by 2030, a goal that demands robust efforts given the capital-intensive nature of the industry. The European Chips Act, channeling over $45 billion in public and private funding, allocates $11.7 billion for innovation hubs, pilot production lines, and advanced research and development. Moreover, the Act seeks to attract substantial investments from major industry players, streamlining permitting processes for new European fabs and allowing EU member states to subsidise projects.

Major industry players such as TMSC and Intel are already heavily investing in new chip facilities in Germany, and 14 EU countries are collaboratively committing over €8 billion to chip research and infrastructure.

Talent competition

The success of the semiconductor industry hinges on the recruitment and retention of specialised professionals, from engineers and technicians to roles in senior management and commercial positions. Fierce competition for skilled individuals necessitates substantial investments and a strategic approach to address the current talent shortage while proactively planning for future needs through education initiatives. Furthermore, shifts in immigration policies are underway to attract qualified individuals from distant regions.

Strategic role of headhunters

In this intricate talent landscape, the expertise of specialised headhunters becomes indispensable. They play a pivotal role in addressing the industry’s challenges in several ways:

Identification of niche talent: Headhunters specialise in identifying and reaching out to highly specialised professionals, ensuring access to a talent pool that aligns with the semiconductor industry’s specific needs.

Global talent acquisition: Leveraging extensive networks, headhunters facilitate the recruitment of skilled professionals globally, overcoming geographical barriers and broadening the talent search.

Building engagement: Beyond pinpointing talent, headhunters excel in engaging candidates effectively with your talent brand. They ensure that top candidates, often too occupied to respond to advertisements, are approached professionally, presenting the job opportunity effectively.

Competitive advantage: Recruiters provide valuable insights into the personality and motivational alignment of potential candidates. By focusing on these areas, they enable clients to gain a competitive edge, skilfully matching motivations and goals with the candidate’s experience for a cohesive fit that goes beyond qualifications.

Negotiation and retention: Headhunters excel in negotiation and can assist in securing top talent by supporting the entire recruitment and onboarding process. Their involvement can extend to retention strategies, ensuring that acquired talent remains with the organisation.

While Europe propels forward in the semiconductor domain with substantial investments and strategic initiatives, addressing the talent competition through the adept use of headhunters is essential for the successful execution of these ambitious plans. As the industry surges ahead, these skilled professionals serve as the linchpin, bridging the gap between vision and realisation in the dynamic landscape of semiconductor innovation.

By David Evans, Business Unit Manager – Semiconductor

Reach out to see how Dave can support you in your search for talent:

LinkedIn: David Evans

Email: [email protected]

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News from Munich!

Office in Munich
Our office in the heart of Munich is running well with our colleague Nathan Falconer leading Delve Search GmbH’s growth in the DACH region. Nathan has been busy meeting clients new and old, and we are now looking to expand and hire two highly qualified recruiters to join our team in Munich.

If you know someone that might be interested in joining our team, that speaks fluent German & wants to work for a business who value independence and autonomous working, they should contact [email protected] and he would be happy to share more information.

Team Delve recently visited Munich to see the sights, sample the local cuisine, and get a feel for the local culture. We had a fabulous time and can’t wait to be back again soon.

Delve life science visit
The Delve life science team has extensive experience of providing support to life science companies looking to raise their profile and increase their hiring ability. We have vast experience of working with a variety of businesses in the sector, from start-ups to established manufacturers and distributors of essential technologies.

This week Gareth Foden and Jamie Rafferty are visiting Munich to connect with clients new and old. If you would like to arrange a meeting contact:

Gareth Foden – [email protected]

Jamie Rafferty – [email protected]

SemiCon Europa
Nathan Falconer and David Evans will be attending SemiCon Europa from 15-17 Nov 2022, it looks like it’s going to be a great event this year and they are really looking forward to getting the chance to meet up with people. Please reach out to arrange a meeting:

David Evans – [email protected]

Nathan Falconer – [email protected]


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