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05/25/10
f1
Williams secures key appointments
AT&T Williams today confirmed that two key appointments have been made at the Williams Technology Centre (WTC) at the Qatar Science & Technology Park in Doha, Qatar. The Randstad Group have been managing the recruitment program for the WTC and has placed the key positions of a Chief Engineer for its flywheel project and a Program Leader for WTC’s Simulator project.

The WTC is the first Formula One-inspired technology centre outside Europe. It will develop and commercialize technologies that have their origins in Formula One. Initially this will focus on two commercially-driven R&D projects. They are the development of a large composite electromechanical flywheel energy storage system for mass transportation & electric power stabilization as well as the application of Williams F1’s vehicle simulator know-how to develop solutions for motorsport beyond Formula One, as well as road car and emergency services training.

In order to realize the vision of creating a world-class R&D centre in Qatar, Williams requires an exceptional and highly skilled workforce at the WTC and has retained one of its key business partners, Randstad, to lead the recruitment program. Within the MENA region, Randstad is the largest staffing and recruitment consultancy with 8 offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar, and is thus ideally placed to support the WTC’s needs.

Randstad’s brief spans the search and selection of a wide range of technical & engineering staff from mechanical and control system engineers to project leaders, administrative staff and sales & marketing personnel. The program has involved the development of targeted traditional and digital advertising, applicant assessment & vetting and final appointment recommendations.

Williams Chief Executive Officer, Alex Burns said, “Naturally we have plenty of experience in attracting highly talented technical staff, but the WTC is Williams’ first foray overseas. Given the enormously different employment market in the region and the vital importance of the WTC project, it has been a great reassurance to have Randstad’s unrivalled experience and competence to ensure our program benefits from the very best staffing.”

Richard Weetch, Randstad’s Director for MENA, who is overseeing the recruitment program at Randstad commented, “This is a high-profile project for Randstad and one for which we are ideally suited to help Williams. It is a positive pleasure to not only partner the team, but also to bring our particular expertise to bear in order to help this exciting project.”

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