We are Digital Vikings

The Founders


Thomas Schaeben

“Success is not about hiring the “Digital Rockstar” anymore and much more about how to build and develop and “high performance team!”

We believe that companies can only be successful in the age of digital transformation when they focus on sustainably building the right teams. At Digital Vikings we do not only focus on finding the right specialists and executive, we always ensure that they are the right fit for the organization.

Our Motto: Hire for attitude AND skills AND personality!

About Thomas

Thomas has more than 20 years of experience in digital retail, both in successfully building and scaling startups as an entrepreneur and in leadership roles in some of the largest digital mail order companies.

He combines his expertise from both worlds when it comes to finding the “right” candidate that matches with the needs and culture of our customers. He is always acting as a counsel and coach for companies and candidates.

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Lars Rabe

Lars Rabe

„The most important key to success is to have the right team in the right setup, from top to bottom. Companies that have great ideas and the best products but a team that is not ready to fully embrace it, will become mediocre and disappear, sooner or later.“

We believe that companies have to be able to constantly adapt to the new normal in the digital age. To succeed, it is inevitable that they have an organization in place that is able to build and inspire their teams to play a winning game.

Our Motto: “Good is the enemy of great” (Jim Collins)

About Lars

Lars brings more than 20 years of experience in digital retail to our company. He has been working as a successful entrepreneur, in leadership roles in high growth international SaaS companies and as a board advisor with many eCommerce organizations throughout Europe and Asia.

During this time, he discovered his passion for building and scaling teams in various regions and helping his customers to successfully develop and deploy digital commerce strategies.

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Meet the Team

Why is the general consensus that vikings were innovative explorers and conquerors? Because they acted as a team - they were brave and unflinching. And this is in our DNA.

What does this have to do with recruiting? These characteristics are missing in the recruiting processes of today. But they are the key to finding the real talents in the digital market to achieve a real digital transformation.

We are real. We ask questions. We get involved. We advise. We demand. We are honest. We invest. We have passion. And we are brave enough in breaking new ground in recruitment - Together with our customers and candidates. Let's sail the digital sea together and bring humanity back in the virtual world!

Oh, and we love to laugh – often, and heartily because we’re simply – Digital Vikings.



Oliver Schaeben


Oliver is enthusiastic about the individuality of every candidate. His credo is: a good recruiter need to glimpse behind the CV. Finding candidates with the right personality and skills, integrating them into high-performance teams, and assisting them with their personal development; these are the goals Oliver is working for. Oliver is the empathy-viking of our little team - always appealing to team spirit and solidarity.


Rafael Kozinski

Data Analytics & Sourcing

Rafael is the active sourcer and captain of the Digital Vikings crew. Always focusing on the big picture, Rafael is the single-minded and persistent viking in pursuing our all goal: matching the right candidate with his or her ideal company. Whenever he's stuck he just finds a new perspective or improves the algorithm. Nothing is unachievable with the right attitude. 




Bastian Breibert

Jr Project Manager Development

Bastian is the heart and brain of the small crew. He keeps track of the whole organisation and incidentally also programs and codes for all it's worth. With his optimistic spirit he defines the human values that matters for a real digital transformation.


Janis Hahn

Jr Project Manager Development

Janis started as a digital sourcer. But with his viking-like perseverance and his ability to fluently speak tech and IT, he proved himself as the much better software developer. So that he is now puzzling codes in our backend. Also he is the contructive realist of the crew and a big fan of "real talk". He addresses problems nobody likes to talk about.






Marius Kopatschek

Jr Developer

Marius is the real "digital thinker" of the team. Even the most complicated tech issues, tools and programmes he translates in an easy, understandable language every vikings crew member can understand. Talking rot does not apply for him - he develops an innovative digital solution for every crazy-creative idea. And if the tool he needs does not exist yet? No problem! Like a real Digital Viking he just programs it himself.





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Tobias Papke


Tobias is recruiter for a good reason. Our viking with an outstanding benevolence loves to laugh which is why he is doing it often. Thanks to his courteous and accurate nature he is always our haven of peace in busy phases. Tobias is encountering your future talents encouraging and circumspectly however he is never considering himself too good for a funny and well worded ad-lip.