A 15% hike in revenue has seen Sofico, the international software supplier for automotive financing, leasing, fleet and mobility management, kick start a campaign to hire 130 new staff worldwide as it continues to expand its operations. The Ghent, Belgium based business, which also has offices in the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands, has announced record results for the twelfth year in a row.
This expansion in revenue – and in offices – has been reflected by an increase in recruitment which, since the beginning of the pandemic, has seen more than 140 new staff come on board across all locations worldwide, with few leavers. This year 60 new staff joined in Germany, the UK and Belgium, bringing the company total to an all-time high of 440.
“Our company wants to attract a further 130 highly trained staff, which is essential in order to continue to achieve our ambitious five-year expansion plans, based on ongoing investments in people and innovation,” said CEO Gémar Hompes.
This follows a record sales year in 2021, with revenues of €55 million, an increase of more than 13% over the previous 12 months. If this trend continues, the forecasts of €65 million and 19% growth this year look likely to be met.
Currently, Sofico is looking to hire project managers, business consultants, software engineers, technical consultants, analysts and support staff in various locations, including Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Australia, Mexico, Japan and Spain.
The company said it recognizes many job-seekers may not be familiar with Sofico, its solutions and the niche position it occupies in the global automotive software sector.
“Due to increased digitization globally, it’s no secret that jobs are not easy to fill anywhere at the moment,” explained HR manager Corinne Martens.
“And yet, partly thanks to the launch of pro-active searches, the exciting and challenging story that we are able to tell, our visibility with the Sofico Ghent Marathon and many other activities, we have been able to welcome a good number of enthusiastic new colleagues.” Sofico has developed a job portal (https://careers.sofico.global/en/jobs) providing job seekers with a concise presentation, in laymen’s terms, of the company’s activities and products, and offers an overview of the positions that are currently available.
“At many companies, culture is just a superficial veneer. But Sofico walks the talk and always emphasizes consultation, self-development, teamwork and highly competitive remuneration packages,” Martens said.
Sofico is active in 27 countries worldwide. Last year, it completed the roll-out of its Miles contract management system in several new countries, including France, South Africa and Germany. The company says an approach based on local offices for the most important markets, instead of centralization, has underpinned this worldwide success.
“That is why in the past four years, we have opened new local offices,” said Hompes. “With an accelerated transition to electrification and shared fleets, product development is shifting up several speeds: new markets, innovative integration and, above all, a mobility shift on an unprecedented scale.”