Jan Pautsch

Angestellt, Director - Kooku X, Kooku Recruiting Partners Berlin

Berlin, Germany

About me

I am a Berlin-based headhunter specialising in product, design and digital transformation. A trusted talent partner who can future-proof your career or your business. My mission is to design genuine personal relationships in an ever-changing technology and transaction-driven recruitment landscape. Putting the "human" back in "human capital". With many years of experience as a design executive in the digital industry, I understand my partners' hiring needs and provide them with access to the right talent that will transform their business. Committed to using innovative and data-driven methods to improve recruitment, I currently lead the executive search practice at Kooku Recruiting Partners. Prior to joining Kooku, I ran Cogs Berlin. Cogs is a global specialist talent consultancy in the product, design and transformation space with offices in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shenzhen, Tokyo and Berlin.


Talent Acquisition
Talent Strategy
Lean Leadership
Full Cycle Recruitment
Contingent Recruitment
Retained Recruitment
Part-Retained Recruitment
Executive Search
Talent Management
Human Resources
Employer Branding
New Business Development
Team Leadership
Organizational Design
Organizational Development
Systemic Business Coaching
Digital Business


Professional experience for Jan Pautsch

  • Current 3 years and 4 months, since Jan 2021

    Director - Kooku X

    Kooku Recruiting Partners Berlin

    Committed to using innovative and data-driven methods to improve recruitment, I currently lead the expert search practice at Kooku Recruiting Partners Berlin - a Recruiting Startup with a focus on HR consulting, interim recruiting and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). I combine network-based headhunting with data-driven recruiting and holistic process consulting - supporting Kooku's vision: To help companies achieve healthy growth.

  • 1 year and 11 months, Feb 2019 - Dec 2020

    Director - Germany

    Cogs Agency

    Management of Cogs Berlin. Cogs is a global specialist talent consultancy in the product, design and transformation space with offices in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shenzhen, Tokyo and Berlin. P&L responsibility, Senior/Executive Searches, BD & Operations, mentored a team with 4 direct reports. Acquired global clients incl: 2 of Top 3 global Management Consultancies, Innovation Labs, Top 3 German Brand Design Consultancies, Digital Agencies, SMEs, MNCs.

  • 2 years and 9 months, May 2016 - Jan 2019

    Associate Director Experience Design

    Cogs Agency

    Driving Cogs Berlin‘s change from a Digital Recruiting Agency to a Transformational Talent Consultancy. Key responsibilities: Lean Leadership, Talent Strategy, Senior/Executive Searches, BD, P&L Collectively managing a team of 7 consultants across three desks. Leading the design practice for Cogs / global knowledge transfer between studios. Leading the office on a stable growth path from 4 to 9 staff. Double of revenue within 3 years.

  • 5 months, Dec 2015 - Apr 2016

    Head of Design

    Cogs Agency

    I have managed and built a strong and successful design desk with a focus on global Senior-, Lead-, Director- and Executive searches in the fields of Strategic-, Business- and Experience-Design. Examples of placements I have made: Business Design Director, Executive Creative Director, Head of UX, Senior Product Designer, Senior Strategic Designer. Building and mentoring a team of talent-consultants.

  • 9 months, Mar 2015 - Nov 2015

    Experience Design Strategist {Freelance}

    Jan Pautsch

    Freelance Experience Design Strategy and Creative Direction. Agencies/Clients e.g.: GUD.berlin: BVG, TLGG, Code Week Award.

  • 1 year and 2 months, Jan 2014 - Feb 2015

    Executive Design Director

    Aperto - An IBM Company

    Member of the Board. Responsible for Aperto Berlin's design expertise. Clients/Brands: Migros, Volkswagen AG, MAN. Responsibility for 35+ Staff of UX/UI Designers. Responsibilities: New Biz. Leading Product Design Teams responsible for end-to-end Product Delivery. Design Direction/Implementation. Team Building/Knowledge Management. Design Lead: Pitch for Volkswagens CIM Catalogue. Successful Pitch/Development for the Volkswagen Corporate Platform. Relaunch of the Migros Web Estate.

  • 2 years and 3 months, Oct 2011 - Dec 2013

    Design Director, Business Unit Director

    Aperto - An IBM Company

    CD / Unit Lead. Clients/Brands: Abu Dhabi Media, Alphabet, Continental, MAN, TUI, Volkswagen. Responsibility for 15+ Staff. Digital Creative Lead supporting GREENKERN in their Pitch to be Lead Agency for Volkswagen's WRC Campaign, responsible for the Development of the Digital Platform. Led the successful Pitch for MAN's Global Digital Lead Agency. Creative Lead supporting Aperto ME to acquire Abu Dhabi Media as a new Account. Responsible for the new Volkswagen Corporate Digital Styleguide.

  • 7 months, Mar 2011 - Sep 2011

    Design Director, Business Unit Director

    Scholz & Friends

    Member Management Board, Business Unit Lead. Creative Direction for Integrated Campaigns. Clients/Brands: Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks {German Confederation of Skilled Crafts} / STIHL / Media-Saturn Group: Saturn / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. With Managerial Responsibility for 25 Staff. Contribution to the successful Pitch for Saturn's Multichannel Strategy 2012.

  • 5 years and 4 months, Nov 2005 - Feb 2011

    Design Director

    argonauten G2

    Member Creative Board. CD for Digital Branding/Campaigns: Allianz / Beiersdorf / Coca-Cola / Deutsche Bahn / GROHE / Pernod Ricard / P&G / Berlin Philharmonics / Volkswagen. Managerial Responsibility: 12+ Staff. Responsible for the Global Digital Design Framework for Volkswagen {Design 4.0}. Successful Pitches: GROHE, La Prairie, VW IAA, Allianz Group, VW Global Design Framework, Global Coca-Cola World Cup Campaign, Rolling Stone Germany.

  • Lecturer Media Design

    Beuth Hochschule / Mediadesign University / Stuttgart Media University

    Lecturer Media Design at Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin, University of Applied Sciences. Seminars on Webtrends and global Multi-Channel Campaigns. Lectures at Mediadesign University {Berlin} and Stuttgart Media University.

  • Member of the Jury

    International Digital Juries incl. D&AD, LIA, The Lovies, The Webbies

    I am a regular Member of international Digital Juries, including D&AD, LIA Awards, TheCup, Golden Drum, The Lovie Awards, The Webby Awards and The Singapore CCA.

Educational background for Jan Pautsch

  • 4 months, Dec 2016 - Mar 2017

    Business Coaching

    Hochschule Wismar, University of Technology, Business and Design

    Business Coaching Fundament, Leadership and Self-Awareness, Tools and Techniques to initiate Change, Group Coaching Approaches.

  • 1 year, Jan 2000 - Dec 2000

    Digital Design

    L4 - Multimedia Academy, Berlin


  • German

    First language

  • English



Organizational Design
New Work
Design Operations
Lean Leadership

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