Below we have listed a number of recent testimonials. Feel free to contact Stratum for a comprehensive list of historical assignments and recommendations.
"I was first introduced to Jane Banks, and subsequently Stratum, in 2011 when I was CFO at Endeavour Mining. At the time, Jane got to know Endeavour after successfully completing mandates for the MD of a company we acquired. One of her placements was Attie Roux, who later became Endeavour Mining’s COO. During this time, we were in a rapid growth phase, and several key hires were made via Stratum, including a VP Operations, two General Managers, a Process Plant Manager and a Mine Manager. We relied on Jane’s knowledge of the region, as well as Stratum’s market and salary data provided to our HR team.When I was appointed CEO of TrueGold, we engaged Stratum to fill a site management role at Karma.
Currently, as the CEO of Equinox Gold, we once again retained Stratum to recruit two leadership hires in Brazil, a General Manager and Project Manager.
Overall, we have been pleased with Stratum’s assistance."
Christian Milau, CEO, Equinox Gold
"When you're running a number of complex operations in Africa, it's critical you have an onsite leadership team you can depend on. When we faced a leadership gap, Stratum International was able to provide an excellent short-term solution in the form of an interim EGM, while they identified a shortlist of candidates who could perform the role permanently.
I was very impressed by how rapidly Stratum was able to give me a shortlist of candidates, and based on the quality of those candidates, we have used them for several executive operational and project positions since. I have no doubt, that the recruitment of excellent people into key operational positions, has been a major factor in the turn-around of our operation at Edikan."
Jeff Quartermaine, CEO, Perseus Mining
"I want to take the opportunity to express our high level appreciation to Stratum International and its professional team for assisting us in our search in hiring a General Manager and Site Manager for our operations in Sierra Leone. Your recruitment process produced new insights to the requirements for our specific jobs. It also enabled us to define explicitly the ideal candidate profiles for these positions.
Your system to identify the right candidates in an extraordinary short timeframe aided us tremendously by accurately identifying the candidates whose qualifications most closely matched the needs of the job. We are extremely pleased with the applicants we selected using your system.
Please feel at liberty to use us as an example of how a mining company can derive benefits utilizing Stratum International’s methods - attributable to your expertise in the hiring process and as a Talent specialist for the mining industry."
Dietrich Wanke, General Manager, MARAMPA IRON ORE PROJECT, SIERRA LEONE
"Stratum has been able to assist us with finding excellent candidates at times when we were going through drastic changes in our organisation. The candidates they presented were of a high calibre and which could be put forward with confidence in the business. Many of the candidates, if not successful in the first round are certainly individuals which will be considered for other future roles and will remain on our radar.
The team members of Stratum are highly accessible and it is certainly an organisation I can rely on immediately and continuously for the future."
Carolyn Hutton, Human Capital Executive at Metorex
"I was referred to Stratum International’s Will Coetzer, following a period of unsuccessful attempts in securing a project management role. What struck me immediately about Stratum, was the quick response to my approach and they took a personal and detailed interest unlike other agencies, and almost immediately had 2 – 3 interviews arranged.
In each case, Will provided a detailed synopsis of the client and project that Stratum were presenting me to, demonstrating that Stratum knew and understood their clients and their requirements. In many cases, several questions were answered prior to the interview. Will always followed up and kept me appraised of progress.
Stratum’s approach to senior role recruitment is refreshing and in my opinion redefining recruitment practice. Stratum thoroughly screens candidates and matches the individual’s expertise to client requirements is efficient and handled with maturity and integrity. I would unreservedly recommend Stratum International’s Will Coetzer to both clients and candidates."
Mark Humphery, Project Manager at Red Eagle Mining
"Having worked with Stratum for the last two years I have no hesitation in recommending them as a team of experienced professional mining recruiters and an excellent source of high quality candidates for any company looking to fill senior level business critical positions. Stratum’s ability to rapidly match a selection of quality professionals to our requirements is validation of their proactive candidate management approach which they combine with great industry knowledge and objective advice on the market that they specialise in."
