About Us

p1st & partners and our commitment: We keep what we promise – and we are able at any time to convince with premium services due to our proficiency, competence and authentic expertise. We offer professional recruitment solutions “with brains” for ambitious companies across all sectors.

p1st & partners is a renowned recruitment partnership consisting of independent consultancy firms, and was founded by the two Managing Partners Thomas Ottmann and Johannes Engelhardt.

Thomas Ottmann

Managing Partner

Our Managing Partner Thomas Ottmann has a strong technical background and a 20 year experience in recruitment and creation of digital recruitment platforms. . Furthermore, Thomas Ottmann worked as Interim Manager and gained experience as founder, partner, CEO, COO and managing partner of national and international companies.

Johannes Engelhardt

Managing Partner

Our Managing Partner Johannes Engelhardt gained experience in the sectors personal management and personal recruitment for more than 10 years. Furthermore, he was founder and managing director of different companies. Over time, Mr. Engelhardt was able to create a profound network, for example in the fields supply technology, building technology and plant engineering.


The profound know-how of p1st & partners is the result of a 30 year experience as successful and leading provider of recruitment services and developer of digitised recruitment platforms. We are concentrating in our core business on academic experts and executives from all sectors and branches of industry. We span various lines of business in order to identify the best and most suitable candidates.

p1st & partners is the modern and contemporary answer to the challenge companies are faced with in order to fill positions to optimum effect. Especially in the field of key positions the economic costs are considerably high if posts remain unfilled for long periods or if posts are probably badly assigned due to time pressure.

Companies which have difficulties in filling posts with the suitable candidates in good time can particularly profit when commissioning p1st & partners: Due to the interaction within our extensive „Human Network“ with modern recruitment channels, due to the fact that we consequently follow our digitisation strategy and due to our long-term experience with the „human factor“, we are able to offer interested companies, experts and managers a smart overall solution. We offer solutions in good time and this without neglecting quality in any way. Thus, companies save significant time in the recruiting process and candidates do not lose any time when looking for the new dream job.

What do we offer above all this?

Active as a headhunter our distinguishing features are loyalty, service excellence and above all also our excellent recruitment know-how. P1st & partners always finds the needle in the haystack. And this can be understood quite literally.

Our managing partners gained extensive experience in the fields personnel consulting, headhunting, establishment of internal company divisions and design of company processes, management, and in strategic realignment and digital development within companies.

We keep to what we promise: SERVICE EXCELLENCE – our top priority in any respect

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