Synaco Acquires Oil, Gas Recruiter B2B Engineering

Synaco Global Recruitment, one of Australia’s fastest-growing, multi-specialist recruitment agencies, has made a significant new acquisition, purchasing B2B Engineering Pty Ltd, a Perth-based oil and gas recruitment provider.

Established in 2000 by Directors Marc Van Der Smissen and Vince Kenny, B2B Engineering specializes in supplying white-collar professionals to energy, oil and gas facilities across Australia and the Pacific region, and has a turnover of AUD $10 million.

The company has developed a reputation for providing specialist recruitment support to clients for a range of major, mega and capital works projects, both brownfield and greenfield, onshore and offshore, for the last 15 years.

With offices in Perth, Darwin and Adelaide, Synaco works across a number of sectors, filling both blue-collar and white-collar positions with locally-based candidates, whilst also working closely with its international partners to source hard-to-find technical skills from overseas when required. 

Marc Van Der Smissen, director of B2B Engineering, said: “Becoming a part of Synaco is a terrific opportunity for our clients and contractors, with whom we have maintained a valued and successful relationship for many years.

“We at B2B have worked hard at developing a reputation for placing the best professionals for technical roles at major projects across Australia, and as such we have built a terrific rapport with employers and professionals right across the industry.

“The ongoing quality and reliability of service to our clients and our contractors was foremost in our mind when looking to find the right team with whom B2B would continue the next stage of its development with, and so we were delighted to join forces with the guys at Synaco.

“Synaco has developed a superb reputation of its own – trusted by both employers and contractors alike, and therefore we look forward to working with them going forward.”

As part of the deal with Synaco, Directors Marc and Vince will both continue working with the company in an advisory capacity.

Mike Otty, managing director of Synaco, said: “Synaco has achieved rapid growth over the last few years, something we’re hugely proud of, particularly with the high levels of client retention we experience and the commitment demonstrated by our growing pool of contractors.

“The acquisition of B2B Engineering is the perfect opportunity to continue our development further, and brings with it new opportunities to both clients and contractors as we expand our activities across Australia.

“By combining the experience, energy and expertise of B2B with our own, Synaco’s and B2B’s customers will continue to see increasing value in our services to them.”

He added: “It’s an exciting time; B2B is a great fit and we look forward to working with Marc, Vince and their team, who we’ve got to know really well over recent months.”

Synaco Global Recruitment was established in Australia in 2012 initially in response to the increasing demand for international recruitment in the mining, energy and resources industries. The company has subsequently built up a growing portfolio of local recruitment across most sectors, placing local recruits into a range of technical, engineering, logistics, IT, communications, utilities and infrastructure positions across three states and territories.

Synaco is part of the UK-based, AUD $257 million Acorn group of companies and their ultimate parent company, leading recruiter Synergie, is the world’s 15th largest recruitment organization with 600 offices world-wide and a turnover of circa AUD $2.7 billion.

Clients of B2B include, among others, AGC Australia, Quadrant Energy (previously Apache Energy), Monadelphous KT, PPI Australia, Technip Oceania and Clough AMEC.


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