Clare Calver, HR Consultant at Cupric Mining
“We have worked with Will and Jane for the better part of decade. With the challenging locations and FQM’s hands on management style, this is usually a tall order. The Stratum team makes a big effort to ensure they understand our unique operating style to match potential candidates. Their customer service, follow up and follow through is exceptional throughout.”
Jan Honeyman, Human Resources Director, First Quantum Minerals LTD
"Stratum was extremely instrumental in helping us to fill some key senior expatriate roles both in Moscow and in Africa. John represents a boutique headhunting company based in London with a very focused and effective technology of executive search in the mining industry.
John and the Stratum team did a great job for us and I have no hesitation to recommend Stratum to other mining companies looking for senior level talent."
Julia Sklar, Human Resources Director, NORDGOLD
"I highly recommend Jane Banks because she took the initiative in a way I have not seen before. In my case, the employer decision makers provided Jane with some feedback that included concerns that had not been adequately addressed; Jane then contacted all of my references for the position and quizzed them on the expressed concerns. This extra effort removed the roadblocks and thus secured my admiration and thanks."
Karl Smith, Technical Services Manager at Kinross Gold Corporation
"Will has been instrumental in orchestrating the placement of fellow professionals in some of the most high profile projects in the mining industry. His constructive and strategic approach to resolving human resource problems has positioned Will as one of the first people I call when needs arise."
Steven Bowles, Manager, Mining Operations and Technical Services at Glencore
"Jane is a professional individual who is passionate about recruitment within the international mining sector. Her impeccable ability to identify client needs and select ideal candidates is commendable. I would recommend Jane Banks as the Recruitment Specialist of choice."
Peet Van Schalkwyk, Former EVP Operations – Goldfields/COO – Alamos Gold
"Stratum is a dynamic provider of exclusive talent acquisition solutions, having invested the time to understand my business and have significant emphasis on finding the best talent in the market before I need it.
Their conduct has always been professional and of the highest standards. Having worked with Stratum regularly, they have contributed to building and filling the talent gap for us and we look forward to more business intelligence and information sharing in the talent acquisition area of business from them. I would strongly recommend Stratum as a partner in talent."
Henry Kemp, Former VP Human Resources, ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI CENTRAL AFRICA REGION
"I have worked with Jane for over 15 years and in my experience she is without peer in the capacity to search, network and deliver. She builds trust, understands your business and approaches her task with professionalism and integrity. Recently Jane also supported me in my career change and she was as attentive and helpful to me as a candidate as she was when I was her recruiting client."
Stephen Tobin, Human Resources Manager at First Quantum Minerals LTD
"I contacted Stratum International when considering a change in employment. I was most impressed by their speed of response and how they could offer several assignments tailored to suit my background and experience.
I found Stratum to be very professional in their approach and was impressed by their integrity and duty of care to me. I would have no hesitation in recommending Stratum International for both recruitment services and also for individuals looking for new employment opportunities.
I will certainly be looking to use Stratum International for sourcing suitable candidates for our project in the near future."
Alan Baker, Project Director, RED EAGLE MINING
"Stratum has been able to find candidates for a market where we thought none exists. Three excellent placements in really difficult assignments, now adding value across our Angola businesses. Will and his team was so successful that we have now engaged them to source several key positions on the technical side in the mining industry and also other senior positions for our business.
Stratum’s knowledge of the mining industry and methods of sourcing is highly recommended and anyone looking for good staff sourced in a professional and time efficient way should give Will a call to show how he adds value to sourcing in your business. Efficiency, professionalism and high integrity is what you get when you use Will Coetzer."
Anton Neser, Head of HR: Global Mining, TRAFIGURA
"I first came to know Jane Banks, who was experienced in executive searches for the mining and metals industry, when she contacted me about a position as Project Manager for an Aluminum Smelter project in the UAE. Jane was both trustworthy and sensitive. She worked with me in a professional manner, balancing the interests of her client and my needs. I continue to be in contact with Jane from time to time and highly recommend her."
Joe Wahba, Project Director at Wahba Project Management Group FZ LLC