Development of GRiP Personal Consulting

Established in 1997, GRiP started with the concept of recruiting MBA graduates from leading international business schools for clients in continental Europe. As the only so-called "third party recruiter" we are regularly present on campus at prestigious business schools such as Harvard, INSEAD , Kellogg, and Wharton where we meet with students.

From the beginning, the core focus was on building long-term contacts with highly motivated international professionals. The client base, at first limited to Germany, expanded rapidly beyond boundaries initially across other Western European countries and subsequently as well to Eastern Europe and Russia, the USA, Japan, and as the latest addition to Africa.

Similarly, the client base broadened from private equity funds to include as well investment banks, asset managers, consulting and industrial companies. Today, our clients cover, for example, almost the entire principal investment spectrum: from early stage venture capital funds to growth / expansion capital, big ticket buyouts firms, family offices, special situations funds, to impact investing.

Just like our expansion in different countries and industries, the range of our mandates grew rapidly: from the initial post-MBA / associate level it soon extended across all levels from analyst to managing director.

As a guarantor of stability in these dynamic developments acts one particular constant: a team working for many years together.

Our Claim

High satisfaction of both clients and candidates is the guiding principle of our work. We understand cooperation as a sustainable process and aim to bring together the right people by combining a deep understanding of our clients with long-term relationships with candidates.

Essential for us is a trustful and open communication with companies and candidates. This allows us to consider beyond job descriptions often limited to "hard facts" as well the so-called "soft factors". We regard reading between the lines as part of the development of successful teams.

We travel long distances to establish personal contacts - from visiting the campus of a prestigious business school in the United States to the office of a client in Southeast Asia.

Almost every business has an international component today. Command of foreign languages and cultural flexibility gained through stays abroad are important aspects of a successful career. We are looking specifically for such profiles.

GRiP works primarily with companies which hold market leading positions. Accordingly, our consulting team has acquired extensive expertise to recognize unique features of candidates even in unusual CVs.


We work with great commitment on ensuring the quality of our services and on adapting to the needs of our clients.

The long-standing affiliation with GRIP and close cooperation among the team make us competent and reliable partners.

Barbara Schmutte

Barbara Schmutte is a co-founder of GRiP Personal Consulting. She has many years of experience in advising candidates at all stages of their careers as well as in executive coaching. When advising companies she has worked across industries, preferably leading search for young professionals and junior managers. In addition, she is responsible for the corporate development, organization and administration of GRiP.
Barbara Schmutte completed her degree in psychology with a concentration in industrial and organizational psychology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.

Juergen Bracht

Juergen Bracht is a co-founder of GRiP Personal Consulting. He has extensive international experience in both Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia. His areas of responsibility include in particular business development such as the identification of new client segments (e.g. impact investing) and relationships with leading business schools worldwide. He supports clients in the implementation of their HR strategy and advises primarily professionals on mid to senior career level. His training as a biologist and chemist Juergen Bracht completed at the Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf.

Sarah Ruppaner

Already during her German language and literature studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and many years of work experience in the fine dining sector, Sarah Ruppaner developed a passion for consulting and people management. At GRiP her main tasks include identifying qualified candidates for cross-industry client mandates as well as supporting and counselling students, graduates and young professionals on career and application matters. In addition, she is the contact person for all external enquiries and coordinates marketing activities as well as visits and talks at universities and business schools.